Quilted Charm Necklace

What crafter/artist/sewing enthusiast, etc. doesn’t keep all kinds of bits and baubles in their stash? As creative thinkers, we are hesitant to discard of anything that might be used in some random project in the near or even not so distant near future. This is what inspired me to create my Quilted Charm Necklace.

Quilted Charm Necklace

To make the quilted charms, simply raid your fabric stash scraps for any light colored cotton or muslin. Cut them into 2-1/2″ squares. You will need two squares for each charm. Then grab some really tiny strips of fused cotton muslin, a stamp pad,and some inspiring stamps, and stamp words using StazOn ink. Heat set the ink with an iron. Then fuse the stamped phases to one of the fabric squares by peeling off the paper backing and using the iron to fuse the fabric in place.

Gather some tiny bits of printed fabrics, beads, and wool felt die cuts. I used my Sizzix BigShot die-cutting machine and smaller dies to die cut flowers, vines, and leaves.

Embellish each charm as desired. Use your imagination. Use your bits and baubles leftover from other projects or even old repurposed charms and other jewelry bits, vintage fabrics, flat-backed stones… the sky is the limit when you are creating this quilted charm necklace! Once you have embellished each square to your liking, use the sewing machine to stitch items in place, adding a cool mixed media feel to your necklace. Beads will have to be hand-stitched using strong thread and a beading needle. Beadalon is a great source for these materials.

Now you are ready to assemble your quilted charms. Cut 2-1/4″ squares of interfacing that will serve to give “body” to each of your charms. Sandwich the interfacing between the two fabric squares and sew the edges together. I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each charm.

Use some jewelry chain, jump rings, and some assorted bits of beads and stones. Mine came from a pair of beaded sandals my aunt didn’t want to wear any longer. The lined crystals came from a favorite necklace that broke. Look around your stash of mis-matched earrings and broken jewelry stash and I will bet you will come up with all sorts of cool things for your Quilted Charm Necklace.

I hope this inspires you to think about unusual ways to mix mediums together and come up with some unique creations in 2014! I love quilting and I love jewelry so I thought of a way to marry the two. What do you love?

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Winter Wonderland Necklace

With the chill of winter descending across the northern hemisphere, what could be more appropriate than wearing some shimmery snowflake jewelry!

This sparkly piece combines so many of the things I love to make jewelry with: crystals, filigrees, and leather. Including leather in your jewelry designs is a great way to increase your jewelry making repertoire – it gives your jewelry a really individual look and it’s such a hot trend right now. Using a die-cutting machine makes easy work of cutting out the circles of leather but if you don’t have access to one, use a hole punch and piece of cardstock to make a template and then trace and cut out your circles.

The Winter Wonderland necklace uses a silver Metallic Leather Trim piece but a silver leather Bracelet Blank will also work. Or why not substitute Silver Creek Leather’s Gold or Gunmetal bracelet blanks for a different look? Combined with all that Swarovski sparkle, you will shimmer all through the winter.

Silver Creek Leather bracelet blanks and Metallic Leather Trim pieces are available at Hobby Lobby.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather Metallic Leather Trim piece in Silver; or Silver Bracelet Blank
  • Silver filigree circles, 33mm, two
  • Bohemian gold filigree circle, 33mm
  • Silver snowflake charms, 16mm, two
  • Gold snowflake charms, 16mm, nine
  • Faceted AB crystal teardrop, 9x6mm
  • Swarovski Elements Crystal Flatbacks: 4mm, 18; 5mm, three
  • Silver eyelets, 5mm, four
  • Gold curb chain, 8x4mm, 7″ length
  • Gold jump rings: 6mm, 34; 8mm; 4mm
  • Gold findings: ball headpin, lobster clasp

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and 1″ circle die or hole punch and scrap of cardstock
  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Flush cutters
  • Button shank remover
  • ScraPerfect Embellie Gellie Tool
  • Eyelet setting kit with 1/8” hole punch and hammer
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Glue, Swarovski Elements Create Your Style Crystal Glue Pen 

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, permanent marker, scissors, ruler

Step 1

Place leather bracelet blank over circle die and cut out five circles. If using hole punch, punch circle in cardstock and use as template to trace and cut out five circles.

