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)

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)

Secret Garden Beaded Bracelet

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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 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

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

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)

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

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

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