Category Archives: jewelry tutorials

Simple and fashionable jewelry projects and tutorials.

Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace

I really don’t think there’s a TWD fan out there that doesn’t love Daryl Dixon. Armed with amazing hunting and tracking skills, a killer bow and arrow (that you can totally buy at Wal-Mart!), and rugged sexy good looks, Daryl is the guy you want on your side should the zombie apocalypse ever happen. Modeled after Daryl’s winged jacket and showcasing an arrow with a little bead of blood, this Daryl Dixon Inspired Necklace is a moderate and fun way to show your true love for this bike-riding man’s man.

the-walking-dead-daryl-dixon-necklace

Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace

Materials:

  • Necklace Chain
  • Wire Cutters
  • Jump Rings
  • Metal Clasp
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Wing Charms (2 needed)
  • Arrow Charm
  • Red Bead
  • E6000 Glue (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut your chain to size and attach your jump ring and metal clasp.
  2. String two wing charms on your chain, making sure the feathers on both sides face outwards.
  3. In the middle of the wings, use a jump ring to attach the arrow and red bead to the necklace.
  4. To make my wings stand out straight, I actually used E6000 glue to attach the two wings together on the back of the charms. This prevents them from moving around and flipping over when I wear my necklace.

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

Where the Wild Things Are Necklace

By now, dear readers, you must know that I am a huge Maurice Sendak fan.  I know I’ve written about him at least a couple times on this blog.  I own several of his books, I dressed up as Max from Where the Wild Things Are for Halloween one year…heck, I even have a Sendak-inspired tattoo on my leg.  I adore his stories and his views on how children should be taught and raised.

So today I’d like to share a fun little necklace with you, inspired by Max from Where the Wild Things Are.  Made of clay, this little charm could also make a great ornament or gift embellishment.

20160927_185857

Where the Wild Things Are Necklace

Materials:

  • Gold Clay
  • Gray or Off White Clay
  • Clay Roller
  • Sharp Knife
  • Aluminum Foil (optional)
  • Toothpick or Sewing Needle
  • Jump Ring
  • Chain

 

Instructions:

  1. Work gold clay until it’s soft and pliable.  Roll out flat.
  2. Using the sharp knife, cut out the crown shape.  I just cut out triangles from the clay.  Easy peasy!
  3. Wrap clay around your finger to form crown, trimming any excess clay if necessary.  If you find it too hard to use a finger, you can also make a mold from aluminum foil and wrap your clay around that.
  4. Work gray clay until it’s soft and pliable.  Roll clay into a log, about ¼ in. thick.
  5. Wrap around base of crown and press lightly to secure it in place.
  6. Using the toothpick or sewing needle, drag the point through the gray clay several times to create the look of “fur”.  Careful not to push too hard and cut through the clay.
  7. Carefully poke a hole in one of the points of the crown.  This will be for your jump ring.
  8. Slightly bend the points of the crown back so crown looks curved.  You can bend the points over a pencil or pen if you’d like.
  9. Bake the crown following package instructions on your clay.  Mine took about 15 minutes at 275 degrees F.
  10. Let your crown cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, attach a jump ring to the crown and string it through your chain.

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

Deathly Hallows-Inspired Necklace

Made up of a triangle, circle, and vertical line, the Deathly Hallows symbol is one all Harry Potter fans are sure to recognize. Made to resemble the Elder Wand (the line), the Resurrection Stone (the circle), and the Cloak of Invisibility (the triangle), the Deathly Hallows sign represents three legendary objects that allegedly, if united, would make one the “Master of Death”. This symbol appears several times towards the end of the Harry Potter series and has become a mark several Potterheads now wear with pride.

deathly-hallows-necklace

If you want to sport this sign and join the ranks of Death Conquerors, you can create your own Deathly Hallows necklace with only a few simple materials! I made two different versions…so if you don’t like the free form look of one, you can reference the tighter look of the other.

