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Leather Necklace

Photography: GENTL & HYERS

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2013


  • Leather cord

  • Shea butter

  • 1 small bead, for clasp

  • 1 large bead

  • If needed: Dremel drill with a tapered diamond bit


  1. Cut the leather to the desired length, adding an additional 2 inches to the total length you want the necklace.

  2. Massage a small amount of shea butter into the cord to soften the leather.

  3. Tie an overhand knot at one end of the cord, and pull it tightly to secure. Clip off the excess.

  4. Thread on the small bead.

  5. Add the large bead and place in the center of the cord. If the pre-existing hole on this bead isn't large enough to thread the leather through it, enlarge the hole using a Dremel drill with a tapered diamond bit. When drilling, be sure the bead remains completely submerged in water to ensure a clean hole and keep the bit from overheating.

  6. On the other end of the cord, fold over the remaining 2 inches of excess leather and create a knot, making sure to leave a loop just big enough for the clasp bead to fit through.

  7. Pull the leather taut and clip off the excess.

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