Step 2

Working on one filigree at a time, use toothpick to apply thin layer of Beacon 527 adhesive to within 3/16” of edge. Place leather circle on center of filigree and press down firmly.  Repeat with two remaining filigrees.

Step 3

Cut loop off two silver snowflakes and one gold snowflake with button shank remover.  Use Beacon 527 adhesive to attach two silver snowflakes to leather of silver filigree and gold snowflake to center of leather on gold filigree.

Step 4

Working on one snowflake piece at a time, pick up 6mm flatback crystal with Embellie Gellie tool; apply small dot of Crystal Glue to back.

Place between snowflake and edge of leather. Place six crystals evenly around each of three snowflakes.

Step 5

Place gold filigree and silver filigree back to back, align holes, and join together with jump ring. Connect with second jump ring approximately 3/8″ away from first jump ring. Place second silver filigree against gold one, back to back. Measure approximately 1/2″ around filigrees from last jump ring; connect together with jump rings.

It should form “V”-shape like this.

Step 6

Attach three jump rings together and hook one end onto loop of snowflake and other end to silver filigree, referring to photo for placement. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 7

Place mark on back of two remaining leather circles approximately 1/4″ from edge. Find opposite side of each circle and place another mark. Position hole punch over center of mark; punch it with hammer. Repeat on all holes.

Place eyelet in hole from front of leather and place it face down on mat. Place setting tool into tube of eyelet; tap it lightly a few times with hammer to set.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook through eyelet.

Link two more jump rings together; attach them through jump ring in leather circle. Attach other end onto snowflake charm on end of necklace. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 9

Connect three snowflakes together with three jump rings between each one to form chain. Attach chain of three jump rings to last snowflake. Hook end jump ring into second eyelet hole of leather circle. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 10

Separate chain into two equal lengths. Open end link of each chain and attach to loop of snowflake at each end of necklace. Attach lobster clasp to other end of one chain and 8mm jump ring to other chain.

Step 11

String teardrop on headpin and create wrapped loop. Open 4mm jump ring, attach to bottom of gold filigree and to loop of teardrop before closing.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Great Finds Friday: November Craft Books Winners!

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the winners of the new craft books reviewed in the last Great Finds Friday post on Nov. 8th. If you missed that post, read more here about these beautiful new sources of crafty inspiration available at bookstores now. Congrats, winners! I will contact you for your mailing addresses shortly.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95.

Winners are Deborah, LilliGe, Angie, Joe and Samantha.

Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00.

Winners are Sandy, Stephanie, Lisa, MaryBeth and Mary.

Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95.

Winners are Joanne and Angela.

Be sure to read today’s Great Finds Friday post to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite “sparkle & shine” holiday crafting products.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

Great Finds Friday: New Craft Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today’s Great Finds are three new craft books that have me so excited for holiday gift-giving. They’re all filled with inspired, creative designs that my friends and family members will enjoy and use. I’m also excited because I get to give these books away to 12 lucky Crafts ‘n things blog readers just in time for holiday crafting!

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95. Step inside the studios of paper artists around the world inside All Things Paper. From home décor designs like the Phone Book Letter Holder to the Citrus Slice Coasters, techniques are varied and intriguing. I think my favorite project in this chapter is the Sticky Notes Notepad Holder, which features a hand-stitched, beaded cover; no more boring yellow pads for me. Fashion accessories include a lush Tiger Lily Fascinator, those chic-and-tiny hats worn by the royals, and an eco-chic Everyday Tote Bag made from brown paper grocery bag handles. Jewelry designs include an assortment of beautiful pendant designs you won’t believe are crafted from paper, as well as an excellent quilling tutorial and a necklace crocheted from paper yarn. Who knew?! Cards and a lovely journal finish out the correspondence section.

