DIY Braided Bead Bracelet It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY. I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet. You’ll need: Cut the waxed linen cord into a 26″ and 19″ piece. Tie a knot about half an inch down from the loops. Start braiding the strands. Push the bead against the base of the braid, and cross the left strand over the middle. Keep a finger at the base of the braid, holding the beads in their place and keeping the braid tight. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided cord, measuring it against the wrist. Thread on a two hole button – two strands through one hole and one strand through another. Trim the end. Your bracelet is finished! (all images by HonestlyWTF)
A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata Colored Pencil Jewelry - StumbleUpon Note from Design Mom: I asked Kate of Mini Eco to create a Back to School themed project for us to try. I think making beads out of colored pencils is brilliant! Wouldn’t these beads be fun for your elementary school-ers to string for a class project? It would also be a fun activity at an art-themed birthday party. Lately I have become a little addicted to making (and wearing) colored pencil jewelry. I think the results look great and you, or your child, will definitely stand out from the crowd wearing them! You will need Colored PencilsJunior hacksawFine sandpaperDrill and small drill bitThread (for the necklace)Superglue (for the brooch and earrings)Brooch back (for the brooch) How to: Basic Bead Necklace 1. 2 & 3. 4. Once you have cut a number of beads simply string them onto a length of thread…job done! Tip: These little beads are also make lovely bracelets. How to: Pointy Necklace 1. 2. 3. How to: Brooch 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
DIY Wrap Bracelet - Honestly WTF You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :* Lengths will vary depending on the size of your wrist (see comments for suggestions). Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist. When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot. Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!! The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. It’s a party! (tutorial adapted from Ornamentea; top image via Jak & Jil, rest of image by Honestly…WTF)
40 Must-See DIY Rings Our hands are front and center everyday—from typing away on a keyboard to greeting new clients with a friendly shake—so they definitely deserve to be dressed up. We’ve shown you ways to decorate your digits with fall nail art and the best ways to cover up bare wrists, but now, we’re concentrating on putting a ring on it—DIY style. It’s safe to say you’ll be blown away by these 40 different ways to make your own bling rings. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Which DIY ring is your favorite?
Button Statment Rings | - StumbleUpon It’s September and that means it’s time to add another statement piece to your collection…. obviously! I heart almost every piece Nicole Richie designs for House Of Harlow 1960, especially her oversized rings. As amazing as these rings are they’re also an easy DIY. My friend Jenni, from I Spy DIY, did a project a few months back where she transformed buttons into earrings. #SuperFab This got me thing…let’s transform buttons into statement rings! Buttons, buttons everywhere!! Materials: Buttons, Clippers, Glue, Rings With Flat Tops (available at the jewelry supply store) Use your clippers to remove the shank from the back of the button. Once you’ve made the back of the button flat, use an ample amount of glue to secure the ring to the back of the button. Here’s another hint: If you can’t find a flat ring base, Ring Pops are a fun alternative. Once the base has dried, glue on the button. I now thing I have enough new statement rings to get me through the month.
Lightning In A Bottle Tutorial Remember that time (a few days back) I showed you this Guess The Mystery Thing necklace, featuring a little captive Cupid? Then I revealed the secret ingredient... Binky!!! That's right. Want to DIY? Start by cutting off your nipple with a sharp pair of scissors. Find a small embellishment that will fit inside. To finish off the top, you need a headpin, a flat spacer bead and a somewhat skinny filigree jewelry finding: Suggestions on where to find the filigree: try part of an old chandelier earring, or peruse the 'earring findings' section at a craft or bead store. Now thread the headpin through the filigree, the nipple and the spacer bead, like so: Fold the headpin up so it holds everything together. Now you have the basic pendant! Optional: try curving the filigree a bit, if it's pliable. Then add a jump ring and a chain, and huzzah! Here's the back view: It's very fun to experiment with different embellishments. In this more grown-up version, I used little nature charms and mixed metals:
Lucky Penny Charms Tutorial Posted on July 18, 2012 by Christina Feeling lucky because you’ve snagged the best guy in the universe? Make lucky penny charms for you and your sweetie to commemorate the year of your marriage. Use a penny with your wedding year, and create a key chain charm or a pendant. You will need: pennies with year of your marriage36 Piece 1/8? Place your penny on a hard surface. Get your 36 Piece 1/8? ready. Decide where you want to place your words. Fill in your letters with permanent black marker. Secure the penny with a vice and use a centre punch (we used a hammer and nail because we didn’t have a centre punch) to mark the hole. Now it’s time to fire up your drill! Add jump ring. Add key ring – or add chain.
bird nest necklace} I have been seeing a lot of bird nest jewelry around lately. They are beautiful and I love the trend so I thought I would try making my own. These turned out to be really easy to make and require just a few simple supplies. What you'll need: - Jewelry wire (I prefer using a 24 gage because it is easier to manipulate but the 20 gage can work well too with the help of some round nose pliers) - pearls or glass beads - necklace chain - jump ring and a clasp Select the beads you want, string them onto your wire and arrange them as you'd like. then simply wrap the wire around the beads wrap some wire in the space between each bead (I like the look of three loops but you could just do one or two if you prefer) this is what the back looked like. now attach a jump ring and a clasp to the end of a necklace chain and this is what you end up with :) I love how each one is so different just to show you the difference between the 20 and 24 gage... I think this one is my favorite
A beaded fabric flower necklace tutorial Lately, I've noticed both Etsy and Anthro featuring fabric beaded necklaces. I've also noticed a lot of fabric flowers. So, I decided to combine the two and make myself this necklace. I was going for a Halloween type vibe, but I think it can pass for a post Halloween necklace too. Below is a tutorial on how to make the necklace. Supplies Necklace fabric: 2" to 3" strip by width of fabric (43"). Instructions Step 1. 1) To determine how wide the casing should be, wrap the fabric around your bead and make note of how much fabric was used. 4) Dab the fabric ends with fray check. Step 2. 1) Insert one bead at a time through the casing. 2) With matching thread, wrap and tie off the end of the right bead. 3) Insert your needle under the fabric and pull the thread through. 4) Once the needle and thread have reached the space between the 2 beads, wrap the thread around the space. 5) With the needle still threaded, repeat the last 2 steps (3 & 4) to the end of the necklace. Good news! Enjoy!