Thursday, July 30, 2009

How To Make Leather Jewelry Tutorials



Leather Jewelry
Part 2 of 2

A couple of my friends from our group of the Bead Sisterhood recently opened up a booth at a new local weekend market in order to sell our jewelry. Cindy asked if I had any jewelry for men as I once mentioned I wanted to do some. That's because on the very first weekend, at least one man inquired.

More and more men are wearing jewelry these days. But their tastes are different so it's a whole new category of jewelry styles to design. I think it is a good idea to make unisex leather jewelry to please men as well as women who don't like bling.

I've seen some double wrap leather bracelets before where the jewelry goes twice round the wrist. These make a good style for flat narrow strips of leather as they look more substantial. The bracelet (above left) has been decorated with some wire wrapped carnelian cubes for a studded look. Just remember to flatten the wire end so it bites into the leather and not poke the wearer. I've kept the look simple but varying the gemstones shapes and types would be a lot of fun to do too. You could also simply braid flat or round leather strips.

Finishing the ends is the tricky part. There are different kinds of cord ends you can use. Check this tutorial on how to use the fold over kind. I used ribbon cord ends for two flat strips side by side because the teeth on the findings will bite down and hold better. I also added glue just in case.



I didn't have ribbon cord ends wide enough for three strips so I tightly wound some wire over them with some scrap wire (not too much). Then using enameled copper in a dark bronze color, I coiled it around a knitting needle to create my own custom coiled wire ends (see my past tutorial). The scrap wire wrapped end was then inserted inside the coil ends with a dab of glue. It should be a snug fit. Remember to squeeze down the last coil.



Here are more great tutorials to inspire and instruct. Let the creative juices flow!

FREE TUTORIALS

1. Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet by Trish is a super tutorial to create your own version of this style of bracelets which cost dearly to buy. I like this one because I would never have thought to wrap beads to leather with Nymo thread ! The bead and loop closure technique is simple to do. The button goes through the gap between two knots. The knots should be glued for extra security.

Add more rows or even crystals if you like to make it for women and you've got the makings of a stunning and unique design.

2. Leather Chain Necklace by fellow Canadian Brit McMaster features cut out leather links - simple yet awesome! There is a fair amount cutting so patience is required. You can always shrink the template so that the links to be smaller and the necklace not as long as she has done. I would probably use large jump rings to secure the necklace to clasps if I were making this shorter. A bracelet will work too!

3. Leather Bracelets from Recycled Belts This tutorial is from Instructables.com which shows you how to make the most macho of bracelets. It's green too because these are made by recycling old leather belts.

You basically size the band allowing for an overlap section and attach snap fasteners. The instructor etched a design on the leather band (he also suggests leather stamping) but if you have already decorated belts, you can omit this step.

4. This woven macrame-style leather woven bracelet tutorial was written by Mette over at her blog, Erleperle. It is easy to do with good instructions on how to do the ends. Individualize each bracelet with different buttons.




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18 comments :

Azure Islands Designs said...

Great post Pearl...I too have had inquiries this year for men's jewelry. I've started with a few rugged necklaces but I would like to try the leather cuffs...I think those are very interesting...something that could be made in different widths, colors etc., and I think they would also appeal to come women!!

Cheers

The Beading Gem said...

Absolutely! I have seen women wear the leather cuffs. If done right, they can be feminine too.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I agree that this is a great article Pearl. Perfect timing for me as well! Just made a copper wire and polymer clay bead pendant yesterday that is a little too clunky for just one strand of cording and chain would dilute the look of it. A heavy braided leather cord would be just perfect! Will go dig out my supply of leather scraps and see what I can come up with. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Glad I ran across this page. Can anyone please tell me where to go in order to start making my own leather jewelry? I'm a male who wants to make his own rock style stage jewelry. I don't know how to describe it other than it's leather and it's rustic looking. Jamesavery.com has what I'm shooting for in their Christmas catalog on page 25 (items p. and q. or anything on that page really except for m. and n.). Any help on where to start would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much and happy new year!

The Beading Gem said...

The best way to learn leather work is to take classes from a local instructor. Check out who's available in your area. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions on wholesale jewelry stores which have good quality metal beads and clasps etc.. (i.e. puter, silver) and other jewelry making materials (leather, suade) and tools . Things that are rustic/rock looking.

Thanks

The Beading Gem said...

I suggest you try Fire Mountain Gems, Art Beads and Rio Grande. They all have a large amount of jewelry making supplies. You save more, the more you buy. To make things look rustic, you might like to check my past post on how to patina metal which gives it that aged look. Hope this helps :

http://www.beadinggem.com/2008/12/8-ways-to-patina-jewelry.html

Anonymous said...

I would like to find out how to make the very first leather bracelet on the top of this page. Please contact me at your convenience.--Thank-You: Gina
g_oliastro@yahoo.com

The Beading Gem said...

Hi Gina,

As you can see, the next part of the post tells you how to make it!

Anonymous said...

really a big help for starters like myself.

Divya N said...

Hey Pearl...thanks a lot...finally found some Men's jewelry I could make...My guy friends have been driving me mad for some and I was so clueless on what to make becoz they wanted something "different". Finally I had the sense to look here...cant wait to get started...will post the results on my blog ;)

The Beading Gem said...

That's great Divya! Can't wait to see the results! Pearl

anna said...

Hello!!Please please i need your help!!!can you please tell me how can i make something like this?
i;m sending you a link
I look forwand for your tips!!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/marthhas-cheiropoiemata/110895572259428#!/photo.php?fbid=190455774316550&set=a.190454850983309.52287.100000563876895

The Beading Gem said...

Hi Anna,
The leather petals are first cut out and then molded. The instructions are here - http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Make-Leather-Flowers&id=4421920

Thanks for asking! I will research more into the subject and write a future blog post on it! Pearl

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I found your blog via Google. Do you have the facilities in place to make more of these bracelets?

Please get in touch!

My email is info@ethical-emi.com

Thanks

jewelry making said...

This tutorial is one of the best and productive sites. I am happy of knowing this kind of business.

imprint by eileen said...

i love these, especially the wire wrapped studded ones. amazing how leather really can be very feminine, even delicate. i've been intimidated by starting to work too much with leather, but these are inspiring and seem like a great way to get started.....thanks!

The Beading Gem said...

I agree. Leather can be made to look feminine but yet not blingy if that is not your style.

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