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 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

Lucky Clover Necklace

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Wear your luck around your neck! Kids, create this fun clover necklace to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Emerald Green
  • Green satin cording, 24” length
  • Large jump ring
  • Clear crystal gem (optional)

Tools

  • Heart cookie cutter, 1/2
  • Pliers
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, plastic knife

Directions

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Emerald Clay into 1/4”-thickness. Use heart cookie cutter to cut out four hearts (clover) or use plastic knife to cut four heart shapes from clay. For stem, use plastic knife to cut tiny triangle.

3. Position four hearts and stem on parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth edges. Flip clover over; smooth edges together. Use toothpick to poke hole on top of clover (for jump ring). Add details lines on clover. If desired, press crystal gem in center.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clover in oven. Let cool completely.

5. Use pliers to open jump ring. Insert jump ring through hole on clover; squeeze ring closed.

6. Measure and cut 24” length of green cording. Insert cording through hole on jump ring; knot ends together.

by Phoebe Doehring for Polyform Products

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

Beaded Heart Pendant

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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)