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Paper beads on leather necklace

Find the colorful side of natural materials
Cluster of paper beads on leather necklace
Use rubber rings to cluster beads in a chunky choker.

To me, organic means leather. That’s the first thing my mind latches on to when I think of natural materials. With leather becoming so popular, many more options are available. Organic can also mean colorful, lively, even luxe. In these pieces, I strung saucer-shaped paper beads on thin leather cord. The saturated colors are an ideal match.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 24 in. (61 cm)

  • 24 20 mm paper beads, in two colors
  • 68–76 in. (1.7–1.9 m) leather cord, 2 mm diameter, in two colors
  • toggle clasp for leather cord
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Bracelet

  • 7 20 mm paper beads
  • 7 7 mm bead caps
  • 7 2 in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • 2 12 mm rubber rings
  • 26–32 (66–81 cm) leather cord, 2 mm diameter
  • toggle clasp for leather cord
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Paper beads and rubber rings from Antelope Beads, antelopebeads.com. Leather cord and toggle clasps from Goody Beads, goodybeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

Paper beads on leather necklace Step 1
Step 1
Cut two 34–38-in. (86–97 cm) pieces of leather cord. Center the bar half of a toggle clasp on the cords. 
Paper beads on leather necklace Step 2
Step 2
Pull one end of each cord so they are different lengths.
Paper beads on leather necklace Step 3
Step 3
On the shortest cord, string three paper beads in alternating colors. On the next shortest piece, string five beads. On the next, string seven beads, and on the last, string nine beads.
Paper beads on leather necklace Step 4
Step 4
Apply glue to the ends and inside the loop half of the clasp. Insert the ends into the clasp. Allow to dry.
Paper beads on leather bracelet
Bracelet
Paper beads on leather bracelet Step 1
Step 1
Flatten a bead cap by pressing on it with a ruler. On a decorative head pin, string the bead cap and a paper bead. Make a wrapped loop, sizing it to fit snugly on a 2 mm cord. Make seven bead units.
 
Paper beads on leather bracelet Step 2
Step 2
Cut two 13–16-in. (33–41 cm) pieces of leather cord. Center the bar half of a toggle clasp on the cords.
Paper beads on leather bracelet Step 3
Step 3
Over all four ends, string a rubber ring, doubling it as you would an elastic ponytail holder. Over two ends, string the bead units. Over all four ends, string a rubber ring, doubling it. Adjust the rings so the bead units cluster at the center of the cords. 
 
Paper beads on leather bracelet Step 4
Step 4
Attach the loop half of the clasp as in step 4 of the necklace.

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