Metallic Leather Jewelry

by Liz Juneau.
(Alexandria, Louisiana USA)

Triple Chevron Necklace

Triple Chevron Necklace

I was looking for leather to use for hand stamping at my local craft store and found a bag of “leather scraps” that was more economical to purchase that the small rectangular piece I had originally picked out. I was inspired by the geometric patterns I have been seeing in fashion and interior design. I especially love chevron and qua-trefoil shapes.

Embellished gold cuff

Embellished gold cuff

Embellished Silver Cuff

Embellished Silver Cuff

I had so much leather to work with that it became an experimental project. I cut out the leather in various shapes and painted it using metallic paints in bronze, silver, and gold tones. I used jump rings to attach the shapes to each other or to chains.

I layered some to the shapes and attached with glue. For the cuffs and hand bracelets, I embellished with rough stones and feathers. I am truly excited how these designs “took shape”.

Irregular Shapes Necklace

Irregular Shapes Necklace

Liz Juneau
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  • Tamara says:

    I like the interesting things you use to make your jewellery, Liz! I especially like the bracelet here with the peacock feather.

  • archipelago jewelry says:

    Thanks Tamara. It seems as if there are so many “non traditional” materials out there to use for jewelry design. It keeps it interesting.

  • Love your chevron necklace. I, too, have been experimenting with leather since the Summer. I find it really fun and when you incorporate gemstones, the pieces take on a very “luxe” feel while still being funky and bohemian.

  • Liz says:

    Yes Nancy I have found leather is so versatile. That is what makes it fun to work with.

  • Sarah says:

    I love the metallic effect on the leather. Looks great!

  • archipelago jewelry says:

    Thanks Sarah. I like that I can use just a “wash” and let the leather show through or cover it completely for a solid affect.

  • Debbie Mischley says:

    These are gorgeous!!! Nice job!

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