Sunday, March 20, 2011

Recycled Leather Tassel Necklace and Earrings

One of the most exciting things for me is to be able to turn material that I manage to rescue into beautiful jewelry. I salvaged some really nice leather in a very rich and organic looking bone color, but kept it for some time in my box, as I didn't have most of the tools needed to work with leather, wondering what to make with it. Then a few days ago... Eureka!

Tassels are really in fashion: Beaded tassels, chain tassels, and why not, leather tassels! For a second I hesitated, thinking that the result might have too much of a 'hippie' look, but I went on with my original thought, and I really like the fact that both the necklace and the earrings are simple, 'clean' and, ultimately, sophisticated and elegant! It helps that the leather is in a lovely, easy to combine with floral and colorful prints, neutral off-white shade. Both pieces can be combined with the sophisticated '70s spring summer trend, without being loud, because I kept them simple: It seemed that adding beads, charms or other elements would make them 'heavy'.

Both are now available in my Etsy shop.