Leather is a popular material for jewelry making. But it has long been on the more sombre side as far as color is concerned. They are ideal for unisex styles. Lately though, the leather products out there have a decided feminine look with more patterns and hues available.
There are also other ways to make stylish leather jewelry. A new book I just received for review has tons of ideas. Stylish Leather Jewelry (also available from Fox Chapel Publishing) is by Myléne (-pronounced as Millane) Hillam, an Australian award winning designer and instructor.
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She also makes leather beads like you would the traditional paper beads! Indeed Myléne is often inspired by other craft techniques like kumihimo and does apply them to her designs.
My favorite section has to be the last one where she shows how black leather can be dressed up by painting it with metallic leather paints. These are showstoppers! The book's cover shows the fabulous Winged Orbs bracelet in gorgeous colors.
The designer used a variety of glues throughout the book. One thing which wasn't made clear was why leather adhesive was used for some projects but not others. I assume any good multipurpose glue will be fine to use if you cannot get hold of leather adhesive. Another adhesive she used was the multipurpose 527 glue. Although she used G-S Hypo-Cement glue for the Winged Orbs project, she also suggested nail polish as an alternative adhesive. I would use say, E6000, not nail polish.
Before You Go:
- Unisex Leather Bracelet Tutorials
- Amma Gyans' Stunning Molded Leather Jewelry
- How to Make Recycled Leather Jewelry from a Leather Belt
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