Steampunk Inspired Octopus Multi Strand Necklace with Peter Pan Style Collar Tutorial

Hi friends! I have had the supplies to make this design in a basket on my table for months!

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I love how the center pendant and 1 3/4″ length difference between strands gives this necklace a “Peter Pan” style collar look. It is sweet and bold yet casual enough for everyday. I used a mix of glass and acrylic beads to keep the necklace light and comfortable. All of the large faceted beads are acrylic and the rest are glass and stone.

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This is the type of project that’s perfect for using up odds and ends from past projects. Since I store my beads by color it’s fun to rummage through my “bead soup” and pull beads that will work together. You can make this necklace using any kind of pendant you like and use colors that you prefer. It is the perfect excuse to dig out your beads and play! Watch the video for full step by step instructions and helpful tips!

Supplies: *Affiliate links used

Directions:
1. Cut 2 pieces of 24″ beading wire. Add one wire through the pendant and string on a crimp tube bringing it close to the pendant and crimp to secure, repeat with the other wire.

2. Slide a large hole bead over both strands of one wire then separately string beads on each strand of wire. Make sure one strand is 1 3/4″ longer than the other. Your short strand should be around 16″-18″ if you want the peter pan collar look or longer if you prefer. Secure each strand with a crimp tube.

3. Repeat for the wire on the other side.

4. Add toggle clasp.

Other Tutorials you might like based on this technique (Slide show of linked projects below): Multi Strand Necklace (double strand connected at clasps), Triple strand necklace (Funky tutorial with DIY hot glue beads), Multi Strand Bracelet, Continuous Loop earrings (make with scraps of beading wire you cut away) and if you need more help with basic techniques you can check out my basic beading techniques video that has a time-stamped index so you can jump to the technique you need.

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I hope you give this fun necklace project a try! I love saying “Oh, I made it!” when someone asks me about a piece of jewelry I am wearing beause that lets you inspire others to create! Let’s spread some craftiness and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Metal Stamped Jewelry!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun tutorial that might help keep you inspired and motivated!

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There is a big trend for women to choose a word to represent their goals for the year. Challenges like “one little word” have helped people live more intentionally and today’s project can help remind you of your significant word. When Chico’s reached out to me with their goals of empowering women of all ages I was excited and came up with this project.

Thanks to Chico’s for sponsoring this video!

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Tape metal stamping blank to anvil and use metal stamps and a hammer to stamp your work onto the blank. If desired shape your blank using a dapping block.
  2. Add permanent ink or acrylic paint to the letters and wipe of the excess.
  3. Use jump rings to attach the metal pieces to chain, earring wires or other metal blanks to create jewelry.

I hope you enjoy this project and til next time happy crafting!

 

All the Techniques to Make Most Beaded Jewelry in one Video!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share this video with you today! I compiled the most used techniques that you will need to make almost any beaded (strung) jewelry project in today’s video! I wanted it to be like a class that you can return to time and time again. That’s why I also included time stamped links to each technique in this blog post. You will be able to jump to the technique you need to know. I hope it is helpful to you!

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I know this is a long video but I didn’t want to sacrifice techniques just to fit it into a short YouTube friendly video length. I do have a favor to ask though, if you like long, in-depth videos such as this please watch, like and share it. That way YouTube will see that content like this has value. Thanks so much! And now on to the video!

*Please note this video is a beginner introduction to jewelry making and does not cover bead stitching. If it did we’d be here all day LOL!

For your convenience I have time-stamped the techniques in this video for easy future reference. I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions let me know in the comments!

Basic tools and supplies overview 2:43

Techniques:

  • #1 12:25 How to remove a kink or bend from a headpin and straighten wire.
  • #2 13:20 How to make a simple loop
  • #3 How to open and close a jump-ring. 15:10 Opening a jump ring. 16:08 Closing a jump-ring
  • #4 18:03 Adding an ear-wire to earrings
  • #5 19:20 How to make a wrapped loop (more secure than a simple loop)
  • #6 22:30 How to measure and cut chain
  • #7 24:49 How to attach clasps (for bracelets and necklaces)
  • #8 Techniques for working with chain: 27:27 How to attach chains. 30:22 How to make a chain tassel
  • #9 32:09 How and why to use bead caps
  • #10 How to attach crimp beads: 33:00 How to attach a crimp bead with any pliers and use a crimp cover. 35:52 How to attach a crimp bead with crimping pliers

I want to thank our sponsor Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club! I really enjoyed putting together the jewelry set I was wearing today. Join now and get 50% off your first month and 3 free gifts!

 

Would you like to see more jewelry projects on my channel? Let me know what you want to learn in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Make this gift! Wine Cork Key Chains!

Hi friends! This craft will help you use up some wine corks and random beads and you will end up with a beautiful sparkly bauble that you can tie to a present, hang from the tree or use as a key chain!

