Multi-Strand Leather Necklace

Wrapping Leather – Hammer Texture – Crimp Beads

Look fabulous from both the front and the back in this great multi-strand leather necklace featuring a button toggle clasp!  This is a great example of the integration of leather with metal work.  In the front, you view a cluster of leather strands adorned with the random large hole bead, and the back showcases the fabulous hand-made clasp. You can work in either silver or copper as you learn how to utilize crimp bead covers as a stabilizing mechanism with leather cord; how to wire-wrap multiple leather strands; and how to how to hammer texture and cup a metal button.  I will also share the necessary proportions for using a “button” as a toggle clasp and also my tricks on getting it to lay nicely.


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $60/person. E-mail or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Kit available for sale in class ($30 for silver/ $18 for copper)

  • 1.25″ square of sheet
  • 20″ of 16ga half round wire
  • 18 5mm crimp bead covers
  • 6 unicorn beads
  • approximately 12′ of 2mm leather for a 20″ necklace


  • Flush cutter
  • File – (#4 cut Swiss made half-round file recommended)
  • ruler/tape measure
  • Stepped pliers (Beadsmith # PL48)
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Flat pliers
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
  • texturing hammer of choice
  • steel block/ silencing pad
  • silicone lubricant
  • emery paper (various grits)
  • 3M Sanding sponges ( fine, superfine, ultrafine, microfine)
  • slurry coated polishing cloths
  • Magnifying glasses– most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following tools will be provided for your use in class, however if you have them, feel free to bring them…

  • painter’s tape
  • center punch
  • Euro Power punch
  • Nikolas lacquer/ spray box
  • Large dapping tool (3 1/4″)
  • pear shaped forming hammer
  • metal shears
  • pin vise fitted with a 3.5mm or 4mm round bur

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.