I like to add a little change to my wardrobe every once in a while. This latest addition of leather came when I found some great colored leather strips at the flea market.
I took my mother-on-law and stepson over to Webster’s Flea Market on Christmas Eve. This may be a new tradition.
Connie has a bead booth called Baubles-n-Bits (nothing online though) and I managed to pick up these great colored pearls (a vibrant yellow and a shiny penny brown).
She also sold leather strips which I have not used before. I chose red, green, and brown leather strips at a quarter a piece. Each strip was 24 inches long.
I have had these beads sitting on my work station for a week.
I could not get them to settle right into place on chain or bead wire. I was having beader’s block. As soon as I brought the leather home I knew the brown leather strip was the answer.
The leather fit through the headpins I had already fit into place but I had to then figure out how to knot the leather. I did try sewing the leather but my needle would not pierce the leather. I did not want to use glue and I had none of those handy fabric crimps. I am trying to teach myself without the use of glue.
Thankfully I had some large hole spacing beads that covered the leather when tied off.
With the use of a large oval wire bead, I connected the three headpins. I then ran the leather around from one end of the centerpiece to another.
I did not put a clasp on this necklace as it is long enough to slide over one’s head before settling at a respectable 24 inch length.
Overall I am pleased with the results. The amber colored glass, the random pieces used to bring it all together, and the use of a new resource (leather) all came together well.
I will find another use for the remaining leather strips. I may have to give in and buy some of those crimp things:)