I am really interested in branching out more in my jewelry designs...this scares me on several levels. first, I don't know what I am doing. I really am interested in working with leather (will show you a little more about that below).
Second, I really really love artisan silver. This is handmade sterling silver. It cost a lot more than I every invest in or use to make my designs. The upfront cost is high (secret, shhhhh, I already invested a little, ok, maybe a little more than a little). But, will customers buy? The cost of my designs will have to go up and I don't really like that. This is the major scarey part!
Third, can i do it? I know practically nothing about working with leather. Is there an interest out there? Who knows. Should I find out?
Ok, here is my first piece. Don't be too critical but do let me know your thoughts. Not just about this design but also about what I wrote about. Thanks for your input!
I used 3mm black leather with a beautiful scrolled silver focal point on the center piece. I used large hole silver beads on either side of the focal piece that can slide from end to end, giving a free floating feel. Tibetan Silver end caps hold the leather together with large hammered silver toggles. ok, now, what do you think?