Come and learn how to design and create your very own unique leather earrings under the guidance of an expert.
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Design and create your very own unique leather earrings under the guidance of an expert!
Leather can be used to make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces etc. Leather comes in beautiful colours and by combining different colours into one piece of jewellery the result can be amazing. We will focus on designing and making earrings – they can be made in many different shapes, sizes, and colours. They might be leaf-shaped, round, oval, flower-shaped and perhaps even using two different colours to give a layered look.
During our class we should be able to make at least three pairs of earrings.
These will be provided for many different shapes – we will cut these out of suitable card or something sturdy so the templates can be re-used. Or bring your own shapes.
You may be able to find a few places that will supply offcuts or A4 pieces of different coloured leather. Try visiting Lapco Ltd (www.lapco.co.nz) at 25 Virginia Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland, phone 09 302 1350. When you visit their workshop explain to them that you are making earrings and they should be able to guide you as to the correct thickness of leather. A pair of earrings shaped like a Kowhai flower uses 1-1.5 mm leather.
Jump rings, head pins and shepherd hooks for pierced ears will be provided. If you don’t have pierced ears you may wish to use clip-on backs – these backs will be available for you in the class. Where glue is required, this will be provided. And if you have any beading pliers, please bring these – they are used to close the jump rings. We will need to make a hole in the leather for the jump rings/findings to be inserted – the best tool for this is a Rotary Hole Punch for leatherwork. One will be in the class to share – feel free to bring any other tool that may be suitable.
If possible, please bring some scissors that would cut the leather into the desired shapes and perhaps another pair to cut the templates from paper and card. The other option to cut leather is with a Stanley knife that is very sharp. Bring a polyethylene chopping board – this will be helpful when cutting the leather with the knife. A Stanley knife and board will be available in the class for sharing.
The pictures are for ideas only – we'll design and craft our earring based on what leather you bring on the day.
Your lunch, leather scraps, any beading tools you have, some sharp scissors or a sharp Stanley knife and a polyethylene shopping board.