How to Make Jewelry for Everyone Lovely Wire Knot Ring Tutorial You can make this lovely ring (or a version of this design) yourself, using just some basic tools, wire and a lip balm! Yes, in this tutorial I am going to demonstrate that just basic beginner tools and a wire from Michael’s can go a long way! Wouldn’t this ring make a great present?? For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to be using the very basic, cheap tools that are available almost everywhere. PLEASE excuse the state of my nails in these pictures.. First thing to do is to cut a piece of wire. Next, wrap your wire around the tube of your lip balm. Cut of the extra bits, if any. Now bend the wire coming from your left to aim away from the ring and then bend again to aim it slightly upwards, as shown on pictures below. With your round nose pliers form a little ‘almost loop’, wire crossing above itself on the top side of the ring but not actually touching. Now you are going to put the other size of the ring (the wire from the other side) through the loop that you almost created.
Woven Bracelet & Necklace I’ve been itching to make myself some jewelry inspired by Aurélie Bidermann’s “Do Brasil” line. Since I don’t have 300 Euros lying around, this looked like a design I could recreate on my own. I was primed to put together a DIY Tutorial for you all when I discovered that Honestly WTF had already done the honors. I picked up the gold necklace and the two bracelet chains from an antique shop for $5 a piece, and had the embroidery thread on hand. I only needed scissors and two bobby pins to see this project through. Pretty amazing results, no? Jump on over here for the tutorial. NECKLACE: I used shades of pale blue and turquoise embroidery thread, and wove through one side of the chain to mimic this necklace. CHARM BRACELET: This bracelet was already armed with charms. DOUBLE BRAIDED BRACELET: For this bracelet, I removed the charm and just used the chain. Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart
washer necklaces We've been having a lot of fun this past year making these adorable washer necklaces. They are pretty inexpensive to make and you can make them to match any wardrobe. Supplies:WashersScrapbook paperE6000Diamond Glaze or Crystal Effects or similar productHole punch or Exacto KnifeLeather necklaceNail File or Emory Board If you have a hole punch the same size as your washer you can punch out the paper. If you do not, the glue the washer to the backside of the paper you want and then after it dries, use the Exacto knife to cut out the washer and the center holes. Next, take a nail file and gently file the edges to smooth it out and if you have a smaller file (these can be found at scrapbook stores or craft stores) carefully file out the center hole too. Your washers should now look like this. The next step is to apply the Diamond Glaze. When the glaze dries, your new "pendants" are ready to be added to a nice leather necklace for a unique fashion accessory.
Anthro Knockoff ~ Sparkled Silk Wrap Bracelet I am loving the look of all the layered and wrapped bracelets that are popular right now. It’s so fun to mix and match them – you can really add style and color to your outfits with just a few little bracelets! So when I came across the Sparkled Silk Wrap Bracelet at Anthropologie, I knew I had to have it for my very own. By which I mean that I had to make it, as opposed to paying $38 for it. Now – mine’s not silk. Or gold filled, like Anthro’s. Ready to see? I will definitely be making more of these! It looks really cute matched up with different bracelets too! It would make a great gift too! Here’s what you’ll need to make yours: 1 strand of rhinestones – 28″ long2 rhinestone end caps2 small jump rings2 large jump ringsE-6000 or other strong gluesoft yarnlobster clasp Start by gluing each end of your rhinestone strand into an end clasp. Cut two long strands of yarn – each about 4 yds long. Now we’re just going to wrap the yarn around the rhinestones. That finishes off your bracelet!
