DIY Aromatherapy Tassel Bracelet Tutorial

April 28, 2016

How-to Create a Custom Essential Oil Infused, Gemstone & Crystal Tassel Bracelet

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Gather your basic supplies.  We used:

Supplies

Create a tassel using Suede Lace Cord.  Use Wire to gather the loops, pulling the tassel into the Cupola Cord End.  Wire wrap a stacked 8mm and 6mm Paradise Shine Bead.  Attach to the Heirloom Toggle.  Trim the cord ends.

trim tasselCut Soft Flex Wire to size.  String Red Creek Jasper Beads, 8mm Paradise Shine Beads, 6mm Paradise Shine Beads, Antique Silver Beads, Antique Brass Heishi Beads and Rudraksh Beads in a pattern of your choice.  Place the Chain Tassels near the Toggle.  Finish the ends using Crimp Tubes and Wire Guardians.

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Using an essential oil, individually scent each Rudraksh Bead with a few drops.

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Refresh the scent as desired.

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Enjoy your beautiful, scented bracelet!

 

Creating Birthstone Jewelry Family Tree Necklaces

April 8, 2016
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Personalized jewelry has always been popular and this “family tree” necklace with birthstone charms representing each member of the family is sure to please. Creating the tree pendant with the BIGkick embossing machine could not be easier and then its just a matter of attaching all the components; that makes this fun project perfect for both beginner and advanced jewelry makers.  This would make a great group activity to share with family or friends–making memories together while making a memorable piece of jewelry.

 

Mother's Day Birthstone Jewelry Family Tree Necklace made with embossed aluminum and Swarovski birthstone charms

Gather your supplies and tools. For supplies select your favorite shape of aluminum blank, jump rings, a necklace chain, and one crystal channel charm for each member in your family tree. For tools you will need the Vintaj BIGkick embossing machine, Vintaj DecoEmboss moonlit night die, flat-nose pliers, and chain-nose pliers.

 

Suggested Supplies

 

Suggested Tools

 

Peel the protective plastic sheet off the jewelry metal blank before using it.

A protective, blue-plastic sheet covers one side of the aluminum blank. Peel the plastic off and you are ready to run the blank through the BIGkick embossing machine.

 

How to use the Vintaj BIGkick DecoEmboss die to emboss metal.

Carefully position your aluminum blank in the open DecoEmboss die. Keep in mind the hanging hole position and the embossed image placement. Also place the blank so the blemish-free side of the blank will be the front side of your finished pendant.

 

Feed the embossing folder through the Sizzix BIGkick Embossing Tool.

Layer the DecoEmboss folder in the BIGkick machine in this order: platform, clear acrylic sheet, folder (this side down), and clear acrylic sheet. Then just turn the handle to easily feed the layers through the BIGkick machine.

 

Remove the tree embossed blank from the die folder.

Remove the embossing die from the machine and open it to reveal your embossed aluminum blank. Remove the blank from the die folder (you may need to gently flex the folder).

 

Embossed metal creates a positive and a negative design.

One of the cool things about the Vintaj embossing folders is they create two looks in one; a positive image on one side of the blank and a negative image on the other. You decide which side you like best.

 

Selecting the correct size jump ring for jewelry making.

Select jump rings to coordinate with your embossed tree pendant and crystal channel charms. I used an 8mm jump ring with the pendant and 6mm jump rings with the crystal charms.

 

Family Tree Necklace -- how to open and close jump rings

Add a 6mm jump ring to each crystal charm using a sideways twisting motion to open and close the jump rings. Use the same technique to add an 8mm jump ring to the embossed aluminum pendant.

 

Family Tree jewelry -- Make your mother a birthstone charm necklace.

Complete the necklace by stringing the components onto the necklace chain. For a balanced necklace, add half the crystal charms, then your embossed aluminum pendant, then the other half of the crystal charms.

 

Family Tree Necklace End

The finished necklace is charming!

 

How to package handmade jewelry.

Organza bags add a special touch to your handmade jewelry gifts without a lot of cost. And the bag can be used for safe storage of the piece of jewelry.

 

TierraCast Tree Pendants

If you aren’t quite ready to invest in the Vintaj BIGkick embossing machine, all is not lost. TierraCast makes a couple of cast pewter tree charms that would make perfectly charming substitutes; pictured are items #44-940-40-AS and #49-958-61-AS.  Or check out the entire TierraCast product line!

 

Make things!

