Jewellery Style

Ray Leather Tassel Necklace

What a busy weekend this was, but a pretty nice one indeed – especially since the weather played along for once with rising temperatures and some sunshine for the soul. It’s always astonishing how good you suddenly feel when you wake up and the sun is shining outside. Not even a sink full of dishes can darken your mood then. Speaking of dishes, my first ‘dinner party’ (haha, not really) went wonderfully fine! We prepared some finger food like olives and chicken drums and dates with bacon (I need to share the recipe!) and this glorious green asparagus tarte, and everyone gathered around in the living room with a glass of wine or beer. 

I put on some smooth jazz feeling real dapper as a host and we laughed a lot – it was so good! I was so tired in the end that I just soaked the baking dishes and went to bed, something I would normally never do! Slept like a stone. So long story short: Great evening, same next week for my boyfriend’s birthday.

Let’s get to this little piece: That’s a rather long title for such an easy necklace, and I honestly have never worked with ray leather before. It’s such an extraordinary material that I thought to craft something simple out of it as to not steal its show and let it stand for itself. So let’s get started:

You need:

  • Genuine stingray cord
  • Golden Wire
  • Golden chain
  • Black leather scraps
  • Jump rings
  • Small jump rings
  • Jewellery clasp
  • End caps
  • Jewellery pliers
  • Super glue
  • Scissors

ray-1 Start by cutting five small rectangles off the black leather scrap, they should have the same size. With your scissors cut little strips into the rectangles, not cutting all the way through. On one end, attach a hoop made of another strip of leather, then roll up the tassel and seal the end with a drop of glue. Repeat with the other rectangles.

ray-2Attach five jump rings to the hoops of your leather tassels.

ray-3Prepare the ray leather cord by cutting off a piece in the length of your choice. Wrap the golden wire quite loosely around the cord to make a loop, then cut off the ends to make a sort of jump ring. Adjust the ends with your pliers. Repeat four times.

ray-4 Glue one end cap to the ray leather cord (just one!).

ray-5Bring leather tassels and large jump rings together and repeat with the other tassels.

ray-6Thread the tassels on the leather cord and glue the other end cap to the cord.

ray-7 Thread the gold chain through the loop of the end cap and take it double, then measure the desired length of your necklace. Repeat with the other side, then attach a jump ring and a jewellery clasp on each side of the chain using the smaller jump rings.

Well, that was easier than I thought! Of course you can buy large jump rings at the store and leave out step 3, but I didn’t have any at hand at that time and was honestly too lazy to go to the store again. So what do you think? I like the combination of the sleek black leather and the extraordinary ray leather texture (and I love that colour combination). Fits perfectly to striped and black shirts! Hope you are inspired!


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    5th April 2016 at 5:42 pm

    What a gorgeous necklace. So chic. :]

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    • Michelle
      5th April 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    6th April 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This is the perfect weekend project! And I totally agree about the sun-suddenly-shining feeling!
    xx, Pia

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    6th April 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I can always use more tassels in my life <3 thanks for sharing! Check out my Tassel Necklace DIY if you’re itching for more tassel statement necklaces!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Michelle
      7th April 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it! And your necklace is so beautiful as well 🙂

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    Annie Abbey
    7th April 2016 at 1:06 am

    I love this necklace! The miniature tassels are so cute and fun!
    xx Annie

    • Michelle
      7th April 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks alot, glad you like it!

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    Sofia Clara
    25th April 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve seen a ton of these tassel necklaces in shops but they are always so pricey!
    What a great idea!

    • Michelle
      26th April 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, glad you like it! 🙂

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