Archives for January 2012

Quatrefoil “Love is” Printable

Love free printableWe made this free printable in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, but isn’t it a great reminder to keep up all year long?  The print is 8×10.  To download,  just click the thumbnail above and the full resolution version will appear.  Save to your computer and print or use as wallpaper.

Wire Wrap a Pendant With Video

how to wire wrapTo continue with our recent jewelry making obsession, today’s post will cover this gorgeous wire wrapping technique.   You do not need wire wrapping experience to be able to pull this off.  The example shown here is a rectangular glass tile, but you can apply the lesson to virtually any pendant or stone you want to set.

wire wrapping

Supplies:

NOTE:  The video from BeadsDirectTV uses half round and square for the technique.  I only had round wire, which is what I used, and it worked great.  Something to keep in mind if you need to work with what you have.  Mine was 22 guage round;  Beadalon 22 gauge round wire

Make sure you check out their other awesome jewelry making videos.

Make Charms With Resin and Paper

how to make resin charm
No need for a bezel or pendant blank.  You can make charms with a simple paper shape and resin.  Here, I used my paper punch to get the shape of this orange courage charm, decorated it with word label and rub-ons, and layered Magic Glos resin.

How to make resin charmsTo hang, I just puched a hole in the top and added a jump ring.  I placed it on top of a paper tag wrapped in lace, with a burlap strip on top.  Add a key fob and some dangly pearl charms, and you have a gorgeous mixed media keychain.

mixed media resin jewelry

50+ Friday: Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Tutorials

Over 50 handmade Valentine's Day gifts to make @savedbyloves[pinit]

Need some inspiration for that perfect “I Love You” project?  We have scoured the creative blog land to bring you over 50 Valentine’s Day handmade gift tutorials. Enjoy!



Thrifty Thursday Week 59

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Hello, and thanks for stopping by SBLC for our crafty project share party.

Before getting down to business, let’s talk about Pinterest.  I love/hate it.  Love because it is so dang awesome, hate it because it sucks me in and I am completely powerless.  That said, I would love to connect with you on my ever growing current obsession. I have found the most amazing blogs and projects by hooking up with other bloggers.  Leave a comment with your pinterest link or visit my boards and say hello so I can follow you.

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*Have fun and be inspired!
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FEATURES

Repurposed objects home decorKatie at Creatively Living found a crib curbside and snatched it up (a girl after my own heart).  She paired the metal frame part with some craigslist finds for this great repuropsed wall decor.

Scrabble tile pendant tipsArtsy VaVa put her own unique spin on scrabble tile pendants with metal jewelry findings, for a fantastic piece of jewelry.  You can view her quick and easy pendant making tips and have your own version in a snap.

Book page crafts

Andrews Update was inspired by none other than Pinterest to create these decorative book page hanging spheres. 

Here we go…

Glue Free, Drill Free Way to Hang Pendants

How to make a pendant bail

Making a wire wrap bail  is a decorative, inexpensive way to attach pendants that eliminates the need for messy glue-on bails and hole drilling.  The look is intricate and ornate, and can be achieved quite simply with a few basic jewelry supplies.  This is a perfect way to bail glass tile and domino pendants.

TUTORIAL

Supplies for wire wrapping pendant

How to wire wrap a pendant

making a pendant bail

How to make a pendant bail

How to attach domino pendant

Glass tile pendant bails

The wire isn’t shaped to the edges very well in the above demonstration.  Make sure to keep it snug against the piece, like it is holding the pendant together.

Glass tile pendant bails

How to make pendant bail

How to attach pendant to chain

Use pliers to tuck in the cut ends.  Sometimes I file them when they aren’t flush.

It is as simple as that.  Now add a jumpring and your pendant is ready to hang, with fancy pants wire work to boot…

Here is what it looks like on the back…

Glass tile pendant bails

Here, I used the wire wrap method on pre-drilled dominoes with horizontal holes.  It is the same process, but you take the wire to the back through the hole so the wire only frames the top and runs horizontally through the middle.

domino pendant tutorial

domino pendant tutorial

Glass tile pendant tips

attaching domino to necklace

Some 1 inch glass tiles wrapped…

Serenity Prayer Glass Tile Pendant

Spiritual Glass Tile Pendant

Now you are ready to practice your mad wire wrapping skills.  If you try this, share pictures.  I love seeing what you have done!

Triple Strand Beaded Domino Pendants


There is nothing quite like multiple strands of seed beads to compliment a special pendant.  I don’t usually take the time to bead, but these domino pendants inspired me to bust out my stash and get busy.  Fast forward 5 hours of stringing these tiny things and I have two finished pieces…’

Seed bead necklace

beading projects

Bead stringing necklace project

how to make seed bead necklace

It is a nice change from pairing pendants with a simple silver snake chain, which is what I normally do with dominoes.  I am not much of a jewelry designer, as far as putting together beaded strings with a focal pendant, but you can’t really go wrong with this simple triple strand design to display your focal.  Just drill a hole in your domino horizontally and string it like you would any other bead.  In my browsing, I found these gorgeous macrame beaded domino necklaces with instructions at Caravan Beads Blog.

domino pendant ideasI actually started the beaded macrame string, and about 2 inches into realized it was going to take way more time then I had to invest in a necklace at the present time.  It was, however,  pretty easy to pick up, and I am not familiar with macrame.  It would be a great project for a long road trip.

Now I am going to ask for your input.  What kind of necklace do you think would pair well with this piece?  I have some ideas, but I want to know yours.  If I go with your design, you may just find a domino pendant in your mailbox in the future, so don’t be shy.

