My Mermaid Amulet! What will you make?

Hi friends! Sometimes I am just playing with supplies and I feel a bit of magic happen. Old supplies mix with new and fun things happen. That is how I felt when I made this:

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I love funky jewelry. I had a box of 100 small kraft jewelry boxes from our sponsor Papermart and I wanted to do something different with them. They are really rugged and I thought they would make cool shadowbox necklaces. I went with a beach theme but you can do whatever you like with the supplies you have on hand. You can use mini photos to make more of a locket too! Watch the video to see how I made mine.

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Supplies:
Small Kraft Jewelry Boxes
Washi Tape
2mm Satin Cord (AKA Rat-Tail)
Ephemera, beads and found objects
Glitter
Acrylic Paint
X-Acto Knife (craft knife)
Cardboard
Scissors
Scrap yarn/fibers

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I can think of dozens of themes for these necklaces all using the vintage stuff I have collected over the years. How about you, are you going to try  something similar? I hope you do and share pics over on Facebook. Oh, and I’d love it if you pinned this idea on Pintrest and shared it on your favorite social media, sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping b and til next time happy crafting!

Almost Instant Jewelry!

Hi friends! I got a chance to try out the snap on jewelry components and European style beads and bracelets from PandaHall. They are a quick and easy way to make quick and fun earrings, bracelets and other fashionable items but being a DIY girl I wanted to see how I could make them work with some paper beads. I have the tendency to go on a bead making spree and them put them in a box never to be used. I thought this would be the perfect project for them because if I change my mind it is easy to take the almost instant jewelry apart and make something else with it!

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Watch this quick video to see how I made these!

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Here are the specific products I used:

I have to mention that this is the only time I have tried decorative snaps for jewelry making so I do not know if they will stay snapped tight forever, you can unsnap them (like a shirt) but I do  not know how much wear and tear they can take before becoming loose. Also the snaps come in different sizes (the ones on the earrings were smaller than the bracelet) so make sure you are buying the right size snaps for your project.

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If the glitzy faceted beads I used are not your thing you should check out the beautiful lampwork and gemstone large holed beads that are really affordable.

I know many of you have been frustrated with the shipping costs at PandaHall so I am happy to report that they opened up a USA Amazon and UK Amazon store so you can order their most popular items and get free shipping! Thanks to PandaHall for sponsoring this post, thank YOU 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
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    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!

    Got Glue? Got Glitter? Let’s Make Earrings!

    Hi Folks! I have a super cheap and easy project for you tonight that will make you sparkle! Watch the video to learn how to make glitter glue earrings:

    You will need:

    Glitter in varying degrees of chunkiness

    White glue or mod podge

    2 ear-wires and jump rings

    wax paper

    pliers

    *optional-glitter glue for even more sparkle!

     

    Directions (make 2)

    1. Squeeze glue on a piece of wax paper, mix in glitter. Let dry.
    2. Cut glitter film into a circle and punch a small hole in the edge.
    3. Attach to a jump ring and ear-wire.

    Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    Quick and Easy Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry!

    Hello Friends! I have a fun summer project to share today! I love collecting sea glass, it is a thrill to find these little treasures in the sand on a summer’s day. The kids love beach combing too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something with your treasures? Today I’ll show you how to make them into beautiful adjustable necklaces using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

    You can even use this technique with pretty tumbled stones or small tiles. If you don’t have access to the ocean you can buy sea glass at craft or dollar stores.

    You will need:

    Directions:

    1. Cut 12″ of wire. Make a loop 2″ from the end. Holding the loop at the top of a piece of beach glass start wrapping the long tail around while trapping the short tail under the wire in the back. Pull the long tail back to the top and wrap around the loop for security. Wrap extra wire into a decorative spiral and press against the back or you can trim it off.
    2. Cut 30″ of cord and slid pendant on. Tie each end to the opposing side with a surgeons knot. Tie the loose ends in an overhand knot close to the surgeons knot, trim and burn ends.

    I did this class with two groups of children this week and they loved it! You might have to make the hanging loop for them but then they can manage the wrapping. I hope you try this fun jewelry project, it makes a great gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    Perfect Jewelry to Make for Mom…

    Good evening friends! Have you given thought to this years mother’s day gift? Maybe you want to help your kids craft something special for grandma (or the grand kids craft something special for mom.) This project is easy and all you need is some 20-24 gauge wire, beads and 3-in-1 pliers (or round nose pliers and a wire cutter.) Watch the video and see how easy it is to make these pea pod pendants:

    I recommend placing a bead for each child in the pendant, you could even use birthstone colors if you like.

    Want more Mother’s Day Jewelry ideas? How about a bird’s nest pendant? (time required: 30 minutes, skill level beginner)

    Or the Tree of life pendant (time required: 1 hour, skill level intermediate/advanced)

    Wire working is fun and I hope these tutorials inspire you to create something beautiful for mom this year. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    Beaded Baubles!

    Happy Sunday Friends! Just a gentle reminder to those who live in the US that we have returned to standard time and you should have moved your clocks ahead last night. I like the longer days, I have been waking up early lately on my own so I hope it makes the transition easier. That said I was at a crop last night until 11:30 so I am feeling a bit groggy today. I was supposed to scrapbook but I didn’t feel like it so I grabbed some beads instead.

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    I had made the above necklace last weekend from a kit by The Beadery that I found at Mardens for $3. I was not in love with the colors but I had always wanted to learn how to bead around a stone and I have to say the instructions were fantastic! I did not follow the pattern to the letter because I did not want the necklace to have a clasp and I did not like some embellishing on it but that is why it is great to make your own, you can have it your way! The kit has a date of 2007 and the item # is 5768 if anyone wants to try and find it. I got the hang of it very quickly and decided to try the technique with some flat backed glass marbles and small beads from my stash:

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    Once I had the basic idea I found I could substitute beads and change the pattern and basically make it up as I went along.

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    On the green bead I started with fewer beads so I could cover more of the back. Since I had a pattern that repeated 5 times I got a star look to it.

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    This was just the type of project I needed last night. Fun, relaxing and easy. Plus I know if there were other beaders there I could ask advice since I have little experience with seed beads other than collecting them and occasionally sprinkling them in wet glue on an art project. :D Getting out to create with the gals was what I needed but ironically I almost didn’t go, I was looking for an excuse to veg out at home but I had told my friend Kathy I would go so I did and I even accomplished something, made some new friends ad ended the night feeling tired but inspired. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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