Vintage Button Bracelets

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Showcase favorite vintage buttons with these darling bracelets that may be paired with any outfit. Whip one up anytime for a perfect last-minute gift.

 Materials

  • Strong thread (waxed linen or nylon), 2 yds.
  • Vintage buttons, 6-10
  • Vintage or new beads in pearl tones, or sparkling vintage crystals, 6-10

Tools

  • Micro crochet hook, size 7.5
  • Glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Lay out buttons and beads and determine pattern for bracelet. Choose one button, perhaps a bit larger than others, for toggle closure.

STEP 2

Tie knot at thread end to keep beads and buttons from falling off. String beads and buttons onto thread and slide them down so you have one yard of thread to work with. Place toggle button on thread first so it will be the last button stitched. Use buttons with shanks or holes. If using buttons with holes, bring thread up through bottom of button, then back through other hole. If button has four holes, only pass thread through twice.

STEP 3

Crochet approximately 16 chain stitches, and pick up first stitch to form a loop. Test to be sure toggle button fits through hole. If not, undo loop and add several stitches until button easily passes through, but without being too loose.

STEP 4

After loop is complete, add two more chain stitches, and slide first bead or button down to stitches and make next chain stitch with bead or button encased in thread.

STEP 5

Do three to four chain stitches between each bead and button. If bracelet is too long or short, just pull out the chain without undoing loop, and add or subtract stitches. A standard bracelet length is 7-1/2” long.

STEP 6

When finished, wrap thread around stitch of final button, tie two knots and snip excess thread. Apply dab of clear nail polish or glue to secure knot.

by Maryellen Kim

Secret Garden Necklace

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The soft glistening tones of rose Czech faceted crystals create a sweet, feminine necklace that’s sure to land you plenty of compliments!

Materials

  • Rich, earthy color linen or nylon thread, 2-1/4 yd.
  • Fire Mountain Gems Rose Czech faceted crystals, 10mm
  • Vintage baubles: antique skeleton keys, faceted glass, faux pearls
  • Small millinery bloom (from antique hat) or silk craft flower
  • Vintage button (for closure)
  • Antique brass metal headpins, 24-gauge, 4-6
  • Silk ribbon, scrap

Tools

  • Mini crochet hook, size 8
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose, wire-cutting
  • Fray Check solution
  • Fabric glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick

Directions

STEP 1

Leaving thread attached to spool, chain stitch approximately 15 and make loop large enough for vintage button to fit through for clasp. Chain 2.

STEP 2

Stretch the last chain stitch out approximately one yard, keeping stitch intact, and clip end from spool. Leave a small tail of thread, and just under the chain stitched loop, tie two knots around the previous two chain stitches. Apply a dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish to knots. Let dry. At end of one yard length, snip thread, creating two lengths onto which you will knot crystals.

STEP 3

Slide one crystal onto thread and tie two knots; repeat with all beads until necklace is desired length. Tie two extra knots after attaching final crystal.

STEP 4

Attach vintage button by passing both threads through button hole, and tie thread off underneath. Snip thread close to knots and apply dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish.

STEP 5

Gather vintage bits and baubles, and small silk millinery flower. Attach beads and pearls to center point of necklace using headpins and pliers.

STEP 6

Use headpin to attach vintage bead or crystal to silk flower by passing through the middle hole and wire wrapping to necklace. Tie a wisp of silk ribbon behind flower to give it a bit of vintage sweetness and create dimension. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends.

by Maryellen Kim

Cupcake Dreams

Cupcakes have just the right balance between fluffy, sweet frosting and cake. I’m not a big cake person, but cupcakes piled high with frosting are great in my book. Cupcakes also look pretty, so they look great regardless of whether they are edible or if they are faux cupcakes for decorating or wearing.

My cupcakes are sized according to their purpose, big ones for decorating and tiny ones for earrings. They’re all made from AMACO Cloud Clay which is light and yet very robust when dry.

You will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay in white and colors you can mix to make the colors you need. Or, buy a packet of white and color it with acrylic paints (think DecoArt Americana or Plaid FolkArt) or alcohol inks (think Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks).
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, cell phone charm attachment, key-ring attachment
  • Jewelry tools

Mix the white clay with the color. If you’re using colored clays, you only need the smallest bit of color to mix with the white to get dreamy pastels. If you’re using paint or ink, start with small amounts and add more if you need it. To mix the clay, add the colored clay, paint, or ink, and fold the colored bits into the white clay. Pull apart, fold over, and repeat. It only takes about 20 folds and pulls to mix the color; it’s simple to do.