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It’s really easy and inexpensive. Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALDECEMBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires December 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other Supplies:

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Directions:

  1. remove printing from a rubber wine cork with nail polish remover or by sanding.
  2. Stamp on a design and color it if desired,
  3. Insert eye pins to each end and put a key ring on the top.
  4. Cut 4 strands of tiger tail beading wire about 8″ long and place though bottom eye ring. Slide on a large hole bead to corral all the wires.
  5. Select a wire and string on beads ending with a seed bead and add a crimp bead to secure. Check to make sure the crimp is secure and trim the wire. Repeat for the remaining wires.
  6. Tie a ribbon o the key ring for a festive look! Seal the ends of the ribbon with fray-check or clear glue.

Do you have any quick gift ideas that are easy and fun to make? Let us know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Lovely and Inexpensive DIY Gift for ladies! {Great for Craft Fairs!}

Howdy friends! Tonight I have a beginner jewelry project for you and a super cute packaging idea!

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I wanted to design a holder hor handmade earrings that could double as a gift wrap and I came up with a sweet matchbook style display card that I think is adorable! Follow along with the video for the easy step by step instructions. I’ll also post the template below.

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Here is the template. I actually took a 12″x12″ piece of kraft cardstock and did all of my scoring (using the measurements os a guide I scored all the marks on the left side and then the right side) and then cut the cardstock in half and then in 2″ strips and it was quick and easy!

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Supplies: * Note, I have lined products to Consumer Crafts and Amazon where I am an affiliate and also Oriental Trading where I am not affiliated but I have had good luck with their products.

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Directions:
1. Remove jump ring from charm if needed. Open loop on ear wire and slide on charm. Make 2.

2. Cut a 2″x6″ strip of kraft cardstock and score/fold at 5/8″, 3 1/4″ and 3 3/4″.

3. Stamp “To & From” on the back of the cardstock as shown and glue a 2.5″ square of pattern paper on the part that will be the front.

4. Cut a 1 1/2″x2 1/2″ piece of white cardstock and poke 2 holes near the top. Nestle this into the folded kraft cardstock and staple at the bottom.

5. Insert earrings in the holes and tuck the top flap into the bottom lip to close.

This is such a simple project and I think it would be a great first earring project for a your girl to make for her classmates and inexpensive enough to make a bunch! Let me know what you think of this and if you enjoy this project please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Mixed Media Jewelry! Let’s Create!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun mixed media jewelry experiment to share!

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I found some fun paint on clearance and thought it would be perfect to make jewelry with. In today’s video I’ll show you how I did it!

Today I am going to share some technique I learned playing around with Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paint. It is an alkyd based paint that leaves a very glossy honeycomb or hammered effect when dry. We will use inexpensive items to make our jewelry.

Note, I found good prices on everything you need at Blitzy and linked them up below. These are affiliate links which means I earn a small percentage of the sale but it doesn’t cost you anything extra:) Thank you for your support!

I bought this set of 12 Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paints on clearance for $14 (normally $39!) so if you can I recommend using a coupon at a big box store or shopping around online for a good deal. Since I am doing small jewelry pieces I preferred to get the variety of small bottles to fewer large bottles but you can decided based on your needs. I did find a couple deals on the sets at Blitsy:
Prisme Fantasy: (honeycomb finish)
Moon Fantasy (hammered finish)
*Blitsy also carries the large bottles but I recommend starting with the smaller bottles to see if you like it because the big bottles, although on sale, are a larger investment!

Other Supplies:
Bottle caps you can get flattened or regular bottlecaps in lots of sizes and colors at Blitsy
Cabochons/frames/ trays (you can get these at a craft/jewelry supply store, mine were 25 cents each from a stamp show) I have purchased inexpensive tray charms from Mod-Podge too
Chain
Beads
Bails (or wire for making our bottlecap charms into pendants)
Metal filigree or charms such as gears
Jump rings/wire
Jewelry tools such as pliers 
Acrylic blanks or other sturdy substrates for metal collage pieces.
Glue: E600, Goop or liquid welder for glass or metal, Beacon 3-in-1 for plastic
Anything you darn well want can be used!

You might also want some oil or alkyd paints to use with the Prisme Fantasy paints because they do not have mica in them and provide a nice contrast!

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Tip! The Prisme Fantasy paints take 72 hours to cure, handling them too soon will result in fingerprints or dents in the paint surface (don’t ask me how I know!) I hope you enjoyed this fun and free workshop, happy crafting!

Let’s Make Jewely from Old Paintings!

Hi friends! I had a stack of half painted pictures (aka step outs from filming my Craftsy class) but I couldn’t bear to toss them. I figured I could swatch paint on the back or gesso over them and paint with acrylics on top but then it hit me! I could die cut them with tiny dies and turn them into unique light weight earrings! You could also use lightweight cardboard (cereal box weight) to make these if you don’t have old watercolor paper hanging around.

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these. Use the small dies you have and make something truly unique!

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Supplies:

*note if you don’t have embossing powder and clear ink you can use clear nail polish or any other clear sealer that is non toxic.
**Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp used, thank you for your support!

If you want to see what the painting in the project came from check out my Craftsy Class at 50% off

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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