The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00. One-time model and makeup artist Tarina Tarantino is better known for her famous global jewelry, accessory, and cosmetic brand of the same name. In her new book, she shares the design secrets behind 20 of her most coveted pieces including statement earrings, cocktail rings, hair jewelry, stretch cuff bracelets, and more. As she tells her personal story, she also shares her tips and advice on everything from finding inspiration and materials, to freeing your inner designer, wearing jewelry, and displaying it in your home. Tarantino’s pieces have been worn by top Hollywood stars and featured in top women’s magazines. The Paris Apartment Cocktail Ring is one of my favorite designs for two reasons, simplicity and sparkle. Artist Tarantino describes her inspiration: “Taking a simple ball of clay and turning it into a couture fashion cocktail ring in minutes is instant fashion gratification at its best! The secret of this project is the swirling of the clay colors to create beautiful patterns and designs. No two rings are ever the same!” With just a few supplies, you can create custom baubles for all the women on your gift list.

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95. From delicate, intricate snowflakes to bold, colorful sunbursts and unique stars, readers will discover countless ways to use the core techniques of origami, kirigami, and quilling to create pieces that make perfect home accents, holiday decorations, package toppers, and other personal, paper-crafted gifts. Fully illustrated in vivid color, the book provides experienced and new paper crafter alike the information, tools, and basics they need to get started, beginning with a gallery of 75 designs. Each section is ordered by level of difficulty, so you can build your skills with each new project. I am creating snowflake garlands for my living room windows now, so I’ll be ready for winter when it shows its frosty face. There’s nothing more beautiful than pretty paper snowflakes hanging in a warm, cozy room.

For a chance to WIN one of these wonderful craft books, leave a comment on this blog post before November 22nd. Tell me your favorite thing about the upcoming winter holidays. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post then.

Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)

 

Honey Bird Convertible Bracelet/Necklace

With the days becoming shorter and the air becoming cooler, now is the perfect time to create something soft and playful to brighten up your fall wardrobe. Honey Bird is a clever piece of jewelry which is designed to do double duty as both a necklace and a bracelet. Wear it wrapped around your wrist as a chunky, layered bracelet one day, and then wear it as an asymmetrical necklace the next.

This bracelet-and-necklace combines the softness and warmth of Silver Creek Leather deerskin lace with the texture of cool metal chain and coordinating beads in rich shades of honey. The simple weaving technique is easy to master and it’s an interesting way of securing the metal chain securely without the need for additional jewelry findings.

Materials

To find your nearest Silver Creek Leather stockist, visit their website: www.silvercreekleather.com

  • Silver Creek Leather Deerskin Lace: 1/8” Buckskin , 3/16” Saddle Tan
  • Textured silver oval chain: 19x15mm, 15x12mm, 11x8mm
  • Brown lentil beads, 14x16mm, four
  • Bicones: amber, 6mm, eight; crystal, 6mm, six
  • Glass pearls: gold, 10mm, four; white, 8mm, two
  • Amber/white glass shell beads, two
  • Cousin silver colored-rhinestone connectors, four
  • Silver round spacer beads: 4mm, eight
  • Silver fold over cord ends, 14
  • Silver eye pins, four
  • Cousin resin bird charm set
  • Silver jump rings, 6mm, 16
  • Silver wire guardians, eight
  • Silver crimp tubes, size #2, eight
  • Silver beading wire, .015”
  • Silver hitch and bail clasp

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose, crimping
  • Wire cutters
  • Multi-holed jewelry punch – set to 2mm (the largest hole)
  • Permanent marker

Step 1

Cut six 3” lengths and one 4” length of each of two colors of Deerskin Lace. Cut two 3-link pieces of largest chain, two 4-link pieces of medium chain, and two 5-link pieces of smallest chain. Cut one 5-link piece of largest chain.

