I have been on a quest to find the perfect leather to use with all the boho charms I have been collecting. I want a nice medium weight leather that is both soft and sturdy. The color should be rich, and the feel should be buttery. I recently decided that my only hope was to buy a hide and cut it myself.
So I have been scouring Southern California and found some scraps, as well as full hides.
At first I made the mistake of buying leather that was nice and soft, but too thin. But the heavier leather can look too much like a shoelace when it's cut.
I have been cutting it with a regular circular cutter and a self healing mat, which works surprisingly well.
I decided to make lemonade out of lemons, and use the soft thin leather to make tassels. I LOVE tassels. I have been scouring the internet nightly for cool tassels made out of anything: chain, pearls, leather, silver. So here is my attempt at making some out of the nice soft leather hide I bought at Save More Leather in Los Angeles.
The first one has a very nice sterling toggle clasp. The second one has piece of turquoise and an old African trade bead. I am going to attach them to necklaces made of hishi beads, wood beads, and leather.
Finally, here is a small sample of the vintage charms I have collected and turned into necklaces. The first one uses some of the leather I cut. The last picture is some pre-cut leather I just found that's actually pretty nice. Sigh.