Try This: Leather + Cut Metal Necklace
Not only is this little guy super easy to make, he might just be one of my favorite projects that I've created lately.
Materials: 2 - 24" Leather Laces, 7 Metal Shapes, 6 large Jump Rings, Pliers
Without any particular project in mind, I ordered these cut metal triangles from Etsy seller Geometric Land. You could order your own, or skim the jewelry supply aisle at the craft store for something similar. I bet you could also find something really interesting to use at the hardware store.
Begin by folding one of your leather laces in half and creating a girth hitch knot (yes, I Googled that) through one of the shapes. You do this by passing the folded end of the lace through the shape and then threading the other ends of the lace through the loop and tightening.
Repeat the girth hitch knot with the other lace and one of the other metal shapes.
Join the remaining metal shapes with the jump rings, separating and rejoining the rings with a set of pliers -- one in each hand.
Join the string of shapes with each of the other pieces using jump rings, as shown.
Close the necklace by overlapping the leather laces and tying each pair of laces to the other pair with an overhand knot (yes, I Googled that too). This was the technique I used to make hemp necklaces and leather necklaces in like middle school. What? Am I the only one?
Anyway, the leather laces slide pretty easily over each other, so this technique also makes the necklace adjustable in length.
And that's it. Seriously, like a 10 minute project...at the most!
If you do give this tutorial a try, please be sure and share a picture through the "Share Your Projects" link at the top of the blog page. I'd love to feature some!
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