Try This Easy Leather and Glass Bead Necklace Making Project!

Every once in a while, I find a couple of beading supplies on my desk or work table that just sort of look like they go together. That was the case last week when I saw these copper branches from Ezel Findings sitting next to a lampwork glass bead from Evolving Creations Lampwork. A leftover piece of leather cord, some scraps of copper wire, a couple of jump rings and some fun boroscillicate glass drops, and look at that! I had a fun, fast, and funky glass bead necklace to wear the next day.

I left the ends of the leather unfinished so that I could adjust the length by just tying them in a knot. If you have a favorite cool clasp to use, feel free to use it!

You can use this easy idea for creating a leather and glass bead necklace with just about any jewelry supplies or findings you have handy! Get creative, use your imagination, and whip up a whole set of them to wear for yourself or give as gifts to your friends.

Materials

  • 2 bronze burnished twig components (Ezel Findings)
  • 1 handmade lampwork glass focal (Evolving Creations Lampwork)
  • 2 boroscillicate glass drop beads (Unicorn Glass)
  • 2 copper jump rings, 7.5mm
  • 2 pieces of 2mm brown leather cord, 9"
  • 18 inches of copper wire, 20 gauge

Tools

  • Combination pliers OR
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Utility scissors or leather cutters

Step 1: Cut the copper wire into 3 pieces, 6" each. Using one piece of wire, begin to make a wrapped loop about 1" from the end. Slide the open loop through one end of a twig, then finish wrapping it. Slide the lampwork bead onto the wire, and being another wrapped loop on the other end of the wire. Slide the open loop through one end of the second twig, then finish wrapping it.

Step 2: Open both jump rings. Slide one boroscillicate bead on a jump ring, and attach it to the other end of the branch. Close the ring. Repeat on the other side of the other twig.

Step 3: Thread one piece of leather through the jump ring on the end of a twig. Fold the leather over the jump ring so that you have a 1" tail. Take one piece of copper wire and wrap it around the leather, coiling it tightly to hold it secure. Trim the ends of the wire, and use the flat nose pliers to gently smash the ends of the wire together. Repeat on the other side with the other piece of leather.

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Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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