Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIY: the bracelet for my mom

This is what my mom is getting for mother's day!

She saw the one I made awhile ago (tutorial here) and she asked for one with black cords.
So I made it obeyed (!!!) but I used all sterling silver components.
I love the result so much I'm going to make one for myself as well!!


Economy Waxed Cotton Necklace Cord 1.5mm Black 10 Yards (30 Feet)
* / 3 / Sterling Silver 5x35mm Curved Tube Beads
* / 1 / Sterling Silver Swivel Curved Lobster Claw Clasp 19.5mm
* / 17 / Sterling Silver Head Pins 26 Gauge 1.5 Inches
* / 17/ Sterling Silver Jump Rings 7mm Closed
9-10mm White Color Natural Freshwater Pearl Beads
5 mm Freshwater Pearl Beads
* / 1 / Sterling Silver Heavy 10mm Closed Jump Ring 17 Gauge
Sterling Silver Wire 20 Gauge Round Half Hard


Three Step Wire Looping Round Nose Pliers 5mm, 7mm, 10mm
Darice 1893-09 Set of 5 Jewelry-Making Tools with Pink Handles

the tutorial / how-to:

Because the sterling silver lobster clasp doesn't have a big enough ring to loop all the cords in, I had to come up with a different plan.
I used the wire looping pliers to make two split rings.

I connected one to the clasp

and the other one to the heavy 10mm jumpring.

Then I proceeded with the same steps on the detailed tutorial here.

The two of us... some times ago!
(I guess I love blue so much because my mom started to dress me in blue when I was little?)

happy mother's day to all the moms :) 
xox, d.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY - Vanities cord bracelets

if your mom loves edgy jewelry:

... she's going to love these bracelets!

Two tutorials in one post:  
attention - picture heavy [but totally worthy]

top picture: Polyvore - collage by moi

Made several of these the other day because I love how they look all staked - serious ARM SWAG going on!!

Ready for the tutorials? ... keep reading, it's all there!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY necklace triple strand gold pearl necklace

This necklace is another gift I made some times ago

And now that she received it (and //apparently// loved it) it's time to share it!
We saw it at the Moma Store and ...

left : MomaStore - collage by moi


* 35"  3mm x 6mm curb link gold chain
* 20 - Fresh water pearls diam +/- 5mm
Gold Wire 24 Gauge soft
* 2 - 24 gauge gold 2" head pins
Gold Plated Lobster Clasp 10mm
* 1 flat pearl bead diam. 10 mm (from my stash)
Darice 1893-09 Set of 5 Jewelry-Making Tools with Pink Handles
* 2 or 4 (optional, see tutorial)  7 mm gold jump rings 

the tutorial // how-to:

Cut the chain in two sections:
- one will be 25" long
- the other 10" long

attach one jump ring to the clasp and connect it to one end of the 25" long chain,
then the other jump ring to the other side of the chain.
(I was running out of gold jump rings - therefore I used a 8mm for the closure, and a 4mm to connect the clasp)

Find the center of the necklace, and connect the flat pearl bead to the chain

wrap the wire of the headpin around a couple of time, and cut the excess

from the center bead, measure 5" on both sides of the necklace, and mark the link of the chain
with a marker (or you can use two safety pins to mark the link - your option)

connect 19 of the the pearls using the technique of the beaded links
 (check the tutorial here)
and leave the wire un-done on the first and last link

place the wire on the links of the chain that has been previously marked 

connect to the wire also the shorter 10" long chain,
wrap the wire around the pearl and cut the excess
Alternative: you could finish the pearls and connect pearls, shorter chain to to longer chain using a a jump ring on each side - your choice: it' will look pretty much the same.

Once extended, the necklace should look like this -
at this point ind the center link of the shorter chain and
wrap the last pearl with the head pin.
... and it's done!

xox, d.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

DIY cord, tubes and pearls bracelet pt.2

this is the simplified version of the previously made

tubes and pearls bracelet 

Well, this is a gold tone version of it, but with an easier way to string it, and only one knot on one side, so it's less bulky.
This time around, I also used shorter tube beads which look much better around the wrist.


* 10 yards - Waxed Cotton Cord 1.5mm
* 1 - Gold Plated Lobster Clasps 23mm
* 3 - 12mm Open Jump Rings
* 3 - Gold Plated Curved Noodle Tube Beads 5mm x 30mm
* 13 - Gold Plated 6mm Open Jump Rings
* 13 - Gold Plated Head Pins
Round Nose Pliers, Flat nose Pliers, Wire cutter
Not pictured:
a small plastic bottle (circumference just a bit wider than your wrist), painter's tape, a large needle and scissors.

the tutorial // how-to:

Open one of the large jump rings and attach it to the lobster clasp.

Place another one of the large jump rings into the clasp,
and tape well the clasp onto the plastic bottle.

Pass the cord into one of the jump rings,
find the middle part and tape the two ends together
(the tape will serve as a needle to go through the tubes and jump rings).

Pass the tube bead through the cord.
(actually, I changed it later and added a jump ring before  and one after the tube)

Wrap the cord around the bottle and reach the jump ring on the other side,
pass the cords through the jump ring.

Pass the cord again into the tube bead and wrap it around the jump ring.

Place one or two of the smaller jump rings onto the cord
and keep wrapping around it the bigger jump rings.

That's what I made:
1st wrap: 1 jump ring, 1 tube, 1 jump ring
2nd - 3rd - 4th wraps : 1 jump ring
5th wrap: 1 jump ring, 1 tube, 1 jump ring
6th - 7th - 8th wraps: 1 jump ring
9th wrap: 1 jump ring, 1 tube, 1 jump ring

Tie the knot! ... Only one.

By making the bracelet this way, you'll end up with only one side that will need a knot: which in my opinion looks much neater and not as bulky as the version I made last year.

1* when you get to the last pass through the jumprings and the tube, thread the large needle with the remaining cord.
2* pass the needle under the bracelet, leaving the loop a bit loose.
3* wrap around the side of the bracelet once.
4* pass it under the large jump ring.
5* and under the bracelet.
6* pass it through the first loop created at the beginning, open the double cord in two, and pass only one side back to the loop that you just made.
7* now there are two cords that can be knot together.
8* tie a double knot.
9* cut the remaining rope and it's done!

Use the round nose pliers wrap each pearl through the head pins and to the jump rings.

To avoid the chance that the pearls will move around,
open the last one of the big jump rings and wrap it around the cords next to the clasp
(on the opposite side than the knot).

Wrap another pearl on this last jump ring and it's finished!

This bracelet was part of E's birthday present and she texted me that she "loved it, wearing it as I speak... you're the best!" I think I NAILED IT!!

xox, d.

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