Beach Glass and sea glass is so pretty. It’s hard to believe that these pieces used to be trash that has now been tumbled by the ocean for so many years. Since it’s such a treasure, beach glass should be treated as such. A wire wrapped sea glass or beach glass pendant is the perfect way to show off a treasured piece.
Earrings are one of those things that everyone loves to wear. They’re pretty and pretty easy to make. Once you have the basics, down, you’re only limited by your imagination. This tutorial on how to make simple earrings will be the foundation for many earring posts to come.
How to Make Simple Earrings
Supplies Needed A pair of focal beads. These will be, as the name implies, the focus of your earrings. A pair of headpins A pair of ear wires. A pair of round nose pliers. A pair of wire cutters.
I used vintage Lucite beads, ball headpins, and a pair of rosary pliers. Rosary pliers have a roundnose tip and a cutter built in. I use these a lot in classes or when traveling. Directions
Slide one of your focal bead on to a headpin. Trim off the excess headpin, leaving about ½ an inch at the top of the bead. Using the round nose pliers, form a loop. You want to bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle to the bead, then form a loop going the opposite direction to how you bent the wire. Make sure this loop is closed tightly.
Repeat with the other bead and headpin. Set aside. Take one of your ear wires. Open the loop at the bottom of the ear wire just a little bit with the pliers. It needs to be open enough for you to add one of your bead units. Close the loop back up. Sometimes, you may need to squeeze it just a bit to get to to close back up. Repeat. Voila! Total time: Less than 5 minutes Total cost: Depends on the materials. This pair would be about $2.50 buying the components individually.
With the holiday season upon us, it seems that we’re wearing more and more updos. We all know what that means – bobby pins galore.
Even though they aren’t usually seen, sometimes they are. Plain ol’ bobby pins just aren’t acceptable, though. No way! We need something a little fancier. We will make our own altered bobby pins, quickly and easily. [Read more…]
Have you wanted to know how to make a fishtail braided bracelet? Braids are so hot right now, and I don’t just mean hair. I see bags with braided details, tees with braided details, even shoes and jewelry have braided details.
Recently, I came across a fishtail braid bracelet that I fell in love with. Two problems –
1.) It was T-I-N-Y and I have big wrists. It was probably only about 6 ½ inches and I wear at least an 8 inch bracelet.
2.) It was $35. Now, $35 is a totally reasonable price for a bracelet, especially something that’s handmade. But I knew that we could make it for less. A whole lot less.
The Upcycled Duct Tape Box DIY Project was inspired by Scotch Duct Tape. Editorial samples were provided.
I am a sucker for little boxes, bowls, and tins. Who couldn’t use more places to keep small treasures or trinkets? Sometimes, though, you come across packaging that is too good to throw away, but is unattractive for anything other than the package it was originally.
The good news is, this is easy to change! With a little creativity, you can make that into an upcycled Duct Tape Box. I’m using patterned duct tape from Scotch Brands to do so. This is available in about a bajillion colors and patterns nowadays. You’re sure to find something everyone likes.