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DIY Boho Turquoise Earrings

I love turquoise whether it’s the real stuff (used in this DIY) or dyed Howlite and Magnesite. Turquoise is a very versatile stone that is complimented by any metal tone. I especially love pairing turquoise with copper. There is just something about the way it looks that is just amazing. And when you mix metals together with turquoise, you get something truly special.

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In today’s DIY, we will be making the beautiful pair of earrings above. Below is a complete tool list and material list so you can make your very own lovely pair. Feel free to switch the stone out of a crystal and change the metal to suit your individual tastes.  I’m sure this will look amazing using a rich blue crystal and gold toned wires…..I may have to make a pair like that myself.

Tools and Materials

Materials:
22 Gauge Copper Wire (any temper is fine)
2 – 10x14mm Matching Turquoise Stone Flat Tear Drops (or drop bead of choice)
4 – 6mm Silver Plated Pewter Spacer Beads
2 – 6mm Oxidized Brass Spacer Beads
2 Copper Ear Wires

Tools:
Flush Cutters
Chain Nose/Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

So, go grab your coffee, supplies and tools and let’s get started.

Instructions:

 

Drops Slip on Wire
Cut two pieces of wire about 4 to 5 inches each.  Thread a briolette on to the wire and center the stone.

Press the ends of the wires together using chain nose/flat nose pliers pinch the wires together until they run parallel to each other and sit

Drop With Pinched Wire

snuggly above the stone. It’s okay if the wires aren’t exactly side by side and cross just a bit. If for some reason your notice wires are not exactly the same length, don’t sweat it.  It will work out just fine.

 

Washers Added

 

 

Slide on a silver spacer, a brass spacer and a silver spacer.

 

Wraps

If you happen to have a wire that is shorter than the other, wrap around the longer wire two to three times. If not, just pick a wire. Trim the piece of wrapping wire as flush to the wraps as possible.

Wrapped Loop

 

 

Using round nose pliers create a wrapped loop. Trim access wire.  If you need help creating a wrapped loop, click here.

Open the loop at the bottom of your ear wire and attach to the wrapped loop. Close the loop. Repeat for second earring.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and will post pictures of your creations in the comments (if it will let you).  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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DIY: Gemstone Statement Necklace

Gemstone jewelry is always beautiful. Creating with gemstones can produce unique jewelry pieces in striking combinations or elegant monochromatic pieces.

The Bohemian style of jewelry incorporates a wide variety of materials in a single piece. This necklace tutorial I have created for you uses cotton cording, beautiful Amazonite, Agate tubes, and painted metal feather charms on a chain. It will require a more intermediate skill set.  If you are willing to try this one, then grab everything you will need (including coffee) and let’s get to it.

Supplies Necklace Redo

Materials:
54 pcs – 10 mm Amazonite Beads
27 pcs – 6mm Amazonite Beads
2 pcs – Painted Style Dyed Agate Tubes
1 pc – Chain with Painted Feather Charms*
2 pcs – Crimp Tubes
4 pcs – Bead Cones
2 pcs – 6mm Jump Rings
2 pcs – 4mm Jump Rings
20 gauge Craft or Jewelry Wire
Jewelry Stringing Wire (roughly 12 inches)
Cotton Cording in a gray or neutral color

*Jo-Ann has a similar feather charm chain that is not painted that would work if you cannot find this specific feather chain.

Tools:
Scissors or Thread Burner
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Crimping Pliers
Wire Cutters
Glue
Optional: Knot Tool

Instructions:
Measure and cut two sections of cording roughly 3 feet each and set aside.

Stone Connectors

Cut two equal lengths of craft/jewelry wire (around 6 inches). Form a wrapped loop at one end. Slide a bead cone on with the broad end opposite of the loop. Slide on a gemstone tube bead then another cone with the broad end on the end of the tube. Form another wrapped loop. Trim excess wire. Repeat for second gemstone tube.

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the bottom loop of each of the gemstone tube connectors.

Crimp Piece

 

Choice one of the gemstone tube connectors to begin working with. Using a crimp tube attach the jewelry stringing wire to the jump ring added in the previous step. Trim the tail.

 

 

Thread on the 6mm gemstones. Using a crimp tube attach the end of the stringing wire to the 4mm jump ring of the second gemstone tube connector.  Using a 6mm jump ring, attach one end of the chain with the feather charms to one of the gemstone tube connectors. Attach the other end of the chain in the same manner to the second gemstone tube connector.

