This tutorial uses strass crystal leather cord from Endless Leather as shown in the recent giveaway. However the basic principles outlined in this tutorial apply whether you use leather strips or other feature decorations. If you've never done any metal smith techniques before, this will get you started.
The edges of the blanks were already smooth but if they were not, get rid of the burs and also blunt the corners with either a metal file, grit paper or sanding block as I did.
|Eurotool Power Punch|
Chasing hammers are like regular ones except that the flat side has a larger surface area to work with. The blanks got a little wonky after being textured so I had to flip them over a couple of times and hammered them flat. Be careful with this step as you don't want to add hammer marks to the metal. Maybe use a pad made from some old cloths or towels?
After cutting the strass leather into suitable strips, you may need to color the lighter colored cut edges as I had to. Wonderful things, marker pens!
I recommend the Super New Glue as it does a great job especially for applications where the hold must be strong. I was suitably impressed when I first used it for the Regaliz leather bracelets I made before. Apply and press down for several seconds and then leave to cure. It doesn't take very long with this glue but I like to leave things well alone overnight.
Then attach to ear wires (additional jump rings are optional) and you are done!
This item is for sale in my Etsy store. 100 % of net proceeds goes to cancer research.
Before You Go:
- What To Do If Your Tools Mark Your Jewelry Wire
- Hammers and Steel Blocks for Jewelry Making
- How to Debur Ear Wires
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