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.
- Vintaj BigKick Machine by Sizzix
- Embossing Folders
Sizzix for Vintaj DecoEmboss in Flowering Wisteria
Vintaj Patina in the colors Garnet, Orche, and Rust
Vintaj Glaze & Patina Extender
2 Vintaj Precision Leaves
2 6mm x 2mm Barrel Beads in Brass Oxide
2 Small Oval Jumprings in Brass Oxide
2 Vintaj 10mm Jumprings
3.5 ft of 2mm Round Leather Cord in Natural
You may also need:
Needle Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
- Start by embossing the Vintaj leaf pieces with the Sizzix machine, using one of the embossing folders of your choice.
- Sand the patina off the high spots of the leaves using a Vintaj Reliefing block.
- 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.
- When the Patina is dry, sand and buff the high spots to add depth.
- Paint the leaves with the Glaze to preserve the patina on the brass and add a nice shine.
- Attach a small oval jump-ring to the leaf, then add a large round jump-ring to the oval.
- Take your leather, and cut it exactly in half. Hold the two strands together.
- At one end, add a barrel bead, then one of the leaves (thread leather cords though the large jumpring).
- 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!
- 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.
- Cut the excess ends coming through the barrel bead.
- Repeat steps 8 through 11 on the opposite end of the necklace, then you’re done!