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Take a section of cording and fold in half. Attach to the top loop of one of the gemstone tube connectors using a “cow hitch” knot. Make a simple knot snugly next to the cow hitch knot.

 

Knotted Stones

 

String on a 10mm and tie a knot as tight as possible against the stone. Continue knotting the stones until you have knotted a total of 27 stones on the cord. Repeat for the second gemstone tube connector.

 

Knotted Stones 2

 

Gather the ends of the cording and tie an “Ashley’s Bend” knot. Glue the knot. Trim excess cording.

 

 

 

Wear your necklace with pride.  Until next time…stay caffeinated, my peeps!

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DIY: Dangly Pearl Earrings

I love long, dangly earrings, and they are on trend like almost always. They are elegant and create the look of a longer, sleeker neck. Longer thin earrings can also an elegant look to any outfit.

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I also love unique findings and beads.

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Last week, I told you about coming across some awesome beads on the Halcraft website.  I purchased two beautiful mother of pearl beads that have little, tiny pave frames. So cute!

About a month ago, I came across some unique ear threader style ear wires on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

So lets grab our tools, supplies and coffee so we can get started.

Materials:Supplies
1 pr – Ear Threader findings
2 pc – Mother Of Pearl Shell Bead with Micropave Frame
2 pc – Head pins

Tools:
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

Instructions:
Slide a bead on a head pin and form a loop using round nose pliers. Repeat for second bead.

Close up of stone dangles

Attach the bead dangles to the bottom loop of the ear threader.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! (I strongly suggest opening the loop at the top of the bead and not the loop of the threader just to make sure it doesn’t break.)

Finished Earrings Close up of stone

Enjoy your new earrings. Until next time….stay caffeinated, my peeps.

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DIY: Simple Beaded Charm Bangle

Finished Bracelet 1Summer is just around the corner and this little beauty would be perfect for hanging at the beach.

It’s a very simple project to make and super easy as well.

Seed Beads

I have had these little sea life charms for some time as well as some amazingly gorgeous Czech seed beads in some beautiful sea glass tones. Any brand will work so will any color.  You may want a more sunny look to your bracelet.  Go for it!  Add some mini tassels if you want. This is your bracelet.  Own it!

Seahorse

 

I just love the little sea horse. I don’t even remember where I got him or even when, but this project suited him rather nicely.

Let’s get our supplies and coffee so we can get started.

 

 

 

Supplies - Bracelet

Materials:
Memory Wire Bracelet Wire
Sea Life Charms
Two or more 6mm Jump Rings
A crystal drop
Seed Beads in your choice of colors
One Head Pin

Tools:
Memory Wire Cutters (A MUST)
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers (Optional, but works best)
Chain Nose Pliers (I recommend two pair)

Instructions:
Make a bead dangle by threading the crystal drop on the headpin and forming a loop.

Cut one round of memory wire. Allow the ends to overlap if you have larger hands as this will slip over your hand. Form a loop at one end of the memory wire. (I added the seahorse charm at this point since the loop at the top of the charm was a bit odd.)

Thread the seed beads onto the memory wire all the way until you are about a 1/4 inch from the end.

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Form a loop at the end of the memory wire and hook it to the original loop. Attach charms and bead dangle.

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Enjoy your super cute bangle.  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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DIY: Double Chain Drop Stud Earrings

I have been seeing all of these gorgeous chain drop earrings EVERYWHERE!  So I just had to do a DIY for you.

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I recent saw one designer/blogger has made her a pair that only dropped from the back off the butterfly clutch of her beautiful diamond stud earrings.  These earrings have two dangles – one in front and the other off the back clutch of the stud giving you twice the sparkle and twice the swing. These also are super quick to make….so grab some coffee and your supplies and meet me back here.

Materials:

Tools

2 – 8mm beads of choice
2 – 6mm beads of choice
4 headpins
2 – 4mm jump rings (not pictured)
1 pair stud earrings with backs
Thin chain

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

Instructions:
Make four bead dangles by threading beads onto the head pins and forming a loop at the end.

Cut four pieces of chain in the following lengths: 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 3 inches (7.62 cm).

