Beaded Heart Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This beautiful Beaded Heart Pendant is the perfect quick-and-easy, last-minute gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Red/pink/silver micro-bead mix
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge
  • Silver jewelry findings: jump rings, two; bail; chain

Tools

  • Craft punches: heart, 2”; hole, 1/16”
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Aleene’s Crafting Adhesives: Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Paper Glaze

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, aluminum foil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4” cardstock square. Squeeze glaze onto foil and brush thick, even layer onto square; let dry completely. Punch two hearts from square and three hearts from remaining cardstock.

STEP 2

Punch hole at center top of each heart, aligning each heart with first for proper placement. Squeeze glue onto foil and use brush to apply to hearts; layer hearts together with glazed hearts facing outward.

STEP 3

Squeeze glaze onto top heart; sprinkle with beads. Gently press beads into glaze and tilt slightly to allow loose beads to fall away; let dry completely.

STEP 4

Use wire cutters to cut 4” length of wire for charm; fold in half and twist one side around other to create loop. Use needle-nose pliers to curl ends. Place charm onto cement surface and use hammer to flatten ends.

STEP 5

Attach jump rings and charm to pendant. Attach bail to jump ring. Insert chain through bail.

by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Charming Crochet Charm Bracelet

February is the month dedicated to love and romance. All things sweet, pretty and lovely are often given as gifts on or around Valentine’s Day. This year, why not create a few pieces of charming and romantic jewelry to really get in the mood? Make one for yourself as well as one for each of your favorite friends! Using charms, Swarovski Crystals, and the most basic crochet technique, a single chain stitch, you too can recreate this fun and personalized charm bracelet!

SIZE

approx. 8”

YOU’LL NEED

materials

  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements: Crystal, Bicone, 4mm; Vintage Rose, Cubes, 8mm, two; Assorted Colors: Pearls, 4mm, 10; 6mm, eight
  • Beadalon Satin Gold 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Nunn Design Antique Gold findings: Small Textured Cable Chain; Headpin, 2″; Mum Flower Charm; Small Jump Rings, two; Large Jump Ring; Vetri Beaded 14 Oval; Vetri Glass

tools

  • Judikins Diamond Glaze Adhesive
  • Patterned paper, small scrap
  • Beadalon Tools: Round-Nose and Flat-Nose Pliers, Wire Snips
  • Crochet hook, size G

directions

1  Pass headpin through 4mm crystal, and 6mm pearl as shown. Use round-nose pliers to create loop at top of pin, wind excess length around top of bicone to create bead cap.

2  Pass half of remaining pearls and crystals randomly onto beading wire. Create slip knot in end of wire and chain two; pull first bead up chain three more. Pull up additional beads one at a time, and chain random number of stitches until chain is approximately 8-1/2” long, secure end. Repeat with second half of beads, secure end.

3  Cut 8-12” length of chain. Braid crocheted chains and textured chain. Use pliers to open large jump ring, secure all six ends of chains and top loop of dangle in jump ring before closing ring.

4 Use pliers to open small jump rings; place on loops of charms. Attach charms to bracelet and close jump rings. Trace Vetri glass onto patterned paper, trim and adhere to center of Vertri Charm. Cover surface of paper with Diamond Glaze and adhere glass over top. Set aside to dry completely.

Design and photography by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Clay Heart Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A symbol of romance and courage, the heart is most often used to convey feelings of love. Create this stunning clay heart necklace as a meaningful gift to the woman in your life you care for most.

Materials

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, one package each: white, champagne, dark red
  • Mill Hill Creative Charms, heart, 2-1/2” wide
  • Black cording, 22” length

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Clay Gun
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or acrylic brayer
  • Clay shaping tool
  • Heating pad
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire scouring sponge
  • Unglazed ceramic tile
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, stylus

Directions

STEP 1

Press front and back of heart charm together; remove hanger.

STEP 2

Condition red clay; run through pasta machine at #6 setting. Cover front of heart with clay, gently stretching over edges. Trim excess at back with craft knife.

STEP 3

Place remaining red clay on parchment paper. Place back of heart on clay; trim around edges. Press back and front clay edges together, smoothing with fingers. Using fingers and clay shaper, gently press clay into form at back of heart. To create textured look, press wire sponge into front and sides.

STEP 4

For flowers, mix two parts white clay with one part champagne; roll into 1⁄4” diameter log. Cut fifteen 1⁄8” pieces from log. Roll into balls; flatten and shape into teardrop-shaped petals. Place petals on heart in clusters to form three flowers; curve petal ends up with clay shaper.

STEP 5

Insert 19-hole disk into clay gun. Place small amount white/champagne mixture into gun. Place gun on heating pad to warm for five to 10 minutes. (Note: Do not overheat or clay will begin to bake inside gun.)

