Spring is making its way to the PNW; we’ve had some sunny days. For a brief instance, we had a hot and glorious day, and I was inspired to design a necklace for a summer outfit.
Do you have a favorite charm necklace? I have two necklaces I find myself always wearing, one is a heart lock, a gift from my husband and the other is an arrow necklace. I love dainty small charms and delicate chains. The necklaces I’m sharing with you are designed to be interchangeable among various chains.
I used beautiful white leather graciously given to me by Darby Smart, a few silver charms and jewelry supplies. Please take a below for more details and tutorial ;)
- EK Tools Circle Cutter
- Martha Stewart Screw Punch
- 2 jump rings (in silver 9mm)
- 1 lobster clasp
- White leather (very thin)
- Ampersand charm or cloud charm of your choice
- Start with a piece of white leather and cut two circles 2″1/6 inches in diameter. I used a nifty circle cutter from EK Tools. The cutter is primarily designed to cut perfect circles out of paper. However, this tool also worked well with thin leather! The smallest circle I was able to cut was 2 1/6″ in diameter. Anything smaller than that and the blade will not run very smoothly.
- Use glue (crafting glue or Stitch glue) and stick both circles together. Gather the rest of materials, a screw punch, 2 silver jump rings and 1 lobster clasp.
- Use the medium blade in the screw punch and poke a hole like shown on picture 3.
- Insert a jump ring through the leather and close it.
- Attach charm to the other jump ring using pliers.
- Attach lobster clasp to the charm’s jump ring.
- Finally, attach the charm to the leather circle.
- Voila, the charm + leather circle with lobster clasp, is ready to be attached to any chain.
I used a bigger lobster clasp for this chain. The standard lobster clasp showed at top of the post, works well with dainty chains or a more substantial chain. However, a chunky chain like this one needed a bigger lobster clasp ;)
I am in love with my new Cloudy necklace! I drew a cloud on the back of the leather and very slowly cut the leather. I cut two clouds and glued them together. Then I followed the same steps as the ampersand necklace.
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