Step 2

Line up ends of 4” Buckskin lace and 4” Saddle Tan lace together.

Place them in fold over cord end with right sides facing down.

Fold top down (if there is one) and fold in each of two sides one at a time; press down firmly using flat-nose pliers so that laces are secure.

Step 3

Cut Buckskin lace to point.

Separate two laces and place large 5-link chain in between them.

Place mark on Saddle Tan lace at point where two laces intersect with center of first link of chain.

Punch hole in center of lace.

Thread Buckskin lace through Saddle Tan lace to secure one end of first link in place.

Pull Saddle Tan lace through to front. Place mark on Saddle Tan lace where two laces intersect in second link; punch hole and thread Buckskin lace through. Weave Saddle Tan lace to back; continue marking, punching, and threading in this way until you have secured first end of fifth link. Line up ends of two laces; trim to same length. Secure them in fold over cord end. Set this piece aside.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 on all remaining pieces of chain and lace. Open jump ring and hook on one 3-link, one 4-link, and one 5-link piece. Connect other end of three pieces together with another jump ring. Repeat with remaining 3-, 4-, and 5-link pieces.

Step 5

Cut two 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread beading wire back through crimp tube and crimp to secure. String two amber bicones through both wires; trim away excess. String silver spacer bead, brown lentil, spacer bead, and two amber bicones. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread wire back through crimp tube, pulling up slack, and thread through both bicones. Crimp tube; trim away excess wire. Make second component to match.

Step 6

Cut two more 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian as before; crimp. String gold pearl, crystal bicone, white pearl, crystal bicone, and gold pearl. Crimp in place. Create second component to match.

Step 7

String shell bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Attach jump ring to each end. To each jump ring, add silver rhinestone connector. Make second component to match.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook on one of each component; connect together at other end with another jump ring. Create matching set of three with remaining components.

Step 9

Open jump ring of set of beaded components; connect to set of chains. Add another set of chains to other end; connect remaining set of beaded components. Open jump ring on end; add 5-link chain.

Step 10

Thread spacer bead, lentil bead, and spacer bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Create second component to match. Attach two eye pins together; connect one end to 5-link chain with jump ring. Attach one half of clasp to other end with jump ring.

Step 11

Attach jump ring to other end of necklace, hooking on second half of clasp before closing.

Step 12

Open jump ring of resin bird; attach to jump rings in center of necklace.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Cloud Clay Embellished Cuff

Burlap is a very popular fabric to be working with right now. It’s got a very natural feel and inspires a lot of creative possibilities. I’ve been making a lot of things with burlap and today I’ve got a project that combines burlap with Cloud Clay!

Now these are two media that you may not consider combining in the same project but, in fact, they go quite well together. One of the features of Cloud Clay is its ability to stick to itself so for this project I wanted to apply the Cloud Clay to the fabric and the solution was to sandwich the fabric between two pieces of Cloud Clay.

As soon as two pieces of Cloud Clay are pressed together they’re only too happy to stick fast. Here’s how to use this feature to make a cute Cuff with Cloud Clay accents:

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: White,  Red
  • Burlap
  • Felt in colors of your choice – I used grey and two shades of pink
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

To begin, take a piece of burlap long enough to wrap around your wrist comfortably. Typically, you’ll want a little more than 8-9″ of burlap to start with. Pull some threads out of the burlap so the Cloud Clay can poke through the holes in the burlap and form a nice join with itself.

I pulled three long threads out of the middle of the burlap and then every eight threads on the short edge I pulled out another two threads. This gave me a nice even grid to work with. Depending on how coarse your burlap is, you may want to adjust the number of threads that you pull out. Basically, you need to make square holes smaller than the embellishments but large enough to get good adhesion for the clay.

