March 05, 2013

DIY Scrap Leather Necklace

I recently dis­cov­ered just how ver­sa­tile leather is. I started mak­ing bags, but quickly real­ized that leather jew­el­ery was some­thing I had to explore. With­out any expec­ta­tions, I jumped in and came up with a few designs.

This scrap leather neck­lace can eas­ily be cus­tomized using shapes and col­ors of your choice. Leather comes in a wide vari­ety of tex­tures and thick­ness, open­ing the door to an end­less vari­ety of combinations.

Can’t find a local source for leather? No prob­lem, an old leather jacket or bag from a thrift store will do the trick :)

What You Need:
- Scrap leather in color of your choice
- Paper to use for feather template
- Metal chain
- (5) Small jump rings, one for each feather
- Thick nee­dle or leather punch
- Scis­sors

1. Cut the shape of a feather from a piece of paper to use as a template.

2. Trace and cut five feath­ers from scrap leather using paper feather template.

3. Repeat five times.

4. Using a thick nee­dle or leather punch, make a hole at the base of each feather.

5. Cut small notches on the sides of each feather.

6. Mount each feather on a small jump ring.

7. Cut a 1/4-in. strip of leather 6 in. in length. Punch a hole on each end for attach­ing the chain. Next, slide each feather onto the strip of leather and attach the metal chain on each end of the leather step.

Voliá, your new neck­lace is ready to wear.