I like leather. Leather shoes, leather handbags, leather portfolios, leather embellishments, you name it, if it’s leather – I’m just drawn to it. So naturally, I like to use leather in jewelry designs, especially when I make bracelets! I like the feel and the bit of laid back, rustic luxury it can add to a design. However, at the same time, I don’t like the leather to take over the piece so it looks too “Cowgirl”.
I have been swimming in a sea of leather lately… Boxes of the stuff. It’s pretty cool. I’m working on a fun leather project. But, the piece pictured below is really just a fancy chain bracelet with just a little “glimpse of leather”. There will be more jewelry designs with more leather to show you in the future!
I stamped the leather with a tiny butterfly stamp and I punched a hole in each side of the jump ring with a rotary leather punch and attached the jump rings.
Tip: If you punch a hole in leather – especially suede, and want to use bright silver findings, it will likely oxidize the sterling or silver plated findings or wire when attached directly to the leather. This is due to the treatment of the leather. It is better to attach already oxidized silver and plan on oxidation as part of your design. If the silver does not directly touch the leather, it will not oxidize any faster than usual.
Have a wonderful weekend!