DIY Leather Jewelry

This post brought to you by LeatherCord USA.DIY Leather Jewelry with chunky wood chain  LeatherCordUSA.comLet the good times roll for it is THE weekend!

High fives!  WE made it!

How about another quickie project featuring LeatherCord USA Leather Strap and Bolo cord?LeatherCord USA Leather StrapLeather strap is the main part of this project and LeatherCord USA makes it in a ton of colors.  That’s one of the reasons I love these guys.  For this project I played with the metallic “Kansa” color.  It’s a stiffer leather and softens the more you wear it (like all leather).

LeatherCord USA DIY Jewelry Making with Leather Strap and Bolo Cord MaterialsThese are the basic materials.  Pretty simple:

Leather Strap in Kansa

4mm Bolo Cord in Kansa

Chunky wood chain (or any large link chain)


Somewhere in my excitement I forgot to put the bolo cord into the shot.  I used round cord and the Glue and Go clasp pictured for the pink bracelet variation.LeatherCord USA DIY Jewelry Making  Connecting  Strap to Wood ChainThis is so easy.  I think I’m in love.  The first thing you do is cut the chain with heavy duty wire snips to the desired length.  Then figure out how long you want the strap, add a couple inches and cut.

Thread the strap through one end of the chain and fold it over one inch.LeatherCord USA DIY Jewelry Making  with Leather StrapAdd a drop or two of glue and use clothespins to hold it together while the glue sets up (like in the previous photo).LeatherCord USA DIY Jewelry Making  Metallic Bolo Cord and StrapWrap a few inches of bolo cord around the connection area to add a little something.  You know!  Use the same glue and clips to hold it in place while it dries.  Trim any excess bolo cord after it dries.DIY wood and leather chain necklaceDIY Jewelry Making  LeatherCord USA  Leather and Wood Chain necklace from Candie CooperDIY Leather Strap bracelet  LeatherCord USA  CandieCooper.comJust for fun, you can make a bracelet with pretty much this same technique.  I used the round cord to create a spiral knot instead of wrapping it with bolo cord.  Here’s a link to a spiral knot tutorial from LeatherCord USA.  If you love that clasp–there’s a link to it up in the materials.

Happy weekending y’all!

Make a Pave Link Necklace

Pave Link Necklace with heart claspDo you need a little instant-craftification?  Stressed out?  Need some sass in your life?  Or maybe a present for your BFF?  I’ve got it.  Right. Here.
Pave Link Necklace I found these cute pave links at Hobby Lobby along with the chain on the sides.  Use two 12mm jump rings to attach the pave link to the sides of chain.  This gives it a stronger and thicker looking connection.
Heart Clasp from BeadalonThis is a clasp I found in my Beadalon stash.  Don’t get attached (no pun intended).  I don’t think they make them anymore, but it never hurts to google “Beadalon Upper Clasp heart.”  You just never know what ebay or etsy might have.  There are thousands of cute clasps you can attach with single jump rings.

Yep.  You’re finished.
Pave Link Necklace with heart claspAhhhh.  How about that!!??

This is a super cute necklace that would be great to layer with other beaded chains .

In other news, I just got back from a work trip that went from Jan. 31st to Feb. 10th.  I worked for Jesse James Beads during the To Bead True Blue show in Tucson.  It was a blast catching up with all my jewelry making friends!!

Needless to say I’m fried though.  Blogging is good for the soul during these times because I can park my booty on the couch with the Hallmark channel on, edit pictures and write.

If you’re on Instagram and Facebook, follow me there to see more updates from shows like this and day to day fun.  My handle is “candiecooper”

Tomorrow afternoon we are heading to Ft. Wayne to pick up some sugar cookie supplies because it’s VALENTINE’s DAY and I have to make sugar cookies.  Have to.  I’ve had this idea to make squirrels holding conversation hearts for a year now.  This is why you should follow me on Instagram because I’ll post pictures of them.  Everyone loves a squirrel sugar cookie.

I’m signing off for the night.  

Sweet. Dreams.