Now shape your cupcake. For the big one, I used an individual silicone cupcake mold and filled it with the Cloud Clay (once the clay is a bit dry you can easily remove the mold to complete drying). For little cupcakes, just roll into a small cylinder and add dents around the edge by pressing the edge of a credit card into the clay. Set aside to dry a little while you mix the color for the icing.

For the big cupcake, I mixed a heap of colored Cloud Clay for the icing. Pull it into long strips and you’ll see it begins to take on a texture. I just placed one end on the cupcake base and started winding and building it up so it looks like piled-up icing.

For the little cupcakes, you need a much smaller amount of clay. Roll it into a long thin snake and curl it for the icing. Tuck the end of the clay back into the icing to finish.

Make a strawberry shape – basically a large teardrop – from red clay. As it dries, press small dents into it with a toothpick for its seeds. Add a small green leafy top and push it into the icing so it dries in place.

The tiny cupcakes just need a small ball of red clay and a green leaf if desired.

The large cupcake, when dry, is a fun decorative piece. The smaller ones can become cell phone charms and key-ring charms if you add the appropriate hardware. The teeny tiny ones are great earrings – I like to cover these mini cupcakes with a coat of Glossy Accents to protect them and give them a sheen.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Red, White, & Blue Anklet

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Create this patriotic anklet to celebrate America’s birthday in style! Show your patriotism by wearing this red, white, and blue anklet to backyard barbeques, parades, fireworks displays, or any other Independence Day festivities.

Materials

  • Beads: 12 silver star beads, 12 blue tube beads, 11 red tube beads, 24 white seed beads, 2 silver round beads, 2 silver crimp beads
  • Beadalon 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Silver findings: lobster claw clasp, two jump rings, 1-1/2” headpin, 1-1/2” eye pin

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, crimping

Basic Supplies

tape measure

Directions

STEP 1

For dangle, thread: white seed bead, blue tube bead, white seed bead onto headpin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around headpin.

STEP 2

Thread star bead onto eye pin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around eye pin. Attach headpin with beads onto end of eye pin. Attach jump ring onto top of eye pin. Set dangle aside.

STEP 3

Measure around ankle for anklet length; cut bead wire to length. String crimp bead on wire length, leaving 1/2” on end. Insert wire through lobster claw clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead.

STEP 4

String beads on wire as follows: silver round, beaded dangle, red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, star. Repeat pattern (omitting dangle) nine times (or more).

STEP 5

To finish, string: red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, silver round. String crimp bead and jump ring on wire end; bring wire end back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead. Trim excess wire.

by Sandy Parpart

Bingo Markers Watchband

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B-I-N-G-O! You’ll be the big winner after making this fun bracelet-watch from antique-looking, wooden bingo markers.

Materials

  • Watch base
  • Wooden bingo call markers, eight
  • Beads: red E, 10; silver small crimp, six
  • Beading cable, size .015, 20” length
  • Silver chain, 2” length
  • Magnetic ball clasp

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Crimping tool
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, tack cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Drill hole through each marker. Sand and wipe dust with tack cloth.

STEP 2

Cut cable length in half; thread two crimp beads onto one length. Insert end through loop on watch base, then back through crimp beads in opposite direction. See Figure 1. Use crimping tool to crimp beads, leaving 1” wire tail.

Figure 1

STEP 3

Thread one E bead between each four markers onto cable, starting and ending with E bead. Thread cable through silver-chain end link and one half of magnetic clasp. Thread crimp bead onto cable; crimp bead and trim excess cable.

STEP 4

Repeat steps to make other half of watchband on remaining cable length.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Girl In Garden Bezel Necklace

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Add a touch of sparkle and vintage charm to your wardrobe with this pretty, spring-themed bezel necklace. The wire-wrapped hobnailed pendant holds a darling antique image encased in clear resin to create a piece with layers of dimension.

Materials

  • Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection Posy Patch Paper
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Rectangles One Bezels
  • Wire: Beadalon 7-Strand Silver-Plated Nylon-Coated; Artistic Wire Silver-Plated, 24-Gauge
  • Beadalon Findings: Spacers, Crimp Tubes, Jump Rings, Wire Guardians
  • Bead Shoppe Findings: Hook Clasp, Silver Spacers, Silver Ball Spacers, Silver Filigree Ball Spacers
  • Halcraft USA Bead Gallery Faceted Glass Beads (Michaels): Sapphire & Ruby Crystal, 8mm; Lavender/Blue Crystal, 6mm and 8mm
  • Small silver ball-head straight pins

Tools

  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Rectangles One Dies
  • Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin
  • Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool
  • Thick, white craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, disposable mixing cup, wooden craft stick

Directions

Size

18″ long

Step 1

Center girl/flower image from Posy Patch paper inside Rectangles One #3 die; die cut/emboss image. Adhere image inside Rectangles One #3 bezel using craft glue; let dry.

