When i begin traveling 4 years ago i left all of my leather tools behind. They were much to heavy to take with and my hands were asking for a break. I had been making jewelry nonstop at that point. A self made little leather factory, right inside my eagle rock teepee.
Since bein' on the gypsy train, i have continuously received emails asking if i will have more necklaces available in the future. It been a long time coming and with a new child in my life, i never thought i would have time to make these necklaces again. Being back home with my family for the holidays has really allowed me to revisit my past. What a blessing it has been as Grandma has been watching Naia while i get back to my work table. She of course has been helping out a little too!
I thought it would be fun if i were to show the progress that goes into making the necklaces. Its actually a lot of work and takes me several days just to make a small batch. I am grateful to have these little beauties finished and even more grateful to share and offer them again with some new designs as well!
|My work table at Mama and Papa's|
|The first steps begin. Shaving the edges of the leather which i have pre cut.|
|Smoothing out the edges|
|Naia helping me punch the holes|
|Hand tooling the leather which i learned from the one and only Bob Beard!|
|Ready to dye!|
|The first stain is applied. This is called antiquing...|
|The second stain is applied giving it its color.|
adding the brass findings... I love this part!
leather and bells are added...
|and last the ties are attached and a coat of polish shine is applied.|
|Ohhh la la! The tribal sun piece has arrived!|
For more new designs and a few of the oldies but goodies...
visit my ETSY here!
THANK YOU to all those who have worn these little music makers throughout the years. I am so grateful for your support!