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 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

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)

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/)

 

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