Crystal Beaded Cuff

I was inspired to create this crystal beaded cuff.  I love crystal beads and cuff bracelets.  So, I decided to combine the two elements together to get this stunning show stopper.  This is so easy that anyone with no prior beading experience can create this lovely cuff.

Here’s what you need:

  • Cuff Bracelet (I found mine in the Fimo Section in Michael’s.  I like the thickness of this cuff and the durability.  This is used as a mold for Fimo.  However, this works perfect for the project.)
  • 2 contrasting crystal colors (I used 3 packages of each color from Michael’s.)
  • Thin wire ( I used 36″ gauge.  You could work with a little bit thicker wire as well.)
  • E6000 (I used this epoxy glue on the ends and in a couple of areas throughout the bracelet.)
  • Pair of scissors or wire cutters to cut the wire.

Begin by cutting a long piece of wire.  Mine was roughly 12″.  It doesn’t have to be exact.  Wrap the wire a couple of times around itself.  After you do this, thread the end of the wire under the pieces of wire and wrap those pieces together a couple of time to hold them together.

Start threading the beads on the cuff.  Get an idea of how many beads it will take to cover the cuff.  Because there are irregularities with the bead sizes, sometimes you may find that you will have to add an extra bead to cover the cuff.  I did this because I didn’t want the the wire to be exposed or the cuff bracelet.  When wrapping the beads, I also went around twice because my wire was a little thin.  If your wire is a little thicker, you may only have to go around once.   When purchasing your wire, make sure your beads will slip onto the wire without any difficulty.  Nothing like buying the wrong size wire and finding out when you get home!

Before the wire runs out, cut another piece of wire and just simply twist the two ends of wire to continue.  Make sure when you twist the wire together, it’s not right at the end as your wire pieces will slip and come apart.  Go down a little ways on the wire and wrap the two pieces together.

To complete this bracelet, wrap the ends a couple of time.  Take the wire to the back and  lace it underneath the last couple of pieces of wire and do this a couple of times.  Cut your wire and tuck your end piece under the wire.  Take a little E6000 on a tooth pick and very carefully glue the last row of beads on the other side down.

 There you have it.  A show stopper of a bracelet for your next night out!

Wire Wrapped Heart Bracelet

I like working with wire and creating my own shapes.  I came up with this wire wrapped heart bracelet for Valentine’s Day that has a beaded heart and a great self adjusting macrame bracelet.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 18″ Gauge Wire for the Heart Shape (You can get this at Michael’s)
  • 36″ Gauge Wire for  Wire Wrapping
  • Small Czech Glass Beads in Various Shades of Red 2mm or 3mm or Any Type of Small Beads (You can find some at here at Fire Mountain Gems, Michael’s, or JoAnn’s.)
  • .5mm Chinese Knot Thread for the Macrame Bracelet Found Here
  • Wire Cutters

Start by cutting roughly a 4″ piece of the 18″ gauge wire.

Bend the wire in the middle ever so slightly.  Bend this a little at a time so you don’t create a funny shaped heart.

Bend the ends down with your hands so the pieces overlap at the bottom.  Cut with your wire cutters.

Take the 36″ gauge wire and cut a long piece about 12″ or so.  This doesn’t have to be exact.

Wire wrap the bottom several times to secure the heart in place.  Make sure your end has been worked into your wire wrapping so it is not exposed.

After the bottom is secure, wrap some of the areas of the heart.  To keep the wire taught, wrap around the frame of the heart once or twice and then continue to wrap and weave your wire throughout your heart shape.  Make sure to think about the spacing of your beads and your color choices as you are wrapping.  Don’t let this be an after thought.  Once you think you have enough beads and they are spaced evenly, cut the wire and work this end in the last couple of wraps.

Now for the macrame part of the bracelet.  I found this great tutorial on Honestly WTF.

There you have it a great Valentine’s Day bracelet.  However, I liked how this turned out so much I’m going to wear it all of the time.

If you like this tutorial, you may also like my wire cuff tutorial here.  Have fun creating your own wire wrapped heart bracelet.