STEP 6

Following clay gun manufacturer’s instructions, extrude noodles from gun. Cut seven 1-1⁄2” to 2” lengths from noodles for vines. Using clay shaper, press end of one length under one flower. Holding remaining end, gently twist vine, pressing to heart with clay shaper.

STEP 7

Cut remaining noodles into small lengths; roll into balls. Place seven to nine balls in center of each flower. Use stylus to indent remaining balls. Press onto heart in groups as shown.

STEP 8

Bake heart on parchment-covered tile at 265°F for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool; remove. Replace hanger. Insert cording through hole; knot ends.

Other Option…

  • By simply changing the color of clay and style of charm, you can create an entirely different look for your necklace.

by Gail Ritchey

Handmade Snowflake Polymer Clay Pendant

Sparkling Swarovski Elements, shimmering Sculpey Premo! Accents pendant, and shining Beadalon silver-toned chains combine to create an idyllically icy and frosty necklace sure to impress.

Whether you are a polymer clay pro, or you have never worked with it but find the medium interesting, this technique is fun and the project is beautiful once completed. So if you find the Winter Blues are getting you down, try giving them a reason to make you shine!!! This is a great time of year to start learning a new craft and or new crafting technique.

materials

  • Beadalon Round Twist Light Solid Ring
  • Beadalon Non-Tarnish Silver Artistic Wire, 18-gauge
  • Beadalon silver findings: chain, lobster clasp, head pins; silver triangular connectors, two
  • Swarovski Elements Crystal Bicones & Pearls, in assorted sizes and colors (approx. 12)
  • Polyform Sculpey Pearl Premo! Accents Clay

tools

  • Impression Obsession Winter Seals
  • PolyformSculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Premo! Sculepy Round Crinkle Cutter, Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Glossy Glaze
  • Ranger Ink Adirondack Denim Alcohol Ink
  • Hand drill and small drill bit
  • Beadalon: Wire Snips, Round-Nose Pliers, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

directions

Pendant

1 Use clay conditioning machine to condition Pearl clay. Roll through to #1 thickness.

2 Place conditioned clay on parchment-lined baking sheet. Stamp image of snowflake on clay. Center Round Crinkle Cutter around image; press down firmly to cut clay.

Bake stamped disc according to manufacturer’s instructions in oven. While disc cools, mix dime-sized amount of Liquid Sculpey with one drop of Denim alcohol ink. Mix thoroughly.

4 Once clay is cool, apply tinted mixture to top surface of stamped disc making sure to fill in crevices fully, coating top surface with thin layer of mixture. Bake again following manufacturer’s instructions.

5 Once clay is cool, sand top surface to remove excess tint and highlight stamped image. Use small drill bit to drill tiny hole in top edge of pendant. Seal pendant with Glossy Glaze. Set aside to dry.

Necklace

1 Use chain-nose pliers to create three lengths of chain 3” long. Remove one link from one, and two links from another, to create two chain pieces slightly shorter than first. Use pliers to open one link on each end; place through loop on top loop on triangular connectors. Repeat for second set of chain ends. Cut two lengths of chain 7” long and attach to single top loops on triangular connectors.

2 On end of one chain, attach lobster clasp. Open end link of second chain; attach twist solid ring and close link.

3 Pass one 4mm bicone crystal onto head pin followed by one 8mm bicone crystal. Use chain-nose pliers to bend at end. Use wire snips to snip head pin to about 3/8”. Use round-nose pliers to create loop at top of head pin. Use chain-nose pliers to twist open loop; attach to chain and twist to close.

4 Repeat Step 3 using assorted sizes and colors of crystals and pearls as shown. Attach to chain as shown.

5 Use Silver Artistic Wire and dowel to create two jump rings. Use same wire and round-nose pliers to create “S” ring as shown. Use chain-nose pliers to twist open each jump ring. Thread one jump ring through pendant and bottom of “S” ring; twist closed. Thread second jump ring through center of bottom chain and top of “S” ring; twist closed.

 Tip

  • Try using various colors of ink and different types of stamp images when creating pendant for a wonderful variety suited to any style and taste.

by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Elegant Jewelry Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Silver and sparkles make this set classy and sophisticated. It’s easy to make and stresses basic crimping techniques.

Materials

  • Glass beads: gray pearls, 8mm, 11; clear firepolish, 6mm, 20
  • Beadalon 49 Professional Series Bead Stringing Wire, .018mm, 1 yard
  • Beadalon Silver Crimp Beads: 1.3mm, 36; 1.5mm, two
  • Beadalon Silver Findings: Lobster Clasp; Extension Chain, 2″ length; Head Pins, two; Ear Wires, two

Tools

  • Crimping tool
  • Wire nippers
  • Round-nose pliers

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

Sizes

Necklace, 18″ long; Earrings, 1″ long

Necklace

1. Cut wire length in half. Holding lengths together, string 1.5mm crimp bead. Thread wire ends through clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping tool to tighten crimp bead to secure.

