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Melissa Cable has a knack for taking traditional jewelry-making techniques and applying them to various materials in an upscale, modern way. In Beautiful Leather Jewelry, she shares new methods for altering leather to create unique textures and patterns in a variety of necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, pendants, and more. Proper finishing techniques, such as snap setting, will ensure polished, professional results. Aspiring leather jewelry designers will appreciate learning how to combine familiar materials such as Swarovski crystals, metals, wood, felt, and resin with leather cuffs, cords, and more. This is leather jewelry like you’ve never seen before!
Melissa Cable has been creating jewelry for over 10 years. Seven of those years, she owned Beadclub Bead store in Woodinville, WA where she quickly recognized her passion for creating and teaching projects. She has taught at bead stores and shows around the country, such as the Bead&Button Show, Bead Expo, and the Puget Sound Bead Festival. Her work has been published in magazines including BeadStyle, The Best of Beadstyle, Stringing, Bead&Button's Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads, and in the book A Beaders Stash. She lives in Bellevue, WA.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Leather
Leather types and uses Vegetable tanned vs chrome tanned Weights and Sizes Purchasing Leather
Tools of the Trade
Techniques: Cutting Piercing Texturing Dyeing and Painting Distressing Embossing Carving Stamping Lacing and Stitching Setting rivets and Eyelets Setting snaps and other clasps Finishing Edges
*TIPS sidebar with industry insider
Projects From Scratch Working with vegetable tanned leather
Three Basic Cuffs Dapped Leather Band Stone-Set Pendant Mesa Pendant Stacked Disk Choker Laced Faux Bone cuff and short sidebar on Faux Bone Formed Leather and Wire Cuff Corrugated bracelet and Pendant Anticlastic Bracelet Mother’s Bracelet Scrap Project: Negative Space necklace
*TIPS sidebar stamping, engraving or dyeing techniques sidebar with industry insider
Projects From Altered Leather Ways to showcase beautiful pre-dyed leather, cuffs, strap and cord
Lattice Bracelet Matrix Bracelet Laurel Necklace Rippled Dangle Redux Twisted Cane Crystal Pod Pendant and Bracelet Bubbly Necklace and Earrings Stapled Strip Inlaid Bracelet and Pendant Felted Cuff with short sidebar on needle felting Scrap Project: Matrix Earrings
*TIPS sidebar with industry expert on using leather cord to create a knotted, textured pendant cord
Leather Beads Learn to create 3 different bead styles and tassels