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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A Crafty Fling!

do you ever get in a craft rut? You muse seems to go on vacation and everything you make looks the same? well then, you need to have a fling! Here I put aside my stamps and paper and played with wire and beads:

The middle pendant started out as a ring but went terribly wrong so I hammered the wire flat and added the center bead and made a necklace!

A quick trip to my local bead shop was inspiring, I bought a  $8 plastic ring mandrel, a few new beads and a pack of charms. I had always wanted to try making wire wrapped rings but did not know how so I decided to try and I came up with these. Sure the workmanship is shoddy and unskilled but I had fun and my creative spirit felt renewed afterward. I should have a fling more often!

These are totally comfy to wear too!

So how about this weekend you break out of your crafty comfort zone, try polymer clay, or crochet or pick up a paintbrush, don’t worry about the results, enjoy the process (that is why kids have so much fun with art, they are process, not product, oriented!) and create!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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