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!

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!

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