 

Materials:

  • Long Gold Metal Chain
  • 2-4 Gold Jump Rings (or make your own!)
  • Gold Wand Charm
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • 20 Gauge Gold Wire

 

Directions:

  1. OPTIONAL: I didn’t have jump rings in the correct color for this project, so I just made my own using the 20-gauge wire. There are TONS of tutorials on YouTube for how to make your own jump rings. If you want to make your own, make 2-5 jump rings before jumping in to this project so they’re all ready to go.
    screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-36-37-am
  2. To make the circle, I used a bottle cap to act as a template for the wire. I just cut a small piece and fed it into the inner part of the bottle cap to form a circle. Twist the two ends of the wire around the circle to secure it in place.
    screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-37-30-am
  3. For the triangle, I created a small loop on one end of the wire, then drew a small triangle on a piece of paper. Line up the wire along the template to form your triangle, then feed the wire back through the loop to secure the triangle. Trim and turn the remaining wire into another loop to make it easier to attach it to the necklace.
    screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-38-07-am
  4. Once you’ve created your circle and triangle, add jump rings to both pieces, as well as the wand charm. This step is also optional, but I made a larger jump ring and attached all pieces together so the chain only had to feed through one ring.
  5. If you want a tighter look, you can make the circle and triangle out of one piece of wire. For this option, I made the circle first, then wrapped the excess wire around the circle to form the triangle, securing it at the base of the circle. Attach the circle and wand charms to one jump ring and feed the chain through the ring.

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

How to Make a Braided Seed Bead Necklace

CONFESSION:  I hate seed beads.  Usually I avoid working with them because they get EVERYWHERE, they’re way too dang small to see, and THEY GET EVERYWHERE.

However, I do love the look of a seed bead necklace.  I’m not one to shy away from color and seed bead necklaces are a fun and colorful accessory for summer…so I decided to give seed beads another try…

I still hate them.

Granted this was a fun project to make and I really like the way it turned out (I love the colors!), but DAMN! those beads are so freaking tiny.  It took WAY too long to actually finish this necklace and I’ll probably just resort to the creatives at Charming Charlie to create future seed bead accessories for my person, but if you’re looking for a fun jewelry project to make for the summer and are crazy bored one lazy, rainy weekend, jumping into a seed bead project will certainly help pass the time!

braided-seed-bead-necklace

Braided Seed Bead Necklace

Materials:

  • 2 strands of seed beads in the colors of your choice
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • E6000 Glue
  • 2 ribbon clamps
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 clasp
  • Jewelry pliers
  • PATIENCE

Instructions:

  1. Using a needle and thread, restring seed beads so you have 16 to 18 long strands of beads.  If the seed beads you buy come on a string long enough to braid, you can omit this step, but my beads were on small strings.  Whomp whomp!  Make sure you leave long ends at the beginning and end of each strand.
    Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.54.22 AMHelpful Hint:  I discovered this AMAZING trick to help you string your seed beads.  If you’re stringing with your right hand, wrap your left index finger with a piece of masking tape, sticky side out.  Use the tape to pick up seed beads and just slide the needle through the beads on your finger!  This saved me SO much time in making this necklace.

2. Once all your beads are strung, tie all the strings together with a knot at the top of the strings.  Tape your beads down on a flat surface and divide your strings into four equal groups of strings (I actually had two more strings than I needed, so mine were not even, but whateve’s!).
Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.54.54 AM
Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.55.23 AM
3.  Braid your beads in a 4-strand braid.  I found this video helpful if you don’t know how to braid with four strings:

4. Once your braid is complete, tie strings together like you did at the top of the necklace.
Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.56.01 AM

5. Secure each knot with a small drop of E6000 glue.

6. Clasp the ribbon clamps on each knot.  The E6000 glue will also help keep these clamps secure.

7. Attach one jump ring to one end and a clasp and jump ring to the other.
Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.56.35 AM

Show off your new braided necklace!

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

How to Make a Pocketwatch Necklace

pocket-watch-necklace-final

Last month I was helping my mom clean up her house and came across one of my dad’s old pocket watches. I recently lost my father to pancreatic cancer so finding this little trinket brought up a rush of emotions.

pocket-watch-necklace

The pocket watch no longer works, but I thought it might be fun to turn it into a cute charm necklace to remind me of him.

This was a surprisingly super easy project to do and one you can easily embellish and re-create if you want to transform a family trinket into something new. It would be great for pins, brooches, lockets, and even wrist watches.

