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DIY: Stretch Bracelet Stack

Stacking bracelets are everywhere in the Bohemian jewelry trend. They are super stylish and easy to wear. I love stacking, mixing and matching. You can mix these chunky beaded stretch bracelets with chain bracelets too for a super trendy look. They are also a way to use up extra beads.

Finished Bracelets 1

I came across some very pretty beads the other day from Halcraft Collection.  (This is the company that supplies Michael’s Craft Stores with the Bead Gallery bead strands.) I purchased directly from the site Amazonite, Mahogony Obsidian, Costa Rican Rosewood, Painted Design Dyed Agate, and some Mother of Pearl beads with Micropave Frame.  Guys, do yourself a favor and cut out the middle man (Michael’s) and purchase directly from Halcraft.  They have super awesome customer service and superior pricing.

Anyway…..back to the DIY. Go grab your tools, supplies, and a cup of coffee.

Supplies - braceletsMaterials:
Costa Rican Rosewood Oval 10x13mm
Multi-pack – Amazonite Round Stone Beads
Mahogany Obsidian Round – 6MM
Painted Design Green Dyed Agate Tube
Stretch Cord (I used Bead Smith’s Opelon Stretch Jewelry Fiber)

NOTE: Your bead quantities will vary based on bracelet size and pattern.

Tools:
Scissors
Glue
Tape Measure
Beadalon’s Elastic Cord Needle (Optional, but so amazing.)

Instructions:
Measure your wrist and add 1/2 to 1 inch to the measurement depending on how you want your bracelet to fit (6.5″ wrist should be 7″ or a 7.5″). Add an additional two to three inches to that measurement and cut that length of cording. This will ensure you have enough cord to knot.  You will be making a total of 5 bracelets so cut that many pieces of cord.

Pattern Layout

 

Lay out your pattern the length of your measurement plus the additional 1/2 to 1 inch. If you are using the needle, you can slide your pattern on the needle. I really recommend the needle.  It makes stringing stretch bracelets extremely easy.

 

If using the needle, catch the cording under the hook at the end and slide your beads onto the cording being careful not the slide them off the far end of the cord.

 

 

Tying the Knot

 

Once all of your beads are on your cord, tie an overhand knot and add a drop of glue over the knot.

 

 

Hiding the Knot

 

 

Pull the cord tight and slide a bead over the knot. Allow the glue to dry completely. Trim off tail.

 

 

 

Repeat all steps for the remaining bracelets.

 

 

 

Stack them babies up and wear them with pride!  Until next time….stay caffeinated my peeps!

Finished Bracelets 2

 

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DIY: Super Easy Arrow Necklace

Ok…this has to be the easiest DIY I have ever done.  Seriously!  Hands down!

Finished Necklace 3

Supply Shot - Necklace 2

I came across these cute little scrapbook embellishments the other day in Hobby Lobby and on clearance no less!  They were just a BUCK! There are enough pieces here for you to make six necklaces or use them as dangles on bangles. How awesome is that!?

I went with the arrow for my necklace. I also made a necklace from the triple chevron charm.

Arrow

You can also adjust the measurements of this to best fit your desired look. I went for a 22 inch necklace because I do not like anything close up on my neck.

Seriously, your friends will think you bought this at a boutique, and you get to gloat on your super cute necklace.

Okay…..so lets grab some coffee, gather our materials and get started.

Let’s do a little math so you can determine your desired length.  My necklace is 22 inches. I used 9 1/2 inches of chain on each side. The arrow measures approximately 1 1/2 inches from loop to loop. The total length of the 6mm jump rings I used and the clasp with tab together measure a total of 1 1/2 inches. Voila! 22 inches. Knowing that the arrow is 1 1/2 inches will help you determine the amount of chain you need to make your necklace to the perfect. Say you want an 18 inch necklace instead and you do not have a clasp with a tab, just a regular clasp.  Let’s say for argument’s sake, a medium size spring ring clasp. And, you only have two 4 mm jump rings and one 6 mm. (Spring Ring clasps have a loop that opens and easily attached to chain.) Okay: 18 inches is our target length. 1 1/2 inch arrow. The clasp with a 4mm and a 6mm rump ring will probably only measure around 1/2 inch. That leaves 16 inches. Divide that in half and you have your chain length. Two sections of 8 inches each.

Supply Shot - Necklace

Materials:
Spare Parts Gold Aztec Charm set
Chain
Four 4mm or 6mm Jump Rings
Clasp with tab

Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers (2 pair recommended)
Flush Cutters

Instructions:
Measure and cut two 9 1/2 inch sections of chain (for a 22 inch necklace). Using jump rings attach each chain to the loops of the arrow. Attach the clasp. And DONE!

Finished Necklace 4

Wear and enjoy.  Told you, STOOOPID easy!

Finished Necklace 1

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.

Black Drops 4

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.

Black Drops 3

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.