2. String 1.3mm crimp bead, 1″ from one wire end. Use crimping tool to tighten crimp bead. String beads as follows: clear, gray, clear, 1.3mm crimp. Tighten crimp bead.

3. String 1.3mm crimp bead, 2-3⁄4″ from other wire end. String beaded sections, 2-3⁄4″ apart on both strands.

4. Holding strands together, string remaining 1.5mm crimp bead, 1″ from last beaded section. Thread wire ends through extension chain and back through crimp bead. Tighten crimp bead.

Earrings

1. String one gray and one clear bead onto head pin. Use round-nose pliers to bend loop after clear bead; trim wire. Attach loop to ear wire.

2. Repeat for remaining earring.

by Katie Hacker

Girlfriend Charm Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Give a girlfriend a fun, fashionable gift that also celebrates your friendship. Charm bracelets are easy to make and popular for women of all ages to wear.

Materials

  • Silver charm bracelet, 7″ long
  • Silver/pink/green girlfriend-themed charms, nine
  • Glass beads, size E, 20 each: pink, green
  • Silver jump rings, 8mm, 29

Tools

  • Chain-nose pliers or jump ring opener 

Directions

STEP 1

Attach each charm to a jump ring. Attach jump rings evenly-spaced to bracelet links.

STEP 2

String two pink beads onto jump ring; repeat nine times.

STEP 3

Attach one beaded jump ring to second bracelet link, then connect beaded jump ring to link on right side of each charm.

STEP 4

String two green beads onto jump ring; repeat nine times. Attach beaded jump ring to link on left side of each charm.

by Katie Hacker

Lace Cane Beaded Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Bring new life to your wardrobe by accenting with these beautiful lace cane earrings you can create to match any attire.

Materials (for one pair)

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay, 2 oz. bars: White, Transluscent, color of choice
  • Sterling silver wire, 3″ length
  • Sterling silver earring findings, two
  • Sterling silver beads, 3mm, two

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Super Slicer Clay Blade
  • Clay-dedicated: pasta machine or acrylic brayer, baking sheet, oven thermometer
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Oven
  • Cyanoacrylate (super) glue

Basic Supplies

index card or light-colored cardstock scrap

Directions

Note

View all figure art on Lace Cane Figure Art Worksheet.

Earrings

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. For base bead, roll two 1⁄2″ colored clay balls and shape into soft cubes (Fig.1).

2. Roll 1⁄2 bar Translucent into 3⁄4″-wide, 3″ long cylinder. Use thickest pasta machine setting to roll 1⁄2 bar White into 2″x3″ sheet. Trim 3″ end. Wrap sheet around cylinder and trim, butting White ends together (Fig.2). Gently roll cylinder with both hands, pressing lightly and “reducing” cane in diameter as it lengthens. Slowly roll, keeping cane evenly reduced along its length. When cane measures 12″, trim off ends (Fig.3), then cut into thirds (Fig.4). Stack three canes together (Fig.5) and compress into one round cane from middle toward ends, squeezing out air pockets (Fig.6). Roll into 12″ length and trim off ends; cut into thirds and compress together three more times (Fig.7). Press cane end into soft square shape to same size as base beads (Fig.8).

3. Cut tissue-thin slices from lace cane end and layer them on each side of cube-shaped base bead (Fig.9). Stretch ends of lace cane slices toward each edge of cube until they meet. When entire base bead is covered, carefully trim off thick sections; base bead should be evenly covered with lace cane slices, letting some base bead color show through. Roll beads into round shape (Fig.10).

4. Cut wire in half. Use pliers to bend zigzag in one end of each (Fig.11). Press zigzag end into bead, slightly pinching to embed wire (Fig.12).

5. Fold index card into zigzag shape; place on baking tray. Place round beads in valleys of card to prevent flat spots. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads. Remove from oven and immediately plunge beads into cold water to increase translucency.

6. Pull on wire to ensure it is firmly embedded in bead; if not, apply drop of cyanoacrylate glue to wire and insert into bead hole. Thread silver bead onto wire. Bend wire at 90° angle to bead hole, and use round-nose pliers to make loop. Trim excess wire and add earring finding (Fig.13).

Tips

  • Use mini cookie cutter to cut shapes from clay sheet for same-sized base beads.
  • Use brighter or darker colors for base bead since Transluscent overlay softens color underneath.

by Jenny Bezingue