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Leather and Gemstone Buddha Necklace

About this design:

Leather and Red Jasper gemstone beads provide a beautifully updated backdrop for our Lotus Guru Bead and Buddha Pendant. Pearl knotting and eyelet setting are an unexpected technique pairing!
Design by: Tracy Proctor

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1 Buddha Pendant
  • 1 Lotus Guru Bead
  • 1 Vine Hook & Eye Clasp
  • 1 Leather Strap 1⁄2"x10" Copper
  • 4 Eyelet w/ 3.7mm Stem
  • 7 Round Jump Ring 4mm
  • 2 Crimp Bead 2x2mm
  • 4 Round Bead 2mm or size 11 round seed beads
  • 24 8mm Faceted round gemstone beads (Red Jasper shown)
  • C-Lon .5mm or preferred cord
  • Eyelet Setter and Anvil
  • hammer
  • rotary hole punching pliers
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
  • ruler (preferably clear acrylic quilting ruler)
  • needle nosed tweezers or T-pin
  • chain and/or flat nose pliers
  • pencil or pen
  • brush on super glue (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Split leather strap into two 1/4"x10" pieces: use pen or pencil to make a series of marks down the center on the back side of the strap. Using scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat carefully cut in half lengthwise.
Step 2:
On one piece make a centered mark 1/8" from one end.
Step 3:
Using smallest setting on hole punching pliers make a hole where marked.
Step 4:
Insert one eyelet from top of strap down through hole at one end.
Step 5:
Turn strap and eyelet upside down and place eyelet flange onto anvil.
Step 6:
Position setter into end of eyelet and tap with hammer until set (see setter instructions).
Step 7:
Repeat Steps 2–6 at other end and on both ends of second piece.
Step 8:
Attach one jump ring to each eyelet, closing securely.
Step 9:
Cut 3' of cord. Brush a tiny amount of super glue onto one end of cord, allow to dry, then use scissors to trim cord at an angle. (optional)
Step 10:
String one crimp bead onto cord, then thread cord through jump ring
at end of one strap and back through crimp bead. Adjust to form small (1/8") loop then use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp onto cords leaving a 2" tail. Tie an overhand knot in tail and tighten right next to crimp*. Trim excess cord. (Optional: add a tiny drop of glue to knot.)
Step 11:
String one gemstone bead onto cord, slide it up to crimp, then tie an overhand knot right next to bead.
Tighten securely.
TIP: Knotting: Pre-stretch cord before stringing and knotting. If a single overhand knot is too small and slips through bead holes, tie a second knot on top of the first to add bulk. Some find it easier to tie the knots by tightening them around a T-pin or needle nose tweezers
Step 12:
String one gemstone bead, sliding
it up to previous bead, then repeat
knotting process.
Step 13:
Repeat Step 12 ten times.
Step 14:
String 4 2mm beads or seed beads
onto cord, then string guru bead to cover 2mm beads. Tie a knot after guru bead.
Step 15:
Repeat Step 12 twelve times.
Step 16:
Repeat Step 10 being sure to face
second strap the same direction as the first, and adjusting cord to take up any slack before securing crimp.
Step 17:
Open one jump ring and attach pendant to guru bead. Close jump ring.
Step 18:
Use one jump ring to attach clasp hook at one end of necklace.
Step 19:
Use one jump to attach clasp eye at other end of necklace.

Buy Products from this Design

Tan Flat Leather Cord 5mm BACK IN STOCK!
per foot

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15-16" strand
½ strand (loose)

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