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« on: September 04, 2007 09:59:18 PM »

I kind of think Natalia Barili is the bomb, even if her leather-covered bone pendant kind of creeps me out. And I really love her leather-covered pearl necklace (see it in september Lucky, in the "best new designers" section, or just google her), but I'm a grad student, which means I don't exactly have $300 for a new necklace.

instead, I had some salvaged leather from a skirt (that I got in swap), an old, two-strand fake-pearl necklace from my 8th grade graduation, leather needles, and black thread. I cut the necklace apart and restrung the beads for this, and after quite a bit of tiny stitching, voila!:




I've been wearing it with the bow (that covers the clasp salvaged from the original necklace) on the side. It's too cute not to show off!

what do you think? =)
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007 10:14:17 PM »

Wow! Great job! I think it looks very professional and well done! Cheesy A tut, mayhaps?
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007 10:18:25 PM »

A tut, mayhaps?

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That looks so hard and yet so simple. I love it love it love it! I am always looking for ways to rock the conservative boat that I work in! This would do it for sure!
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007 11:07:20 PM »

That is so awesome!  I want one.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007 11:42:25 PM »

Oh my gosh that is stunning. You did a great job.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007 06:41:38 AM »

That is soo cute i absolutly love it.

yes definatly tutorial if you can make one please and thank you.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007 07:59:22 AM »

I saw that necklace in Lucky too and have been completely coveting it.  You did a lovely job, and now I'm coveting yours too! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007 08:03:27 AM »

LOVE it!
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2007 05:37:26 PM »


very elegant, I don't know if I can wear leather around my neck but as a bracelet I think this could work very nicely.

I third that tute request.

Also is the necklace now stiff? if so how did you fasten it around your neck?

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007 10:20:08 PM »


very elegant, I don't know if I can wear leather around my neck but as a bracelet I think this could work very nicely.

I third that tute request.

Also is the necklace now stiff? if so how did you fasten it around your neck?



working on that tutorial for you all! It's actually a pretty simple technique, just time consuming.

the necklace is not actually that stiff. I made sure that I twisted, stretched, adjusted, and generally played with the pieces as I finished them, so that the leather would relax and it would have more movement. I suspect it will be even softer as time goes on. And the bow is affixed over/around the clasp, so it snaps together under the bow, you just can't see it. =) I'll include that in my tut!
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