November 1, 2012Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (116)Crafts, Jewelry MakingNo Comments
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebookto socialize and share with other crafters!
There is a new crafting book coming out that I am counting down the days until it’s release. It is the latest by Mark Montano, the Big Ass Book of Bling! I can’t tell a lie, I love all things BLING!The book isn’t coming out until November 13th, but today ladies (and gentlemen), I am so excited to share a sneak peak at one of the projects inside this book.
Sometimes just a simple necklace can make the outfit or in this case the costume. Even if costumes are not your thing, adding this little gem to an everyday outfit makes you one of the Dr.’s creations and should gain you admittance to any Halloween shindig.
Take a little of the clay and roll out a snake. Cut it into 1″ long pieces, then taper the ends a little. Make about 12 to 15 “stitches”, to make the X just place the one coil over the other and pinch them together a bit. Once the stitches are ready take the needle or toothpick and push it through the clay pieces.
Next bake the clay according to the instructions on the package.
When the clay has cooled thread the pieces onto a piece of black embroidery floss. I tied little knots on either side of the clay piece to hold them in place. Add the lobster clasp to one end and the jump ring on the other.
By General Crafts Contributor Melissa, from the blog MeloMomma.
With fall approaching and school starting, there are a lot of activities going on. This project can be done during an afternoon, and will be a nice addition to your jewelry box or dress-up clothes! Also this is a great way to add some of your favorite beads or buttons into your jewelry.
I love having custom pieces of jewelry that no one else owns and one of the easiest ways for me to accomplish this is to make them myself. It’s a great way to liven up your wardrobe for a fraction of what you would pay in the store. All it takes is a few supplies to make unique and stylish bracelets that you know no one else is going to be sporting.
Step 1. Choose the paper you want for your bracelet, then cut it into thin horizontal strips. I used antique pages from a broken Shakespeare book, so I just cut the paper every four lines.
Step 2. Put a strip of Mod Podge on the bracelet, then press the paper down and fold along the sides. Don’t fold the ends over just yet. As you’re applying the strips of paper, line them up flush to each other and make sure the pattern or wording all faces the same direction.
Step 3. Continue attaching the paper strips until you completely cover the outside of the bracelet.
Step 4. Once the outside is covered, fold the ends over to the inside and glue them down with Mod Podge. Be careful not to press too hard or it’ll rip the ends off.
Step 5. Put a coat of Mod Podge over the inside and outside of the bracelet, then let it sit to dry overnight.
Step 6. Put a coat of varnish on the inside and outside of the bracelet, then let it dry for several hours before wearing it.
I have a jar of buttons that I’m saving for someday, well that someday has come. I have been making simple button bracelets for my daughter and myself. Today I’m going to share a simple design that’s going to make you raid your button box.
Start by cutting a length of floss. If your button has 4 holes, insert the floss from the backside into one of the holes, come to the front side of the button then down into the hole next to the one you came out of. It will make a loop, before pulling the loop tight to the button, pull the 2 strings from the backside up through the loop, making a kind of knot. See the pictures. Repeat for the other side. To wear tie it onto the wrist. You could place a clasp on one end and jump ring on the other for easy on and off.
Another idea for a 4 hole button is to insert the floss into the hole from the backside and down into the hole diagonal to it. Then with another piece of floss do the same with the other two holes. Then flip the button over and tie the different two strings together, this will hold the button in place.
If you have a 2 hole button, bring the floss up from the backside through the hole and tie a knot at the side of the button. Then do the same on the other side.
Some postage stamps are so beautiful you can’t help but try to find something to do with them. Why not use them as earrings? With all of the different types of stamps from around the world, there are endless options and one to pair with every outfit you can come up with.
If you’re a huge fan of comics, why shouldn’t you make them part of your wardrobe? Of course you can showcase the designs on shirts, but it would be much more interesting to wear them as jewelry. These comic book earrings are easy to make and would add a unique touch to your outfit.