DIY Fused Mini Amber Glass Bottle Earrings

DIY Fused Glass Bottle Earrings @savedbylovesSo, I am crazy excited to share today's jewelry tutorial with you. These earrings are my go to piece for several reasons.  They are beautiful, unique and go with all kinds of outfits.  I got the idea when flattening wine bottles in my kiln.  I remembered the tiny bottles, or vials that people fill with mica powder and little notes and thought it would be so cool to flatten them.  I wasn't sure what I would do with them flat, but as soon as the kiln cooled and I laid eyes on them, I knew I wanted to wire wrap and wear them!

MATERIALS

7 Gypsies Amber Apothecary Bottles

Round nose jewelry pliers

Flat nose jewelry pliers

20 gauge jewelry wire

Flush wire cutter

Earring findings

10 coordinating seed beads

Microwave kiln

 TUTORIAL

Fuse your bottles, one at a time in your microwave kiln.  I showed you how to use that here: DIY Wine Bottle Earrings. You can also use a regular kiln if you have that. Let them cool to room temperature before continuing.

How to wire wrap jewelry

Cut 7 inches of wire and string 5 beads onto it.

How to make fused glass jewelry

Place beads in front and situate wire at neck of fused bottle as shown.

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Bring the left side wire around the bottle neck and back to the front as shown.

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Wrap both wire ends around the neck a few times, ending with 2 wire tails in the back as shown.

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Wrap the two ends as shown so that they are vertical.

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Coil one end around the other as shown.

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Trim the end of the wire you just coiled.

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Use the flat nose pliers to bend the remaining tail to form a 90 degree angle.

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With the round nose pliers, form a loop as shown.

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Thread the ear wire onto the loop, then trim the excess tail.

Fused Amber Glass Bottle Earrings

I love them!  I can't wait to make more.  Next I will use clear vials and color them with alcohol ink.  Exciting stuff!

DIY Liquor Bottle to Mercury Glass Bracelet Storage

Liquor Bottle Upcycle to Mercury Glass Bracelet Storage @savedbyloves

Bottle Bracelet Storage

 I am always looking for unique and decorative ways to organize my jewelry. Pretty up a long necked bottle to suit your style and display your bracelets for all to see. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than this project!

DIY Liquor Bottle Upcycle to Mercury Glass Bracelet Storage @savedbyloves

MATERIALS

-Long Necked Bottle

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-Glass Bottle of your choice

-Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

-Krylon Spray Adhesive Remover

-Epson Salt

-Kraft paper, plastic or other work surface protector

Bracelets galore

DIRECTIONS

 

1.  Remove any labels from your bottle with adhesive remover.  I love Krylon's Spray Adhesive Remover.  Saves loads of time for wine bottle upcyclers like me!

2.  Pour Epson salt into bottle so that to about one inch from the bottom.  If your bottle is smaller, you can use less.  It is not important to be exact here.

 3.  In a well ventilated area with protected work surface, spray looking glass paint into mouth of bottle.  Make sure to follow instructions on label.  You want to shake the can vigourously before using.  If your bottle mouth is small in diameter like this genie bottle, you will have paint pooling in one spot and running down the neck.  That is fine.

4.  Shake the bottle like a snow globe, so that the salt grabs the paint and drags it around.  This will create the mercury glass look.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 a few more times, allowing each coat to dry for about 5 minutes before applying the next.  Stop when are happy with the look.

2. Place your bracelets and admire.

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EXTRA TIPS

Decoupage the bottle or paint it with glass paint and stencils for a look other than mercury glass.  The customization possibilities are infinite!

Does DIY Jewelry Storage excite you?  Visit our 50+ Clever Jewelry Storage DIY Ideas!

Need some bracelets now that you have a stylish, eco friendly bracelet display?  We have you covered with 50+ DIY Bracelets to Make:

Cut Wine Bottle Bracelets

Create Bracelet From Wine Bottle Glass

Your friends will be amazed when you tell them these bracelets use to be wine bottles!  This project involves cutting glass and firing in a kiln, but you could do a version without the kiln too.  Use rub on transfers and alcohol inks to create a piece of wearable art!

