Wednesday, August 15, 2012

BTW: Boho Leather Hoops

I am continuing to find inspiration in Lorelei and Erin's new book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry.  And, as with any recipe, I never follow it exactly. I typically take elements and mix things up a bit. 

One of the projects in the book uses 'leather fringe' on a pair of hoops, and I just had to try that! It really wasn't very hard. The hardest part was keeping the leather gathered together on the hoop, and so I needed to ensure I had a tight wrap on either side. 

I started with a scrap piece of leather I had left over from an upholstery project. I cut it about a quarter inch wide, and roughly 3-4 inches long. I then used a hole punch and spaced holes roughly a half inch apart. 

Once the leather was threaded I twisted it just a little to give the 'fringe' effect shown in the book. Lastly I added a flat silver bead and did a quick wire wrap (about 5 full wraps) which gives it a very secure hold. Also, to hold the wire in place I had wrapped it at the end of the fringe and threaded it through the bead along with the hoop. I originally thought about including pearls to the hoops to match the leather and pearl bracelet I made a few weeks ago. But it was just too much. I think I prefer the simplicity of the leather and silver.

I did also make my own hoops. I used a thick gauge (15 g) solid silver wire. I grabbed a spice jar, created a loop at one end and bent the wire. Then just added the hook to the other end of the hoop. A quick couple of whacks with a chasing hammer did the trick. 

These were really easy and fun to make. I'll bet I could use other thick ribbon or velvet? hmmm ... already thinking of variations.

6 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh I love these! I recall wearing something similar back in the day... =)

Introverted Art said...

I love these earrings. They are so adorable!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O, these are very cool and unusual! Biker-ish almost!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Ha Janice! Maybe I will have to call my pattern 'Biker Hoops!' LOVE it

Miss Val's Creations said...

Nice work!!! I love that you were able to use scrap leather. The effect is really cool with the fringe look. Red velvet ribbon would be really pretty for the holiday season!

Plami said...

oh dear these are to die for!

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