Epoxy Clay DIY Patriotic Filigree Earrings

DIY Epoxy Resin Filigree Patriotic Earrings

DIY patriotic jewelry is a tradition here at Saved By Love Creations! For this pair I combined my newest obsession - epoxy clay - with metal filigree, to create these lovely, star spangled pieces. This project is super easy, so lets get started.

DIY Patriotic Earrings @savedbyloves

Supplies:

Epoxy Resin Mold

Martha Stewart Silicone Star Mold

Epoxy Clay (Martha Stewart shown here)

Metal Filigree

Ear wires

Metal Chain

Jump rings

Charms

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder

White Embossing Powder

Heat tool or Melting Pot

Red Acrylic Paint (I used Vintaj Patina)

Antiquing Glaze

Small Paint Brush

Paper Towel

Latex gloves

Two pairs of jewelry pliers (flat or needle nose)

Instructions:

Silicone Resin Mold

Make the Stars

Mix equal parts of the epoxy clay per instructions, with gloved hands. Here I used Martha Stewart's clay. I also like Crystal Clay and Envirotex Epoxy Clay.

Press Clay into silicone mold, making sure to push it down into the corners of the stars. Smooth out back of star with wet fingertip to avoid fingerprints.

Let the stars cure overnight, and paint as desired with acrylic paint. I left the blue stars as is, and for the red, I used the Vintaj Patina in red. I antiqued all of the stars with antiquing medium, applying it with a paintbrush and wiping it away with a paper towel while still wet.

Color the Filigree

Use red and white embossing powder to coat the filigree as shown in this Vintaj video:

Epoxy Resin Jewelry Tutorial

Adhere stars to colored filigree with a small amount of epoxy clay or strong jewelry glue.

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Attach ear wires and charms and you are set!

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Remember Patriotic Earrings from prior years:

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.

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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!

How to Make Fabric & Wooden Bead Jewelry

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Easy, Quick Fabric Bracelet Tutorial @savedloves [pinit]

Make a fabric Necklace and Bracelet

I had the pleasure of attending a DIY blogger conference, Haven, in Atlanta over this past weekend.  I could write for days about the awesomeness of that whole experience, but that is not what this post is about.  While there, my friend Jessica from Mom4Real was sporting a cool necklace that I photographed and knocked off.  This is a super fast and easy project.  I used a sewing machine, but I will tell you how to make it the no sew way.

SUPPLIES:

How to make Upcycled jewelry

Fabric Scraps

Fabric Scissors

Wooden Beads 2 Sizes

Beacon Fabri-Tac

TUTORIAL:

Make a dollar store bracelet

You can use old t-shirts, old sheets, any fabric piece you can think of, really.  I used fat quarters and the above picture shows a headband I found at Dollar Tree.  The cool thing about using that is it is already a tube, so I didn't have to sew or use liquid stitch.  If you use fabric not already in a tube, just cut a rectangle about 14-16 inches (depending on how long you want your necklace or bracelet).  Sew into a tube inside out, then flip right side out.

how to make a knotted bracelet

 

 Tie a knot like above, put bead, tie another knot and continue until it is as long as you like.  I use an odd number of beads so there is a central one.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Pick out coordinating ribbon and cut to length you want.

Jewelry Tutorial

Sew on ribbon to each end or adhere with Fabri-tac.  I use clothespins to apply pressure.  Fabri-Tac dries super fast and is basically hot glue in a bottle, but not hot 🙂

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For some of the bracelets, I just used the end fabric to tie them instead of adding ribbon.

SUPER EASY, and adorable, I must say.

Fabric Scrap Bracelet Tutorial

Craftsy Online Class Giveaway!!

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Be excited.  I have some wonderful news for you.  Craftsy has teamed up with Saved By Love Creations to offer you a chance to win a free online craft class from their amazing library of creative, instructive video awesomeness.

I am in love with Craftsy's classes.  I have taken a few of them, and they are amazing.  I would take them all of the time if there were three of me.  Here are the ones I have taken so far:

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Here are some I have on my to do list:

Torch Fired Precious Metal Clay

How to make a beaded tapestry cuff

Gorgeous, huh?!

If there is something you have been wanting to learn, chances are they have a video on it that will surpass your expectations and leave you on fire for your newly acquired techniques.

The giveaway starts to day and will end on 8/14 at 6pm EDT.

ENTER TO WIN HERE:  BIG CRAFTSY GIVEAWAY

Even if you already have a Craftsy account you can use you existing login information to be entered. If you have trouble seeing the giveaway page, using Firefox should help. One entry per person.

Good Luck!

Can't wait until Aug. 14th?  Then go check out Crafty's new YouTube Video Series and be inspired!

Daisy Bracelet Tutorial With Mod Melts

[pinit]Mod Podge Mod Melts Bracelet Tutorial @PlaidCrafts from @savedbyloves #ModMelts[pinit]

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Blueprint Social and Plaid. All opinions are my own.

Have you seen the new Mod Melts and Molds by Mod Podge yet?  This stuff is fantastic!  As one who works with resin and polymer clay, I am in love with the ease of use, the detail of the pieces you can create and the speed of the process.  Today I will show you how to quickly create a beautiful daisy bracelet.  You will be seeing several more pieces in the near future made during my afternoon of creating with Mod Melts.

#ModMelts #diy daisy bracelet from @savedbyloves #jewelrymaking

Supplies:

#ModMelts

Mod Melt Mold

Mod Melt Sticks (Sea Glass used here)

Metal Filigree flower

Metal Chain and Toggle Clasp

Metal leaves

Acrylic paint white, yellow and green

Matte Mod Podge

E6000

Jewelry Pliers

Small Paint brush

Paint sponge daubber

Toothpicks

High Temp Hot glue gun

#ModMelts

Tutorial:

how to make flowers with #ModMelts

Heat the Mod Melt stick in your HIGH temp hot glue gun and squeeze into the larger daisy on the flower mold.  Work from the center out, making sure to not overfill.

How to use hot glue gun diy embellishments

Let cool for about 5 minutes.

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The pieces easily pop out of the flexible mold when you bend it.  This is so freaking cool.  Have you ever used resin in a flexible mold?  Hours upon hours of waiting.  No more.

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Now you just paint your daisy.  Mod Melts can be painted with acrylics, alcohol inks, embossing powders and more.  See Cathie Filian's great photo examples of different ways to color the embellishments.  I show you FolkArt and Martha Stewart acrylic paint in this tutorial.  I also tried alcohol inks and Vintaj patina.  So awesome!

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I painted the middle of the daisy with a toothpick.

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Here are the three pieces I sandwiched for the focal point of the bracelet.  I sealed them with 2 coats of Mod Podge Matte finish, painted on with small, soft brush.

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I used E6000 to attach the pieces.  Let dry for at least 30 minutes before handling.

How to make a metal filigree bracelet

To make the bracelet, I opened chain links and attached them directly to the metal filigree flower using jewelry pliers.

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Using pliers and a jump ring, I added toggle clasp to the ends for closure.

Mod Podge Mod Melts Bracelet Tutorial @PlaidCrafts from @savedbyloves #ModMelts

Give it a try.  You are going to love it! You can find more great ideas and products from Plaid by via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Paint Me Plaid.

Check out what others have made with Mod Melts:


Make an Easy Bracelet From Vintage Buttons

Make a Button Bracelet #jewelrymaking @savedbyloves

I came across a jar of vintage buttons at a flea market last week (while on vacation, because who takes a vacation from scavenging for junk) and remembered this DIY Button Bracelet  from hopestudios.com.  It seemed like the perfect, quick project to get my creative fix without interrupting quality time with honey.  Making these bracelets is the easy, fast and gratifying.  Start hoarding your favorite buttons right now, and grab some 1mm cord.  Customize for outfits or holidays, like the red, white and blue one for July Fourth.  Hope Studios will show you the detailed how to.

DIY Button Bracelet Tutorial

How to make a bracelet from old buttons #buttoncrafts

This one I made for a more neutral, beachy feel, and pretty much wore it every day.  Three bracelets took 30 minutes, not even long enough for my husband to give me the "Are you seriously crafting right now... right here?" - look.

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Love buttons but not bracelets made from them?  No Problem.

Here are 50+ ways to Create using BUTTONS!

Make an Easy Leather Wrap Bracelet

Leather Wrap Bracelet Tutorial by www.lebenslustiger.com featured @savedbyloves

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I am a little bit in love with this Leather Wrap Bracelet Tutorial by www.lebenslustiger.com.  Stepping away from the wood shop to get back to the jewelry table, and wanted to share this lovely piece with you.  The tutorial is quite detailed and the project looks simple enough.  I will update with pics when I am finished!

For plenty more DIY bracelets, see SBLC's bracelet tutorials, and our 50+ bracelet roundup!

Sizzix Rose Charm Bracelet

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Today I am sharing how to make this washi tape rose charm bracelet at the Sizzix Blog.  There are so many ways to use these adorable charms, from bracelets like this one, to earrings, paper craft embellishments and more.  Come on over and make your own!