MATERIALS

-glass bottle label removing and cleaning supplies (see techniques)

-glass bottle cutting supplies (see techniques)

-stainless steel measuring cup

-kiln

-kiln wash

-glass drilling supplies

-jewelry chain

-jump rings

-toggle clasp

-two pairs of jewelry pliers; flat and or needle nosed

-alcohol inks and felt pad applicator

-non stick craft sheet

-rub on transfers

-beads and charms for embellishing as desired

-permanent marker

 DIRECTIONS

 1.  Cut a ring from your chosen bottle (See How to Cut Wine Bottles)

Make jewelry from wine bottles

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2.  Carefully score ring with glass cutter and tap to break score, leaving you with a half circle.  Score this to the size you would like your bracelet to be, about 2.5 inches.

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3.  Place bracelet piece on kiln washed stainless steel mold or measuring cup as shown and fire to full fuse (see techniques).

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4.  Once the bracelet is cool, remove it from the kiln.  Mark for placement of holes where chain will be attached with a jump ring.

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5.  Drill the holes using small diamond bits (see How to Drill Holes in Glass).  I use this diamond tipped micro engraving drill bit kit for my small holes.

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6.  Begin drilling at the mark, coming in at an angle to start your hole, then moving to 90 degrees as described in the techiques.  Make sure to cool the drill bit in water every 30 seconds or so to prevent glass from shattering due to heat.

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7.  Apply rub on transfer per instructions to the front surface of the bracelet.

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8.  Use felt applicator or brush to apply alcohol inks to back surface of bracelet.

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9.  Open jump ring using two sets of pliers to twist each end in opposite directions.  Do not pull ends apart to open, rather twist open as shown.

10.  Attach the appropriate length of chain to get desired bracelet length and close jump ring by twisting ends back together.  Keep in mind the closure will add about ½ inch to the length of the bracelet.

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11.  To finish, attach toggle clasp ring to one end and bar to the other, using a jump ring for each.

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EXTRA TIPS

○ Create custom bracelets, earrings and pendants using this technique.  Use blank rub on transfer paper made for inkjets to transfer your own designs to your recycled glass jewelry!

DIY Easy Cork Monogram Earrings

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 Did you know that wine corks can be sliced into disks, painted, inked and stamped to create beautiful custom jewelry.  Not only are these monogram stamped earrings stylish and eco friendly, but they are light as a feather.  The customization possibilities are infinite!  Follow the steps below to make your own, or use the same process to make pendants, charm bracelets and wine glass tags!

Monogram Wine Cork Earrings DIY Upcycled Jewelry from @savedbyloves

CLICK HERE FOR MATERIALS LIST AND TUTORIAL

     

50+ Ways to Upcycle CDs and Vinyl Records

[pinit]50 Plus Best DIY Upcycle Vinyl Records and CD projects to make @savedbyloves[pinit]

Since most of us no longer listen to CDs or records, our planet is left with a ton of these seemingly useless items. Today I am sharing with you 50+ upcycle projects that solve this dilemma using some outside of the box creativity. You will think twice before considering old records and CDs to be useless!

Easy Silkscreen Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial #ScupleyProjects

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I haven't had my hands on clay for way too long.  The new Silkscreen Kit from Premo Clay was the perfect way to jump back into the medium.  If you haven't experimented with polymer clay, stop reading this and go find some.  You will be amazed at the gorgeous pieces you can make right off the bat, from jewelry to home decor and more.  It is a medium that is very forgiving, versatile, and doesn't require a bunch of expensive tools and equipment to get started.  Today I will show you how I made a lovely necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings that I kinda love a bunch.  You can make your own art jewelry with just a few simple supplies.  Let's get started!

Premo Clay Jewelry Tutorial

SUPPLIES:

Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

Premo Clay and Silkscreen Kit

Jump rings

2 Pairs of flat nose jewelry pliers

Toggle clasp

Earring findings

Necklace chain

Gold paint marker

Cookie cutters in circles and ovals

Bead reamer or toothpicks

Oven

Ceramic tile or flat baking pan dedicated to clay

Rolling pin or smooth bottle or glass

Protective gloves (these are optional but great for keeping clay fingerprint free)

TUTORIAL:

How to mix polymer clay colors

I began by mixing blue clay with pearly white to get my desired color.  Just twist the colors together as shown.  Continue twisting and kneading clay in your hands to mix the colors and warm/condition the clay.  Conditioning is essential when beginning any clay project.  It ensures the components of the clay are evenly distributed and the clay is soft and shapable.  This clay was super easy to condition.  I have worked with clay that is hard and brittle and takes forever to warm up, but this Premo was great!  Continue until the clay is the color and shade you want.

