Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Necklace

Tutorial: How to make a simple leather cord and polymer clay necklace.I've been happily making dozens and dozens of polymer clay beads over the past few weeks. After a little prompting from my husband, "Ah, honey. What are you going to do with all of these beads you're making?" it became clear that I needed to start incorporating some of my pieces into finished projects.

After making a Leather Cord and Clay Bead Bracelet, the next logical project was clearly a coordinating necklace.

Again, many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the gorgeous leather cord I used in both tutorials.


  • 2 - 3/4 inch extruder cane beads
  • 1 - 7/8 inch solid colored bead
  • 2 - 1/2 inch solid colored beads
  • 2 - 3/8 inch solid colored beads
  • 2 - 1/4 inch solid colored beads
  • 1 meter round leather cord
  • scissors


If you are unfamiliar with clay bead making, you may want to review my posts:

Slide the largest bead onto the cord, center it and tie a knot on either side.
The knot is simply to add a little texture and interest, so if you prefer to add your beads without the knot in between, that's fine.
Continue adding beads from largest to smallest. You can tie a knot on each side of each bead if you choose.
Instead of a metal closure, I used adjustable sliding knots so the necklace can be worn longer or like a choker.
To do this, tie a knot around the cord on one side of the necklace then do the same on the other side.
Make sure that when the necklace is at it's longest it will fit over your head. Also make sure that both sliding knots are the same distance from the beads.
Trim the excess cord.
Simply slide the knots along the cord to lengthen or shorten the necklace.

How to make a simple leather cord and polymer clay necklace.

As with my beaded bracelet, I actually made this necklace with two different colors of beads and leather cord. **Spoiler Alert** Both of these necklaces will probably be a part of my September prize giveaway.

How to make a simple leather cord and polymer clay necklace.



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The Chilly Dog: Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Necklace
Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Necklace
How to make a simple leather cord and polymer clay necklace.
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