Beads of all colors and styles are available online as well as in craft stores, and they come in every color and style imaginable. They are also made from a wide variety of materials including leather. They can be quite expensive, but you can easily make them in just a few simple steps. Baubles made from natural materials are ideal for accessorizing coats, handbags, necklaces, bracelets, shoes and more. Find out how to make suede or buckskin gems, and transform ordinary items into extraordinary clothing, jewelry and accessories.
To make natural leather bead necklaces you will need Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue or a comparable adhesive, strips of thin leather, sheers, round wooden toothpicks and cord. You can use colored suede, buckskin or any thin variety desired. Scraps of garment leather are ideal for making rolled beads. Also, if you do not want to use cord to make your necklaces, consider using metal ball chains. As the photo shows, the results are spectacular. Even though the chain is cheap, it looks great with the bead style.
Consider incorporating colorful glass or wooden beads into your designs. Brown and turquoise are an amazing color combination, and genuine turquoise bobbles are ideal for making necklaces. Shop online to find the best deals and color options, and begin planning your creations. They make fantastic gifts, and they are fast sellers at craft shows and flea markets.
Procedure for Making the Beads
Begin by making the leather beads from scraps. Cut them into long narrow triangles, and cut off the points to create gentle curves. The width and length of the triangles will depend upon the desired size of the finished beads. Practice with flawed pieces to achieve a preferred length and width.
Apply Aleene’s Leather & Suede glue to the wrong side of the first piece. Cover all but about one-eighth of an inch on the widest end. Place a round wooden toothpick on the unglued end, and tightly roll it into a bead. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour before removal, and let it dry for at least 24 hours before stringing.
Tips for Stringing the Beads
Cord is ideal for stringing leather beads, but not the cheap plastic or stretchy variety. Use heavy polyester or nylon cord, or opt for leather laces. A size 6 beading needle is helpful, especially if the ends of the strings are not stiff or small enough to easily fit through the openings. If you do not have a needle of the appropriate size, wrap the end with masking tape. It will be easy to remove when finished.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience