I ordered a couple bags of scrap leather pieces from Tandy recently, and when I saw a piece of tan/grey leather inside I just knew it'd look lovely if I used it in jewelry.
These leather teardrop earrings are super easy to make, and you could really use any geometric shape! I just think the teardrops look great in a pair of dangly earrings.
Step 1: What you'll need
- small piece of leather/pleather - should be stiff enough to hold its shape when hanging from something
- at least 20-30 inches of chain
- 6 mm jump rings
- two earring wires
- pliers (preferably two sets, it makes opening the jump rings easier!)
- rotary punch
- scissors/x-acto knife for cutting
I used a pretty variegated chain to add a little interest to the earrings, but you can use a plain chain as well. :D
Step 2: Cut out your shapes
You'll want at least three per earring. Mine ranged from 3/4 inch tall to 1 1/2 inches tall, and normally around 1/2-3/4 inch wide. :)
Step 3: Punch holes
Use the smallest rotary punch to make a small hole in the very top of the shapes.
It needs to be close enough to the edge to comfortably sit on a jump ring, but can't be close enough to rip through the leather.
Step 4: Assemble
At this point, you'll want to decide on chain lengths. (I doubled my chain over because I thought it looked nicer, and I also thought the extra weight might reduce tangling a bit!) I suggest setting the hanging length between 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches and altering as necessary.
String the chains with the leather shapes attached onto the jump rings and then attach the jump ring to the earring wire!
Try them on and see if you like them - keep cutting the chain down until you love them. I altered the lengths quite a bit so they were shorter and more layered.