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3 Nov

I have used some unusual materials for DIYs including black-eyed beans in a necklace but I have not used leather in a jewelry DIY yet. When I came across a piece of faux leather fabric, I thought I will give it a try. This DIY uses leather and gold chain to create a tiered or layered necklace with braiding and stud details. It was inspired by this beautiful handmade necklace from Anthropologie.

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You’ll need:

  • Leather (two 15 x 1 inch pieces)
  • Gold Chain (three 16 inch pieces)
  • Gold Prong Studs (two)
  • Gold Jumprings (eight) & a Clasp
  • Pinch Crimps Cord Ends (two)
  • Jewelry Pliers & Scissors

Step 1: To braid the first piece of leather, split it into three equal parts leaving one-third of an inch at the end.

Step 2 & 3: Pass a jumpring through the rightmost part and braid four times. Add another jumpring to the new rightmost part and braid four times. Repeat it one more time so that there are three jumprings in total.

Step 4: Continue braiding till the end and cut off any uneven leather left at the end. Add one of the crimp cord ends to secure the braid.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the second piece of leather. Only difference is to add the jumprings on the leftmost part.

Step 6: Align the jumpring ends of both the leather pieces and begin attaching the chain to the jumprings. I started with the bottom two jumprings and instead of folding the chain exactly in half to add to the jumprings on each side, I kept one of them longer. This gives a more layered look.

Step 7: Add the jumprings and the clasp to the other ends of the braided leather pieces.

Step 8: To give a more polished look, add prong studs on each end of the leather pieces where we began braiding.

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And you have a handmade necklace perfect for dresses or casual tank tops. To create a new look, you can replace the leather with different colored cords and get a completely new necklace or you can also add the studs all along the braided piece instead of just at the ends. So many options to customize, happy DIY-ing! Follow along on Instagram or Pinterest to stay up to date on upcoming DIYs.

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21 Mar

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Spring has officially started and that means festival season is here. Who is headed to Coachella this April? Last year, I showed you how to DIY a no-sew festival inspired maxi dress. Today’s beaded pendant necklace is also inspired by festival fashion. I had found these gorgeous beaded earrings at Urban Outfitters but never got a chance to wear them, this DIY will turn them into a fun boho chic necklace perfect for festivals or those spring/summer outfits.

Let’s get started, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Beaded Pendants (or pair of beaded hoop earrings)
  • Two 20cm Medium Size Chain Pieces
  • Jump Rings & Clasp
  • Jewelry Pliers

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Step 1: Using the jewelry pliers, remove the latch-back portion of the earring that goes through the ear piercing.

Step 2: Attach the two hoops together using jump rings and pliers. Mine did not need jump rings since the earrings already had wire hooks at the end.

Step 3: Connect each end of the top hoop earring with a piece of 20cm chain using jump rings.

Step 4: Add a clasp to the loose end of one chain and jump ring to the loose end of the second chain.

You are done and ready to accessorize any festival outfit! Since the chain on the necklace is long and the pendant hangs low, it is also perfect for day-to-day casual looks as well. You can experiment with different color beads, chain sizes and pendant shapes. If you want to see how I included it in my outfits, follow along on Instagram. Happy Spring and stay HIGH on DIY!