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Recycled Leather Earrings

An old leather purse of mine came apart at the seams, so I decided to save the leather for who-knows-what.  I eventually came up with an easy pair of earrings.

Materials

  • leather scraps
  • an x-acto knife and cutting mats
  • jewelry glue
  • gold-filled glue-on earring posts

  • gold acrylic paint
  •  a small spray bottle (travel size is perfect)
  • a cardboard box or piece of poster board for spray painting
The Method

1) Cut four strips of leather, one long pair and one shorter pair.  The shorter pair will be in front, so pick which side you would like to face outwards.  I liked the seude-looking side of my leather.

2) Put some gold paint in your spray bottle and thin it with a little water so you can spray without clogging the nozzle.

3) Spray some gold splatters on the shorter strips of leather.  My favorite technique:  Put the strips inside a cardboard box and direct the spray at an inside wall of the box (instead of spraying the leather directly).  The back-splatter created by spraying the side of the box makes nice splatters on the leather.  Allow to dry completely.

4) Glue the top of the short strip to the top of the long strip.  Glue the ear post to the back of the long strip.

5) Let dry. Done!

Labradorite Earrings Tutorial

These were inspired by a pair I saw in Sundance.  I like the mix of gold and silver and the iridescence of the labradorite.  To make them, you will need:

  • two labradorite rondelles
  • 2-4 gold disks
  • 2 sterling silver head-pins
  • 2 small sterling silver round beads
  • sterling silver beads
  • 2 gold-filled ear-wires
  • round nose and flat nose jewelry pliers

Start by putting one small silver bead on your head-pin. Follow with the labradorite rondelle and the two gold disks.  Add your silver beads until you reach your desired length, and then bind off the head-pin with a wrapped loop.  Attach to your ear-wire. Repeat for the second earring.