Mollie

 

Fairy Garden Terrarium Necklace Tutorial

March 27, 2016
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Using a small corked glass dome, create a custom mini terrarium necklace!  DIY wearable cloche planters are very simple to make by following the steps in this tutorial.  This tiny fairy garden is made of moss, crystal points, and Swarovski crystal blossoms.  Personalize your wearable planter with anything you choose, as the basic assembly techniques will likely be similar.

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Supplies available at rings-things.com and nature.  Gather materials and conceptualize a basic design!

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Using flat nose pliers, bend the edges of the filigree up to create a nice, decorative foundation for the corked terrarium baseGlue in place and allow to set.

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Using a head pin, create a loop at the top of the cap for the cloche.  Gently re-form the cap to fit the top of the glass dome as needed.  Attach with glue and allow to set.

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Wrap the crystal point with wire, secure ends into cork for stability.  Glue and allow to set, if needed

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Gather and wire wrap a small bundle of Swarovski crystal-end head pins to form a group of posies.

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Poke the wire ends of the wrapped crystal and the Swarovski posies into the cork. Glue moss, branch and other natural elements into place and allow to set.

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Carefully place glass cloche over your garden. Glue into place, using adhesive sparingly.  Allow to set.

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Use a jump ring to attach chain for a necklace.  Or, not… you may choose to create without a bail or chain for a tiny tabletop decoration or desk adornment!

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The following items can be used to make a small batch of plant jewelry:

We hope you enjoyed this step-by-step jewelry making tutorial.

Happy creating!

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DIY Make a Gemstone Points Necklace

March 18, 2016
DIY gemstone points necklace project

It is easy to create a unique necklace with tip-drilled gemstone  rectangles or points because no two stones are identical.  The stones can be wire wrapped, strung directly on cording, or strung on wire to make a bead-bar necklace.  So get your jewelry-making tools out and follow these directions to make your own one-of-a-kind necklace.

 

Rock crystal gemstone points from www.rings-things.com

A strand of gemstone flat point-shaped beads has a variety of sizes and shapes–perfect for creating unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Rings & Things offers several gemstone choices, like “rock crystal quartz” pictured here.

 

Gemstone Points Supplies

Just a few supplies are needed: 18-gauge wire; 4mm faceted metal beads; jump rings; lobster clasp; footage chain; and tip-drilled, irregular, graduated, rectangle gemstone beads.

 

Supplies

 

Jewelry-making tools for wire working and necklace making from www.rings-things.com

Here are the tools you will need; flat-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, nylon-jaw flat-nose pliers, semi-flush side cutters, wire straightener, and 1-Step Looper.

 

Tools

 

Other Supplies

  • Cotton swab

 

Making the pendant

Artistic Wire wire straightener works great.

Straighten your wire; the Artistic Wire wire straightener works great.

 

Gemstone Points Step 2

Use the 1-Step Looper pliers to bend an end loop in the wire. Begin by inserting the wire into the pliers jaw.

 

Hoe to make a wire loop with the 1-Step Looper.

With the wire in position in the 1-Step Looper, squeeze the handles of the pliers and (almost) magically the wire is cut and a loop is formed.

 

 

Tool Spotlight: BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Jewelry Pliers…NOW in three sizes

1-Step Loopers

The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper is the perfect tool for making loops. It trims and loops head and eye pins, as well as wire in one motion. And now it is available in three sizes, 1.5mm, 2.25mm, and 3.0mm.

 

Gemstone Points Step 4

Apply antiquing solution to the wire and then lightly polish the wire with a polishing cloth.

 

Make a gemstone points necklace with draping curb chain.

Select two (or three) gemstone points of varied length. Lay the stones side by side and drape a piece of chain from bead hole to bead hole (swag length should be longer than the gemstone points). Use semi-flush side cutters to cut the chain.

 

Use chain in a draped swag pattern.

Add a metal bead and drape the chain from bead hole to bead hole. Cut the chain to preferred length (length of swag should closely match length of gemstone points).

 

How to make a curb chain necklace with swagged chain and rock crystal points.

Add a second metal bead and drape the chain from bead hole to bead hole, make the swag slighter shorter than the previous one. Cut the chain.

 

How to cut curb chain sections to match.

Measure and cut chain sections to match the two metal-bead chain swags; these will be used on the opposite side of the gemstone points.

 

Assembing a swagged chain and gemstone points necklace.

String the shortest chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, metal bead, and last chain link.

