Jewelry DIY: Leather-Wrapped Quartz Necklace

Before I began weaving or picked up graphic design I have always been drawn to jewelry-making. Friendship bracelets were my specialty - I even taught my entire 8th grade class how to knot bracelets for a fund raising event (boys included). I have been so busy lately that I've forgotten how much I love creating wearable pieces, but working in a fashion boutique surrounded by beautiful jewelry has reminded me how much accessories showcase your true style. Most of the tutorials I share are impossible to recreate exactly but that is what I love! I like to share a skill while leaving enough room to incorporate your own style.

1. Cut 3 foot long pieces of deer lace and braid them together. Crimp one end and use wire to tie off the other end, leaving some extra wire to attach the quartz piece.

2. Wrap the wire through the quartz and around the crimped end of the braid. Then use another piece of deer lace to hide the two ends of the braid, and decorate the top of the quartz. Tie them off.

3. Cut the braid in half so that there is an even amount of braid extending from either side of the quartz. Wrap wire around both of these ends to secure them and leave a loop at the top to attach onto a chain.

4. Attach the chain onto the ends of the two braids. Optional: use string to wrap around the exposed wire at the top of each braid.