Rolled Flower Necklace with Vintage Broaches

I have loved rolled flowers and the rolled flower necklaces for sometime now.  I wanted to make my own twist on this old favorite.  Occasionally, through some garage sales or estate sales that I go to, I will find old rhinestone broaches.  I kept saving them till I came up with a project that would be just perfect for them.

Here’s what you will need for this project:

  • A couple of different types of fabrics.
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Broaches, Buttons, or Clasps to Bracelets or Necklaces
  • Small D Rings (or you could use the round rings if you can’t find the D rings)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

Start by creating various sizes of the rolled flowers.  I primarily used the large size.  But I have a couple of medium and small flowers too.  Here’s a good tutorial to use for the rolled flowers if you have never made them before at this site.

Connect the rolled flowers by sewing them together.  A much faster way would be to hot glue them.  However, I always seem to get the hot glue everywhere so sewing is a better alternative for me.  Do what works for you.

Attaching the broaches is very easy since most of them have pins on the back.  If you use rhinestone buttons, just sew them onto the rolled flowers.

Attach the D rings by sewing them to either side of the necklace.

Use a piece of felt to back the necklace.  Trim the felt if necessary.  Hot glue it into place.

Cut two pieces of ribbon.  I used the grosgrain because I think over time it holds up better.  Satin ribbon has a tendency to show every wrinkle when you tie it.  But, of course this is up to you.

Now to create a finished edge that will not fray.  Start by folding the edge underneath and hot gluing it into place.  Sew the end to the main piece of ribbon.   Make sure your D ring is looped into the ribbon.  Repeat for the other side.

Now you have a modern twist to a rolled flower necklace with a classy vintage look that is easy to create.

 It will be a nice addition to any wardrobe!

DIY Wire Wrapped Cuff Bracelet

This was my entry for the One Crafty Contest on One Artsy Mama.  I don’t know if you voted Monday or even early this morning.  If you did, thank you for your support.  I’ll have to see if I make it to the next round.  Here is my description that I posted with my entry encase you didn’t get a chance to read it.

I couldn’t have been more excited when I found out the first challenge was beads.  I decided I wanted to make a piece of jewelry that was going to be something that makes a bold statement and is versatile.  This is a cuff bracelet that you can make yourself, and is affordable requiring minimal materials.  It is a piece of jewelry that you can either dress up or down, depending on the occasion.  The turquoise chips are one of my favorite colors and remind me of the ocean.  They came from an old necklace that I no longer was getting much use out of, and I knew they would be perfect for this first challenge.  I’m all about reusing something that you already have to create something better.  So, whether you pair the cuff bracelet with your favorite jeans or your little black dress, this will quickly become your “go to” piece of jewelry.

Do you want to make one? Here’s what you need:

  • About 15″ Soft Gauge Aluminum Wire  (This is a little more than what you need.  However, it will give you the opportunity to have some excess with adjusting the size of the cuff bracelet.  I had some that I had purchased a while back from Dick Blick Art Materials.
  • 1 pkg. of 24 gauge Beadalon wire that is round
  • 1 strand of chip beads (At Michael’s they have several different choices or here from Firemountain Gems or an old necklace.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

Start by taking the aluminum wire and making a frame for the cuff bracelet.  I made my bracelet roughly 1 1/2″ thick.  If you want, you could make it a 2″ thick bracelet.  The additional aluminum should allow for this.  Overlap the ends of the wire.  

Take the thin 24″ gauge wire and wire wrap the entire frame of the bracelet. This helps make it more rigid and keep it’s shape.

Next, take and thread a chip bead onto the wire.

Wrap the wire a couple of times around the frame and put the turquoise in place on the bracelet.

Wrap a couple of times again around the frame and repeat this process until the bracelet is complete.  Remember, don’t pull the wire too tight. You want to keep the main frame of the bracelet from getting narrow in the center. Also, when starting or finishing a wire, make sure to hide the end or wrap it very well around the frame so the raw end is not exposed.

After all the stones have been placed on the bracelet, wrap a couple of wires through the entire bracelet. This helps fill it in a little more.

Now you have a very inexpensive bracelet that is a real show stopper!  A must have for any wardrobe.