 

How to make a antiqued brass gemstone necklace.

String the medium-sized chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, metal bead, and last chain link.

 

Gemstone Points Step 11

String the longest chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, gemstone flat point, gemstone flat point and last chain link.

 

How to make a bead bar necklace with the 1-Step Looping pliers.

Add the remaining two chain lengths/metal beads, starting with the medium-sized and then the shortest chain length. Use the 1-Step Looper to form an end loop and finish the bead bar pendant.

 

Finishing the Necklace

Gemstone Points Step 13

Layout the necessary components for finishing your necklace. You will need jump rings, necklace chain, and a clasp. Determine how long you want your finished necklace to be. This necklace works great as either a choker or a long necklace.

 

Gemstone Points Step 14

Use jump rings to attach the necklace chain to the pendant. Twist the jump ring open, add the pendant loop and the first link of the chain then twist the jump ring closed. Repeat on the other pendant loop.

 

Gemstone Points Step 15

Now finish the clasp portion of your necklace. Attach a jump ring and clasp to one side of necklace chain, and just a jump ring to the other side of necklace chain. Clasp the necklace together.

 

Gemstone Points Example 3

The necklace is finished and ready to wear!

 

Make Things,

Mollie

Stampable Bar and Bead Jewelry Project

March 9, 2016
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Custom jewelry is always in style. And with Mothers Day around the corner it can be a great way to make personalized gifts. Impress Art came out with awesome stampable bars and metal beads and I just love the way they look! They really give you so many possibilities! See how easy they are to use below! Continue Reading…

New, Inexpensive Sterling Silver & Gold Fill Rings! Midi, Thin Band, Charm & Stacking Styles

February 25, 2016
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Great prices on new styles of gold fill and sterling silver finger rings!

title imageWe just expanded our selection of wholesale priced base metal ready-to-wear rings in antique silver, antique brass, and antique copper platings.  Smaller sized rings can be used as pinky, midi or knuckle rings.  Larger sizes work for thumb rings.

Midi Ringsmidi knuckle rings

Be adventurous with the latest popular trend of midi rings (AKA knuckle rings as they are worn above knuckle).

We have several adjustable ring styles as well as smaller sized rings perfect for this boho fashion trend.  Delicate thin gold rings pair well with stacked skinny silver bands for the elegant minimalist.  Excellent gifts for teens and fashionistas.

Thin Stacking Ringsstacking rings

Use a stash of cute rings to create your own unique DIY style.  Great prices allow you to mix metals, stacking thin and wide bands together, adding a few midi ring companions to your fresh, updated ring wardrobe.

Slender sterling silver rings are versatile, whether worn individually (timeless classic) or stacked for a rich layered look (bohemian casual).  Simple gold bands are elegant, delicate and stylish.

An elegant, simple way to mix metals is by layering skinny, stacking bands of gold fill and small bands of stardust silver. (Stardust silver is textured to sparkle, so that it is elegant without being too blingy.)

A set of these mixed rings tied with ribbons or nestled in an organza bag would be fun, inexpensive bridal shower, bachelorette or sweet sixteen party gift.

Charm Rings

Personalize this ring by adding a charm, gemstone or crystal to the loop.  Multi-loop and sterling silver styles are available.  It is a great stackable companion for other ring bands.

Link two rings together with chain or create a chain ring bracelet using this versatile finger ring.

These designs feature the Swarovski Scarab Crystal bead, a sterling silver key and a tiny cross.charm ring

Selling Rings

Who can resist a perfectly displayed selection of delicate, stackable finger rings?  At your booth or your counter, a black tray with a ring insert is all you need for an inexpensive, effective display.  One ring size per tray is an easy way to keep inventory organized.  Use a second tray, under the display tray, for holding back stock.  Include a ring sizer in your tool kit to quickly determine the right size for a customer.black tray

Whether you sell on Etsy, Ebay, at Craft Shows, in Boutiques or at your own Brick & Mortar Store, consider adding a mix of inexpensive, ready to wear sterling silver and gold fill rings to your product mix.

The easiest way to sell these rings is by wearing a set yourself – so have fun! 

 

 

Chain Tassel and Hammered Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

February 14, 2016
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I love the combination of sterling silver hammered hoops and chain tassels. These new hammered sterling silver links are the perfect size to hang delicate silver plated chain from them. And because I used plated chain, instead of sterling chain, the project is fairly reasonably priced. See how to recreate these earrings below! Continue Reading…