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A Simple Leather Pendant


Balancing the need to create with the need to produce is difficult during festival season.


I rarely come down on the production side, so my shows aren't as successful as they could be.


Last night, while my son, niece, and nephew played at my house, I did my best to go for simple, reproducible, but fun!


I started it with good intentions, but, alas, even the most simple of pendants turned into an experiment in leather painting!


The Process


Traced the pattern

I chose the top of a small gift box as my pattern for the pendant, cased the leather with water, traced the lid, and cut out the pieces with box cutters.





Stamped and dyed the pendants

First, I used a line groover to outline the pendant. Then I chose a variety of stamps to pattern the pendants.


To add interest, I added stitching along the edges of one; the other, I patterned and tooled as a flower.


This one I I painted using blue leather paint, watered down green acrylic, gold cosplay paint, a dye pen, and dye.


After painting/dyeing, I burnished the edges and used a hole puncher to put holes at the top two edges of the pendant.


I will seal these in a few days to protect the dyes.




Added the final touches

Next I added the jump rings, chain, and clasps to finish several pendants!







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How fascinating, this is a subject I have no knowledge so thank you for introducing it to me.

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
Apr 15, 2021
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Pounding leather is therapeutic!

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Amy Sorensen
Amy Sorensen
Apr 15, 2021

I have been wanting to learn about leatherwork but it seems intimidating. These are GORGEOUS and I appreciate seeing a glimpse of your process!

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
Apr 15, 2021
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You've inspired me to do a "How to get started in leather working" post tomorrow! I'll tag you in it.

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Renee M
Renee M
Apr 15, 2021

This was really interesting! Thank you!

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
Apr 15, 2021
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I'm fascinated by mixed media and leather, but I haven't explored it fully.

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