DIY Anthropologie Necklace

O.K.  Who doesn’t love Anthropologie?  But, the prices are sometimes unbelievable for their products.   I happened upon this necklace called the Sol Pompom Necklace.  It caught my eye because I love pompoms and thought this was such a clever use of them in a necklace.  That got me thinking…I had to reverse engineer this necklace.  And behold I did it!    Except I did it for a fraction of the cost, only $20.00.  This necklace has a retail price of $468.00.  I had to laugh when they put it on sale for $249.95 because of what I made it for.  Here’s what the original necklace looks like.

Sol Pompom Necklace Courtesy of Anthropologie

I also thought their color choices were a little garish.  I went instead for more of a  monochromatic color scheme using different shades of blues.  I love the color blue.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 yd. of pompoms-light blue
  • 1 yd. of of thin velvet ribbon-1/4″ thick and a shade darker than the light blue
  • 1 yd. of thicker velvet ribbon to hold the necklace-dark blue
  • 1 yd of silver chain-5/8″ thick
  • 1 yd. of leather cording-silver
  • 1yd. of rhinestones
  • 2-3 strand slide lock (I got mine from a different place, but Firemountain Gem and Beads is one of the best online stores for all beading and jewelry supplies.  This is probably the hardest item to find out of the entire necklace.)
  • Lt.Blue thread to match the velvet that the rhinestones are going to be sewn on to
  • Navy thread to match the dark blue velvet
  • Needle
  • 1 pkg. of wire (I got mine from Michael’s)
  • Jump rings (6mm)

Hardware supplies that you will need:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

This entire project used the method of wire wrapping.  It’s very easy!

Start by measuring the chain roughly 16″.  You can make it shorter or longer depending on your neck.  Open the chain with a pair of the needle nose pliers or cut one of the links with your wire cutters.  It all depends on the thickness of the chain.  Lay the two pieces of chain next to one another to make sure they are both the same length.

Attach the pompoms by threading the wire through the top hoop of the pompom and securing it to the chain.  At the same time you are wrapping the pompom to the wire, slide the silver leather cording in.

 

Continue looping the pompoms and wire wrapping the leather cording till the end of the chain.  Secure the wire at the end of the chain by leaving additional wire at the end and cut with wire cutters.  Wrap the wire around the last link of the chain at the very top of it.

 Attach the thin wire to one of the chains and start wrapping the two chains together.  You are wire wrapping the two chains securely together.

 

Measure the thinner of the two velvet ribbons so it runs the entire length of the chain.  This is the ribbon that will run down the center top of the chain that has the rhinestones on it.  Stitch with matching thread the rhinestones to the velvet ribbon.  This will secure the rhinestones in place while you are wire wrapping.

 

Take some more wire and start wrapping the strip of velvet ribbon and rhinestones to the center of the necklace.  Wrap until completed and leave a little wire at the end to attach to the back of the necklace.  This will allow for a finished look.  Never have any ends of the wire on the front part of your necklace.  Always wrap and take them to the back.  Feed the wire to existing wire in the back of the necklace.

 

Attach your three jump rings to each end of your necklace.  Do this by opening them up with your round wire tool and hook to the end of the necklace.

 Space the rings out according to the space of the 3-ring slide.  Take the 3 -ring slide and attach the jump rings and close.  Attach 3 more jump rings to the other side of the 3-ring slide.

Feed the dark blue velvet through the jump rings.  Leave enough ribbon to tie and make a knot.   Also, have enough length of ribbon to be able to wrap the ribbon around itself a second time.

Tie a knot.

Wrap the ribbon around the knot.

Stitch the ribbon securely to the back with matching thread.  Trim off excess ribbon on the back.

Cut some ribbon off to make a bow.  Stitch the bow to the front of the necklace.

Now, you have one great conversation piece to wear.  I feel like a modern day Cleopatra.

