Posted on November 2, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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:
Watch the video to see how!
You will need:
- Clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus
- 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!
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Posted on October 11, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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:
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.
needle nose pliers
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!
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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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