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

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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)

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