Spiral Wire Bead Ring Bead Rings ---- bead-crafts-bead-rings What you need 1 Foot 18g wire, soft 1 Handmade bead with hole large enough to fit 2 pieces of 18g wire. (Rondell shape works best) Instructions Wire rings are hot this season! Tools: Wirecutter Chain-nose Pliers Ring Mandrel or dowel in desired ring size – Mandrels can be purchased through jewelry supply outlets and dowels can be found at your local hardware store. Step 1 – Place center of wire against your form and wrap twice around leaving the tails long. Step 2 – Bend the tails up sharply. Step 3 – Place the bead onto both wires and slide down to the base of the ring. Step 4 – Bend the wires to a right angle directly on the top of the bead. Step 5 – Spiral the wires on top of the bead. Step 6 – Bring the tail wires down to the ring shank on opposite sides of the bead and wrap around the base of the ring to secure. Step 7 – tuck the wire ends down and you are done! Step 1: String one carnelian bead onto the middle of one length of wire.
Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial « « Fluffyland Craft & Sewing BlogFluffyland Craft & Sewing Blog Big news! The Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial is now available as an Amazon e-book It’s only $2.99 and with the e-book version, you can take this handy step-by-step guide wherever you’re going to be folding! Thanks for your support of Fluffyland Craft & Sewing Blog, and enjoy crafting! <A HREF=" Have you been wondering how to make the amazing bracelets from Starburst wrappers? If you’re clever, you can make this bracelet from any rectangular wrapper: dum dum wrappers, tootsie roll wrappers, most gum wrappers, now and laters… be creative, there are lots of options! Keep in mind that when you have finished, you need the bracelet to be big enough to slide on and off your wrist without too much trouble. Click on any of the photos for a larger view. Step 1 Take your first wrapper… and flip it over. Step 2 Fold (hot dog) one side in to the halfway point. Step 3 Fold (hot dog) the other side to the halfway point. Step 4 Step 5 Fold (hot dog) in half again.
Anthro Limitless Strands Necklace How is your Holiday shopping going? Have you started? I will confess I have not. I have been browsing online though - and of course I inevitably wandered over to Anthro. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I absolutely fell in love with this necklace. I thought I’d help us both out by creating a knockoff – you can never have too many options for Christmas ideas right? Here’s my version . . . Mine is a little less “strandy” than theirs but that was intentional. Here’s what you’ll need to create this cutie . . . 1 1/2″ Wide Ribbon – 3 1/4 yardsStringing CordSmall Glass BeadsLarge Round Beads – 5/8″ (any type)Crimp Beads – 20Jump Rings – 6Thread Start by stringing your beads. Thread a crimp bead onto the cord and loop the end around a jump ring, then thread the cord back through the crimp bead. Thread beads onto the cording – it will help control the cording if you thread the loose end through a needle. Continue threading beads until your cord is about 8 inches. What do you think?
Flat pattern hair band This is probably one of the simplest sewing projects ever, but I made a few miserable prototypes before arriving at it. So to spare you the same frustration: a tutorial! Most hairband patterns I've found involve sewing two pieces of fabric together. Topstitching only seems to make it worse, so I'm not even going to show you that. Another delightful thing about this hairband is that it won't mess up your bangs when you put it on, because it can be fastened at the back rather than being pushed back onto your head. First, measure the length of the band. Draw a line for the length, and mark the middle. Cut this pattern out, then trace around it onto another piece of paper. The outer edges are now longer than the middle of the pattern piece; to compensate for the wedge-shaped pieces that have been added to the widest part, take off something similar at the ends. Cut the pattern out of fabric. Press the seam open so that it lies along the middle of the band.
DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet We’re nuts for nuts. Is there a more versatile and inexpensive DIY component than a hex nut from the hardware store? You can imagine our excitement when we first discovered Philip Crangi’s Giles & Brother Hex Collection. You’ll need:3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into one yard pieces18 small brass hex nutsa bit of dexterity! Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place. Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. The bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. Good luck!! (top image from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)
DIY Woven Chain Bracelet Chain link bracelets, with colorful threads woven through them, have been popping up here and there. We adore Aurèlie Bidermann‘s Do Brazil bracelets and thought it was about time we graduate to the ultimate “grown-up” friendship bracelet. With a curb chain bracelet and some embroidery thread, we’ll teach you how to make your own woven chain bracelet. And one for your bestie too, of course. You’ll need:a curb link braceletembroidery threadtwo bobby pinsa pair of scissors Cut 2 sets of 15 strands of embroidery thread, with each strand measuring four times the length of the bracelet. Lay the second color (blue) over the first color (coral). Repeat the steps until you reach the end of the bracelet. (top images from here and here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF) Every Creative Endeavor: How to make a Ribbon Flower Clip/Headband These little flower clips and headbands are so popular right now. They are all over blogland and everywhere in the stores. I was at Target and I saw a really cute headband with a black flower on it. I picked it up, inspected it and thought to myself -"I can make that!" And so I did! First: I gathered my supplies. RibbonFeltThreadbradsClips Second: Cut two feet of ribbon.Third: Stitch a baste stitch all the way down one side of the ribbon. Fourth: Scrunch it up! Fifth: Cut a circle -the size you want your flower- out of the felt. Sixth: Pin your ribbon onto the outside of the circle. Seventh: Stitch the first layer on. Eighth: Repeat again with a second layer and a third and a fourth until you are in the middle. Ninth: Cut off any extra ribbon and pull out the basting stitch. Tenth: Hot glue a brad or some sort of "bling" to the middle. Eleventh: Cover your clip with ribbon.You can see how to do that here. Twelfth: Hot glue the clip to the back.See my circle stitching - Then Enjoy!
Boden Boulevard Necklace Knockoff Did you know Mother’s Day is about a week and half away?? Eek!! I don’t know about you but I’m scrambling a bit here. ;) So I thought I’d help you out. Actually, Melissa and I are helping you out. :) Melissa sent in a Tutorial Request for a darling Boden Necklace – and I knew that it would be perfect for a Mother’s Day idea. Here is my version of the prettiness - And here is the Boden version – with a crazy retail value of $78 - I like the navy they used but I went for a more neutral color scheme. This necklace is super easy!! Here’s what you’ll need to make it: twill or other ribbon (approx 50″) large link chain (you’ll need a piece about 13″ long) bead assortment – enough for 5 13″ strands beading cord crimp beads (10) (All supplies came from Michael’s) :) Start by weaving your twill piece through the links of the chain. Continue weaving the twill through until the chain piece is centered in the twill. Pretty cute already huh? Now we’re going to start adding in our small bead strands.
Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. A nice and easy project to give my bad-hair-day head some love. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. But let me explain a little better. First, you’ll work on the left side. And that’s it. This post is sponsored by:
Ribbon Flower Pin Tutorial I thought with pretty good certainty that the last corsage I would ever pin on was at Senior Prom in High School. But I was wrong. A few weeks ago I visited the Quilting Cottage in American Fork, Utah. She was making ribbon flower pins for an upcoming wedding. Wendy was kind enough to teach me how to make these fabulous fabric flower pins. 2-4 yards of wire ribbon (depending on how large and tight you want your flower) (I used one and 1/2 inch wide ribbon.)quilting thread or other strong threadsmall amount of felthair clip or pin (or both) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. I love how this flower pin turned out. Check out my Felt Poinsettia Flower Pin tutorial as well. DIY Wrap Bracelet 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! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. 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)
How to make wrapped leather bracelets « Rings and Things Triple-wrap leather bracelet with blue tigereye beads Let me begin by stating the obvious – this style of wrapped leather bracelet is EVERYWHERE this season. Everywhere! Even my athletic clothing catalogs – which only have maybe three pieces of jewelry – are featuring this style. Five different leather wrapped gemstone bracelets designs: green opal, mookaite, African turquoise, hematite and rhodonite The supply list is pretty short: 4-6mm round beads We used gemstone beads, but glass, crystal beads or pearls would also be lovely. Wrapped bracelet made with green opal gemstone beads and natural Greek leather. The technique: Choose your bracelet length and cut your leather. If your button has a small loop, you might need to miter (angle) the leather end and pull it through with pliers. Other design options: Have fun creating your own wrapped bracelets! Need supplies? Other how-to’s: Q: “How do you start a new thread in the middle of the bracelet?” (answers selected from replies to blog comments)
Colored Pencil Jewelry 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. Here’s Kate: 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.