Easy Tapered Fringe Necklace You can Make from Leftovers!

Hi friends! Today I have a easy and elegant necklace that is fun to make and cute to wear!

Watch the video to see the tutorial!

Supplies: *I used affiliate links to Consumer Crafts for most of the supplies as they had the best prices.

  • 20″ of chain in the color of your choice
  • Toggle clasp (or clasp of your choosing)
  • 2″ headpins (I used 13 for my design but you can use more or fewer)
  • 2 jump rings for attaching clasp (more-one for each headpin you use- if you want to use them to attach your headpins for more movement in your necklace.)
  • A variety of small beads such as seed beads, E beads, bugle beads and any small leftovers in colors you like.

Tools:

  • 2 pairs of round nose pliers (I recommend a 3-in-1 plier because it has a wire cutter)
  • Wire cutter if your pliers’ doesn’t have one on it.
  • Nylon jaw plier for straightening bent headpins (or put a piece of thick cloth in your pliers to use for straightening your headpins)

Directions:

  1. Add clasp to 20″ piece of chain. You can cut your chain to length with wire cutters.
  2. Bead your longest headpin. Make a right angle bend after the last bead and trim the leftover wire to 1/4″. Use the round nose pliers to curl that into a loop for hanging. This is your center fringe dangle. Continue making the dangles that will go to the side by repeating the pattern but subtracting a bead for each subsequent dangle so you end up with a tapered length row of headpins. *see photo below.
  3. Attach the headpins to the chain by opening the loop on the headpin and hooking in to the bottom edge of the chain.

Tips: start with the middle (longest) headpin at the midpoint of your chain and work out from there. Make sure to attach all the headpin to the same (bottom) edge of the chain or the necklace will want to twist. Use jump-rings to attach the headpins to the chain if it is easier for you or if you want more movement in your necklace. Feel free to use all the same beads for a simpler look.

This is how the headpins will look when you have them all beaded before attaching it to the chain.

I hope you like this project and til next time happy crafting.

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!

 

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!

 

Die & Jewelry Kit Giveaway! Rainbow

Hi friends! I have a fun tutorial for you tonight and a giveaway! Craft Chameleon has so many really clever products perfect to keep you (and the kids) creative this summer.

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I will be giving away 3 packages containing: 2 dies, 2 card packs, 5 bracelets, package of oval jump rings (shipping included US only) from Craft Chameleon. To enter just leave a comment and I will pick 3 winners next Friday! Good luck! Now let’s learn how to make these!

Supplies:

If you are doing this project with small kids you will probably need to open and close the jump-rings as it take a lot of coordination but they can help by die cutting plastic shapes and coloring them with permanent markers. It is a great family project! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a bracelet kit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Mosaics!

Hi friends! Today I have an easy mosaic project using supplies from the March Smart Art kit!

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I loved the tiny tiles in the kit so much I made some wire wrapped earrings too. Since I had leftover tiles from another project I added it to my coaster for interest, feel free to use flat marbles or broken dishes in your design as well. Watch the video for a full tutorial!

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Supplies:
Mosaic tiles
Coaster mold
Contact paper
Mosaic cement
Sealer and brush

For the earrings:
Wire
Earring findings
Chip beads

Please refer to the video for full instructions. Thanks to Smart Art for sponsoring this video and thank you for spending some of your day with me! Happy Crafting!

 

CRAFTmas Week 3! Merry & Bright Jewelry!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and sparkly set of jewelry to make!

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This week I teamed up with Mark Montano from the channel Make Your Mark! for 2 fun holiday projects! You can dress yourself up with my tutorial and then dress up your home with Mark’s fun Décor project!

Watch the video to learn how to make the necklace and earrings!

Then check out Mark’s holiday Décor! You can also check out all of the past CRAFTmas videos on this playlist!

Visit our sponsor Punch Place Plus *Many deals on their homepage!

Supplies:

I want to thank Mark Montano for joining me this week for CRAFTmas, be sure to check out his channel, I also want to thank Punch Place Plus for being such a generous sponsor this holiday season. Special thanks to you too for spending a bit of your day with me! Happy crafting!

Funky & Fun Bracelet!

Hi friends! A couple of weeks ago I showed you some fun techniques with clear acrylic components. I showed you how to bend and drill holes in the plastic pieces and tonight I will show you how to tun those pieces into a sleek modern bracelet:

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Watch the video to see how!

You will need:

  • Clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus
  • Wire
  • Beads
  • Alcohol ink
  • Jewelry hole punch
  • Wire cutters
  • Heat tool

If you want to learn more about working with acrylic pieces please check out my Crafting with Clear Acrylic Shapes 101 video! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Make “Loop” Earrings!

Hi Friends! I hope you are having a good weekend! It is a holiday weekend in the states and many people get to enjoy a long weekend with Columbus Day tomorrow. It Is also a good sale weekend if you are looking for bargains. The thing I love most about this long weekend is that the leaves are in full fall glory. We went to Acadia Nation Park (in Bar Harbor, Maine) yesterday and it was beautiful. I will have to look through the photos I took and come up with a painting tutorial, I think I want to do a palette knife painting of birch trees. We will see! Tonight, though, I am going to share a tutorial on making continuous loop earrings:

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These are fun to make and great for using up scraps of beading wire leftover from necklace and earring projects. I am using 7 strand Beadalon wire but any flexible stringing wire will work. Watch the video to see how it is done.

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Supplies:
ear wires
small beads
crimp beads
needle nose pliers
flush cutter
clips to keep beads from slipping off the wire, I got a 6 pack at the dollar tree.

It is supposed to be nearly 70 on Monday, I can’t wait to get outside on a warm day, Maybe I will film a tutorial painting outside for you, what do you think? I hope you try these earrings, they are quite addicting to make and I can use up all of those small bits of wire I save after making bracelets. Thanks for stopping by and til next time 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!

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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
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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!

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!

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