DIY Utility Rope Necklace A couple summers ago, we stocked up on brass washers to make friendship necklaces. A year later, hex nuts became short in supply thanks to the hex nut bracelet. Today we’re all about compression sleeves, which are conventionally used in plumbing but also make for the perfect component for these statement necklaces. You’ll need: Start by cutting the utility rope into 8 32 inch pieces. Keeping the compression sleeves together keep the ropes evenly bound and make sliding them on easier. Decide which sections to wrap and start at the center of the necklace. Continue to wrap the entire section. Allow to dry before trimming any excess cord. When all the sections have been wrapped, trim end ends. Using pliers, attach a larger jump ring to one end and a clasp to the other. And that’s it, your necklace is finished! Make a couple more and layer them on top of each other. (all images by HonestlyWTF)
Perfect Summer Bangle Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. Transcribe. Perfect. Pour. Brush. Wipe. Wrap. Tape. Expose. Develop. Cut. Reveal. Wash. Enjoy. Tsumami Kanzashi Flower Hair Clip I have recently discovered these beautiful folded flowers, and I absolutely cannot stop making them. Tsumami Kanzashi are traditional Japanese folded flowers, made from small squares of silk, that are typically worn by women as hair ornaments in traditional hairstyles. They seem really complicated and intricate, and they can certainly be that if you really want; but it completely doesn't need to be! These can be used in countless applications. There are a few tutorials out there on the internet, but to find a good variety in petal shapes can certainly be difficult, you just have to keep looking, and just grab a square of fabric and just test stuff out.
Sailor's Knot Bracelets :: Etsy Blog With fall days of colored leaves, chunky sweaters and spiced cider in our future, it’s just about time to pack up the beach gear until next year. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be summer to rock these stylish (and easy to make) nautical bracelets. I’m Simone of Groundsel, and a member of Etsy New York Street Team team. So, read on, and get knotty… Supplies you’ll need: 3.5 yards of twine14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Directions: Step 1: Wrap one end of the twine around the can to shape an X. Step 2: Wrap the long end of the twine around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Step 3: Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape. Step 4: Pull the long end of the twine through the oval shaped opening you just set up. Step 5: Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Step 6: Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project.
Rick Rack Rosettes A friend gave me this flower ring and necklace, when she handed them to me I thought they were porcelain–there’s a very vintage feel to them. From a distance you really can’t tell that they’re made out of rick rack! Yes, rick rack! She shared how to make them with me, and now I’m sharing with all of you readers! First, cut 2 strips of rick rack. Then twist the two pieces of rick rack together, like this. And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together. Like so. And to make the flower, you just start from one end and roll it up. Keep rolling. Until you have this–and then tuck the little tail under and hot glue it down. You’ll notice all of the petals are closed, so to open them up you just peel them back one by one. And here it is on my finger. Awesome. (Please excuse my hands, my hand model moved to Indiana, so I’m left using what I’ve got
Embroidery + Metal? Here's something I've been noodling around with lately - embroidered metal discs! Wait - what? I bought a bag of these perforated beading discs a while back, intending to make some beaded pieces a la Miriam Haskell. Only I never quite got around to those, and eventually a different light bulb went on over my head. I could use the holes as embroidery guides! The resulting discs are so cute and easy to make, and lend themselves beautifully to lots of crafts. Like this simple cuff bracelet! The stitchery part is dead simple. Just leave a few inches of thread hanging from the back when you start stitching. Then you just follow the holes, making stitches in different colors and patterns. At the end of the strand, tie the ends of the floss into a double knot. The only thing to watch out for as you stitch is the fact that, for some reason, the outermost row of holes in the disc is not in a symmetrical pattern. Here, I glued a row of them to a paint-chip card. Cute, eh?
Utility Cord Bangle ANNOUNCEMENT: A select number of these bracelets are available for sale here. I know, I know. ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE UTILITY CORD AND BRACELETS! I couldn’t resist! I had extra utility cord lying around from last week’s project, and was highly inspired by these Orly Genger bangles. Thus, today’s latest DIY accessory. Materials: Utility cord Crochet hook (sized according to utility cord thickness) Metal chain (optional) Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart
Fishtail Braided Anchor Bracelet I have been obsessed with stripes lately, mainly blues or reds against white. Such a classic combination! When I found this anchor at my local jewelry supply store, I knew that I wanted to create a DIY inspired by it and by my love for classic stripes. I mixed a nautical inspired fishtail braid with the anchor for this bracelet DIY. Materials: - hemp cord in 2 colors (here) - metal anchor (here) - small jump rings - 2 metal cord tips (here) - 1 lobster claw (here) - pliers - scissors - masking tape Steps: 1.