Create Your Own Badge With Leather and Beads

John Bead Beaded and Leather Badges!

Earlier this year we shared some images of the “make and take” project John Bead presented at the winter trade shows.  These leather and bead badges were very popular so we are sharing our step by step with you.

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Color has meaning and we chose to focus on five unique palettes.

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The leather badge was created utilizing tooling leather for the shaped background and leather sheets for the stripe.

Leather sheets  Tooling Leather

We have attached the PDF created by our Marketing department so you can make your own.

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Leather Badges template

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It is helpful to have a leather punch so you can make holes for the pins to go through.

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We also provided some leather crafting tools so that the leather edges received some detailing.  This is the leather edge beveler.

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Each badge featured one of these kilt pins.  There are three open spots to hang an embellishment or charm on.

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Beads we have an abundance of!  We provided a selection of gorgeous Czech glass beads for our make and takes along with eye pins and jump rings.  We think everyone really enjoyed creating their own bead charms/dangles.  We also had some tiny metal spacers available for anyone wanting to add some metallic shimmer.

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Although we had a color palette for inspiration we noticed quite quickly that some participants wanted to select their own colors.  That worked out really well too!

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We also gave our participants one more opportunity to embellish their pins since there was a little extra space available before setting the kilt pin onto the leather badge.

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I think the extra beads made the top look extra special.

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This is an easy make and take to set up.  It is a great way to use up smaller beads and leftovers.  We hope you enjoy making your own badges, with and without, a leather badge background.  The kilt pins are perfect for all awareness campaigns.

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Leather Crafting For the Catwalk – Post Five

Here is a closer look at a necklace that went down the catwalk during the “Goddesses and Gladiators” runway show in the United Kingdom.

The necklace was designed by Fernando DaSilva exclusively for the Craft & Hobby Stitch International Show.

 

 

The Latest from John Bead – New Leather Sheets, Tools, Snaps and Rivets

Our Leather Works program has grown to include several new and much loved tools for leather crafting enthusiasts. We have a new Stitching and Lacing Pony, Rivet and Snap Setters, Edge Slickers and new Stitching Awl Bobbin replacements.

We know you will love our new selection of  8 x10 soft leather sheets.  The rich range of colours will result in gorgeous finished leather projects.

We also have new snaps, double cap and rapid rivets in several sizes.

Stitching And Lacing Pony – New Leather Works Tool

We have another new tool for leather crafting enthusiasts.  Our “Stitching & Lacing Pony” is a traditional tool allowing you to secure your project in place so you can use both hands to focus on lacing and sewing.  You will be able to work a lot quicker to finish numerous projects with this tool.

It is like having a third hand to help!

Snaps and Rivets for Leather Crafting and More

We have new leather snaps in two sizes 12mm and 15mm.  Available in gold and silver.

We have double cap rivets in three sizes 6×6, 7×6 and 9x13mm.   Available in gold and silver.

We have Rapid Rivets available two sizes 6×6 and 7x7mm.  They are available in gold, silver, brass and steel.