Jewelry Making: Let's Make a Suede Leather Necklace | Joleen Richards | Skillshare

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Jewelry Making: Let's Make a Suede Leather Necklace

teacher avatar Joleen Richards, Let's create beautiful jewelry.

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7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Overview

      2:10
    • 2. Materials You Will Need

      2:13
    • 3. Measure & Cut

      2:46
    • 4. Add Your Charm

      2:15
    • 5. Add your crimp closure

      3:05
    • 6. Attaching Your Clasp

      5:48
    • 7. The Finished Product

      2:11
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About This Class

In today's class with will create a simple but bold suede leather necklace. You can purchase all of these materials at your local craft store online or in-person. Not only will they look great on you, these necklaces will make a great gift item for your family and friends. Let's get started! 

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Joleen Richards

Let's create beautiful jewelry.

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I started creating jewelry out of boredom and I am still going strong four years later. Now I turn the spotlight on you to get creative. Let's make some dope jewelry pieces. :)

Joleen Richards is a jewelry and accessories designer who uses any material at hand to create unique, colorful and fun pieces. She started out by creating jewelry for herself, then quickly realized many of her pieces became conversation starters. As interest in her designers grew, she began creating custom orders and selling them on Etsy in addition to her own online store, joleencreations.com. Joleen teaches online jewelry courses on Skillshare and hosts pop up events throughout New York City.

Common themes and influences reflected in her work include bright colors, reminiscent of her childhood in ... See full profile

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1. Overview: I welcome. My name is join Richards. I am majority designer based in Brooklyn, New York. My company's called join creations, and I love creating bold, colorful, and unapologetically fun a jewelry. You can see I'm wearing a little bit of it right now. One of the great things about creating jewelry is that the possibilities are endless. I can create from morning to noon, noon to midnight, and not even have a sense of time. And honestly, once you learn a basic technique, you can take that technique with you all over and all sorts of things. So this holiday season, I can imagine if you're not, if you're watching this over the holiday season, I could imagine that budgets might be tight or you really want to make something special by hand for someone that you're not able to be with them physically right now. So yeah. We'd like to teach you some of the techniques that I use to create my own pieces of jewelry that you'll see on my website from time to time. So today's class will be creating this lovely. We'll be creating the levelised weighed leather necklace. Very simple, very easy to make. You can probably make five of these in three hours. And there are five gifts you have within that. And it's really special, I think when you make something by hand and feels a little bit more authentic. And since this facile BY making this, this necklace right here, so the supplies you will need will be in the next module over. So head over to see the supplies you will need for today's class. All of the supplies are also listed in the worksheet attached to this project. Attached to this project. So it's head over there and let's get started. 2. Materials You Will Need: So the materials you'll need for today's class as a leather lace or suede leather or suede lease on. You can get these adequate local craft stores like Michael's. I will link some options in my in the worksheet that's attached to this progress. So what you'll definitely need is some sort of suede outlays to do this project. And the great thing is that they are available in a variety of colors. So there's blue there, as black, as purple, there's IRI and there's so many work. So it's really up to you what coding would like to use. And that's one of the great things about jewelry is that you can create endlessly. There's really no limitation, there is no destination, and it's just a continual process of creating your own piece. You'll need a measuring tape. You will also meet suppliers which I have here. You will need a scissors and you would also need a term. I have two examples here. I have go charm, I have this leave charm, and we'll be using the leave charm today. You'll need to Chrome closures here. And you will need three jump rings, as well as one lobster class to finish her necklace off. And you would also need something like this. It can be wood, it can be a shoebox cover, but just something so that your joy will be secured in a smaller finding pieces like ease or even when you're working with beads don't go away. So I usually put the smaller items in here so that, you know, just like happens you not something off the table. So they preferred security in this space. And that's all we need to reduce against serene and today's project. And the materials, as I mentioned, will be linked in the worksheet attached to this project. So let's get started. 3. Measure & Cut: Girls would be using the blue Sleepless in today's project. So I'll just move everything that we're not using. Some inside will be using these but a little bit later. And we'll just keep the scissors are measuring tape me. So one of the curious things you need to think about when you're creating your piece is how long you would like it to be. If you've never worked with measuring tape before, it is pretty it's just as you think it is. So if you're making a children, you measure hearing that. And let's say you get and 1616 inches, right? You're going to minus 0.5 from the 16 inches, which brings you to 15.5. And that's where you'd want to cut your suede. Because the class, once you've attached to class itself, that's going to take up an additional half an inch. So that would be the full 16 inches. So that might be alert. That's a lot already. So just take a minute. Like if you did not understand that, just take a minute, just reminded a little bit. So basically you're cutting your hair. You're cutting your leather half an inch under your measurement or today's class, we are not making a choker but exactly the same. So here we have this necklace. We're going to essentially create this necklace envelope. And then I'm going to measure where I want my necklace simply H on my body. So I'll take my measuring tape and just say, okay, kinda want it to be, I think right here is good. So 24, so this is 24, so minus 0.524, and that will give me 23.5. And that is how much of the swayed I will cut. Unravel this and measure twenty four. Twenty four, twenty three point five. So 23.5 is about this long, and this is where I would like my cloud, my necklace CB about here. So then I just take my scissors and cut. So now that are swayed, leather is cut. We are then going to break our other tools. 4. Add Your Charm: So now we'll need our supplier is where crack closure and ends, our brains and our charms. So the first step here will be to connect your charm to a jumper. Now you'll be using both pliers. And I'll zoom in so you can see exactly what I'm doing. You're going to take your two pliers. You're going to open the jump rain. So the walking Moynihan story and the other one. So you're at a 90 degree gamble with your pliers and you twist one yet, so one hand should be moping, that's wasting. So now the jump frame is open. And then you're just going to put your charm onto the jump bring. And then before you call us the class, you're going to attach it to the middle of your suede letter. So in addition to adding degenerating, you're adding it directly to the swayed by their and then your phone to close it and secure. Sometimes there is a little bit of space between the brain. And to do that, just hold it steady and use one buyer to gently squeeze. And that will do the exact same thing of keeping that space, keeping your job and completely ghost. So we're halfway there. And we are ready to close this, close this necklace up and we'll, we're almost finished. I told you this is fairly simple stuff and you're going to have so much fun with it. 5. Add your crimp closure: Okay, so for the next step, what we need to do is close, close the very, the clothes, the necklace. So here I have the Crimean closure here and it should be a snug fit. So I'll link exactly because these do come in different sizes. So to avoid confusion, I would recommend going by the sizes in the worksheet. So right here you see just not fit. Then you're going to get one of your pliers and then you're squeezing ones at, at a time. This side, this part is a little bit tricky, so take your time with it. Don't lose a fingernail, just really take your time with it. So the tip here will be to put a little bit more of the swayed through the, the closure. So you can hold on to that p so it doesn't pull away. And then you squeeze one side n, like that. And then you turn it around so that psi should be secure. And you do the same thing, you hold it really well. And then you just squeeze the other side over. Just like that. So that's one side completed of your Nicholas. So we are more than halfway there. And you'll be on your way to creating your first leather necklace. Before you continue, I'd recommend just looking at how you want your necklace to be so that both sides are evenly matched. And then you just make sure, so you just basically pulled swayed sine at o and then you'd want to have it the same way on the other side. So here I have this slide up. So you just do that first and then you flip it over. Do the same thing. Hold on to that side tight and close one side. Really take your time with this part because this is probably the hardest part of creating this piece. And then you close the other side. And we are 75% of the way there, everyone. So the last part of the video will be how we complete the netlist. So if you need to take a break, I know that working your thumbs is really your practice. So just take a break if you need x2 and then we'll come back and finish. 6. Attaching Your Clasp: Okay, so for the next step, what we need to do is close, close the brace, the closed-end necklace. So here I have the Chrome closure here, and it should be a snug fit. So I'll link exactly because these do come in different sizes. So to avoid confusion, I would recommend going by the sizes in the worksheet. So right here you see just snug fit. Then you're going to get one of your pliers and then you're squeezing ones at, at a time. This side, this part is a little bit tricky, so take your time with it. Don't lose a finger now, just really take your time with it. So the tip here will be two. Put a little bit more of the swayed through the, the closure. So you can hold on to that p so it doesn't pull away. And then you squeeze one side n, like that. And then you turn it around so that side should be secure. And you do the same thing, you hold it really well. And then you just squeeze the other side over. Just like that. So that's one side completed of your Nicholas. So we are more than halfway there. And you'll be on your way to creating your first leather necklace. Before you continue, I'd recommend just looking at how you want your necklace to be so that both sides are evenly matched. And then you just make sure so you just basically pulled old swayed sine at o and then you'd want to have it the same way on the other side. So here I have this side up. So you would just do that first and then you flip it over. Do the same thing. Hold on to that side tight and close one side. Rarely take your time with this part because this is probably the hardest part of creating this piece. And then you close the other side. And we are 75% of the way there everyone. Okay, so the last part of the video will be how we complete the netlist. So if you need to take a break, I know that working your thumbs is really your practice. So just take a break if you need x2 and then we'll come back. So we are ready to finish up our necklace, which is my favorite part because that means I get to wear it. So for the last step, you're going to need your Strunk, bring your lobster claw, and another jump bring. So what the smallest jump bring? I am going to open it up to attach the lobster clasp. So remember the same technique. Keep one hand at angle, keep your other hand at a 90 degree angle and you slowly open the jumper. But one buyer way, you get your class and you just beat it through the jumper. And then you take one side of your necklace and you insert and you just close it. So let's keep the same technique. 90-degree. Sometimes you just have to move it around so you could gets it a 90 degree angle, which will make you're jumping so much easier. So he gets it in 90 degree and then you just twist with the other player. And there we are. And then the final jump rain, which is here. We're going to open that one up and attached that to the other side of the necklace and close. And that's it. That's all there is to creating your leather necklace. Now you can adjust it, you can open, you can close, slope this away. So you can see our final product. 7. The Finished Product: And we've completed our first piece. Look how cute this looks really, really cool. So let's test it out so make sure it's working. I usually like to do a pull tests like a really subtle folds, have to make sure that you're not close will hold up. So the standard of time, and with this technique, as I mentioned numerous times, the possibilities are really endless. So with this, you can make it shorter, you can make it a joker. This would be really cute as a choker. Yeah, it's just really measuring how long you would like it to be. And let's try it on our very first leathers way, Nicholas. Yes, I approve. I like this piece. Probably won't edits in my jewelry collection. So we're next week somewhere to another zoom meeting. So Congrats, you've completed this course, you've made it to the end. I can't wait. I can't wait to see what types of pieces you create with this technique here. So if you'd like to try it out for yourself, I highly recommended super fun and it's very easy. You can do this with your friends. You can be a fun little project that you do. Maybe even over zoom if you're trying to say and socially distant is holiday season, which is highly recommended. Who want to give our friends and family safety? If you do create this necklace, please do tag. We want Instagram. I would love to see your creation. If you have any questions, please email me at workshops. Actually, creations thought, calm and I can't wait to see your, your spin on things. Thanks for watching the show. You'll also need a class.