Making Jewelry With Rub-on Transfers

How to make Glass Tile Pendants

It was a jewelry making weekend for this crafter, glass tile pendants and altered dominoes stealing the show.  Normally, I design images for my pendants and just adhere them as they are.  That all changed when I thought to incorporate the rub on transfers I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently.  I have used these things before, but in papercrafting, never jewelry.  The inspiration hit me because these particular images packs (by Prima) are irresistibly gorgeous , and just the right size for pendants.

Rub-on transfers in jewelry

Adding them to my pendant images was super easy.  Since the sheet they come on is transparent, I was able to move scroll over my printed pendant images to see what the transfer would look like before committing.  Once I decided what transfer I wanted where, I just cut it out and burnished it on as instructed.  I love the effect it gave my pieces.  Super easy, and 1.99 (originally 3.99) a pack at Hobby Lobby right now.

altered domino jewelry

This piece is a domino pendant that I did in layers, with the rub-on green butterfly as the top layer just under the resin.  I started by painting the domino with a coat of gesso.  Once dried, I mixed acrylic paints to get the soft blue/green background color and painted it on using a soft brush.  When that layer dried, I stamped with clear embossing ink using an handwriting script stamp.  I embossed the script using white embossing powder, rubbed on the butterfly transfer and coated with resin to finish.

Altered domino tutorial

I think the layer effect pops more with these rub-on transfers then when I layer in photoshop, and I get images I wouldn’t have come up with on my own digitally.

altered domino jewelryHere is another domino I did with vibrant pink leaves and a bird in a cage rub-on transfers.

resin jewelryThis bezel pendant uses the same background image (fearless) with a flower and butterfly transfer.

images for glass tile pendantsHere is a side by side comparison:  a pendant with the image I designed, printed and adhered, and another pendant with the same printed image, embellished with a red butterfly transfer.  I love how it refreshes my designs and how fun it is to layer with these.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled for jewelry sized rub-ons!

 

Dry Erase Love Note DIY With Printable

Love note DIY

I have wanted to do this project since I first saw this framed “p.s. I love you” on Pinterest.  It is uploaded by user, so I don’t know who made it.  If it was you, let me know so I can send you some link love.  Anyway… my guy and I are big note writers, and I thought making a dry erase love not would be a greener way to carry out our lovey dovey correspondence.

Valentine's Day Crafts
Here is the printable I used, which you are free to download…

Free love note printable

I printed out the 8×10, stuck it in the frame, used a paper punch to make little hearts, glued them to twine, placed the garland and that was that.  If you don’t want to use the printable above, you could just use an actual piece of notebook paper, doodle a cute message, and frame it.

Now we have a cute way to leave notes that doesn’t take up precious paper that I could otherwise roll into a lovely bead.  Win win.

DiY framed Dry erase love note

Valentine's Day free printable

Valentine's Day free printable

Coiled Magazine Page Heart Tutorial

Recycled Paper Heart from magazine pages by @savedbyloves

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You saw this coming, right?  Valentine’s Day is approaching, and a coiled newsprint heart tutorial is all but mandatory here at SBLC.  This would be a great craft for Valentine’s Day decor or gifts.  The technique is pretty much the same I have shown you in other coiled projects, with the addition of the best paste option I have found so far.  I will share with you the step by step, including the glue recipe that is key in strengthening the strips and neatly coiling/shaping them.

Recycled paper crafts

Supplies:

  • Magazines pages in colors you love
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper mache paste (recipe below)
  • Wax paper
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Craft glue (I prefer Crafter’s Pick for these projects because it sticks to the wet strips, grabs fast and dries clear)

Instructions:

  • Fold strips as shown in this magazine page coiling tutorial.  I use a 1/4 magazine page for each strip.  Some tutorials show 1/2 page or full page.  I like 1/4 because I think the end projects look much nicer (less bends and crinkles in the strips).
  • Make your paste as follows:
    4 tbsp. flour
    1 c. cold water
    1 c. boiling water
    1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
    Mix flour + cold water then add boiling water and bring to boil. Add sugar, stir constantly until thick. Makes 2 cups.
  • Dip each strip in the paste as shown, then lay on wax paper to dry.

    Removing excess glue
    Lay strips on wax paper

 

  • Let strips dry; I usually prepare a bunch of strips and make the piece the next day. I am sure a couple of hours would suffice.
  • When you are ready to being shaping your strips, wet each one, one at a time as you are using it.  The paper mache paste makes the strips stronger and wetting them makes them easier to shape,  The paste becomes a little sticky again, helping the strip to stay where you place it.  Wet the strips before use
  • To get the heart shape outline; wrap strip around cookie cutter.  If you are using a larger cutter, you may need more than one strip to go around.  No problem.  Just overlap the strips about 1/4 end to beginning and continue wrapping.  When you come to the beginning of your first strip, overlap the current strip with it about 1/4 inch and trim off any remainder of the end strip.  When that dries, slide heart shape off of cookie cutter.  Making heart from magazine page.Magazine page crafts
  • To make the inside coils, I just start coiling (using strips i have re-wet) and use the outline as a guide to help me figure out what size and how many coils I need.  Place the coils inside the outline, and using a toothpick, place a dab of glue at each contact point (where the coils touch one another and where the touch the outline).  Let your piece dry completely and cover with a couple of coats of mod podge or sealant of choice for durabilityRecycled paper art
    Recycled paper crafts.

The possibilities are endless.  I would love to see what you come up with, and am happy to answer questions!