Step 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix ICE Resin in disposable mixing cup. Using craft stick, drip resin inside bezel until resin domes. Let resin dry completely for six to 12 hours.

Step 3

Wrap silver-plated wire diagonally around upper right and lower left portions of bezel and secure wire around top loop; trim excess wire with wire cutters.

Step 4

Add one 6mm lavender/blue crystal bead to a small ball-head straight pin. Wrap wire that extends past bead around round-nose pliers and wrap twice to create a loop. Trim excess wire with wire cutters. Make 67 total.

Step 5

Cut two 24″ lengths of nylon-coated wire and string beads onto first length in following order: silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire bead, 8mm ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire bead, 8mm ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball and four beads from Step 4. Repeat sequence four times on each wire length.

Step 6

To one strand, add silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire and ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, spacer, 8mm sapphire and ruby crystal bead, spacer, silver ball, nine beads from Step 4, silver ball, spacer, silver filigree ball spacer, spacer, 6mm lavender/blue crystal bead, spacer, silver filigree ball spacer, spacer, silver ball, crimp tube. Repeat on other strand.

Step 7

Thread wire guardian with end of one strand and insert opposite end of wire guardian through bezel loop. Thread wire through second crimp tube and silver filigree ball spacers.

Step 8

Crimp tube with crimp tool; trim excess wire with wire cutters.

Step 9

Add wire guardian and clasp hook to end of one strand. Crimp tubes and cut excess wire. Repeat on other end with second piece of clasp.

Step 10

Open a large jump ring with pair of chain-nose pliers. Thread with eight beads from Step 4 and add to top bezel loop in center of beaded strands.

Step 11

Add a jump ring with one bead from Step 4 to bottom bezel loop.

Tip

  • Customize the bezel design with your favorite patterned paper or theme, or embed alphabet letters or a small photo to further personalize this design.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Earring and Necklace Holder

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Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet

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Explore a different method of creating jewelry with a peyote stitch. Follow this simple tutorial to create this beautiful Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet!

Materials

  • Assorted beads of choice (Designer used amethyst glass spacer beads, 2 pkgs.; lavender glass flowers and petals.)
  • Nylon-based beading thread
  • Toggle clasp

Tools

  • Beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • Bead dish, fleece square, or terry cloth towel
  • Thread conditioner or beeswax

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Pour small amount of beads in dish. Thread needle with 30” length of doubled thread. Condition thread.

STEP 2

To begin peyote stitch, pick up bead on needle and slide to end of thread, leaving 5” length. Pass needle back through bead. (Note: This bead will act as a stopper to prevent the following beads from falling off. The extra loop will be removed and tail woven into beadwork later.)

STEP 3

See Figure 1. String 7-1⁄2” length of beads, using an even number. Stitch through jump ring on one half of toggle clasp. Pick up bead on needle and pass needle through second-to-last bead added in base row; pull thread through. Pick up another bead, skip a bead, pass through next bead.

Figure 1

STEP 4

Continue to add beads to end of row. (Note: As beads are added, new beads will nestle between first-row beads. See Figures 2 and 3.)

Figure 2

Figurie 3

 STEP 5

At end of row, stitch through jump ring on remaining side of toggle clasp. (Note: Be sure to stitch through toggle-clasp jump ring to anchor it to beadwork at end of each row.)

STEP 6

Pick up a bead and stitch back along row. Continue rows in same way until bracelet is desired width. When finished, remove stopper bead and thread needle with original thread. Weave length through beadwork to anchor; cut excess.

STEP 7

To add dimension to bracelet, create “arches” as follows. Weave thread approximately 1” down row of choice. Add beads to fill 2” to 2-1⁄2” length of thread. Move thread across bracelet to determine look; anchor arch by passing thread through spot of choice, then continue with peyote stitch. Weave thread through arch length and across width of bracelet several times to secure.

Tip

To start or end thread, weave length through beads in several directions to anchor. If ending, cut excess. If starting, be sure to come up with needle at same spot where previous thread ended.

by Linda Musante

Bunting Flag Necklace

Recently my friend, Ann Butler, sent me these fun stamps from her new stamp line “Faux Quilting” from Unity Stamps. I love to stamp on fabric and decided they would be perfect for creating patterns on scrap pieces I found in my stash.

I gathered some fabric, a new stabilizer I am trying out called Phoomph for Fabric from Coats and Clark, some Staz-on ink, and an iron.

The stamps are available in a variety of patterns. I used the 1” stamps “Diamonds and Plaid” and “Leaves All Over.” To stamp, simply mount the stamps on an acrylic block. Apply Staz-on ink and stamp onto fabric several times.

