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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.

Connected to Feathers 2

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.

Earrings Finished 1

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.

Finished Bracelet 4

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

Finished Bracelet 3

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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.

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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.

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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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!

 

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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!