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Leather & Leaves Wrap Necklace | DIY Tutorial



Wrap necklaces or lariats can be fun because there are so many ways to wear them. You can wrap them, let them hang freely, pair them with a scarf (or multiple scarves!), or just wear them alone as a statement piece.

For this necklace, I used two Vintaj leaf pieces and and ran them through a Sizzix Vintaj BigKick Embossing Machine to add texture. For some extra dimension and color, I then painted them with Vintaj patinas, sanding some of the high spots off, then adding a finishing coat of glaze.

I chose to use warmer colors that reminded me of the hot sun and summer heat, which we’ve only been seeing scant amounts of at the Bello Modo headquarters.




You may also need:
Needle Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers



  1. Start by embossing the Vintaj leaf pieces with the Sizzix machine, using one of the embossing folders of your choice.
  2. Sand the patina off the high spots of the leaves using a Vintaj Reliefing block.
  3. Patina the leaves (or whatever shape you might choose) Ochre, Rust, & Garnet colors. I painted my pieces without time for drying in between so the colors would bleed a bit to create a more subtle color transition. Let the Patina dry for about 15 minutes.
  4. When the Patina is dry, sand and buff the high spots to add depth.
  5. Paint the leaves with the Glaze to preserve the patina on the brass and add a nice shine.
  6. Attach a small oval jump-ring to the leaf, then add a large round jump-ring to the oval.
  7. Take your leather, and cut it exactly in half. Hold the two strands together.
  8. At one end, add a barrel bead, then one of the leaves (thread leather cords though the large jumpring).
  9. After adding the leaf, take the end of the cords you are working with, fold it over to create a loop, and thread the two strands through the barrel bead a second time. This may take some extra elbow grease, and is easiest when the process is aided with a pair of needle-nose pliers and some patience. But trust, it will be worth it!
  10. Once you’ve threaded the cord through the barrel bead, and the leaf is being held in a small leather loop, cinch the barrel bead tight with a pair of flat nose pliers.
  11. Cut the excess ends coming through the barrel bead.
  12. Repeat steps 8 through 11 on the opposite end of the necklace, then you’re done!

I love how this Patina turned out- it looks tye-dyed! What do you think? Let us know in the comments!


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