Well the beloved 90’s chokers are back, and have been for a few months! I’ve got to admit I was slightly behind the trend thinking, “Are those really back?”. But how can you not love them when so many beautiful people like, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, look so good in them! While I‘ve seen the tattoo choker make a roaring comeback, the wraps and bolo chokers are also all the rage right now.
I was on Pinterest, like always, when I saw an adorable leather wrap choker that I had to have. I Clicked on the link, taking me to FreePeople.com. Oh man do I love Free People, its not just their beautiful clothes or shabby models but the way they can take a piece of string, add some gold aglets to the ends and charge $78 for it. I love, love ,LOVE their clothing but I was not about to pay almost $80 for something I could make myself.
As I went back to Pinterest my feed was suddenly flooded with “Suggested for you” pins full of chokers. Sneaky Pinterest! I finally decided to make a leather choker wrap similar to this one by Rope the Moon Jewelry, and it was off to the races!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Spike beads
- Leather cording
- D-rings or crimps
- Pliers. Jewelry pliers or crimpers will work best but I couldn’t find mine. You just nee Something to crush/crimp the D-rings.
I bought all of my supplies, except the pliers, in store at Michaels craft store.
The first thing you’ll need to do is soften your leather so it doesn’t have all those creases in it from being on the board so long. You could toss them in your washer or just soak them in hot water like I did. I added a little soap to mine, but I’m not sure if that was necessary. Place your cords into the hot water and place something to keep them under. I just used a paper wait rock we had in our drawer (yeah I know, that’s a bit odd). Let it soak for about 30 min then lay them out to dry.
Once completely dry cut your cord to your desired length. Mine was 3 yards to begin with so I just cut it in half, so about 54 inches.
Next take off two of the spike beads from the chain by opening the rings sideways. If you open them side ways then it is easier to close them tightly like this.
Keep the ring on the bead when you remove it from the chain, then close the band again. Thread your D-ring and bead onto your cord.
Fold over the cording and insert it into the D-ring right on top of itself, leaving little cord coming out the other side.
Unfortunately, it was only at this point that I realized I had bought the wrong size D-rings! They were way to big, so with a little experimenting and a desire not to go back to the store, I came up with this method.
Note* If you have the correct size D-rings crimp shut and your finished; if not keep reading.
Push your chords to one side of the D-ring and crimp shut with your pliers.
Next take an additional pair of pliers, holding the D-ring on both sides bend the ring back and forth until it breaks in half.
Lastly use your pliers to bend the broken ends together to close the gap. Sorry in advance for the poor quality picture.
Thats it! Now you have a boho chic leather choker wrap necklace! You can officially join the choker rage!Cassie Jean