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fleur_delicious
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« on: July 25, 2008 11:15:06 AM »

A project for the Gorgeous Choker Swap. My partner's received, so I thought I'd post. Made of leather (repurposed from a thrift store leather jacket) brushed with resin to stiffen it. So, I basically made vinyl. Whoops. So much for using natural materials, I guess.

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008 11:39:19 AM »

I love this necklace!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008 12:03:00 PM »

Wow  Shocked

I am so jealous of whoever received that!

Great job Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008 12:24:36 PM »

Beautiful!  I am also jealous  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008 01:05:19 PM »

 Cheesy

I love that it's leather! I totally thought it looked (and felt!) like vinyl... well... a weird vinyl!
I wore it last night, and it's already molded to my neck!


... and I love how it's slightly gothic... with hidden bats, but looks so elegant and ornate you can't tell!!


anyway, AMAZING job on this one... I can't thank yo enough! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008 01:37:48 PM »

What a dramatic necklace! Pretty Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008 02:26:44 PM »

tutorial please, oh please...
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2008 02:34:21 PM »

oo. i adore the asymmetry.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008 05:33:49 PM »

What a fab idea!!!   Shocked
Asking DH if he still has his old leather jacket now!!!!  HONEY!!!!!!
I have been looking for an idea sort of like this, and I think I will try it.  But with polyclay instead.  Thanks so much for putting this idea in my head and sharing your awsome outcome!
I guess some industrial strength scissors would be in order?
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2008 07:04:53 PM »

I guess some industrial strength scissors would be in order?

I suppose it would depend on how heavy the leather you're working with is. I used my little fabric-only sewing snips and they were just fine. (a little $9 from Michael's is all they are).

tutorial please, oh please...

sure. The flourish/image I used came from maehem's wists, a necklace she liked. I roughly sketched the shape on a speedball printing block and carved a stamp. I used this to stamp the image (using fabric paint) on the reverse side of the leather. I let it dry, then cut the pieces out. I changed some of them to keep it interesting (and added bats for maehem!). I took a nail and a hammer and punched holes in the cut-out pieces where I planned to link them together, and wherever I thought it might be fun to add a dangle or accent or something. Then I treated first the fronts, then the backs of the leather pieces with resin: I mixed up some resin and used a paintbrush to paint it on. I let the pieces dry overnight, then mixed some more resin, got a new paintbrush, and brushed the other side.

I had to punch the holes again after the resin-painting, so I did that using a sharp bit of wire. Then I simply started hooking everything together (actually, this was the hardest part), adding dangles and accents in the extra holes.

That's pretty much it. Hope it makes sense. I did a test run before I made this necklace, using some heavy-weight top-grain upholstery leather I had salvaged. What I noticed was that the thicker leather was able to absorb more resin and become stiffer overall, so if you want it lighter weight and more like vinyl, use a lightweight leather. I think I will attempt to make some silver wire bullion and turn my practice piece into a pendant or something. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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