Condition some White Cloud Clay so it is nice and pliable and then add a tiny piece of Red clay to it to make a pale pink color. Put some of this clay aside and add another small piece of Red Cloud Clay to the remaining pink clay and make a slightly darker pink clay. Continue until you have 3-4 shades of pink clay.

Pinch off small pea-size pieces of the colored Cloud Clay, roll them into small balls, and press them over the holes in the burlap, then flatten them slightly. Use a range of colors so you have a pattern of Cloud Clay pieces that go from light to dark and back again.

Now take some half pea-size pieces of Cloud Clay and roll them into balls. You’ll place these under the burlap directly under each of the Cloud Clay pieces and then press lightly to adhere them. Make sure the topmost flattened balls are nice and round as they’re the side that shows.

Because the Cloud Clay pieces are bigger than the holes in the burlap they won’t pull through it and the Cloud Clay pieces on the back will keep the pieces on the front in place and secure. Check that everything looks good and set aside to dry while you do the sewing.

For the cuff, take three pieces of wool felt and cut them into the lengths to use for the cuff. The inner piece (grey in this case) needs to be wider and slightly shorter than the outer pieces. You need to make the cuff large enough so that you can pull the cuff on and off your wrist without requiring a clasp but not so large that it falls off!

Start by sewing the gray felt into a circle to make the base of the cuff. Over the top of this add a piece of dark pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the grey felt. Sew it to the grey felt using small stitches and coordinating color thread.

On top of that, add another layer of lighter pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the previous piece of pink felt. Sew it in place.

Once the Cloud Clay on the burlap layer is dry, you can add it. Use small stitches and make a stitch over each of the burlap threads to make sure that the burlap won’t fray any further and to affix it to the felt layers below.

The finished cuff is a quaint and unusual mix of Cloud Clay, felt and burlap, a little bit chunky, and a lot of fun!

You could take this design idea a step further and instead of using small balls of clay, make your own molded embellishments by pressing small pieces of Cloud Clay into a mold. Place the molded shape on top of the burlap and press another piece of Cloud Clay to the back of it to make your piece is secure.

You can make your own molds using a molding compound and buttons or other found objects or you may find small molds used for candy making that will have nice design elements you can use.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Aqualicious Jewelry

Leather jewelry is one of the biggest trends to surface in the fashion world in recent times.  No longer the domain of punks, bikers, and Goths, leather jewelry is now mainstream.  It’s a chic-and-trendy jewelry style that has been embraced by both celebrities and the general population alike.  Popular in both men’s and women’s jewelry, this trend just keeps getting hotter!

With its soft, natural feel against your skin, leather is an ideal stringing material for bracelets. But combined with a sprinkling of beads, leather jewelry takes on a whole new look and adds a new dimension to your jewelry designs.

This bracelet and earrings set combines color and texture using Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace and a simple braiding technique to create a two tone bracelet with a hint of sparkle and matching earrings in either black or aqua – the choice is yours.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather 3/32” Sof-Suede Lace: Aqua, Goth Black
  • Rhinestone cup chain: small, medium
  • Black Kashmiri bead, 18mm
  • 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Fancy 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Silver ribbon clamps, 6mm, 10
  • Silver jump rings, 4mm, 18
  • Silver eye pin
  • Silver hitch and ball clasp

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Bulldog clips
  • Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue 

Step 1

Cut three 16” lengths of each of the Aqua and Goth Black Sof-Suede lace.  Line up the ends of the three Aqua pieces and place them in the bulldog clip.  Braid the three pieces together evenly until you reach the end.

Step 2

Trim the ends and place a ribbon clamp over the braid.  Hold the ribbon clamp by the sides so that the laces stay in place and then use the flat nose pliers to gently but firmly close the clamp over the laces.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the Goth Black Sof-Suede Lace.

To Make The Earrings

Step 4

Decide whether you want to make the aqua earrings or the black earrings and work with that color braid.  Measure 3” from the folded edge of the ribbon clamp and place a bulldog clip on the other side of the mark. Cut the laces and then secure them with a ribbon clamp as before.