I added a little rabbit charm to the clock since his favorite book was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and that book always reminds me of him. Plus, it serves as a little reminder of how quickly time can get away from us. Cherish every moment!

pocket-watch-necklace-rabbit-charm

UPDATE: I first decided to just string the chain through the pocket watch but it kept sliding around and knocking into the charm…so I cut the chain and reattached each side to the actual pocket watch to prevent it from sliding back and forth.

pocket-watch-necklace-update

As an added dedication, I set the time to his birthday: 10:23:58.

pocket-watch-necklace-time-set

As we come upon Father’s Day, be sure to tell your parents how much they mean to you. Time passes too quickly and we just never know how much time we have together. I think about my dad every day and wish I could have just 5 more minutes with him to tell him again how much I love him.

pocket-watch-necklace-2

When you’re little, you think everyone—especially your parents—will be alive forever…and even in adulthood, it feels so strange that he’s not here. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it or it will ever seem “normal”, but I take every day as it comes and remain thankful for all the blessings in my life.

 

Alice: “How long is forever?”

White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

Spoonful of Sugar Necklace

spoonful-of-sugar-necklace1Mary Poppins is one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again. I knew the whole movie beginning to end and, even in my hyper young state, would sit unmoved and watch every glorious minute of that near 3-hour movie.

My love for Mary Poppins has followed me into adulthood, and I’ve learned to appreciate this amazing movie on a whole new level. Hell, my husband and I even went as Mary and Bert for Halloween a few years ago!:

66233_10100188815858707_1052988317_n

So when I stumbled upon this cute spoon charm at my local craft store, I couldn’t resist the chance to turn it into a Spoonful of Sugar necklace!

mary-poppins-charm

Great for bridesmaids, friends, mom, or just as a little treat for yourself, this precious necklace is a subtle nod to a wonderful and classic Disney movie.

Spoonful of Sugar Necklace

Materials:

  • Spoon charm
  • Small pearl bead
  • E6000 glue or super glue
  • Chain or old necklace rope
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump rings (optional)
  • Various charms (optional)


Instructions:

  1. Using the E6000 glue, carefully attach pearl bead to spoon charm. If the bead doesn’t stay, you can also try super glue or a hot glue gun, but E6000 should easily to do the trick. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step, about 10 minutes.
    mary-poppins-charm-pearl
  2. String your spoon charm onto the chain or necklace. You can make it long enough so you won’t need a clasp or you can attach a clasp using jewelry pliers and jump rings. I actually attached my charm with a jump ring because the hole on the charm was too small for the end of the chain to fit through.
  3. Once your spoon is centered on your chain, you can add various charms onto the chain if you’d like.

Enjoy your new necklace!

movies mary poppins

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

Leave a comment

Filed under jewelry tutorials

Anthropologie Knock Off Necklace

I’m all about the knockoff. I know there are people out there who will stop at nothing to have the real deal, but if I can have something just as good for half, sometimes a quarter, of the price, I’ll take it.

When I was browsing through my local Anthropologie store, I came upon a necklace that I just loved. It was made with 3 simple felt accordion beads and 3 contrasting color beads. I carried it with me through the store, contemplating whether I could force myself to splurge on this $100 necklace…and finally I gave up. I put it back and told myself that maybe I’d come back if I got a bonus, or lost 10 pounds, or happened to find a $100 bill in a pair of old jeans…

felt-necklace2

Needless to say I’ve yet to buy the necklace…however, I did discover a fun way to make my own rendition! While this one isn’t as colorful as the one I saw, it’s the same basic idea. I didn’t want to have to buy anything to make it, so I used felt scraps I had in my fabric drawer and the beads from a broken bracelet that has been sitting in my dresser for years. I didn’t have a chain that was empty, so instead I used some yarn and made it long enough so it can slip over my head.

I think this is an easy and fun statement piece and a great way to get the look you love for free!

felt-necklace

Felt Knockoff Necklace

Materials:

  • Scrap pieces of felt–you’ll need 5 small circles of the same size per felt bead.  I used a quarter as my template
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Chain or yarn
  • Needle
  • Beads

 

Directions:

  1. Fold one of the circles in half and place a thin line of glue down the middle crease of the circle.  Fold another circle in half and glue the two pieces together.  Repeat this all the way around and then secure the bead by gluing the center fold of the last circle to the center fold of the first circle.  You can also make the bead lie flat by gluing the last circle to both halves of the first and last circle folds.  That way it opens up like an accordion.  
    felt-necklace3
  2. Repeat for your other two felt beads.
  3. Then with a needle and your yarn, string your beads into a necklace.  If you’re using a chain, it’s helpful to place the chain in the middle of the bead before you secure it closed to you don’t have to thread the chain through the felt bead.  

And there you go!  Easy, fun, and economical.  Plus it’s a great way to make a thrifty and fashionable statement!

 

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

3 Comments

Filed under jewelry tutorials