Leather Necklace with TierraCast Criss-Cross Link Focal
designed byTracy Gonzales for TierraCast
Approximate Size18 Inches
The criss-cross link at the center of this necklace allows for so many possibilities. The open design is perfect for multi-strand styles and adding dangles.
TierraCast's Make a Statement collection includes bold style elements that draw attention to designs. Tracy used the cool criss-cross link at the center of this necklace and added the dagger charms from the collection as dangles. Shorten the length of this necklace for a fun choker style. You can see exactly how Tracy makes this necklace in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Cut four pieces of 1.5mm natural light brown round leather approximately nine inches long each. Set aside.
Cut seven pieces of 24 gauge Vintage Bronze Artbeads Designer Wire approximately three inches long each. Set aside.
Pick up one piece of wire and attach the TierraCast brass oxide pewter large dagger charm by making a wrapped loop. Add a Swarovski 8mm briolette bead in Indicolite to the wire and make another wrapped loop at the top of the bead. Attach this dangle to the bottom center of the TierraCast brass oxide pewter criss-cross link using a TierraCast brass oxide brass open round jump ring.
Attach a TierraCast brass oxide pewter small dagger charm to the bottom loop at one side of the criss-cross link using a TierraCast medium oval brass oxide pewter open jump ring. Repeat on the other side of the link with a second small dagger charm.
Pick up one piece of leather cord and thread about half of an inch through a loop at one side of the criss-cross link. Fold the leather over and secure it by wrapping one piece of wire around the cords three to four times. Trim any excess wire and use chain nose pliers to tuck in the ends. Trim any excess leather coming out of the wrap.
Repeat the previous step with the remaining leather pieces for the rest of the loops on the criss-cross link, making sure that they are all threaded through in the same direction.
String a TierraCast 4x2mm brass oxide finish pewter barrel spacer bead over the two leather cords on one side of the necklace and slide it close to the criss-cross link. Adjust the bead and the cords so that a 1/2-inch of cord is showing between the bead and link on the top cord and about a 5/8-inch of cord on the bottom cord. Use flat nose pliers to crimp the bead just enough so that it stays in place. Repeat on the other side with the second barrel bead.
At one end of the necklace, thread both cords through one round jump ring. Fold the ends over and adjust for length. Wrap one piece of wire around the ends to secure. Trim and tuck the ends. Repeat on the other end of the necklace.
Open the jump ring at one end of your necklace and add the TierraCast brass oxide pewter twisted hook clasp. Close the jump ring. If you want more length, you can always add more jump rings to the other end of the necklace for an extender.
List of Components TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Criss-Cross Link (BO-3208, qty 1) TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Small Dagger Charm (BO-2510, qty 2) TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Large Dagger Charm (BO-2511, qty 1) TierraCast 4x2mm Brass Oxide Finish Pewter Barrel Spacer Bead (BRO-5791, qty 2) TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Twisted Hook Clasp (BRO-6199, qty 1) Swarovski 5040 8mm Briolette Bead Indicolite (5040-IND8, qty 1) 1.5mm Natural Light Brown Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0234, qty 3) Artbeads Designer Wire - Vintage Bronze Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (60 ft. spool) (ADW0040, qty 1) TierraCast Brass Oxide Brass Open Round Jump Ring (BRO-0020, qty 3) TierraCast Medium Oval Brass Oxide Pewter Open Jump Ring (BRO-0018, qty 2)
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