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!

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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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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!

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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!

My neck hurts…

…and it’s probably because I wore this heavy necklace the last two days:

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Usually when I make a chunky necklace I mix in some acrylic beads to cut down on the weight but I had these gorgeous foil glass beads that I wanted to use and I like the repetition of them all together so I threw caution to the wind. The flower focal drop I made from resin, it was an ugly speckled white because my white paint I colored the resin with did not mix well so I painted it green. I enjoy olive green because it seems to flatter so many skin tones.

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I call it elegant steampunk…and heavy…really freaking heavy…

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It’s still pretty though, but I think I will only wear it for short amounts of time and not all day again.  That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheerful Cherry Jewelry! {video}

I had a few minutes the other day and I wanted to make something cheerful and fun:

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I had some glass pearls that I got for 40 cents a strand at Micheal’s and I knew they were perfect!

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I knew my daughters had leaf shaped beads because I helped them sort their beads last winter, found ‘um!

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After experimenting with beads and making one big and one small cherry motif I turned on my camera so you can see how easy it is and sine I have no time to edit you can watch me drop stuff too!

I decided that the big cherries were too big and heavy for earrings so I used them on a necklace instead. Happy Crafting!

Birds Nest Jewelry Video tutorial!

Darn it, every time I go to put away my beads I end up making more stuff! To add to my wire wrapping obsession of making trees I am now making nests.  These nests are quick and easy, it take less than 10 minutes to make one and they are so cute:

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You can use the nests for rings, pendants, pins, earrings-you name it! This is a great use of natural stones such as turquoise, jasper, pearls and other semi-precious stones that can otherwise be dwarfed in a jewelry design. It is also great for using up leftover beads for other projects.

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Here is a video to show you how.  I went on the hunt for inexpensive, good quality wire (my current obsession had me using my wire stash up like it was going out of style!) and I found some deals. I talk about that, and review types of wire and tools a bit at the start of this video so if you know all that and want to get strait to the tutorial skip to 3:00.

Easy huh? Be warned, this is addictive! I am planning to sell these at the local spring fair this year, I think they will be lovely Mother’s day gifts. I will sell them for $5-$15 depending on the cost of the beads I used 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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How to make an adjustable knot for Jewelry (quick video!)

Howdy folks, the “Lindsay films in High Definition” adventure continues this week as I demonstrate how to make an adjustable knot for necklaces and bracelets. It is so easy and once you know how you will be using this technique all the time. See how in this 3 minute video:

Easy huh? So, does any notice better quality? Are the details easier to see? Or is it taking longer to load and play. Please let me know. I am experimenting here. You can watch the video full screen and in the HD setting for a super crisp picture if your internet connection allows. Well, anyway I hope you enjoyed it and til next time happy crafting!

2 Million Hits {and counting!}

Wow! Sometime yesterday my blog reached 2 million page views! I am really psyched because WordPress does not count my own visits (if that was the case I’d have hit 2 mil years ago LOL!) so that means that actual people are reading this. Thanks people! Well, I am still sewing up a storm to get ready for Saturday’s craft fair so I have little time to chit-chat. Here is a necklace/earring set I made a couple weeks ago. Enjoy!

PS don’t forget to sign up to win the stamp featured in yesterday’s post! On to the pictures, thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

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