Step 5

Use the chain-nose pliers to create an opening in the top of the braid near one end of the ribbon clamps.

Push the first rhinestone of the small cup chain through the hole and close the gap.

Step 6

To determine how much cup chain you need, hold the two ribbon clamps together so that they form a teardrop shape. Wrap the chain around the teardrop and then cut the chain one link longer than the braid. Apply adhesive with the toothpick to the back of several cups of the chain and press them firmly down the middle of the braid.

Repeat until you are about five cups from the end of the braid. Open the braid as before and push the last link of the chain through to the other side. Carefully apply adhesive to the back of the last few cups.

Step 7

Connect the two ribbon clamps together with a jump ring. Connect the first jump ring to the earring wire with a second jump ring.

Step 8

Make a second earring to match.

To Make The Bracelet

Step 9

Cut two 2” pieces of each of the laces and use ribbon crimps to secure the ends firmly in place.

Step 10

Cut two 2” pieces of medium rhinestone cup chain. Place the last link of one end of a piece of cup chain into an end cup; use the flat-nose pliers to gently press down the claws over the rhinestone. Repeat on each end of the two chains.

Step 11

Use jump rings to attach the braided lace to the outside of the two fancy 3-hole connector ends and the cup chains to the middle holes. Attach the other ends of the braided laces and cup chains to the plain 3-hole connector ends.

Step 12

String the Kashmiri bead on the eye pin and turn a simple loop.

Step 13

Open the eye loops of the Kashmiri bead and attach one to each of the two fancy end connectors.

Step 14

Connect one half of the clasp to each end of the bracelet with jump rings.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Vintage Bumblebee Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fusing glass is so easy when you use Diamond Tech’s line of Fuseworks tools! Create these vintage-looking earrings to celebrate the last days of summer!

Materials

  • Diamond Tech: Fuseworks Bug-A-Boos Fuse Art Decals, Opalescent White 90 COE Fusing Glass
  • Delphi Glass Gold Plated Round Cabochon Mini Links (85435), two
  • White oven-bake polymer clay, small amount
  • Gold findings, two each: headpins, earring wires

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Glass Cutter, Kiln Paper, Kiln; Studio Pro Running Pliers
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic paints: gold, black
  • Microwave oven
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, soft cloth, oven mitts, craft knife, damp paper towel, scissors, container of water, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

3″

Earrings

1. To cut white glass, position on flat cutting surface with smooth side facing up. Starting on edge of glass and holding cutter firmly in one hand, push cutter gently and evenly across glass. Decrease pressure slightly as you reach the opposite edge of the glass; lift cutter off glass at end. Hold glass in one hand, with score facing up. With other hand, center score line in jaws of running pliers about 1/2” onto glass surface. Apply pressure to handles until glass separates into two pieces. Cut four 3/8”x3/8” squares from white glass. Clean and dry with soft cloth.

2. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper to fit base of kiln. Place paper on kiln base. Arrange two 3/8” glass squares on top of kiln paper about 1/2” apart. Place another square on top of base square at 90º angle so corners of top square hang over sides of base square. Carefully place kiln base with glass on center of microwave oven. Place lid on top of base.

3. To achieve full fuse, microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes. (Note: Every microwave oven and kiln will vary. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, keep the time consistent but increase the power.) When microwave time has expired, use oven mitts to carefully open lid. If glass is not fused to your liking, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until fused. (Note: Glass is VERY hot. Be extremely careful and never touch the glass.)

4. When desired results have been achieved, use oven mitts to remove kiln from microwave oven. Set kiln on heat resistant work surface and let cool for 30-45 minutes. (Note: Do not leave the lid off the kiln for an extended period of time during this stage. Removing the lid may cause your glass to crack.)

