DIY: Greek Leather and Jump Ring Sparkly Necklace Project

June 18, 2015

Jump rings are designed to connect things. Connect chain to clasp. Pendants to chain. Charms to bracelets. But what you may not realize is that jump rings also make great spacers! I like to use them on leather cording to space sparkly beads or pearls. This project is really easy, fast, and great to do with beginners, as the skills required are pretty basic.  And while the skills are basic, the end result certainly is not.  These necklaces make a real statement and are great solo or layered!

All the supplies needed for this project!

Supplies for this project:

Tools:

Cut the leather to your desired length. Somewhere between 16 inches and 24 inches is standard, with 18 inches being the most common length. I cut the leather for this necklace at 18 inches.

String on a sparkly crystal rondelle bead.

Add approximately 5-7 jump rings.

Add another sparkly crystal rondelle bead.

Repeat this pattern as long as you like.

Add more jump rings.

I did the pattern until there were 10 beads total.

Add 15 jump rings on each side.

Add a dap of glue to the ends of the leather.

Add the metal crimp end onto the leather. Crimp the metal onto the leather with chain nose pliers.

Attach a lobster clasp with a jump ring.

Add another jump ring on the other side. Completed necklace!

I hope you enjoyed this project! It’s one of my favorites! And you can use any beads that have a hole large enough to accommodate the leather cording. Also, you can add a segment of large link chain to the back to make the necklace adjustable if you like. Happy beading!  ~Tiffany

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