Frog Closure Necklace

I went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in downtown L.A. the other day with my daughter Emma.  I had heard so much about the Scholarship Store. Retail companies donate everything in the store that goes towards student scholarships for the school.   I can’t believe I hadn’t been until now.  They had incredible deals on fabric.  Remnants were $1.00 and all other fabric was $2.00 a yard.  I happened upon this bin of frog closures.  I truly had never seen so many closures in one spot… ever.  I grabbed a bag that I thought was really interesting looking for $2.00

These were just so nice.  I liked the everything about them.  The color, texture, and size were all perfect.  These were not your typical frog closures. They did not have a satiny sheen to them.

So, I was mulling over what I could do with these.  I layed them out and started messing with them.  Then it hit me.  I could make a necklace out of these.  This would be an Anthropologie inspired necklace.

Here's the initial layout of the necklace.

  Here’s the initial layout of the necklace.

This necklace was so simple and easy.  This was all I did. After laying the pieces out, I took a needle and thread and sewed the following areas from the back side of the closures.

Sew at marked areas

I made some adjustments as I went.  I wanted the necklace to be a little bit fuller in the front so I added one more frog closure to the bottom row.

To open the necklace just open the frog closure in the back.  There you have a great necklace that is very simple to create yet makes a bold statement.

Side view of finished necklace

I can’t wait to wear this in the summer with a cute dress.

Felt Sparrow Necklace

I’m kinda on a jewelry kick lately.  You’ll find with my posts that I love to do it all.  For this tutorial, I wanted to work in felt because of the bright colors.  I have this Mexican dress that has lots of hand embroidery on it in all different colors.  It was my source of inspiration.  I also have an affinity for birds.  Even before birds became all the rage as they seem to be right now.  So, putting the two ideas together gave me the idea for this necklace.

Here’s what you will need for the Felt Sparrow Necklace:

  • 2 small pieces of felt in high contrasting colors (Colors that will pop when put together!)
  • A piece of trace paper or cardboard for the template of your bird.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • Tacky Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • DMC Floss
  • Chain
  • Lobster Claw Clasp (or similar clasp)
  • Round Jewelry Pilers
  • 2 Large Jump Rings (to attach chain to the felt on the back of the bird)
  • 1 Smaller Jump Ring (that is a good size to go with your lobster claw clasp)

My jewelry components were found at JoAnn’s.  The one packet contained jump rings and several lobster claws.  I found these to be the most cost effective.

Cut your two pieces of felt about 2″ x 5″.  Draw your bird design on tracing paper or on a piece of cardboard.  If you choose to use tracing paper, you could use any clip art for your bird image, print it out, enlarge it on a copy machine, and then trace the enlargement.  You could also use a paper design of a bird from a Cricket or Silhouette machine.

Place your pattern on top of the piece of felt and cut out the bird outline.

Pinch and fold your top piece of felt that is going to have the cut outs. Snip a hole into your piece of felt just large enough to get the tip of your scissors into. Carefully cut your shape. repeat as necessary.

Glue the two pieces of felt  together using Tacky Glue.  I used a toothpick to get coverage on some of the really small areas. Let the glue dry.

Next, you can leave your bird necklace like it is or you can further embellish it with DMC floss.  I will have to admit that I am an amateur when it comes to embrodiery.  I used mostly french knots to make the dots of color along the body of the bird.  The greenery along the neck of the sparrow is just a series of stitches at an angle.

Take and  cut two small pieces of felt about a 1/4″ thick by about 3/4″ long.  Make a loop and hot glue it to the back of the felt to secure both the felt and the loop.

Open your two larger jump rings with your round pliers.  Hook them through the felt loop.

Cut about 16″ of chain or open your links on your chain.  I held the chain up and to my kneck taking into account the sparrow and came up with 16″.   You can adjust the length of chain depending on whether you want a longer or shorter necklace.

Take the ends of the chain and attach them to the jump rings that are looped around the felt.  Close both the jump rings and the chain attached to the jump rings.

Now for the clasp…  Attach the smaller jump ring at the end of the necklace on one side.  The other side will get the lobster claw closure.  Open the lobster claw closure with the round pliers and attach it to the chain.

Now, you have a beautiful hand made, one of kind, piece of jewelry that’s a real eye catcher.  You’ll definitely get compliments.

 This is part of Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog.
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