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Leather Wrap with a Peyote Twist

About this design:

I'm really enjoying making these peyote pieces, but I wanted to do something different to finish them. Since I love leather, I decided to try and stitch one onto the leather and then Ron came up with the idea of incorporating the beaded wrap for the back part which I loved! I finished with some spiral cord ends and a hook clasp that I made. This was a labor of love and it took forever to complete, but it was worth it. I really enjoyed the process and learned a lot.

Also, I tried a different background with the black. Good or weird? Give me your thoughts!


Myiuki Delica 11/0 seed beads, peach Swarovski bicones from my stash. Wisteria quartz/picasso faceted rondeles, natural brown leather cord and antique copper wire 20 and 18 gauge for the cord ends and clasp all from LB.

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  1. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    Okay, you can quit now Angela – we know you’re good – LOL. Oh My! There are no words to describe. I ADMIRE anyone with this patience; I can take 2 days on something – no more.
    The colors in this are beautiful. And to have such a HELPFUL mate; mine isn’t into my hobby, but since I quit smoking and drinking a year ago he’s very lenient with my spending (I was just a ‘casual’ drinker, but at my age decided it was better to quit)

  2. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow..such intricate and elegant work. Now you know why I hesisted to post a “stretchie.”ha ha ha! (Just messing around).
    The reason that I like this,besides the colors,and obvous because it’s both soft and rugged at the same time.
    I think the pics are great. Each background gives it a different feel. The black makes the rondelles really beads pop.
    It was well worth the work.

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Can I get an edit button on hear? Oh well,it’s late..2 cups of tea,yada yada. We beaders are “children of the night.” LOL ;)

  4. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    How cleaver combining two different styles. I like the leather border because it adds structure to the beading. Great design.

  5. Marianne Y
    Marianne Y says:

    That is fantastic! … I had some practice learning peyote this weekend … I have a ways to go.

  6. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Love the concept, Angela, and the execution is perfect. Am guessing you made your own copper end-coils, too. Truly a labor of love ! The black background for the photo is particularly effective with these colors. Thanks for sharing this – -

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Wow Angela, that looks like a lot of work and it turned out fabulously! How you incorporate leather into your pieces amazes me, and your hand made components are the perfect match! I too like how the Czech glass really pops with the black background :)

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Angela, this is a very cool idea, love what you have done here just amazing :D

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    BTW, Ron is definitely a keeper :D

  10. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    OMG Angela! Seriously amazing. I love it! Please consider doing a tutorial! Pretty please!

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh wow!! Fantabulous!! I LOVE the soft and rugged together. What a lot of patience you must have! This may be a silly question, but how do you get your ends so neat? No little tails showing, no lumps in the wire where it goes over a knot?? I assume there is a knot on at least one end since you used jump rings??

  12. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    love! and I love the way it pops on the black background. its definitely very unique, and the colors are just gorgeous

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all so much for your comments and feedback on the photos. I think the black is a little better for this piece too.

    I did make the coil ends, and Gail, there is no knot under them, I just tighten the coil around the two pieces of leather. I usually include a picture of the back, I don’t know why I didn’t this time. ? Oh well, I just added one so you can see a close up of the coil ends.

    Thanks all! :)

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