5. While glass is cooling, create two mini beehives by rolling 1/2” balls of clay into cone shapes. Use craft knife to carve three horizontal lines around each cone. Insert headpin  through bottom center of each cone. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake beehives on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

6. Once fused glass from kiln has cooled, remove fiber paper from back of glass by rubbing surface with damp paper towel.

7. Use scissors to cut out two bumblebee decals. Cut tiny slits around edges of each decal to help set on rounded surface. Place decals in container of water for 30 seconds. Slide backing paper off decal and set on cooled glass. (Note: The decal should slide off backing paper easily. If it doesn’t, let soak in container of water for 10-15 more seconds.) Use paper towel to pat moisture from decal and glass. Smooth out air bubbles with fingertip. Let dry thoroughly before firing.

8. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper and place on base of kiln. Place two pieces of glass on top of kiln paper. Carefully place kiln in microwave oven. Follow fusing guide on decal packaging for best results when fusing decals. Use oven mitts to carefully open kiln lid after time has expired. If white residue appears on decal, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until white residue disappears. (Note: Never touch the glass. Glass is VERY hot.) Let glass completely cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from kiln.

9. On covered work surface, paint each beehive gold. Let dry. Lightly paint with (1:1) mixture of black paint and water. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Drybrush beehives gold. Let dry.

10. Adhere each fused glass piece to front of cabochon link using glue. Let set.

11. Use chain-nose pliers to bend wire end on headpin in beehive to 90º angle. Grasp headpin with round-nose pliers and pull wire up and over top of round-nose pliers to form full loop. Cut excess wire off looped end on headpin using wire cutters. Open loop and attach onto bottom link on cabochon; close loop to secure. Attach earring wire to top link on cabochon. Repeat process for other earring.

by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech (www.diamondtechcrafts.com)

Secret Garden Beaded Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Capture the beauty of a summer garden in full bloom with an easy-breezy beaded bracelet.

Materials

  • Ruby Czech glass bell-shaped flower beads, center-drilled, 8mm, 25
  • Swarovski Faceted Crystal Bicone Beads, assorted colors, 50
  • Blue Moon Beads Sterling-Plated Chain, medium wide cable, 7” length
  • Sterling silver headpins, 22-gauge, 1” long, 25
  • Silver jump ring
  • Lobster clasp

Tools

  • Round-nose pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Place two different colored bicone beads on a headpin. Place a bell-shaped flower bead on the headpin so the opening of the bell faces the beads.

STEP 2

Push the beads all the way down until they rest on the end of the headpin. Bend the wire 90° where it exits the top of the bell-shaped flower bead. Grab the bend wire at the very tip with the round-nose pliers. Rotate the pliers to curl the wire into a complete loop. (Note: You may need to reposition the pliers halfway through.)

STEP 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 25 beaded flower headpins.

STEP 4

To attach each flower to the chain, open the wire loop at the top of each flower with the round-nose pliers. Hook the wire through a link in the chain then close the loop again. Continue adding the flowers to links in the chain, making sure they are evenly spaced. Leave a 1/2” tail on one end of the chain.

STEP 5

To finish the bracelet, attach the lobster clasp to the other end of the chain using a jump ring.

by Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil (www.RunningWithSisters.com)

Vintage Charm Bracelet

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Design your own charm bracelet using discarded bits and pieces of vintage jewelry often found at flea market jewelry vendor booths. Even the smallest pieces can make an eye-catching accessory.

Materials

  • Vintage jewelry pieces
  • Chain with clasp
  • Jump rings

Tools

  • Jewelry tools: pliers; wire cutters

    Examples of Flea Market Jewelry Pieces

Directions

STEP 1

Gather all jewelry parts. Cut chain to fit wrist. Use pliers to reattach jump ring at one chain end.

STEP 2

Add jump rings to jewelry pieces as desired.

STEP 3

Open all jump rings and jewelry pieces and attach charms evenly-spaced to chain.

Tip

  • Add a photo or monogram charm for a more personalized design.

by Rebekah Meier