Leather Leaf Necklace

Made a quick little necklace today!  It’s very Urban Outfitters lookin’ and all together only took an hour and a half.

When I do projects that involve bitty bits, I work on a tray and am able to put it aside for a while, sit  and work in my Big Comfy Chair, or take it from room to room.  Pretty convenient when yet another episode of The Closer is on and I need to escape (like right now).  Learn more aboutour dirty little secret here.

First, I found this necklace on Pinterest 

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 and then these…

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The other versions have much larger leaves, but since this is a gift for someone that errs on the side of minimalism, I thought smaller leaves would be more apropos.

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You’ll need:

Leather scraps –  my Tandy Leather shop has boxes of huge scraps, and the manager let me dig through and snip off corner swatches. He charged me $5 per pound, so I paid $2!

Leaf patterns from heavy paper in two or more sizes.

A fat needle

Scissors

Pliers

chain and matching jump rings.

the stuff....

I chose dark brassy findings, but there’s silver, shiny brass, and copper options at Michael’s.

I’d love to use 3 shades of light gray on a silver chain for myself!

Cut your chain to length. This one measures 26” which includes the 2.5” drop. I didn’t have to use a clasp since the recipient has a normal size head, and it will slip right over without even messing up her hair – plus, she loves long necklaces.

Attach the cut end 2.5 inches (or so) above the opposite end. Now you have a lasso shape.

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Cut out your patterns and trace onto the scraps. Cut INSIDE the lines so that you don’t have inky leaves.

I cut out 21 leaves. But 40+ in 3 sizes would look cool too!

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Lay out a plan, keeping it perfectly random. Above the 2.5” drop, my leaves are  on the right side of the chain.  The drop itself has leaves on both sides. You may want to attach them with the finished sides face up and face down.

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Snap a picture of it to look back on as you go.

To get the jump rings ready, find the opening and put it up at 12:00.  Grasp the left side of the ring with pliers (at 9:00).  According to the bevel cut, push or pull the right side of the ring open .  DO NOT  PULL APART OR WIDEN TO A           “C”

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Do this  over and over.

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Poke a hole in a leaf  with your needle and add a ring.

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Add your leaves to the chain and close each ring the opposite way of how it was opened.

Done!

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9 Comments

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9 responses to “Leather Leaf Necklace

  1. this is such a pretty idea!

  2. that looks awesome! great idea. and btw, I also love the closer. a strong, outspoken southern woman. what’s not to love? 😉

  3. This is AMAZING!!! And so creative. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for posting it!

  4. How cool is that?! Well done.

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