Attach the short chain to the loop of the stud. If the opening is too large for your chain, just use an additional 4mm jump ring per earring. Attach the longer chain to the butterfly clutch using a 4mm jump ring.

Chains on Studs

Attach a large bead dangle to the end of the small chain and a smaller bead to the end of the longer chain. Repeat for second earring.

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The beads I used were Jewelry Basics by Cousin Corporation of America #34716100 and should be available at either Jo-Ann’s or A.C. Moore.  I have seen similar beads by Halcraft available at Michael’s.

Reviews

Bead Treasures Regal Rulla Review

Today is a bit different.  Normally I do a tutorial on Tuesdays, but today I am doing a review of this really nice beading kit I purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $5.  The normal price for this kit is $19.99.

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So for $5, I decided it was well worth it.

The kit comes with almost every thing you need:

 

  • Instructions
  • 3.5g (30) Rulla beads in “Crystal Violet Rainbow”
  • 0.5g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Matte Metallic Patina Iris”
  • 2g Miyuki® size 11/0 seed beads in “Light Gold”
  • 16g Miyuki® size 8/0 seed beads in “Metallic Forest Green Iris”
  • 7.5 Matubo™ size 6 beads in “Bronze Pale Gold”
  • 2 – 4mm closed gold tone jump rings
  • 2 – 6mm open gold tone jump rings
  • 1 – 12mm gold tone lobster claw clasp

Okay…let’s get to the review.

The kit is labeled “Advanced Beginner” ages 14+. It says that it makes a pendant with a necklace of up to 22″ long.  I feel it is appropriately labeled.  It should take about an hour or just over depending on your skill level. There is actually enough beads to make it a bit longer if you need to. It’s not a bad kit.  The quality of the beads is nice.  There are some flaws in the beads though.  So make sure you either do not use those beads or turn them so the flaw will not be seen from the front of the pendant. So if you are ready to try your hand at some bead stitching, then I recommend finding these kits and see if they are on clearance too.

The package is easy to open and could easily be recycled for bead storage.

The cons of this kit are: There are a few things that really could be improved here

  • No needle
  • No thread
  • Instructions are just a bit unclear and not enough pictures. I am a very visual learner and seeing pictures would be better than very unclear language.
  • Some of the beads are flawed and misshapen causing the finished piece to be a bit off.
  • Recommends using thread for the necklace. I do not like this as thread can easily break. I ended up using Beadalon® 19 strand stringing wire which gave the same soft drape of thread but the security of a wire.
  • The style of the necklace is not all that pretty.  The pendant is gorgeous, but the pattern they recommend for the necklace detracts from the beauty of the pendant.  I suggest either using a slender chain or a different pattern for the necklace.

The pros of this kit are:

  • All the beads you need are plus extras.
  • Color coordinated beads which are beautiful.
  • Not a hard project to complete within about an hour or so depending on your skill level.
  • Retail price is normally $20 which really isn’t a bad price if you are planning on selling the finished piece. You could probably sell this for a low break-even price of $35 if you count your hourly rate as $15 an hour. I think you may be able to get more for it because it is very beautiful and unusual.
  • The pendant is GORGEOUS!

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All in all, I think this was a great purchase especially since it was only $5!  Would I purchase one of Hobby Lobby’s other kits at full-price?  Possibly if they were as easy as this one. If you find this kit and do buy it, here are a few suggestions:

  • Double stitch your base row to secure the piece. It can be a bit floppy as you work.
  • Keep your tension tight, but do not over pull.
  • Take your time and read the instructions before you begin so you can familiarize yourself with the technique used.
  • Use Fireline® in Smoke so the thread is not visible.
  • Coat your thread with a thread conditioner.  Yes, I know you could get away with not using this, but it really makes a difference as to how the thread slides through the beads.
  • Either use a chain for your pendant or a different pattern for the beaded necklace.
  • Use stringing wire for the necklace if you use beads and not thread.

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Overall, I really liked this kit. It was easy to figure out even though the instructions seemed a bit oddly worded for me.  But then again, I am a very visual person and reading instructions and being able to follow them doesn’t come easy for me. Watching someone or looking at very clear diagrams and pictures is easier for me.  I ended up buying two of these kits. Between the two with the extra beads, I may be able to get a third necklace out of it.  GO ME!  Until next time, stay caffeinated my Peeps!