Friday, September 7, 2012

Freedom Fridays: Southwestern Zen



I have been on a serious boho kick lately, and when I saw this stone blue deer skin leather cord from Nina Designs I was thrilled! I could not wait to pair it up with a pretty natural stone and a touch of silver. Nothing says boho quite like a little Southwestern twist.

I started with an African opal stone, which matched perfectly with the leather cord. I added a silver wire wrap down over the top of the stone and then threaded a carved bone disc above to complete a unique pendant.

Next I threaded a tube bail with the leather cord and attached the pendant. I used a silver wire wrap at the ends of leather for a nice finishing touch. I can not tell you how much I love this leather. It is incredibly soft and easy to work with, but strong as well. I've worked with suede quite a bit, and while I love the look of suede it has a tendency to break. I can't count how many times the suede has snapped on me in the middle of a project --- insert swear word. But this leather can withstand my pulling and twisting.

As a finishing touch, I added a hand hammered toggle and pulled it to the front because I didn't want to hide it in the back. The result is a simple leather cord necklace with a style all its own. A friend saw my final design and called it Southwestern Zen. I think that is what I'll have to call this design.

The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author. 

12 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Now this is something I would wear in a heartbeat!

Plami said...

This is beautiful, dear! I love the silver details!

XoXo
Plami

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Christine Altmiller said...

beauty in all its simplicity...i love it! you make such beautiful and wearable jewelry :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the clasp off to the side. Nice work creating a really cool and unique focal piece!

Heather said...

Lovely - I can see myself wearing something like this all the time.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely design!!! reminds me a jade necklace I bought in Hong Kong!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend! and my G+...

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

BeadedTail said...

It turned out very pretty! I like the squiggly thingy! :)

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Absolutely amazing!Congrats!

Introverted Art said...

wow. I love the design and symbol on the necklace.

Kultur und Stil said...

This necklace is so beautiful, I really love it! I also adore making jewellery, but I'm of course not half professional and creative as you are! And unfortunately, I haven't made a necklace for quite a long time, I just didn't have enough time lately, well maybe in winter ;-)

xxx Anita

Tammy Lau said...

ww..the necklace is so pretty..remind me of what my mom gave to me...Love jade;)

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Duni said...

Love the Asian accents of this necklace. I agree with Tammy - Jade is beautiful!

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