Saturday, April 23, 2016

Working with Leather

I see a lot of tassel necklaces and I've been wanting to design with that in mind. So when I came across a brown leather tassel at a near by bead shop I heard it calling to me.

But I have been trying to use up my stash since I appear to have enough beads already to open my own shop. Shhhhh ... please don't tell my husband I said that. He'll put another ban on my bead shopping!

Ok, so brown. I wanted the beads to be the supporting cast, not over power the tassel as the focal. So I grabbed cream colored carnelian. Yes, those are carnelian. It isn't what you normally think of with its deep orange color, but if you look at the natural stone you'll see that indeed there are parts of it that are a cream color. 

Next I went hunting for brass beads in my stash. I guess I don't have a lot of those, but I did manage to find a set of Asian bar beads. I included small brass beads from India, which were the last of my stash on those. A bit of leather for the back strap and there you have it. A long tassel necklace that will look great with sandals and a flowing top. Who else is ready for summer?

19 comments:

JoJo said...

That came out awesome!!!! And I know what you mean about the bead stash and being able to open your own shop. My friend Karen & I were just talking about this same issue!!!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fantastic use of your bead stash! The tassels are so on trend right now. I love those brass bar beads you have!

windrock studio said...

It's beautiful and classy. I love tassels,too, and brown leather with cream colored beads ... great job!

Memories for Life said...

Tassels are so popular right now. What a fun design!

Liz E said...

I want to see it on your beautiful model :-) In my mind I can also see you wearing that standing on the beach at sunset letting the surf slowly reach your feet. Lovely!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

That is just beautiful! I love the leather backstrap - too! I did not know that Carnelian could be cream colored - I always learn SOMETHING when I visit your blog! :)

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Just gorgeous! The beads you chose were a perfect accent to the tassel. BTW, if you are ever up for making a beaded tassel, Jill Wiseman has a great tutorial on YouTube. Also, I am right with you on the bead stash. It's a good thing most of them are small!

Maryanne said...

I love your necklace. The tassel is much more attractive than a lot of the ones I've seen. The carnelian beads are very interesting. I've never seen that color.

Duni said...

I love the boho design of this necklace :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Gorgeous!! Yes, I am ready for summer! I just have to get over this stupid flew! Are most of your pieces on Etsy, or between Etsy and Amazon??

Annette said...

Oh wow, that turned out beautiful! Sounds like my fabric stash is like your bead stash!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Leather is always nice in jewelry :)

Natashalh said...

Pretty! I saw a tassel necklace this weekend and thought about how I should maybe make one...but then I remembered that I always wear one of the same two necklaces (on the rare occasions when I wear any at all) and decided maybe it wasn't the project for right now.

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

It looks great! So pretty.

D. Renee Wilson said...

I've never seen cream carnelian. It's lovely!

Christine Altmiller said...

Ms. Ethnic Boho, you have done it again ~ a gorgeous, textured, wearable necklace!!! Lovely all around :-)

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely style!!!!
Have a nice day!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Anna said...

Great combination of textures in this piece, Cynthia! I'm a sucker for tassels...love the look and the movement they bring to a necklace :) Happy creating to you.

CraftyHope said...

Tassels are HUGE right now aren't they? I'm seeing them everywhere. I think your rendition is so much better than most of the ones I've spotted. That carnelian is dreamy and the brass works beautifully!

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