Beaded Safety Pin Jean Charms

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Kids can express their personality while adding a bit of flair to their wardrobe with these fun-and-easy safety pin charms.

Materials

  • Darice 2-1/4” safety pin: gold or silver
  • Gold or silver charm of choice
  • Large beads

Darice Safety Pin

Directions

 (Note: Materials listed are for one charm.)

STEP 1

Open safety pin.

 STEP 2

Add beads and charms as desired.

STEP 3

Attach charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Miniature Flower Quilt Sampler Box & Brooch

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Cross-stich this beautiful flower quilt sampler box or a quick-and-easy brooch as a unique gift for Mom or Grandma this Mother’s Day.

Materials

  • Zweigart 32-count White Lugana (box)
  • DMC 18-count White Aida (brooch)
  • Wooden box of choice, 6”x6”
  • Dritz Flat Button Form, 1-1/8”, Size 45
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • White lace, 1/2” wide
  • Pin back

Tools

  • Needle
  • Craft glue

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: box, 4”x4”; brooch, 1”x1”. Stitch Count: box, 63 w x 63 h; brooch, 15 w x 15 h

Box

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to place project in box opening.

Brooch

1. Using only heart design from chart, stitch design on 18-count Aida.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions for button form, cut fabric to size and form.

3. Sew gathering stitch along long edge of lace. Adhere gathered edge of lace to back edges of finished button

4. Adhere pin back to button form.

Tip

  • Sudberry House (www.sudberry.com) offers a complete line of products to display your cross-stitch creations. Instead of a box, try this design on a small tray, a trivet, or even a stylish key rack.

by Gail Bussi

Clay Flower Hair Accessories

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Wear your bridal or prom look from head to toe with these lovely clay flowers. Shown here as pretty barrettes and combs, the flowers can also be attached to shoe clips or a purse clasp for a coordinated look.

Materials

  • Staedtler FIMO Translucent Clay
  • Barrettes or combs of choice

Tools

  • Decorating chalks
  • Jacquard Products Pearlescent Powdered Pigment
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, paintbrush, oven, parchment-lined baking sheet, toothpick

Directions

Sizes

Flowers, 1⁄2”-3⁄4” diameter; Leaves, 1” long

Hair Accessories

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll into 3” long, 1⁄4” diameter snake; cut into 1⁄4” long sections. Roll each section into ball.

2. For rose center or rosebud, see Figure 1. Flatten ball and stretch into 1⁄4”x1” rectangle. Pinch right edge until thin and “ruffled.” Roll clay from left to right, forming “bud”.

3. For petals, flatten seven balls (for large roses) or five balls (for small roses); pinch edges to ruffle. Press petals one at a time to bud, proceeding in clockwise direction.

4. Dip paintbrush into chalk. Apply chalk to petals, working from outer edges toward petal center. Apply pearlescent powder to petals as desired. Trim bottom of rose flat using craft knife.

5. For leaves, flatten balls; shape into teardrops. Gently indent vein lines in leaves with toothpick. Shape as desired. Dust center with light green chalk and edges with dark green. Apply pearlescent powder as desired.

6. Place finished pieces on baking sheet. Bake at 265° for 35 minutes. Remove; let cool. Adhere to hair accessories as desired.

by Linda Welsh

Light Rose Chandelier Earrings

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Think pink! Created with light rose crystal beads by Swarovski, these custom-made earrings are sure to be a sparkling sensation!

Materials

  • Silver chandelier components of choice with three lower loops, two
  • Swarovski Light Rose Bicone Crystal Beads: 4mm, 14; 8mm, six
  • Silver findings: head pins, six; ear wires, two

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

For each earring, attach ear wire to top chandelier loop.

STEP 2

String one 8mm and two 4mm beads onto two head pins. Use round-nose pliers to make loop in each head pin after last bead; cut excess wire. Attach pins to outside loops.

STEP 3

String one 8mm and three 4mm beads onto third head pin; finish and attach to center loop in same manner.

Tip

  • Adhere pink flat-back crystals to chandelier component for added sparkle.

by Katie Hacker

Beaded Unity Candle

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Add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ceremony with this sparkling Beaded Unity Candle.

Materials

  • Clear glass cylinder vase, 3-1⁄2” diameter, 8-3⁄4” tall
  • White floating candle
  • Rub-on wedding sentiment of choice
  • Bead Treasures Crystal Oblong Czech Glass Bead Mix (available at www.hobbylobby.com, sku #410704)

Tools

  • Deckle decorative-edged scissors
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Thermo O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tray, water

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply rub-on transfer of choice to upper center of vase as shown.

STEP 2

Use regular scissors to cut two long strips of desired width from adhesive to fit around top and bottom of vase. Trim one long edge of each with decorative-edged scissors. Remove backing and adhere to top and bottom of cylinder, aligning straight adhesive edges with top and bottom of vase and overlapping short ends. Add small pieces of adhesive to fill any gaps as needed.

STEP 3

Remove remaining backing. Holding vase over tray, sprinkle bead mix over adhesive. Gently tap off excess and use fingers to press beads to adhesive. Repeat until all adhesive is covered. Sprinkle glitter over beaded areas; tap off excess.

STEP 4

Fill vase with water to just above sentiment; place floating candle in vase.

Tip

  • For a subtle yet different effect, change the color of glitter to match your wedding colors.

by Dawn Gehring

Beaded Dangle Jean Charm

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Not only will this pretty beaded dangle charm add personality to your jeans, but the photo charm is a perfect keepsake to remember those you love.

