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Home > Tutorials > Goat Suede Dangle Earrings

Goat Suede Dangle Earrings

by Carmi Cimicata
Materials: Goat Suede, earring hooksDazzle-It twisted needle, crimp ends, choker/ribbon ends , crystal rhinestone beads, feathers , charms, jump rings
Tools: Scissors, pliers
What is goat suede? It refers to the type of animal skin used, which is goat. Genuine Goat Suede is of the highest quality suede. It’s incredibly supple and soft with a luxurious ease to it. Suede refers to a specific treatment used to achieve a soft nap on the leather. Whereas full-grain leather is made from the outer side of the animal skin , suede leather uses the inner side. The inner side is more supple to but is further softened and made flexibly by buffing its surface to create the slightly fuzzy texture of suede. Some skins may also be split, the inner side of the leather from the outer side, leaving very flexible and soft suede.

Goat Suede can be found used in jackets, garments, shoes, gloves, bags and accessories. With a huge trend in natural, exotic looking jewelry, suede is also being incorporated into jewellery designs.  Here's how to make a pair of trendy dangle earrings!
The earrings were inspired by this photo:
Goat suede is very well known in the book binding world as the best leather to work with.  I had no idea it was so soft. And lightweight too!
Using a Dazzle-It Twisted needle I was able to pass the suede right through crimp ends.
The new crimp ends are so decorative that I like to use them in my designs where they will be seen.
Choker/ribbon ends are the perfect way to attach these strips of suede. Three strands of goat suede cord fit perfectly.
All I had to do was decide what to add to each dangle.  I chose some crystal rhinestone beads, feathers and some necklace components.  Customize your earrings with your own selection of beads, components, charms and dangles!