So my husband makes custom knives, as I've posted before, and he also makes a leather sheath for each one, which means that there are bits and pieces of leather left over from many of his pieces. I have made a few necklaces from these small pieces, incorporating the leather as the focal piece and of course adding the beadwork. They are all very earthy and somewhat organic in style and color.
This is my latest piece which I posted on Etsy this morning... Branches and Berries...
It's beaded with gunmetal grey and deep red glass seed beads on a bib-style piece of soft, black leather.
It hangs from a black leather cord and is strung very simply with ivory bone tube beads, grey cat's eye glass rounds, and carved soapstone rounds.
Here is another style, Woodsong, with a fringed rusty-brown leather pendant, complimented with jasper and a lampwork glass bead, and strung with a variety of beads in gorgeous browns, oranges, and creams...
Lizard Song was listed on Etsy and featured in VickiDiane's Artists Exposed treasury of Etsy Project Embrace members.
It features black leather adorned with a beautiful crystallized agate and two silvery lizards amongst some very dark and earthy beads.
The experiments will continue... so look for more of these kinds of necklaces over the next few months!