DIY Twisted Leather Earrings Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Fish hook earring wires
Leather or suede remnants
Grid ruler
Pencil or other marking tool
Leather punch
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
Two 10mm jump rings
Flat-nosed jewelry pliers

Things to do:

  1. Cut a piece of leather to 4″ long by 1″ wide.
  2. Using a leather punch, punch a hole in the center of each short end, about 1/2 ” from the edge.
  3. Using a pencil or marking tool, mark a straight line across the width of the leather 1″ down from each edge.
  4. Using a craft knife, cut a line 1/4 ” from the edge of the leather, cutting only between the two marked lines from step 3.
  5. Cut two more lines: one 1/4 ” from the first line and another one 1/4 ” from the second line.
  6. You should have three cut lines in the middle of the leather piece.
  7. Using jewelry pliers, open a jump ring. Push one side of the ring away from you, rather than pulling the ends apart in the center, as this will weaken the ring.
  8. Fold the leather piece in half, bringing the short ends together.
  9. Lay one short end of the leather piece over the other with the wrong side of the leather on top.
  10. Insert the jump ring through the two short ends of the leather.
  11. Insert the jump ring through the earring wire.
  12. Using the pliers, close the jump ring securely.
  13. Repeat steps 1-12 to create a second earring.
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