Design Instructions



Supplies needed

  • 1    Buddha Pendant    (94-2565-12)
  • 1    Lotus Guru Bead    (94-5814-12)
  • 1    Vine Hook & Eye Clasp    (94-6106-12)
  • 1    Leather Strap ½”x10” Copper    (21-0010-19)
  • 4    Eyelet w/ 3.7mm Stem    (01-0080-11)
  • 7    Round Jump Ring 4mm    (01-0024-01)
  • 2    Crimp Bead 2x2mm    (01-0030-11)
  • 4    Round Bead 2mm    (93-0102-00) or size 11 round seed beads
  • 24    8mm Faceted round gemstone beads (Red Jasper shown)
  • C-Lon .5mm or preferred cord


  • 1    Eyelet Setter and Anvil    (79-0102-00)
  • hammer
  • rotary hole punching pliers
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
  • ruler (preferably clear acrylic quilting ruler)
  • needle nosed tweezers or T-pin
  • chain and/or flat nose pliers
  • pencil or pen
  • brush on super glue (optional)

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Finished Size: Approx. 33" 

Designer: Tracy Proctor

Download the Leather & Gemstone Buddha Necklace PDF

Watch our technique videos on the TierraCast Blog (look for Jump Rings and Eyelet Setting).

Tip: Knotting: Pre-stretch cord before stringing and knotting. If a single overhand knot is too small and slips through bead holes, tie a second knot on top of the first to add bulk. Some find it easier to tie the knots by tightening them around a T-pin or needle nose tweezers*. 


  1. Split leather strap into two 1/4"x10" pieces: use pen or pencil to make a series of marks down the center on the back side of the strap. Using scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat carefully cut in half lengthwise.
  2. On one piece make a centered mark 1/8" from one end.
  3. Using smallest setting on hole punching pliers make a hole where marked.
  4. Insert one eyelet from top of strap down through hole.
  5. Turn strap and eyelet upside down and place eyelet flange onto anvil.
  6. Position setter into end of eyelet and tap with hammer until set (see setter instructions).
  7. Repeat Steps 2-6 at other end and on both ends of second piece.
  8. Attach one jump ring to each eyelet, closing securely.
  9. Cut 3' of cord. Brush a tiny amount of super glue onto one end of cord, allow to dry, then use scissors to trim cord at an angle. (optional)
  10. String one crimp bead onto cord, then thread cord through jump ring at end of one strap and back through crimp bead. Adjust to form small (1/8") loop then use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp onto cords leaving a 2" tail. Tie an overhand knot in tail and tighten right next to crimp*. Trim excess cord. (Optional: add a tiny drop of glue to knot.)
  11. String one gemstone bead onto cord, slide it up to crimp, then tie an overhand knot right next to bead. Tighten securely.
  12. String one gemstone bead, sliding it up to previous bead, then repeat knotting process.
  13. Repeat Step 12 ten times.
  14. String 4 2mm beads or seed beads onto cord, then string guru bead to cover 2mm beads. Tie a knot after guru bead.
  15. Repeat Step 12 twelve times.
  16. Repeat Step 10 being sure to face second strap the same direction as the first, and adjusting cord to take up any slack before securing crimp. 
  17. Open one jump ring and attach pendant to guru bead. Close jump ring.
  18. Use one jump ring to attach clasp hook at one end of necklace.
  19. Use one jump to attach clasp eye at other end of necklace.