Last night, I was humming along, making a bracelet out of a natural leather cord, pearls and silver spacers. I’ve had this knotted, multistrand leather design in my head for quite a while now and I was finally getting around to making it a reality. I was 75% of the way finished with this bracelet, I went to tie another knot in the leather, I pulled, and CRASH! My arms flew apart, hit the desk and I almost fell off my chair! The leather split in two, pearls went flying and so did a few choice words !*?
Another roll of bad natural leather. I’ve had some tough luck with the natural leather cording. The first roll I ordered was completely brittle, I called up Leather Cord USA and they sent me another. The new one felt a little brittle too- but nothing like the first. I tested a knot or two, it seemed fine. I proceeded.
I was too discouraged last night to try to start over for fear of the same thing happening so I will be on the phone again today to see what the deal is with this color of natural cord. I have other natural colors and they are butter soft. I am thinking I just need to use a leather moisturizer – but it will likely darken the leather. What to do?!
I will report back again with better news, a completed bracelet and perhaps some advice on how to handle leather cording that gets brittle. I would hate to waste another entire spool of leather cording!
Let me know if you have ever experienced leather cording breaking in your jewelry designs or if you have any suggestions for what to condition it with. I am trying to avoid buying an expensive bottle of special leather conditioner.