How to condition polymer clay

I used my Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine to get a flat even sheet.  This costs about $20 and is well worth the investment if you are going to create with clay more than a couple of times.  You can also use a smooth glass, rolling pin or bottle to smooth the clay out on a bake-able surface.  I like to use tiles I pick up at Habitat Restore for a dime.  I have tons of them on hand for just this purpose.  Once the clay is rolled out, you don't want to have to move it, as it will become distorted and uneven until it is baked and therefore hardened.  Having it on a surface you can just stick in the oven is super handy.

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

The kit comes with silver metallic paint, gold metallic paint, 4 reusable screens (totaling 2 large single patterns and 12 mini patterns) and a squeegee.  Aren't the designs so fun?!

How to silkscreen

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit Jewelry Tutorial #SculpeyProjects

I choose my design, placed a thin line of gold paint, and used the squeegee to pull the color across the screen, lightly so as not to indent the clay.

How to Make Polymer Clay Silkscreen Jewelry

Here is what it looked like after the first try!  So easy and pretty.

TIP:  Make sure to immediately was the screen and squeegee so the paint doesn't dry on them.  You want to reuse them for as long as possible!

How to Cut Shapes in Clay

TIP:  Spray armor-all onto the cookie cutter inner and outer edge so that the clay won't stick to it and come up off the surface when you lift the cutter away after cutting.

Easy Free Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorials

Choose an area and a cookie cutter and press it into the clay to cut shapes.  I used circles large and medium for the pendant an earrings.  For the bracelet I used a small oval cutter.

Pull the "scrap clay" away from the cut shapes and set aside.  You can recondition it and reuse it, even if it has paint on it.  Just mix it in by conditioning it with your hands or pasta machine.

How to attach clay pieces

To create holes for jump rings in your pieces, you can use a toothpick while the clay is still raw, or use a bead reamer or drill after baking the clay.  Manipulating the clay while raw always carries the risk of distorting it, so I usually wait until it is baked before creating holes.  For this project I went ahead and made the holes while the clay was raw since I was going for an organic, imperfect feel.

How to seal polymer clay

I baked my pieces at 260 for 45 minutes and let them cool.  I painted the edges and back with a gold paint marker and sealed the pieces with Matte Mod Podge after the paint dried.Polymer Clay Silkscreen Earrings DIY

I used 2o gauge gold wire to create jump rings, earring findings and a toggle clasp for my finished pieces.  You can save money and get a unique look to your pieces by making your own findings, or purchase pre made findings.

DIY Polymer Clay Easy Bracelet Tutorial

This new kit from Premo has ignited my clay jewelry flame once again!  I have made several more pieces that you will be seeing in the future.  I hope you are inspired to try some clay projects.  It is so easy, inexpensive and you will be amazed at the gorgeous projects you can make from the get go.

For more clay inspiration and product updates, follow Premo Clay on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram!
 

Disclosure: I received product and compensation from Polyform and Blueprint Social in exchange for my campaign.  All opinions are honest and mine, as always!

Check out what other bloggers have been up to using Premo Clay Jewelry Products!

Make Geometric Modern Jewelry With Balsa Wood

Wooden jewelrymaking Tutorial @savedbyloves  

Have you ever wondered what you could do with balsa wood?  I mean besides kid school projects?  I inherited a stack of the stuff and it has been stowed away for years, waiting for me to be struck with inspiration.  I saw these cool, modern DIY jewelry pieces from Infinity Blend and now I can't wait to get started!  You don't have to have special power tools with this wood, just a craft knife and tiny screw driver you would use on your eyeglasses.

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Make DIY Jewelry With Balsa Wood @savedbyloves

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Click on the image above for the full tutorial, or go HERE:

How to make handmade wooden jewelry with simple tools

Be sure and thank Maria for sharing with SBLC!

Be sure and check out our other jewelry tutorials here at Saved By Love Creations!

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Make a DIY Terrarium Necklace

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This tiny little treasure is easy to make and takes just minutes.  I found a new to me product from Tim Holtz called Corked Domes and knew immediately that I would be making a terrarium pendant with them.  There is glass drilling required, but do not fear.  You can do it, no problem.  I will help you and you will be a pro in no time.  I am warning you now that I used fake plants to make my terrarium.  You can use live plants.  It is way hipper if they are alive, but I have a tendency not to water things, so I went plastic.  If you are honest and you don't have a PhD in succulentology, you've gotta give me that they look like the real deal.

