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Ruby Crazy Donut Necklace

About this design:

I find that mixing bright pieces with earthy metallics and natural color elements appeals to summer sensibilities. The Donut gives a great weight to the front of the piece while not forcing it to be too heavy. I think that this piece is best worn a little longer :-)

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1 donut pendant
  • 3', 6x1', 8", 3x6" lengths of 4-ply Irish waxed linen
  • 3.5' length of leather lace
  • 6 2-hole piggy beads
  • 2 Czech glass etched bacons
  • punch
  • cutters

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin by attaching the donut to the leather lace using a Lark's head knot. Once it is secure, wrap Irish waxed linen around the 2 strands of leather for approx 8mm, then split the strands and wrap them individually for 8-14mm.
Step 2:
Punch 2 tiny holes in leather using the rotary hand sewing punch for each leather fold needed.
NOTE: Make sure to keep your hole punching on the second to smallest size and keep the hole in the middle otherwise you risk tearing the leather. Practice on a scrap first. I learned the hard way!
Step 3:
Stitch Irish waxed linen through punched holes, secure on the bottom with a knot. You can also string a 2-Hole piggy bead on the underside and then knot. Use the 1' lengths of Irish waxed linen for this.
Step 4:
Pull the waxed linen once strung through the leather and cinch to create a fold of leather.
Step 5:
String your beads onto the waxed linen alongside the leather lace.
Step 6:
Bind the beaded section to the leather using the 6" lengths of waxed linen.
Step 7:
I tried to keep it interesting by avoiding symmetry. The 2 sides are balanced, but not identical.
Step 8:
Using the remaining 6" lengths of leather lacing, embellish leather by wrapping the Irish waxed linen on.
Step 9:
To complete the necklace, mark on the back of the leather where you want to finish with a knot, then take both strands and form an overhand knot and trim leather tails on the bias approx 2" down from knot.

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  1. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Cool! Love the bright colors and the folds are awesome!

  2. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    This is so neat! Love the mixture of stones, glass and leather.

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    So bright and happy! Gorgeous, Ali!

  4. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    What a fun piece! You inspired me to do a pick featuring the new donuts.

  5. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such strong colors! And love them together. And thanks for the tutorial for these interesting leather links.

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love this!!

  7. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    I never know what to do with the donuts, your design is inspiring :D

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Neat use of linen thread and leather as usual — and as usual in new and clever ways! Thanks Ali!

  10. Copenhagen Statement
    Copenhagen Statement says:

    I love this one.

    Very weareable and something you can use for jeans and a T-shirt – wich will give you just that extra layered look that makes you look more well dressed.

  11. Copenhagen Statement
    Copenhagen Statement says:

    PS. I looove the donut

    If I dident live in Denmark and have to think about the shipping cost, I would buy it immediately.

  12. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    I love this design & I had to LAUGH! As I was reading what products to use, I was wondering what the heck is etched bacon?? I thought I was pretty well versed in the types of beads by now–I’ve done lots of reading, browsing, buying, etc. Then when reading the directions, I realized it’s BICONES!! Ya might want to fix that

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