Learn to Make Beautiful Leather Jewelry: Techniques for Today's Trends

Instructor Bio: 
105 minutes

Learn from author, artist and teacher, Melissa Cable, how to create contemporary leather jewelry with a twist.

Vegetable tanned tooling leather has a lot of the same properties as metal. You can texture it, dap it, foldform it, create anticlastic shapes, pierce it, rivet into it and more. The trick is to understand how leather moves.

As heat is to metal, water is to leather and we'll explore the magic that happens when the two combine. We'll take tooling leather beyond its traditional use for Western design and place a contemporary spin on it using the latest tools and materials in both the leather and metalworking worlds. 

After reviewing all of the possibilities leather has to offer, watch Melissa show you step-by-step how to create a dapped band in leather and embellish it with metal and crystal spots.

No experience necessary to get started working in this unique and creative material.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • Leather basics: cutting, piercing, adhesives, setting snaps and rivets
Leather dyes: water and acrylic based
Forming with leather: dapping, fold forming
Project - We'll create a dapped leather band
BONUS - Get a sneak peak at how Melissa creates anticlastic forms in leather.
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Spots
  • Gromets

  • Rhinestones

Included with purchase a PDF with photos, notes and all the online resource links you need to get started.