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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: 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: 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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DIY: Swarovski Crystal Bangle Bracelet

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

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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!

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DIY: Valentine’s Earrings

Okay….I know, I know….it’s Wednesday. It has been some time since I have posted a tutorial.  With Holidays and sick children and being sick myself, blogging just wasn’t a priority.  Sorry.

Anywho….today I have for you an easy Valentine earring tutorial just in time for your night out with your favorite Valentine.  These earrings are also perfect for weddings, a Mother of the Bride gift, or Bridesmaid gifts. Or you could just keep them for yourself.  🙂

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The particular materials I have used in this DIY were some I had on hand and may not be available is some areas.  All the metal components I have used are Sterling Silver. Right now, I have only seen the heart connectors in Platinum plate. They are put out by Cousin Corporation of America under the name Elegance Metals. I have not found the Metallic Rose Matte dagger beads anywhere since ordering them online almost three years ago. The site I ordered from is now out of business; however, your local mom & pop bead store will more than likely have something very similar and in similar colors.

Materials:
2 – Filigree Heart Connectors
2 – 3mm Jump Rings
2 – 6 mm Jump Rings
2 – Czech Glass Dagger Beads (your choice of color)
2 – Ear Wires
2 – Swarovski crystal flat backs in matching color (Optional)
Glue (Optional)

Tools

 

Tools:
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers

I personally use two pair of pliers for opening and closing jump rings. Saves your nails.

 

 

Instructions:

DaggersOpen one of the 6 mm jump rings and thread it through the hole of a dagger bead, and close the ring.

Attach a 3 mm jump ring to the bottom of the heart connector and to the dagger bead.  Attach the ear wire to the top loop of the connector.  Repeat for second earring.

 

Without Bing

 

You can leave these as is or take the additional step to bling these up a bit. Apply glue to the back of the flat back crystal and press firmly against the heart. Allow 24 hours to fully dry.

 

 

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Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings

Last week I showed you how to make some real simple wire hoop earrings.  Today, I will show you how to wire wrap little crystals to the spiral hoop to add some bling to your ring.

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Supplies:
Hoops from previous tutorial
28 3mm crystals
24 gauge half-hard wire

Supplies

If you are wondering why I used 24 gauge half-hard wire here, I like the tightness it gives to the wraps.  You may find it easier to work with dead soft wire instead.

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Flat Nose or Crimping Pliers

Instructions:
Cut a length of 24 gauge wire that you are comfortable working with.  I use a rather long piece so I can make work earrings without having to cut more wire.

Make a tiny bend in your 24 gauge wire giving yourself about a 6 inch tail. This will be your wrapping wire. Slide the bend along the top of the spiral hoop until you aBeginning wrapsre about 2 inches from the end of the spiral. Using the tail, wrap the smaller gauge wire five to six times around. Leave the end for now.  We will trim it later. If your wire is loose and sliding, give it a squeeze with flat nose pliers of use crimping pliers. I personally like using the crimping pliers as it will not squish the wraps.

 

Slide a crystal on to your wrapping wire, hold against the spiral, then wrap around the spiral three to four times. Repeat for the next crystal. Make sure you use the same amount of wraps between each crystal.

 

Continue down until you have placed the last crystal on.  Wrap the end around five to six times. Push the wrapping wire around and trim the end off towards the front of the spiral away from where it would be in the ear.

Trim the wrapping wire tail from the beginning at the front of the spiral away from where the spiral will hit in the ear lobe.

If you find that your wraps are too loose and sliding, drop a bit of glue like Hypo-Cement on the beginning and end wraps.

Adjust your spirals back into shape.

Finished Earring

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To wear, simply slip the spiral into the lobe and secure with a nylon stopper. Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings

For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I will be showing you how to make these trendy spiral hoop earrings. They are super easy to make and fun to wear.

Finished Spirals

The lightweight wire makes these beauties easy on the ears for sure.  So lets get to it!  Gather your supplies and tools and meet me back here!

 

Supplies

Supplies:
18 gauge wire of choice

Tools:
Wire Cutters
Bail making pliers or a Sharpie marker
Cup Burr or a file

 

Instructions:
Cut two sections of wire about 9 inches each and either use your cup burr or a file to smooth both ends of the wires.

Grasp the end of one of the wires with your bail making pliers or press the wire against your marker barrel and give a slight roll to create a deep hook.

Plier Shot Beginning Spiral

Roll the wire around using your fingers to create a loose spiral. You can also use your pliers to help the curl along if needed.

Finishing the Spiral

Repeat for the second piece of wire. Place the spirals side by side and adjust as needed to make sure they match.

Adjusting Spirals

I polished mine to a high shine using MAAS metal polish and a cotton buffing wheel on my Dremel.  I sealed them with shellac to they wouldn’t turn on me.

These earrings are easy to embellish as well.  You can give them a flattening with a hammer and then dap a bit with a ball peen hammer to give a forged look, or you can wire wrap crystals to the spiral for a bit of bling.

To wear these earrings, simply slip through your lobes as far around as you like. I do recommend using Nylon stoppers on the end after the hoop is in your ear, especially if your lobes are a bit stretched out like mine.

Next week, I will show you how to wire wrap the crystals to your hoops.  Until then, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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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.

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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!