I get a little kick out of finding a different use for things that are intended for a particular purpose. Re-imagining. Repurposing. Whatever you like to call it. I do that thing. You know that thing. Where you look at something, tilt your head and think, “what could I use that for?” Do you ever do that?
The decorative rose gold elements of this necklace are actually meant to have a more functional use. But they were way too pretty to be limited to that….
They are actually known as sliders. Intended for use singularly, to secure a loop end in leather cord, like so. They remind me of miniature metal belt hardware 🙂 As is often the case with the simplest of items, when displayed in volume they can take on a much more decorative persona, and the effect can be minimalist, modern, simplistic, edgy…but oh so gorgeous! (I really LOVE this necklace. Can you tell?)
Thread the sliders onto the leather cord. I used this grey cord, but it comes in a huge range of colours, and you can probably make out I chucked in a single stainless steel slider to contrast with the rose gold ones…
Cut to desired length…
Squeeze the cut end slightly to compact it a little….
Then dab the inside of the end cap with a teeny amount of super glue and insert the cut end of the cord….set aside and allow to dry completely
Once dry add a lobster clasp….
…and you’re done! You can see the contrasting steel slider more clearly in this pic. Might be quite fun to alternate the two different finishes to create a pattern!
Flipping the sliders the “wrong way round” also gives it an extra little design element…
This necklace looks really cute made in a shorter length and worn over a collared shirt so the metallic elements “peek out” between the collar:)
Full Disclosure: All of the supplies below were supplied to me c/o Endless Leather. The eternally helpful Daniel, dropped me a line and asked me if I would like have a browse and choose some materials for a DIY. I have received no money for this post nor will I receive any kind of commission related to the links herein. The views expressed are entirely my own. Had I not liked these products when they arrived I simply wouldn’t have written this post. Luckily for me I loved them, and would have no hesitation in recommending both the quality of the products AND almost as importantly, the level of service. Poor Daniel must’ve got fed up with me in the end as we went back and forth so many times deciding on materials. But he bent over backwards to be helpful. A rare thing these days. So thankyou Daniel 🙂 If you get a chance, check out their range. Amazing colours, embossing, printed leathers. Literally ALL sorts….;) And even better the prices are wholesale with no minimum order quantity. So whether you want a few bits for your own personal use, or you want to go into full scale production and buy in volume, they’re well worth a look IMHO. 🙂