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This week on the blog, I wanted to share a necklace tutorial with you, specifically how to make yourself a beautiful Pearl Leather Necklace. I love working leather into my jewelry pieces. Look at one of my previous posts, all about leather earrings, for example. Leather is just very versatile and adds a wonderfully rustic texture to necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

I’m going to show you how to make a pendant using leather and some pearl beads for a bit of a glamorous twist. You can easily pick your favorite jewelry chain style to go with the pendant or any jewelry cord. I went with a chain for durability. Let’s get started!!

Materials To Get Started:

  • Craft leather sheets (I bought mine through Amazon).
  • Pearl beads.
  • A rotary cutter.
  • A self-healing mat (or a suitable work surface for the cutter).
  • A Leaf stencil.
  • Sewing needle or other piercing tool.
  • Split rings.
  • Eye Pins.
  • Head Pins.
  • A necklace chain and closure (if it doesn’t already have one).

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Map Your Project Out

The beauty of a leather necklace is there are many ways to do one. Today, I’m making a leafy pendant, with a few layers of colored leather with a bit of a pearl decorative bit.

I like to sketch a little doodle out on a piece of paper. It need not be complicated or anything super artistic (save that for the actual necklace!!). The sketch will help you keep in mind what you need to do as you work through your craft.

A simple freehanded sketch can help you keep your project on track!
My sketches are nothing to write home about, but they help keep my projects organized to my liking!!

The sketch also need not be set in stone. You may find as you get working that you want to go in a different direction. I just find it useful for getting my creative juices flowing, if nothing else!

Stencil Your Leaves

Start by using your leaf stencil (or stencils, depending on whether you want a bit of different sizing) and a black sharpie marker to draw the leather sheet’s back pattern. You can also use a chalk marker or anything that will show up on the backing fabric of your leather sheet.

For your stencil, you can either find a printable on the internet or just freehand draw a leaf and use it to draw the shape on your leather piece, as I did.

Your stencil can be drawn by your own hand or one you find on the internet!
A stencil can either be drawn by your own hand, as I did, or find a printable online!

Then take your rotary cutter, using your mat or another protective surface to cut up your leather pieces for your necklace. I recommend cutting your leaves a bit wide, it allows you to shave off more if you need it!

A rotary cutter makes easy work for slicing up your leather pieces!
A rotary cutter makes cutting out leather pieces so much easier than scissors!!

Create Your Pearl Piece

I decided that a simple pearl dangle was all I needed, but you can bulk it out with more “lines” of pearls or whatever suits your taste. To create my dangle, you use a head pin with three pearl beads and then an eye pin with a silver bead on top.

Some simple pearls can instantly class up a necklace!
I chose pearls that were similar in color to my sheets of leather, but the choice is yours!!

Connecting Everything

I like to use a thick needle for piercing my leather (the larger ones for upholstery usually work well here). You need enough of a hole to insert a split ring in so you can connect the different leather pieces and your pearl bit. At the top of your pendant, finish with another split ring and loop your necklace chain through that, and your necklace is all ready to wear!

Here it is, a finished pearl leather necklace!!!
Connecting the leather and the pearl dangle with a split ring finishes everything off nicely. If you find your necklace is hanging oddly, add another split ring to the top and insert your chain through it.

For my style of necklace, you want two holes in each leaf, so it kind of provides a bit of dimension to the leather leaves by pinching the top a bit.

If you need to attach a closure, you would do so on the ends of the chain.

Once your chain is attached, you can wear your necklace!!
I just realized that this is a horrible shirt to wear for showing off a necklace – but yeah, you can wear your necklace once your chain is attached!!

Final Thoughts About A Pearl Leather Necklace

Leather jewelry can be dressy or casual and that is one of the many things that I love about it. I also love how easily you can put a unique twist onto this pendant style, a change of color, and you have an entirely different pendant! There are just so many ways to tweak this pendant to make it yours.

I hope you enjoyed this pearl leather necklace tutorial. If you did, let me know in the comments down below. If there’s any craft or home decor project you’d like to see me cover on the blog, be sure to let me know, I would love to hear from you!

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Join me next week for a post about making hostess gifts. You may not be doing too much visiting this holiday season because of the pandemic. Still, another idea is to make some of these gifts to send out to your friends and family instead of getting together for the holiday season! Until then, stay crafty, my friends!

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