Beautiful Leather Jewelry Timeless Techniques for Today's Trends

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-07
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books
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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!

Author Biography

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

Dyeing and Painting
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

Panel Beads with three embellishments
Leather-Embellished Wood Beads
Leather Spool Beads
Leather Capsule Beads
Spool Bracelet
Tasseled Toss-On Necklace
Deco Earrings
Luscious Leather Necklace
Rhythm Necklace
Scrap project: Rolled beads from panel scrap

*TIPS sidebar with industry expert on making leather tassels

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