June 22, 2010

SYTYC Unveiled - the Leather Leaf Necklace

This was my audition for SYTYC last week.  I have seen SO many of those metal engraved necklaces everywhere, that I wanted to do something along those sentimental lines, but with a unique twist.  As I mentioned, you could use your children's names or anything that is inspirational to you personally.

Here's how I did it.  I stamped the leather (which was actutally extra vinyl I had leftover).  Stamping leather is easy, but you do have to buy the little kit to do it.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a coupon.  Without the coupon it runs around $15 I think.  Anyhow, you pound the letters into the surface.

Then I cut them into leaf shapes.

Next I sandwiched a plain leaf, a loop of ribbon, (wrapping the ribbon around the necklace chain) and a stamped leaf and sewed around the edges.  The leather will shift as you sew, but don't worry.  We'll trim it up nicely when we're done.

See?  Not so neat, but just trim the edges and you'll be set.

For my inspiration I used the different cities I lived while serving a mission for my church in Portugal.  When I wear it, it reminds me of the people I met there and the amazing experiences that changed my life forever.

You could make a bracelet, or just a long chain with all the leaves at the bottom.  There are a billion variations.  I think it's kind of nice to have something a little different than the norm.

Thank you for reading.  I'll see you tomorrow!


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