Make Paper Feather Earrings

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I heart paper and I heart feather earrings.  It was only a matter of time before the inspiration to make paper feather earrings hit.  That time is now.  You can make your very own with just a few supplies...

 How to Make Paper Feather Earrings @savedbyloves

So you may have heard me and my creative bloggy friends mention SNAP!, a conference that took place last month in Utah.  It was amazing to meet these ladies face to face, and share ideas, laughs, even some dance floor moves.  We get into the details, us creatives.  You should have seen the business cards all dressed up with washi tape, glitter, clips, candies and on and on...  Rebecca at the Crafted Sparrow embellished hers with little aqua paper feathers to hers.

Die Cut Paper Feathers

In all the room chaos, I must have ended up with my roommate's Crafted Sparrow business card, but no fear.  I put it to good use.  When I got home and started sorting through my stash, I saw the 2 paper feathers and knew earrings were necessary.  You can make them too, no problem.  If you didn't happen to get 2 of Rebecca's cards with feathers, you can die cut your own, or just download this free feather template and use it to hand cut your feathers from pretty paper!

SUPPLIES:

2 Paper Feathers

20 gauge jewelry wire

Ear wires

Beads or crystals of your choice for feather stem

Tiny eyelet and setter

Flat nose and round nose pliers

Magic Glos Resin or Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Awl

Wire cutter

TUTORIAL:

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Apply resin to paper feathers.  I did both sides (when one side dries, flip it over and do the other).  For my thoughts on Magic Glos resin, check out my patriotic sprinkle earrings tutorial.  You can also use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic or 2 part resin, but you will have to wait overnight for these to dry before moving on to the next step.  With Magic Glos the wait is 20 minutes in sunlight or under a UV lamp.

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Poke a hole in the tip of your feather where the stem starts, and set your eyelet.  For the best explanation of how to do this with tiny eyelets, go to Retro Cafe Art Gallery's post on DIY acrylic tags.  That is how I did it, but I used a the pointy end of an aluminum crochet hook because I didn't have an eyelet setter tool.

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Cut about 5 inches of wire and insert into eyelet from front to back of feather.

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Bend wire up with a one inch tail as in photo.

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Loop tail around to form coil as shown.  I wrapped four times.  Cut off excess wire from tail if necessary.

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String beads onto wire on top of coil.  I used 2 small faceted beads on either side of a larger crystal.  Bend wire at 90° as shown.  Leave a space between the bend and the top bead for coiling the wire (see below).

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Loop wire around round nose pliers as shown.

TIP: When making earrings, I like to mark with a sharpie where on the pliers I wrap the wire so that I can make the loop on the next earring the same size.

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Slide ear wire finding onto loop, making sure you have it oriented so that when you put it in your ear, the side of the feather that you want to be the front is facing towards the front.

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Wrap the wire to the top of the bead, forming a coil as shown.  Clip the excess wire off with the wire cutter.

         

Faux Stone Bracelets from Salt Dough

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Hi everyone,
I’m Carolyn from homework. Johnnie is away for a few days enjoying some time with family and I was thrilled when she asked me to share a project with you. This is a fun craft that can be adapted for little kids or made more sophisticated for grown up jewelry.Can you guess what they are?
Faux stone bracelet #DIY #Jewelry #tutorial from Carolyn's Homework @savedbylovesThese faux stone beads are made from salt dough. This is another project that has been on my list to make for quite awhile and I was really happy with the results.
These bracelets are the inspiration. I wear these a lot!  The blue bracelet is turquoise and I’m not sure what type of stone the white bracelet is.
 
I love these bracelets. They’re easy to throw on since they’re on stretchy jewelry cord and their chunky size and variegated tones make a nice statement.
I started by making some salt dough beads. I don’t have a picture of the beads before I painted them but here’s the recipe I used:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups cold water
Note: I cut the recipe in half and had more than enough dough to make a lot of beads.
Thoroughly mix the flour and salt together. Add the water and mix well. Knead the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes. Shape your beads and make a hole with a wooden skewer. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or until they are completely dry and hardened.
Tip: The holes on most of my beads closed up during the baking process. I may try baking them on a piece of wire or the skewer next time I make these.
Once the beads were cooled, I started painting them with the craft paints. I used two coats of Martha Stewart High Gloss in Wedding Cake for the white and while the white paint was still wet added Metallic Sterling for the accent. The trick is to just dab on the silver color and swirl it slightly. Dry your beads on toothpicks. Once they are completely dry, finish with a coat of clear gloss sealer.
And here they are… my favorite bracelets; turquoise, white stone and salt dough.
I hope you enjoyed the project I shared here today. Stop by and visit me anytime at homework
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