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DIY: Swarovski Crystal Bangle Bracelet

Are you ready for a lovely and very simple Swarovski crystal bangle bracelet?

Finished 2

This bracelet is a redo from a previous bangle I had made last year for Cousin Corporation of America when they rolled out their Swarovski crystal collection for A.C. Moore.  This same crystal collection is available at Michael’s Craft Stores.  This time instead of using the delicate pinks and round silver beads, I am using the Light Gray Xilion Pearl Combo pack and a few swirly bead caps.

Let’s grab our supplies, tools, and coffee so we can get right to it….

Supplies

Materials:
1 Pack – Swarovski Create Your Style Xilion Pearl Combo in Light Gray
2 – 3 inch long curved noodle beads
4 – 6mm bead caps of your choice
2 – #2 crimp tube
2 – Crimp Covers (Optional)
2 – 4mm jump ring
1 – 8mm jump ring
Clasp
Beading Wire

Tools:
Crimping Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Measuring Tape

Instructions:
Measure your wrist and cut about five inches more of beading wire than your measurement.

Jump Rings

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the 8mm jump ring creating a coupling and set it aside.

Clasp

 

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the clasp. String a crimp tube on to the beading wire, and pass the wire through the 4mm jump ring. Crimp the tube. Cover the crimp with a cover using chain nose pliers. Trim off extra wire.

 

Stringing It

Thread on the following: a 4mm crystal, 6mm crystal pearl, a bead cap, noodle bead, bead cap, 6mm crystal pearl, 4mm crystal, 4mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 6mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 4mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 6mm pearl, bead cap, noodle bead, cap, 6mm pearl, 4mm crystal, a crimp tube and the 4mm jump ring of the jump ring coupling.

Finishing It

Crimp the tube and cover with a crimp cover. Trim excess wire.

You now have an elegant bracelet you can wear for any occasion.

Enjoy your new bracelet.  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

Finished 3

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DIY Super Quick Wire Spiral Ring

For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I have come up with this super quick and stylish wire spiral ring. This ring makes in under 10 minutes and is great for those wanting to start into making wire jewelry.  It’s trendy and very petite. These little rings are very pretty made in colored wire as well. So grab your coffee and safety glasses, and let’s get started.

Finished On
I used 22 gauge Artbeads® Designer Wire in Silver Non-Tarnish for this project. This is a very soft wire and is easily manipulated.  If you want a stiffer wire, choose a half-hard variety of wire such as Beadalon® German Style Wire.

supplies.jpg

 

 

Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Ring Mandrel
Safety Glasses

 

Instructions:
Cut and straighten around 12 inches (30.48 cm) of wire. Wrap the wire three times around the ring mandrel at the mark of your desired size.

Wrapping on Mandrel

Cross the ends and give a slight twist to tighten. You may find it easier to take the ring off the mandrel before moving to the next step if you are uncomfortable working on a mandrel.  Bring the ends around to where they are going in the same direction, and begin spiraling your wire around.

Leave yourself a slight tail of about a 1/4 inch (0.635 cm). Slide the ring off the mandrel. Using your chain nose pliers, fold the tails beneath and into the spiral. Press firmly so that the ends stay.

 

Wear your ring with pride, and stay caffeinated my peeps!  See you next Tuesday!

 

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DIY: Whimsical Memory Wire Ring

Today, I am showing you how to make a adorable beaded memory wire ring using a charm made with Swarovski® Crystals from Cousin Corporation of America available exclusively from Michael’s Craft Stores.  This bumble bee charm ring is so adorable.

This ring is fun and easy to make, and it will become your favorite go to ring in no time. It is also a great memory wire beginner’s project.

When I first saw this charm, I thought this little guy was a firefly. Either way, he is still super cute.  One word of warning: if you are going to be doing a lot of clapping, I suggest taking the ring off first.  I had a bruise on my knuckle.  OUCH!
Bumble Bee Ring 1
Supplies:
Ring Sized Memory Wire (I used Beadalon® brand.)
11/0 Seed Beads (Yeah….tiny ones)
1 Sunshine Bumble Bee Charm (or charm of choice)Tools:
Memory Wire Cutters (USE THESE AND NOT YOUR REGULAR CUTTERS!!!!)
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers (I HIGHLY recommend these over round nose for this project)Instructions:
Separate three to four rounds of memory wire and cut in line with the end of the wire.  Using the smallest part of the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers, form a loop at one of the ends of the memory wire.

Bumble Bee Ring 2
Bead your wire in any pattern or solid color of your choice.  I used TOHO Galvanized Silver,  Starlight Galvanized Gold and Hematite for my Bee ring. Bead up until you have about a 1/4 of an inch of wire left and form your end loop the same as you did your beginning loop.

Bumble Bee Ring 3

Attach your charm with the clip onto either one or both of the loops.  If you want a more adjustable ring, clip the charm on only one of the loops.