Materials

  • Darice Big Clasp-Large Clasp: Silver
  • Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
  • Blue Moon Silver Photo Frame Charm
  • Assorted beads
  • Silver crimp beads, two

Tools

  • Crimp pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5” wire length.

STEP 2

Thread crimp bead on wire end. Thread wire end through clasp and back through crimp bead, leaving 1/2” tail. Push crimp bead close to clasp loop.

STEP 3

Squeeze crimp bead with pliers to flatten and hold wire in place.

STEP 4

String 2-1/2” of beads onto wire, ending with other crimp bead. Thread wire end through photo charm loop and back through crimp bead.

STEP 5

Use pliers to flatten crimp bead, threading wire end back through two beads. Trim excess wire.

STEP 6

Attach dangle charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Butterfly Acrylic Pendant

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Make your own stylish acrylic pendant. Just print your favorite photo, design, or saying on Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film. Voilà… a custom look that will match any outfit! Learn more about Grafix printable art & craft films at www.grafixarts.com.

Materials

  • Grafix Clear Adhesive Backed Film, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Digital butterfly image
  • Clear acrylic flat-backed crystal
  • Black leather cording, 18”-24” length
  • Silver jump ring, 9mm

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hand drill with small bit or heavy-duty hole punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, copy paper

Directions

STEP 1

Crop image in photo editing program to match size of crystal. Add desired text to image. Flip photo horizontally to create mirror image.

STEP 2

Paste image into word processing program and size photo slightly larger than size of pendant. Print test image on copy paper. Place crystal over image to check size; adjust image size if necessary. Print image onto sheet of Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film; let dry.

STEP 3

Place flat side of crystal over image. Trace around crystal with pencil and cut out. Trace around crystal again on blank space on adhesive sheet; cut out.

STEP 4

Remove backing from image and adhere to back of pendant; do not burnish.

STEP 5

Remove backing from clear piece; adhere over image. Lightly burnish both pieces using finger.

STEP 6

Drill or punch hole and insert jump ring at top of pendant; close jump ring.

STEP 7

Cut cording to desired length; thread through jump ring. Knot cording ends together.

Tip

 by Tami Sanders for Grafix (http://www.grafixarts.com/)

 

Beaded Watch Jean Charm

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Never be late again!! Keep track of time in style with this beautiful beaded butterfly watch charm for your jeans.

Materials

  • Silver watch face
  • Silver butterfly charm
  • Spring bracelet wire, 14” length
  • Assorted glass and silver beads

Tools

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Gently bend one end of wire into small loop. (This will keep beads from slipping off wire.)

STEP 2

String one bead and butterfly charm onto wire. Continue adding beads for 5” of wire length.

STEP 3

Thread watch charm onto wire length. Continue adding beads until wire length is almost covered, leaving 1/2” at end.

STEP 4

Gently bend wire end into small loop.

STEP 5

Curl wire around belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Textured Clay Medallion

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With color, texture, and design providing visual interest, this simple-to-make clay medallion is sure to attract the eye.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Premo! Black Polymer Clay
  • Black rubber cord, 2mm, 30″ length

Tools

  • Rubber stamp of choice
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Silver Leaf Metallic Finish
  • Round cookie cutters or circle template
  • Clay-dedicated items: knife, rolling pin, baking sheet
  • Needle tool
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Wooden skewer

Basic Supplies

cornstarch or talcum powder, waxed paper, ruler

Directions

Size

2-1/4″

Medallion

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll to 1⁄4″ thickness. Dust one side of clay and brayer with cornstarch or powder to prevent items from sticking.

2. Place clay, powder side down, on rubber stamp. Roll over clay firmly with acrylic brayer to impress texture on clay. Remove clay and place textured side up on waxed paper. Use cookie cutter or circle template to cut 2-1⁄4″ medallion with 3⁄4″ hole.

3. Roll scraps into 3⁄4″ ball. Gently roll ball into 1″ log; dust with cornstarch or powder. Pierce log lengthwise with needle tool, then insert skewer to enlarge hole. With clay still on skewer, roll over stamp to impress texture into clay. Hole will slightly enlarge when rolling.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake items. When cool, lightly apply metallic wax with fingertip. (Note: Metallic wax is difficult to remove. Apply very sparingly, adding a second coat if needed.) Let dry.

5. Thread cord through medallion hole; tie overhand knot. Thread ends through bead; knot. Tie ends in overhand knot; trim ends.

6. For blue medallion, use 1⁄4 bar each of Polyform Sculpey Premo! Ultramarine Blue and White Clay, and 1⁄4 teaspoon black embossing powder for texture.

Tip

  • Try using mica powders to add a subtle hint of color and shine.

by Jenny Bezingue

God Bless America Pin

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Show your American spirit by wearing this patriotic pin this President’s Day. Kids can also create this pin for a fun school or scout activity.

Materials

  • Craft foam: red, white, blue
  • Bar pin, 1”

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Blue Jay, Mendocino Red, Midnight Blue, Light Ivory, Black
  • Round paintbrush
  • Lowe-Cornell DES Stylus
  • Ultra-fine black permanent marker
  • Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut craft foam as indicated.

STEP 2

Drybrush edges of heart Mendocino Red, sign Blue Jay, and star Midnight Blue. Transfer lettering; trace with marker. Use stylus to dot letter ends Black and star Light Ivory.

STEP 3

Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel