Primitive Leather & Stone Pendant (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
This project is a modern take on primitive leather jewelry.

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The pendant features a foldover bail that can accommodate nearly any thickness of leather cord:

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a style that works well for both guys and gals!

Supplies:

  • Download my free PDF template for this project – simply print the template, cut it out, and trace around it on your leather. It even shows you exactly where to punch the holes in your leather.
    Note: The template is sized for making this pendant with a 30x40mm bead.
  • A piece of leather, approximately 2″ x 4.25″ (5cm x 12cm) and about 2mm thick.
    I used a piece of dark brown scrap suede – available from leather suppliers and most craft stores:
    Suede leather for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • A stone bead, 30mm x 40mm size, drilled lengthwise.
    I used this crazy horse jasper bead:
    Crazy Horse Jasper Bead for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 metal eyelets – 1/8″ x 7/32″ size – available in craft stores and some jewelry suppliers.
    Mine are Beadfreak brand:
    Brass eyelets for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • A piece of craft wire / artistic wire – 20 gauge and about 3x the length of your bead.
    (For my 40mm long bead, I cut a piece of wire 120mm long.)
    The wire I used:
    Artistic wire for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Hole punch, capable of punching a hole of the right size for your eyelet.
    There are several different punches that would work for this.
    I used a Eurotool EuroPower punch, and its 1/8″ punch bit:
    Punch for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Scissors – for cutting your leather. I found that regular household scissors were fine for cutting my suede leather.
  • Chalk or pencil to trace the template onto your leather.
    If your leather is a light color, use pencil. If it’s a dark color, use white chalk.
  • Jeweler’s steel block – for a hammering surface.
  • Hammer for flattening the end of your eyelet – preferably a hammer with a ball end.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Thick cord to turn your pendant into a necklace.
    I used braided leather cord I found in my local craft store.

How to Make a
Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant:

First, Download my free PDF template.

Note: The template is sized for making this pendant with a 30x40mm bead.

I decided it would be much easier to give you the template I made for myself – instead of trying to explain how I measured and figured the dimensions for it! 🙂

So print my free PDF template and cut it out. Use a sharp, pointy object to poke three holes in the template, right where I’ve marked them:

Free PDF template for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now place your template on your leather.

If your leather is a light color, use a pencil to trace around the template onto the leather. If your leather is a dark color like mine, use a piece of white chalk.

Be sure to also mark the 3 holes onto the leather:

Trace around the template on your leather - Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use scissors to cut out your leather pendant:

Cut out leather pendant - Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your punch to make a 1/8″ hole on each of the 3 places marked on your leather:

Punching holes in leather for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Move down to the bottom end (the wider end) of your leather pendant.

Insert one of your eyelets into the hole you punched at the bottom of your pendant.

The “head” of the eyelet should be on the top side of your pendant:

Inserting eyelet for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Push the eyelet into the hole in your leather until the head is seated firmly against the leather.

The stem of the eyelet should be protruding from the back of the leather.

Now use the ball end of your hammer to GENTLY start tapping on the stem of the eyelet to flatten it out uniformly around the pendant hole.

It’s better to use a series of gentle taps for this, instead of a couple of big whacks:

Hammer-flattening eyelet for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The bottom hole in your leather pendant should look like this:

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to make the foldover bail for your pendant.

On the front side of your leather pendant, insert your other eyelet into the middle hole you punched in the leather.

Push the eyelet into the hole until its head is seated firmly against the leather:

Inserting second eyelet for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now turn the leather pendant over, and fold the top of the pendant down so that you can thread the third leather hole onto the stem of your eyelet.

There should still be a bit of the eyelet stem sticking up:

Making foldover bail for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the ball end of your hammer to GENTLY start tapping on the stem of the eyelet to flatten it out uniformly around the pendant hole.

Remember to use a series of gentle taps instead of a couple of big whacks.

Your finished foldover bail should look like this:
Finished foldover bail for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to attach the bead to your leather pendant.

Cut a piece of craft wire / artistic wire about 3x the length of your bead.

(Example: For my 40mm long bead, I cut my wire 120mm long.)

String your bead onto the wire, so that the bead is at about the midpoint of the wire:

String bead onto wire - Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Decide which side of your bead will be the front.

Lay your bead down, front side down.

Bend both wire ends straight upward:

Bending wire ends for Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now thread your wire ends through the eyelets in the front side of your leather pendant:
Attaching bead to pendant - Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The back of your bead should be resting against the front side of your pendant.

Holding the bead firmly against the leather, bend the wires tightly against the back side of the leather:

Attaching bead to Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to make a hook in one wire end:

Securing wire on the back of Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now cross the other wire around the hook you just created.

Then use your flat nose pliers to make hook in the second wire.

The two wire hooks should be holding each other firmly:

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll wrap the wire ends around to secure the wirework.

With your chain nose pliers, grasp the end of one of your wire hooks:

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and wrap it around the wire a few times; be sure the tip of the wire can’t scratch or catch on anything:

Wirework on the back of Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

With your chain nose pliers, grasp the end of your remaining wire hook:

Wirework on the back of Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and wrap it around the wire a few times; be sure the tip of the wire can’t scratch or catch on anything:

Wirework on the back of Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your pendant is finished!

You can turn it over to see the front:

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string your cord through the bail:

Cord strung through foldover bail - Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished primitive leather pendant necklace should look something like this:
Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Primitive Leather and Stone Pendant - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. very beautiful! love the looks of the smooth stone on the rough leather.

  2. Love your pendent! Jewelry made from leather is so amazing! Very clear tutorial, too.

  3. The Happy Crafter says:

    I just took the leather ‘tag’ off my husband’s new Minnetonka moccasins and I’m ready to go. Thanks, Rena!

  4. You step by step instructions are superb. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks, rena!

  5. Great tutorial, I’m really visual so I love it when there are loads of pics. Pinned!

  6. Love it. I’ve never worked with leather, but this looks really cool. This one will be on my new things to try list. 🙂

  7. This is great! Very pretty design

  8. I like the pendant – I looove your instructions and shopping list even more!
    Thanks for taking the time to print all of this.

  9. Beautiful! Pinned.

  10. I love this piece. Your tutorial makes it seem very easy.

  11. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Debi

  12. Great idea and tutorial Rena. I have some extra large cabochons and wondered just how to approach making them into jewelry. I think I will take a stab at this style and see how it turns out. Thanks for the help.

  13. Charissa Powell says:

    THANKS a great t I will use this to make usual pendants.

  14. You’re very welcome, Charissa! 🙂

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