Once I started stamping, I got the idea to create a bunting flag necklace. So I stamped onto the fabric several times. Keep the stamped images close together so that you will have plenty of room to cut out triangle shapes for the bunting flags.

Phoomph is very easy to use. Simply peel the top layer of paper away and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Phoomph is a double-sided adhesive fabric stabilizer. I used it for the necklace to give the bunting flags more body since I was creating a necklace. I left the back side of the paper on. Make yourself a simple bunting flag template by cutting out a simple triangle shape from a scrap piece of cardstock, cardboard, etc. I used the Phoomph packaging.

Use the template to trace and cut out several bunting flags.

To finish the edges, use a sewing machine and thread to sew a straight stitch on the edges. Sew directly through the fabric, stabilizer and paper on the back. I used black thread for contrast. Use a heavy-duty hole punch to punch two holes for stringing on the edges of the bunting flags.

Decide how long you want your bunting flag necklace to be. Cut a length of black satin cord and string on bunting flags by inserting one end through the right hole on the flag and working front to back, then back to front. Once I got my bunting flags strung on the cording, I decided that they needed to be a little heavier so they would stay in place while being worn on a necklace. I glued pennies to the back of each one using tacky glue.

To complete the bunting flag necklace stamped with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps, attach a looped finding on the end of the satin cording.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

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

One Design = Many Projects

Once I get started making a project, I seem to always have a lot of excess “stuff’ on my desk. If I am making elements for a card or cutting up felt for a project, I usually end up with pieces cut out that are all ready to use – but they are more than I need for this particular project. I have learned over the years that stopping at the end of a project is the wrong place to stop. Now I finish when I have used the materials on hand. That way I not only stretch my creativity to find new uses for the project or materials, but I also end up with embellishments and items ready made for future projects. Sometimes, as a bonus, I end up with multiple finished projects all from a single idea – some for me to use and some to give as gifts.

This is what happened with the “great mushroom project.” I was playing around with AMACO Cloud Clay which is an air-dry clay that comes in great colors, mixes well with itself and with acrylic paints, and  is great to work with. I was thinking miniatures as I love making cute and tiny things.

I was thinking earrings at the time, and with the clay colors laid out in front of me, the red, white, and green were demanding my attention. I immediately thought about mushrooms with white stalks, red tops dotted with white dots, and green grass around the base. The project makes for really cute earrings. Here’s what you need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Red, White, Green (This is a great project for the Assortment Pack which includes 1 oz. each of Green, Red, White and Blue clay.)
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Earring findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, tools

To make the mushrooms, pinch off pieces of Red, White, and Green clay and work each color in your hand to soften and condition it. I like to pull the clay out to a longish piece, fold it in half and in half again, and then repeat. In a few seconds, it is smooth, warm and pliable.

Roll some White clay into a teardrop for the stem of the mushrooms. Roll a sphere of Red for the tops, flatten it a bit and push onto the mushroom stem. While these pieces are drying a bit, roll some Green clay flat using an acrylic roller. It needs to be pretty thin – set it aside to dry.

Pinch tiny seed-size pieces of White clay and roll into balls. Press on the top of the mushrooms.

Once the Green clay is dry enough to handle – this will take a few minutes – cut it into a strip of grass using the scissors. Wrap the grass around the base of the mushroom. If the clay is having problems sticking to itself, dampen it with a little water and it will stick tight.

Once the pieces are dry, you can push a headpin vertically through each mushroom from bottom to top, wrap the end into a loop, and attach an earring wire using a jump ring.

So far so good, but why stop at one set of earrings? Once you’ve made a couple of extra sets for gifts, it’s time to think outside the box. I upped the ante to make a pencil topper. Simply make a larger-size mushroom – or two side by side – and push the piece onto the top of a regular pencil and leave to dry.

To make this pencil topper more robust, coat it with Ranger Glossy Accents – this is a glue as well as a glossy cover coat and it helps not only to protect the piece but also to stick it firmly to the top of the pencil. I also like to use Glossy Accents on the earrings too so they last really well and it also gives them a great shine.

I made a few extra mushrooms to sit around on my desk – you never know when they might come in handy. And I finished off with this “oh so cute” tic-tac-toe game board in green and white – complete with mushroom playing pieces in red and purple.

Next time you’re crafting, challenge yourself to think out of the box – what else can you do with your design and your supplies? Pieces of paper left over from a scrapbook page can be affixed to a tag for gift giving or used on a card. Clay designs can be used for all sorts of purposes and extra pieces from a jewelry project look great dangling from a mini scrapbook or made into a barrette.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)