Mar 142017
 

tribal dragonfly necklace cover

This necklace, like many of my jewelry projects, began with the supplies. Something reminded me of this tribal Thai silver dragonfly charm that I’ve had for a while and I pictured pairing it with other silver findings and some pretty pink beads. A search of my stash turned up these pink chips.

I had recently watched a YouTube video where the jewelry designer did this cascading beads design using jump rings. It’s one I’ve done before but haven’t in a while and I thought it would pair nicely with the dragonfly.

Such is the way designs are born!

Take the time this week to look in your stash for a forgotten charm or pendant that you could feature in a design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tribal Thai Silver Dragonfly Necklace-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Sep 132016
 

autumn jewels

This necklace project was the result of a lot of playing around and experimenting, much of which I show in the video. I started out with just the general idea of making some similar elements on a wire jig and then connecting them together with beads to make a necklace.

It certainly wasn’t my intent to make something autumn themed, but the timing couldn’t have been better!

In the video I mention two Friday Findings videos I’ve done previously, one on wire jigs and the other is on pinch bails. Click on the links to check them out if you haven’t seen those videos already.

I hope that this video will not only give you the directions for making a project, but will also give helpful tips for creating your own designs.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Autumn Jewels Necklace-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 302016
 

charming owls

Sometimes designs start with the layout and the general look of the piece, but other times they start with the materials.

This necklace started with these really cute ceramic owl beads. I had an idea to make a bracelet with them, but for some reason couldn’t get over the fact that they would be lying sideways around the wrist. (I know, silly, but it’s just how I think.) So I opted for a necklace instead.

This would be a fun design to make with a variety of different animal or other beads that need to go up-and-down like a totem pole. As long as the bead holes are large enough for your twine to go through, the stringing is quite simple.

It’s also fun to dig through your charms and beads and find various things to add to the bottom for dangles.

Have fun making your animal/bead stacked necklace!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Charming Owls Necklace-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube

Aug 082016
 

tulip blossom necklace

Every time I see bead caps in this blooming tulip design I want to Buy. Them. All.  Something about that graceful organic shape just gets me.

Dangling Swarovski crystals on short lengths of chain from the center of the flower continues that elegant flowing feel. I also decided to jazz up the chain with a few crystals as well.

Did you notice that I only had a short piece of that long/short chain? Since it wasn’t long enough for a full necklace I used it for the center portion only, adding similar chain around the sides and back. Another great trick for using up what you have on hand!

The end cap that I used is the 22x15mm Antique Silver Blooming Tulip from ArtBeads.com. In the supply list I give links to several other tulip end caps in differing colors. Just be sure to double check which size you are getting as they vary quite a bit.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tulip Blossom Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 032016
 

floral cascade necklace

In last week’s video I showed how to make these cute little purple flowers and their accompanying leaves. By the way, I don’t think I mentioned that there are 14 of each in this necklace.

In this second video I’ll teach how to add paint details and beads to the flowers to turn them into dangles for a necklace. We’ll also enhance the texture of the leaves with Gilder’s paste.

Once all your polymer clay pieces are ready it’s a simple matter to use jump rings to attach them to your necklace chain in whatever configuration you like. In the tutorial I show some different options. It occurred to me after making the video that you could attach a clasp to the end of the chain and change the configuration every time you wear it!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Floral Cascade Necklace Part 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 272016
 

floral cascade necklace

This design started with an idea to use chain to make a “Y” shaped necklace with lots of leaves and flowers dangling from it. I went searching for photos of flowers that naturally droop downward. One of my favorite resources for flower pics is my Burpee seed catalog, their gorgeous color close ups are wonderful.

When I had no luck with the seed catalog I wandered out to the kitchen for a snack and found a stem of comfrey flowers that my husband had brought in. Perfect!

comfrey

Hubby has been propagating comfrey because of its many healing properties. You can learn more by searching “medicinal herb comfrey.” This article on comfrey from A Modern Herbal is interesting and there are many others out there if you are interested.

For my purposes today though, I’ll just be using the flowers as inspiration and the leaves for texture.

Be sure to check back next week for how to add surface details to your clay pieces and then assemble them into this pretty necklace.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Floral Cascade Necklace Part 1-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 272016
 

fantasy flower necklace

The name “Fantasy Flower Necklace” came to me because the green & purple colors along with the twining brown & green strands made me think of fairy tales. Dunno why, it just did.

You’ll notice that I added a couple of dangles after making the video. Just a heart and a bird charm, each on a short length of chain. I think it completes the dangle nicely.

This is one of those projects that is best made with the particular supplies you have on hand. It will be more personal that way.

Many of these things have been in my stash for a while, but I’ll give links when I can find them. Have fun creating your own unique designs!

Tools & Materials

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Flower Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 062016
 

green mosaic necklace

There’s just something about the casual, rustic look of leather jewelry that makes me think of summer. This necklace with it’s earthy green, brown and gold tones puts me in mind of a hike in woods on a warm, sunny day.

I love how braiding together the two different types of leather and the chain creates a whole new texture.

Finishing the ends of the leather involves bead caps and glue. Be sure to wait the full curing time of the glue before trying to wear your necklace!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Green Mosaic Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 142016
 

turquoise tassel necklace

Tassels are fun to wear and there are so many different ways to make them! I love the ones made from beads, like in these Crystal Tassel Earrings, but you can also make them out of leather or chain, or any kind of fiber you can think of.

Today’s necklace combines a tassel focal with a beaded asymmetrical chain. I tried to find a link to the chain I used but couldn’t. I did find a few interesting looking chains that would work:

Materials & Tools:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Turquoise Tassel Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 012016
 

frosted glass necklace & earrings

I’ve been waiting for just the perfect project to use these frosted cracked beads. I love the way the broken insides look like little druzies with all their sparkles.

This design, which focuses on the beads and is quite simple, is perfect. As a bonus I show how quickly you can throw together a matching pair of earrings.

By the way, I went looking for a link for you for the beads I used, which I got at Michael’s and thought were glass. The link I found (below in the supply list) looks exactly like them but says they are agates. Either way, they’re quite striking and pretty. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Frosted Glass Necklace & Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

necklace:

earrings:

  • 2 head pins
  • 2 ear wires
  • 4 3 mm silver spacer beads
  • 2 bead caps
  • 2 8mm hematite saucer beads
  • 2 spacers
  • 2 12mm glass beads

Tools

  • scissors
  • glue
  • 1-Step Looper or round nose pliers & wire cutters
  • chain nose pliers

Directions

To make necklace:

  1. Make a knot 5 inches from one end of 1 mm cord. Slide on a spacer, a 12mm bead and a spacer. Make another knot right next to the second spacer.
  2. Make another knot in the cord 4 inches from first knot. Repeat pattern of adding a spacer, a 12mm bead and a spacer, finishing with another knot next to the second spacer.
  3. Continue this pattern, having 4 inches between beaded sections, until all beads & spacers are used.
  4. After adding final spacer do not make a knot. Instead knot the two cord ends together, leaving 4 inches between one of them and the nearest group of beads. Add a dab of glue to the knot and trim cords once glue is dry.

To make earrings:

  1. Onto a headpin slide a 3mm spacer, 12mm bead, bead cap, spacer bead, hematite saucer bead and a 3mm spacer bead.
  2. Make a loop with remaining wire and attach to ear wire.
  3. Repeat to make second earring.