July 20, 2011

How to Make Leather Jewelry with Silver Findings and Pearls, by Marcy Kentz

Learning how to make jewelry with leather cord, silver findings, and pearls is a lot easier than you think. I began making leather jewelry many years ago when a generous leather hand bag designer offered me his leather scraps. Because I had a fairly unlimited supply I felt free to experiment, to hit bumps in the road, and to keep trying. Through years of trial and error I have come up with some unique leather jewelry techniques that I can’t wait to share with you.

You may not know it but here at Nina Designs we offer FREE jewelry design ideas and FREE how-to lessons. This is where I will be sharing my leather jewelry how to’s. The first lesson is available now and teaches you how to punch, cut, and glue leather, as well as how to seamlessly attach 3 strands of pearls to wide leather cord. By the end of the lesson you will have created a beautiful three strand leather necklace with pearls. I hope my classroom lessons will inspire you and open new doors in the world of jewelry making.

Leather jewelry is a hot trend right now and it’s a lot of fun to make. The look of leather jewelry is at once feminine and edgy, and appeals to a wide audience. Stop by Nina Designs where you’ll find new wide leather cord that is a dream to work with. Have you been working with leather cords in your jewelry? Do you have any questions I can address in upcoming leather jewelry how-to’s?

Leather Necklace How To #1, by Marcy Kentz

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  • Love the new wide leather cord…Thanks for sharing your design idea and lesson! You instructions are great and the design is simple and elegant. Using leather is a great way to incorporate silver, save money and still create a beautiful pieces!
    I plan to order some leather cord soon for a design idea I have in mind..:)

  • LK

    this is a great idea! simple, understated, and elegant, but also a great alternative to chain!

  • jan smith

    I am interested in learning how to hand roll leather for stringing pearls. I have used Greek leather and other commercial brands, but I would like to be able to make my own. I have looked all over but cannot find the information on how to do this. It is almost suede like on one side and rolled very fine. It is very durable. I think it is either lambskin or pigskin. Could be goatskin? Thanks

  • Hi Jan – I asked all the ladies in the office, and none of us have had any experience in hand rolling leather. And, after a quick Google search & some discussion, we think “hand rolled leather” is a term applied to round leather cord, aka Greek cord. But I’m sure you’ve heard that before. Have you tried looking for a lesson on YouTube? Maybe seeking the help of a leather artisan would be a good next direction. As you may know, we do offer some beautiful leather cords here at Nina Designs. Good luck on your search!