Bumble Bee Ring 4

This ring is easily customized to suit your tastes. Simply pick your charm and bead combo.
Bumble Bee Ring Variations
Enjoy your new fun ring, and stay caffeinated!
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DIY Quick & Simple Boutique Earrings

Today, we have two pair of quick & simple boutique-looking earrings that are sure to please.  These are super easy and great for beginners. All of your friends will be begging to know where you got them, and you get to gloat that you made them. With the simplistic instructions, making these earrings will be a breeze.

The supplies for these earrings feature the beautiful contrast of sparkly teal rhinestones and gold tones making them perfect for summer.

I fell in love with these little charms from Jewelry Basics, and they just happen to match some rhinestone cross connectors I had left over from a previous project. The photo doesn’t show the cut out parts of the charms all that well, but they are add so much to these little sparkles. They definitely fit my Bohemian style

Earrings Tut 1

Supplies:
Jewelry Basics Metal Charms (34708135 – Available at A.C. Moore)
2 pkgs Cross Connectors (Blue/Gold ones) from Cousin DIY
Four Ear Wires
Four 6mm Jump Rings

Tools:
Flat Nose or Chain Nose Pliers (Makes it easier if you use two.)

Instructions: Cross Earrings
Use a 6mm jump ring to attach a small round charm to the bottom of one of the cross connectors. Attach an ear wire to the top of the cross connector.  Repeat for the second earrings.

Instructions: Teardrop Earrings
Using your flat nose or chain nose pliers, grip the loop at the bottom of the ear wire and twist to one side. Using a 6mm jump ring to attach a teardrop charm to the bottom of the ear wire. Repeat for the second earring.

I hope you will enjoy making these earrings.  Happy beading, and stay caffeinated!

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Tribal Gemstone Statement Necklace

This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is a beautiful, rustic tribal-looking gemstone statement necklace. I love the mix of vibrantly colored Imperial Jasper and antique brass.  The sparkles of the crystals adds in just enough bling to add some interest to the piece.

Finished Product

I fell in love with a strand of top drilled, Imperial Jasper from my local Michael’s Craft Store.  I think I may have gotten them some time last year. This strand was just one of those that jumped out to me.  These usually run about $9.99, but you can always use your 40% off coupon or wait until they are on sale. Either way, they are well worth the price.

Stones

The little tassel bit was purchased just the other day again at my local Michael’s on clearance for a $1.99.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Adding in the blush colored Swarovski crystals added some sparkly contrast to the deepness of the antiqued brass and highlighting the striations of the Jasper.

Supplies Shot

Supplies:
Top drilled, flat gemstone strand (I used a strand for Michael’s Sedona line)
Blue Moon Beads® Shortcuts™ metal connector available at Michael’s Craft Stores
10 – 3mm Swarovski crystals in a accentuating color to your gemstones (I used Silk)
Matching chain
Beading Wire
4 Crimp Beads
Clasp
2 – 4mm brass jump rings
1 – 6mm brass jump ring

Optional Supplies:
1 antique brass head pin
24 gauge bronze colored wire
1 extra matching Swarovski crystal
1 additional 4mm jump ring
Extender Chain (I ended up not using one)

Tools:
Crimping pliers
Flat nose or chain nose pliers
Wire cutters

Optional Tools:
Round nose pliers

Instructions:
Cut two equal pieces of stringing wire as long as you are comfortable working with. I cut mine to about 10 inches each.

Sort your stones into a nice collection of sizes and shapes.

LinksNext, check the rings of your connector to ensure they are properly closed.  You don’t want the rings catching on your clothes or your strung part sliding off.  An improperly closed jump ring can also break your beading wire.

 

Using a crimp bead attach the bead stringing wire to the outer rings of Crimpyour connector.  You can simply tuck the extra short piece of wire into your beads or trim it against the crimp bead.

It is best to use crimping pliers as this will enure an almost perfect crimp every time. You do not have to connect the wires at the same time. I did simply because it seemed like a shortcut.

String on a pattern of 5 crystals and 4 gemstone on one of the wires.

What I did next was to simply gauge how long I wanted my necklace to be.  I measured the length of the stones, crystals and center ring to figure out how much chain I needed to cut.

You do not have to do this, but I did so I could make sure the necklace would rest where I wanted it to.

Cut your chain to the correct length for your preference. I cut my chain into two 10 inch sections.

Using a crimp bead attach your strung wire to the end of a piece of chain. Repeat for the second side.

Semi finished

The finished piece felt a bit bland.  I wasn’t sure what to add to create the look I wanted.

Wrapped Stone

I had a stone that was significantly smaller than the rest.  I took 24 gauge bronze colored copper wire and wrapped around the top part of the stone.

I also added a Swarovski crystal dangle.  You can create one by threading a crystal onto a head pin and form a loop at the end.

 

I am very pleased with the finished piece.

Finished Necklace

I still have two stones left over that I plan to use for a different project.  Happy beading, and stay caffeinated!