I had one of those days last week, and I love the feeling! Want a peek at what I was working on?
|Leather and Stone Necklace|
Just a few details, then, on this piece.
If you've been reading my blog, you know I like to 'recycle' stuff. In this case, it's the leather that is re-purposed. Someone gave me a black suede vest that was too small for me, and rather than donate it, I cut it apart and saved the suede pieces. I have other similar pieces of leather, from garments or leather items (including a soft-sided briefcase). I trimmed the leather using my rotary cutter, making strips that were 1" wide.
|Trimming butter-soft brown leather that was once a jacket sleeve.|
|A Japanese Screw Punch is a great tool for leather work, book making and other hobbies.|
The screw bits come in various sizes; this one is 1.2 mm.
|A clamp on one end keeps the beads from falling off.|
After stringing on the stones, I attached the other end of the wire to the second strap in the same manner. A little E6000 glue on the end was a little added insurance that everything would stay together.
After determining the finished length of the necklace, I trimmed the excess leather and added a 1" ribbon clamp and a clasp.
My mind is racing with other stone, metal and color combinations that I can put together to make more of these statement necklaces!