Today, I’m over at Darice sharing my DIY Woven Southwestern Bracelet. I’m totally in love with how this bracelet turned out. It’s a whole lot easier than it looks too. Head on over today to Darice’s blog called Live Craft Love. Hope to see you there!
page, browse and even enter the Faultless Starch Giveaway . Well, speaking of additional tips or ideas… besides my ironing, I also use starch for a lot of craft projects that I do. I especially use Faultless Starch when I’m completing a sewing project and need that finished, professionally ironed look for my blog photos. Well, today I wanted to share with you my tutorial for making this Vintage Lace Pendant Necklace, and explain how I used Faultless Premium Starch to help create this one of a kind jewelry piece.
- Vintage Doily
- Faultless Premium Starch
- Sewing Pen
- Plastic Pendant (The one I used was by Tim Holtz.)
- Paint Brush
- Mod Podge
- X-Acto Knife
- (3) Jump Rings (You will need more if you are planning on attaching more charms.)
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- 36″ of Chain (You can use a shorter amount depending on if you want a shorter necklace. I like mine to hang a little longer.)
Step 1: Wash and iron your vintage lace doily using Faultless Premium Starch. You want to make sure that the lace doily is nice and flat.
Step 2: Trace around your plastic pendant onto the lace doily using a sewing pen. Cut out the lace doily.
Step 4: Apply the lace and make sure it is well adhered to the pendant. Paint another coat on top of the lace doily. Let this dry for several hours. If you get any Mod Podge on the front or the sides of the pendant, make sure to wipe it off with a damp paper towel.
Step 6: Take the X-Acto Knife and carefully cut the lace that is covering the hole for the pendant.
Step 7: Use the round nose pliers and open the jump ring up. Slide it into the opening of the pendant. Close the jump ring shut using the round nose pliers again.
Step 8: To finish the necklace, attach a jump ring to both ends of the chain by opening it up and hooking the chain in and closing it with the round nose pliers. The one side will also need the little attachment piece of the clasp hooked into it so that the necklace is all connected.
Here’s a really easy jewelry tutorial for a great looking pair of beaded hoops. These are fun and so versatile that they will go with any outfit. If you’re looking for an easy DIY jewelry project, this is the one for you. I found these perfect beautifully hand crafted beads from Ethiopia on the Happy Mango Beads site. If you have never checked out this bead website, you should. They have a great selection of unique one of a kind beads that are hard to find.
Here’s What You Need:
- Gauge Wire
- Ethiopian Brass Beads ( From Happy Mango Beads or you can use any gold colored type of bead.)
- Wire Cutters
- Needle Nose Pliers
Step 1: Cut the wire to roughly eight inches.
Step 2: Take the wire and bend it into a hoop.
Step 3: Create a loop on one end and leave part of the wire hanging down. On the other side, bend the wire. After you have done this, on the side with the loop, fit the end of the wire down into the beads to disguise the end.
Step 4: Push all of the beads together to make sure there is no gap in the wire as you are getting ready to tighten the hoop. Wire wrap the long end of the wire at least three times and then trim it with the wire cutters. When you trim the wire, make sure the end is to the back. This will make for a much more finished look. Attach the ear wires by opening them and attaching the hoops onto them.
Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift? This would make a great one. Quick, easy & beautiful.
If you like jewelry tutorials, check out this quick easy bracelet tutorial here.
I love statement pieces. So, when I found these beautiful agate graduated beads, I new these would be perfect for a fun, modern cuff bracelet. This bracelet is so easy to make in less than an hour.
Here’s What You Need:
- Brass Cuff Bracelet
- 20 – 25 Agate Graduated Beads ( I purchased my strand from here and had plenty of left over beads for other projects. I used size 20- 60 mm beads.)
- E6000 Adhesive
Step 1: Sort out your stones. Center the longest bead in the middle of the cuff. Apply the E6000 on the bottom of the stone. Apply to the bracelet and hold it in place for a little bit. Add a couple of stones at a time and let them dry for a bit. It’s important not to add too many at once, otherwise they will slide off of the bracelet due to the weight of the stones.
Here is a picture of the bracelet in the process. I worked on the rest of the bracelet in steps. First, I did the right hand side and propped it up to support the beads and keep them from sliding. Then, I did the left hand side until it was completely dry.
That’s it. To be honest the hardest part for me was finding the patience to wait for the adhesive to dry 🙂
I hope you liked this idea and tutorial. If you like DIY cuff bracelets here are some other’s you might enjoy…
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.
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
- 1 pkg. of wire (I got mine from Michael’s)
- Jump rings (6mm)
Hardware supplies that you will need:
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can’t wait to wear this in the summer with a cute dress.