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!

Make a stunning bracelet using bead caps!

Hi friends! The other day I cleared off my big table, spread out my trays of beads and made this:

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I framed each of the lovely faceted beads in my design with copper bead caps. They were not expensive but they really added a punch to this bracelet design. This is an easy bracelet to make and I have step by step instructions in today’s video!

Video!

Supplies:
Green faceted rondelle beads about 1/2″ wide
Gold/amber bicone beads 1/4″ wide
Copper Bead Caps (Blue Moon Beads)
Green glass foal bead about 5/8″ wide
copper crimp beads #1
Beadalon 7 strand copper finish bead wire (AKA Tigertail)
Copper finish toggle clasp
Bead board or towel for work surface and measuring tape.

Tools:
Needle nose pliers
Flush cutters
Crimp pliers
*You can also use a 3-in-1 plier if that is all you have. You simply squash the crimp bead on the flat part of the tool. This is a weaker connection but it will do in a pinch.

I hope you give this a try and til next time happy crafting!

How To Make A Braided Wrap Bracelet!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a braided wrap bracelet using burlap and lace ribbon from Offray. I am also using a cute red and white polka dot to give this bracelet a punch of color.  Since this bracelet is designed to wrap and is long it can be used as a necklace too!

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Both of these ribbons are exquisite, you can really feel the quality when working with them. This burlap is quite soft so it is perfect for wearing next to your skin. The lace trim is actually sewn to the edges of the ribbon which was a nice surprise because I thought it was printed when I ordered it. I really makes for a nice texture and is so easy to work with.

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You will need:

Directions:

Step 1. Measure loosely around your wrist/forearm 3 times and add 5″. Cut a piece of each ribbon that length. The additional length is needed because braiding the ribbon will make it shorter. Slit the wide ribbon into 3 pieces leaving them connected at the top.

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Step 2. Lay the narrow grossgrain ribbon over the middle strip.

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Step 3. Add a drop of glue to secure the red ribbon and neatly pleat in each side so you have a 1″ wide ribbon stack.

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Step 4. Attach a ribbon end using nylon jaw pliers.

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Step 5. Braid the 3 strands keeping the red ribbon with the strip of burlap with no lace.

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Step 6. When you get to the end trim the ends flush.

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Step 7. Gather the stands neatly and add the other ribbon end. You can use hot glue to keep the ribbons together while attaching the ribbon end. Only use a small amount, it is the strength of the ribbon end is holding the ends together, the glue is just an aide.  Add a toggle clasp using split rings (do not use jump rings as they tend to slip off of the ribbon ends.) If your bracelet is a bit too short you can add a couple juprings between the split ring and toggle to extend it as far as you need but it should be pretty close.

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Step 8. Trim any long raveled strings from the bracelet. The bracelet will have a soft fringe on the cut edges giving it a country-shabby chic look. It is a fun casual summary piece of jewelry that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet with blue jeans or a sun-dress. Plus it is quick enough to make for all of your girlfriends! For a different look you can reverse the bracelet and it will be a plain burlap braid (see images below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this easy jewelry project! You can find the ribbons I used from Offray and I thank them for sponsoring this blog post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

This is what I gave my girlfriends!

Hi friends! Now that Christmas is past I can share the gifts I made for some of my best girlfriends:

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Glitter sparkle monogrammed necklaces! Watch the video to see how I made them!

You will need:
chain (the dollar packs at walmart have enough to make 4 necklaces)

  • Flower Toggle Clasp
  •  (Pandahall)
    beads (from stash)
    headpins
    tiny glitter bottles (Dollar Tree has them in the cosmetic aisle)
    chandelier earring findings

  • Pendants
  • (Pandahall)

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    This project can be put together with 2 pairs of 3-in-1 pliers (they have a wire cutter built-in) but you might also want flush cut pliers and a jump ring opener if you are making a lot. A bead board is handy too but you can also use a towel or piece of felt on your table as a work surface.

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    My friends loved their necklaces. I hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    DIY Stained Glass Scrap Necklace!

    Hi friends! I love making projects from scraps! A few years ago I bought a bunch of stained glass scraps for $1 a pound at a local stained glass shop to use in my kiln. I though it would be cool to make some soldered pendants with them too:

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    Today I will show you how to solder pieces of glass together to make a pretty pendent.

    If you like this project you might also enjoy the Stained Glass for Beginner course at curious.com and now (12/20/14) though 1/4/15 All courses are 50% off, be sure to check out all the classes they have to offer and sign up for curious.com for more specials and free classes.

    Tool and Supplies for this project:
    Scrap glass
    solder
    flux
    copper tape
    soldering iron
    helping hands tool
    pliers
    ribbon
    ribbon crimps, clasp, split/jump rings
    silicone mat

    Follow along with the video, please note this project will take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much jewelry making experience you have. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

     

    How to Make a Multi Stand Bracelet, Earrings and Ring! {gift idea!}

    Hi Friends! Happy Friday night! I had a lovely time the other day making this easy gift set using some new beading supplies from PandaHall:

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    Thanks to a few of my viewers who told me that the prongs on the frame of the ring should be pushed down snug around the glass. I pushed them down with my finger but you can use a pencil eraser too. I did not show that in the video but wanted to make sure you knew:)

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    You can use any beads you like for this but I will include a full supply list below the video if you want exactly what I used.

    Supplies:

    Coupon Codes!
    Save $20 on your order of $200+ with coupon code: PHYoutube20
    or
    Save $10 on your order of $120+ with coupon code: PHYoutube10 valid through May 1, 2015

    Thanks to PandaHall for sponsoring today’s video. They are a great source of quality jewelry supplies particularly if you are selling your jewelry and need to get the best prices on your materials. If you want more information on the materials they sent me you can watch my haul video here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

     

    Let’s Make Swooshy Fish Dangle Earrings!

    Hello Friends! I was inspired by a friends dangly earrings one day, I thought when I get a minute I am going to try something similar. Her earrings had long thin chains with a bead at the end of each. I used beads from my stash and cut lengths of chain to achieve the same effect! Do you want some swishy earrings for summer too? Well watch the tutorial and I’ll show you how to make them!

    They takes longer than simple head-pin earrings but really the techniques are the same. I have another earring style I want to try, a copy of my favorite pair of earrings, and I think they are going to get made soon! Would you like to see more jewelry tutorials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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