SUPPLIES:

Rotary tool (I use Bead Landing Rotary Tool

Diamond Drill Bits

Tim Holtz Corked Domes

Small container of water and lint free towel

Hot glue/glue gun or Flora Bond if using live plants

Necklace Tutorial

Moss, small stones, mushrooms and whatever you want in your dome

Succulents (live or fake) - I got my fake succulents at Michael's

20 Gauge copper wire or eye pin

Round Nose jewelry pliers

Flat nose jewelry pliers

Needle nose pliers

 Flush wire cutters

Chain or cord for hanging your pendant

DIY Terrarium Necklace

TUTORIAL:

First you need to drill a hole in the top of your dome for a place to insert wire for hanging the pendant.  Follow the detailed instructions I showed you in this tutorial:  Mason Jar Chimes Tutorial and Drilling in Glass.

NOTE:  These glass domes are very thin.  I tried drilling the hole using my dremel and shattered the first dome I attempted.  I like the rotary tool used in the tutorial linked above because it is way fewer RPMs than my dremel and it has adjustable speed.  Many people swear by their Dremels for drilling glass.  I find my rotary tool way easier and I have success 99% of the time with it.

Make a pendant bail

Either use an eye pin (pictured) or cut a lenght of wire about 4 inches and create a loop in one end with your round nose pliers.

How to Wire Wrap

Insert wire through Dome hole so that loop is on inside, then use flat nose pliers to bend wire to 90° about 1/8-1/4 inch above where it exits the top of the dome.

Jewelry Making Tutorial Terrarium Necklace

Use round nose pliers to grab the a few mm past the bend.  With your free hand, grab the wire end and wrap wire around the pliers to form a loop.  (That gunk on the round nose pliers is Tool Magic - it coats your jewelry making tools so they don't leave scratches and dents in soft wire).

Handmade Jewelry Tutorial Saved By Love Creations

Wrap the remaining wire starting at the base of the loop down to the top of the dome.  Trim off excess wire with flush cutters and tuck in the end with needle nose pliers.  Now you have your wire bail for hanging your pendant!

Necklace Tutorial

Lay out your goodies and start gluing things into place on the cork.  Flora Bond works with live plants and won't kill them!  I used hot glue since mine are artificial.

How to make your own jewelry

Once you have everything in place, add the dome and string your chain.  You are now super cool...

How to make a Terrarium Necklace

These would be cute as keychains too.  If you go crazy and your junk won't fit in the dome, just tear some off and patch up any glue spots showing with moss.  Play around until you are satisfied with how it looks.

Remember last year when I showed you how to make bigger terrariums?

How about our 50+ DIY Terrariums and Creative Planters?

Jewelry Making Nunn Design Winter Collection Giveaway

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UPDATE:  Winner selected, contest over!  I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn at CHA this winter, and I fell instantly in love with the beautiful Nunn Design line.  Now Saved By Love Creations and Nunn Design have teamed up to bring you a chance to win their gorgeous 2014 Winter Collection.

What one lucky winner will get:

Clay Squisher-Flourish

Earring Mini Circle-Gld

Earring Ornate Mini Circle-Slv

Fine Text Cable Chain-Slv 25ft

Flat Tag Mini Drop-Cop

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Flat Tag Mini Tablet-Cop

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Ornate Grande Brooch Circle-Cop

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The earrings kit includes everything you will need to create the bling beauties pictured. Clear step-by-step instructions and photos guide you through the process of creating beautiful earrings even if it is your first time trying epoxy clay!

I am so excited for whoever wins this. It is a great giveaway. Good luck!!  Thank you Nunn Design!

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Sea Glass Jewelry; How to Drill Holes in Sea Glass

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I have been playing with sea glass that I bought in Florida a couple of years back, and I finally had some success with drilling holes for jewelry.  I had to break several pieces with my Dremel before getting the hang of it.  You don't have to have a drill press to do this.  I actually find it easier to hold the drill in my hand so I can feel the pressure I am exerting.

Sea Glass Pendant DIY

This video from Marc Horne describes the technique I used for my pieces pictured.

 

To wire wrap your pieces like I did, visit this DIY Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant I shared with you previously.

How to Drill Holes in Sea Glass

Do you make sea glass jewelry?  What is your preferred drilling method?