Posted on October 4, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! The other day I cleared off my big table, spread out my trays of beads and made this:
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!
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.
Needle nose 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!
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Posted on June 25, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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:
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.
Small Kraft Jewelry Boxes
2mm Satin Cord (AKA Rat-Tail)
Ephemera, beads and found objects
X-Acto Knife (craft knife)
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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Posted on April 29, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
Watch this quick video to see how I made these!
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.
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!
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Posted on December 30, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Now that Christmas is past I can share the gifts I made for some of my best girlfriends:
Glitter sparkle monogrammed necklaces! Watch the video to see how I made them!
You will need:
Flower Toggle Clasp
chain (the dollar packs at walmart have enough to make 4 necklaces)
beads (from stash)
tiny glitter bottles (Dollar Tree has them in the cosmetic aisle)
chandelier earring findings
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.
My friends loved their necklaces. I hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 10, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
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
*optional-glitter glue for even more sparkle!
Directions (make 2)
- Squeeze glue on a piece of wax paper, mix in glitter. Let dry.
- Cut glitter film into a circle and punch a small hole in the edge.
- Attach to a jump ring and ear-wire.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on July 18, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
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:
- 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.
- 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!
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Posted on May 2, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
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