I was flipping through the Ikea catalog and spotted a wooden bead necklace on one of the pages. I was stuck by the simplicty and beauty of the wood against the leather. It got my brain churning. While I didn't particurlly love the all raw wood necklace that was in the catalog, I did love the look of the leather and bead. The below necklaces are my personal interpretation.
Clearly these necklaces are not for everyone, they are a bit bohemian in nature, but I think you could pull these off with alot of different outfits and occasions.
I purchased the Leather at this etsy shop. The selection is wonderful and the products are top notch. Plus, is it just me who loves the smell of leather! If you end of purchasing the leather from here, I suggest you purchase it in 2 foot increments. Each necklace uses about 2 feet of leather. So if you purchase the 3 foot length, you will end of wasting a bit, which is a pet peave of mine!
The beads came from this shop and the prices were really good, even with the shipping. Most of the beads came pretty well sanded down, but I touched up a couple of ends with sandpaper, that way the paint goes on really smoothly.
I used Martha's paints from Michaels. The colors used were deep sea, vanilla bean, arrowhead, sandcastle, champagne, rose gold, and rose chrome. I wanted a mixture of metallic and satin finishes, which is why some of the beads shimmer. Picking out the colors was the hardest part as it can be hard to see what the colors will really look like on the beads and all together, but it worked out really well.
The above necklaces are my favorite, for some reason the pink bead just makes me smile. And the green bead adds alittle something to the whole look right? You can whip one of these out in an evening. Each bead was sanded and painted twice before stringing on the leather. I think I am going to add a protective layer over the paint. Probably a beeswax shine or something. Any suggestions?