Leather Jewelry Tutorial – DIY Leather Infinity Loops / Figure 8 Links

Hey there! Jess here from JewelryTutorialHQ.com. In this episode I’ll show you how to make
some infinity loops or figure 8 shaped links using leather. I hope you’ll stick around till the end
of the video – I’ll give you a couple of ideas for ways to use these links. You’ll need some 2 mm or 2.5 mm round leather for this project. If you’re going to be making large loops
like these I’d recommend the 2.5 mm size for that – it’s a little stiffer and will
hold its shape better. The 2mm size is going to be better for smaller
loops and especially if you’re planning to attach it to something that might stretch
out the shape. You’ll need something you can cut the leather
with very precisely – I like to use my flush cutters for this. You’ll also need a pair of chain nose pliers
or something you can use to grip the end of the leather and help us pull the knot really
tight. Finally, you’re going to need some adhesive
and I really recommend using this GS hypocement because it’s the absolute best for this
type of project. Just a quick note that you might want to read
the warning – this might be something you want to investigate further or read up on
before purchasing or using this product – although most strong adhesives like superglue and E6000
have similar warnings – I just want you to be able to make an informed decision. That being said, let’s get starting on learning
how to make these leather links. Start with about 8 inches of leather, or longer
or shorter if you want to make a different size. Cross the right end over the left end to form
a loop, and bring the right back up through the center to form an overhand knot. Partially tighten the knot and position it
so it’s at the left end of your piece of leather and so you have about a 1 inch tail. The opening of the knot should be just a little
bit bigger than will fit 2 pieces of leather. Now take the long end of the leather – this
is going to be our working end – and pass it up through the center of the knot, going
in through the same side as the tail is coming from so it’s basically making a U turn. This will create the large loop that’s going
to be the bottom of your figure 8, so go ahead and get that roughly the size you want it
to be, making sure you have at least a couple of inches left on the top to create the smaller
loop. Turn the loop so you’re holding it to the
side like this and with the working end of the leather on the right, pass that end back
through the knot again making sure to bend the leather towards you as you make another
U turn. So you’ve got this one piece of leather
that’s forming both loops of the link and you can pull from one side to make the other
loop larger and vice versa. Let’s keep the large loop on the left. Go ahead and pull the short end of leather
(not the working end we’ve been using) pull that end as tight as you can with your fingers
as you hold the knot in place to tighten it up as much as you can. Get the larger loop the size you want it first,
then use the working end of the leather to push or pull to make that top loop larger
or smaller. You should have one end of leather sticking
up and coming from the back of the piece and the other piece of leather – the working end – pointing down and coming from the front of the knot. This will make the knot much less bulky than
having both ends coming out the same side and that makes it easier to tighten. When you’re happy with the size of both
loops we’ll pull on the end that’s sticking up to tighten it one last time. I use my chain nose pliers to grip the end
of the leather – and always make sure you’re pulling AWAY from you in c ase the pliers
slip off, which happens quite a lot. Grip firmly with the chain nose pliers, bend
the end of the leather up toward the ceiling to help the pliers not slip off and pull as
tight as you can away from you as you hold the knot in place. When your knot is secure you can trim off
the ends of the leather. Use the back side of your flush cutter blade
to cut pretty close to the knot, being careful not to nick the other pieces of leather. Also be careful not to yank on the loops,
and do the same for the other tail. This adhesive comes with a nice fine tipped
applicator so we’re going to use that to do some precision gluing here. This is a new tube so I’m not even squeezing
– and I just want to use the tiniest amount of glue but I want to make sure I spread it
all around in all the crevices of the knot and covering the ends. That will make the ends darker in color so
they blend in better. Everywhere the leather overlaps in the knot
on the top and the bottom I’m going to put a small bead of glue. I’m also being very careful not to touch
it so I don’t get this on my hands or transfer it to the rest of the leather. That should set up and cure pretty quickly
but I’d recommend leaving it for at least 24 hours if you’re going to be using it
on anything that might tug on it or weigh it down too much before it’s completely
cured. Some things you can use these links for – earrings,
of course, but you can also use it as a loop for a button or a hook clasp. Or as a link in a necklace or bracelet. You can also use the same technique to make
both loops the same size and have a symmetrical link, and you can make them large or small. So lots of different things – I’d love to
hear what ideas you come up with for different ways to use a leather link like this, Maybe
even something other than jewelry – comment on the video and let me know what you think! And if you like it, give me a thumbs up! Thanks so much for watching. I’ll see you next time!

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