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!

The Rainbow Collection…

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side….I have had that darn song stuck in my head all afternoon! Well, it’s no wonder given my latest experiment:

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Rainbow string jewelry! When I spied a skein of Royal rainbow crochet thread for .99 cents at Mardens (an awesome Maine discount store) I immediately thought “Ah-Ha, rainbow tassel earrings!!!” yes, with 3 exclamation points, if you must know, and I think they are just FAB (and so did my daughters because they promptly confiscated them along with the bracelets and I must say they look even better on.

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The bracelets were an experiment (hence I am using plastic beads rather than glass) and I like them OK but I think I might have to delve into Macrame for this one. I am really liking the feeling on the macrame cord these days (notice another pipe knot pendant) so I’ll have to keep you updated on this rainbow bracelet experiment.

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I crocheted a simple chain to hang the pendant on, I like it!

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Tonight I am going to refine my tassels while sitting in front of the TV catching up on Red Dwarf on Netflix, yep, another wild Saturday night at Lindsay’s… and I might have a video for ya when the said tassel is refined (oh joy!) but I thought you might want to see a prototype, I usually share my projects after I have fixed them up a bit and here you can see the wobbly beginnings, we all have them, especially when we are trying something new. The process is fun even if the end result needs a little work. We all have to start somewhere, remember that 😀

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Well, so long for tonight, it’s time to get the smeg of the computer and go work on that couch dent. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a Pipe Knot Pendant and Spiral Wire Earrings!

I learned a new skill today! I was idly drinking my coffee this morning and I decided to see if there was anything new to learn in the realm of you-tube jewelry tutorials and indeed there was…pipe knots!

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So I watched this video, grabbed a spool of macrame cord and a Pandora style bead and went to town!

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It was quick and easy, my type of project, I will totally be whipping up a bunch of these for the craft fair! I made a pair of simple spiral earrings to match. Nifty!

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After I made the pendant I knotted the loose ends under the bead but it looked too gaudy (and I should know!) so I untied it and decided to secure my bead with my trusty Gorilla Super Glue…That bead is going nowhere!

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I made an adjustable knot cord for the pendant to live on. I have a video tutorial here. and everything was fine-and-cherry-wine 😀 So, what did you learn today? Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Super {sea-glass} Sunday!!!

Apparently there is some big football game being played today LOL! Just kidding, my family will be gathered around the TV to watch (until bedtime-it’s a school night) the big game and funny commercials. I will probably putter on some craft while I watch, I can’t follow a football game no matter how hard I try, I don’t know the rules and my eyes glaze over…I’ve learned to smile and nod:) Anywho, I finally finished up the sea glass creations I was working on while teaching myself to solder. They ain’t the prettiest but at least I know they won’t fall apart, that’s something eh? I stamped coastal images on ATC size cards and slipped them in baggies and put them in my craft fair stash for next year because you never know what will sell, truth be told I like the rustic sea glass pendents. I’m really looking forward to beach combing this summer now that I can solder!

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That’s it for today. I got my shipment of new Devardi glass rods in last week and I have been playing with them. I’ll have some beads to share this week! I actually used up my first can of Mapp Gas yesterday, I was wondering how long it would last, about a month it turns out. I think I keep track of how many beads I make with the new can and I can divide the cost of gas and glass and see what each bead costs to make…wait, maybe it is better that I don’t know LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Raid Your Husband’s Tool box!

Or do some crafty-stash shopping at the hardware store! Last month I was helping some of my friends’ older daughters achieve their Junior Girl Scout jewelry badge and one of the tasks they had to complete was working with wire and another was to use a “found object” to make jewelry with. I had a few big washers in my stash and lots of wire so two-birds, one-stone I thought. I showed the girls how to make the pendants and they were happy as larks!

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After I got home I asked hubby if he had any washers he didn’t need and he said that he only has some small ones but I was welcome to them! Score! Earrings!

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I used a heavy gauge wire to do my first wrapping on the pendent and to make the hanging loop (I was afraid a thinner wire might break) then I used colored Artistic Wire to add color and string on beads. It was fun, easy and cute. Perfect to instill the love of jewelry making in a child. I feel like a role model!

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Have a great Sunday everyone. We will be putting up the Christmas tree (OK moving the Christmas tree that I assemble a month ago in the kitchen after I got it to make sure the lights worked) and decorating. We are even getting ambitious this year and putting decorations outside. I know, fancy right! Maybe I’ll share a picture tomorrow, I must warn you that I have no knack whatsoever for holiday decorating but luckily my kids do…maybe I can find an idea on Pinterest…no wait, if I go on Pintrest now I won’t get anything done today LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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