Whenever I'm in need of new jewelry, I always turn to leather. It's one of those wonderful materials that's no mess, no fuss, AND the end result looks a million dollars. Now if that's not a crafter's dream, I don't know what is!
Since going back to work (after taking a year off for maternity leave), I felt like I could use some new necklaces to wear to the office, so I whipped up these pendants using leather scraps I found in my craft drawers. Want to make some of your own? Follow along below!
- Leather scraps in different patterns and colors
- Circle cookie cutters, one large and one small
- Leather punch
- Gold chain
- Gold lobster clasps
- Gold jump rings
- Jewelry pliers
Trace around a circle cookie cutter onto the back of your leather scraps. To make pendants like the ones pictured, you'll need:
- Two half circles in different colors
- One full circle with a smaller circle traced in the middle to create a donut shape
Cut out the shapes you traced in Step 1 with a pair of scissors.
Use your leather punch to make holes in each of the shapes as follows:
- The two half circles should have holes in each corner, plus one in the middle of the arch
- The donut should have a hole at the top and bottom
Use a pair of jump rings to fix the two half circles together.
Use your jewelry pliers to cut 3-4 short lengths of chain. Then attach them together with a jump ring to create a chain tassel. Repeat this step so you have 2 tassels.
Attach one tassel to your joined half circles, and attach the other to your donut shape.
Use jump rings to thread each pendant onto a length of gold chain.
Lastly, attach a jump ring to one end of your chain and a lobster clasp to the other end to finish your necklaces.