DIY Swirl Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

diy wire wrapped toe ring

It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny (sometimes) and it makes me think of flip fops, bright pink nail polish and toe rings. I like them a lot, and used to have a few. Instead of buying more, what does a maker do? We make our own.

Get some good wire and some jewelry pliers. Let’s get to wire wrapping!

 

diy toe ring supplies

DIY Toe ring supplies

  • Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  • jewelry pliers
  • jewelry wire

 

wire jewelry design

Step 1: make the first wire swirl

Using the rounded pliers, twist the wire until you’ve made a swirl.

 

swirl wire wrapping

Step 2: create the ring loop

Use your Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create the loop that will become the ring.

 

toe ring wire wrapping

Step 3: create the second swirl

Now, you’re going to do the same thing you did for the first swirl for the second. The only difference will be be that the swirl will twist in the opposite direction.

 

diy wire wrapped toe ring

When you’re finished, you’ll have your own wire wrapped toe ring!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their July craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Paper Mache Rain Cloud
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Coming soon!
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Trifold Gift Card Holder
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Criss Cross Tshirt
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Coming soon!
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Coming soon!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Leather Beaded Bracelets

diy leather beaded bracelet

I’m going to apologize for this, but I’ve been on a jewelry kick these past two weeks. Earrings last week and bracelets this week. I promise next week will bring new and exciting things. Let me get this out of my system first, though.

Okay, moving on. I love leather bracelets, but I never make them. I always feel like other people can make them better than I do, so I just buy them. That had to change, because you can’t get better at something if you don’t try, right?

I chose an easy design with a little bit of wire wrapping, which I’ve written a few tutorials for. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m confident that if I can make these, any of you can do the same. Want to try? Keep reading.

 

leather beaded bracelet materials

Materials needed for leather beaded bracelets

  • beads
  • metal wire
  • jump rings
  • leather cord
  • jewelry clasps

You can find all supplies needed to make these bracelets at any craft store.

 

Wire wrapping with beads

Step 1: thread the wire through the bead

Cut a piece of wire about half an inch longer than your bead on both sides.

Then, slide the bead into the center of the wire.

 

wire wrapping

Step 2: twist two loops into the wire

Using your round-nosed jewelry pliers, create a loop in the wire on either side of the bead. You should have something that looks like the image above.

Then, repeat on the opposite side.

 

Step 3: add the clasps

Cut the leather cord so that, when folded in half and threaded through the metal loop, it reaches around to the other side of your wrist, but not quite to the center. You want to leave some space for the clasps to come together.

Add the clasp to fasten the leather ends.

Repeat on the opposite side.

 

diy leather beaded bracelet

When you’re finished, you should have a bracelet that looks like this.

If you want to get a little more adventurous, try making another bracelet and styling it just a bit differently.

beaded bracelets with leather straps

I made the one on the left second. This one has 4 beads instead of 1 and the clasps are fastened to the side closest to the beads, rather than on the other side of the wrist.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

DIY Bead String Earrings

DIY bead string earrings

I disappeared last week. Sorry about that. I needed a mini break from all organized activity. Surely you’ve been in the same boat. But I’m back to crafting this week and I have a fancy set of earrings for you to make that’s quick and easy.

These are the kind of homemade earrings that make great gifts.

  1. They look more expensive than they are (but aren’t cheaply made), so that’s a win for both the maker and the recipient.
  2. They’re super easy to assemble.
  3. They go well with all outfits.

Want to make some? Keep reading!

materials for DIY bead string earrings

Materials for Bead String Earrings

  • Bead caps
  • Fancy beads
  • Earring rods
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers (not pictured)

Tips for choosing beads:

  1. Choose beads that aren’t exactly the same size. You can see that some of mine are oblong, others are round and some look squished. Some are even textured.
  2. Choose beads with some shine. Beads that shimmer a little bit look so much better in indoor lighting.

I purchased all of my supplies at Michael’s (of course), but you can pick yours up at any craft or hobby shop.

Bead caps at top and bottom

Step 1: Start with a bead cap

Slide one bead cap to the bottom of your earring rod.

Follow that with a string of beads misshapen beads.

Lastly, top with a bead cap.

It’s like a sandwich of beads!

Note: Leave some room at the top of your earring rod. We’re using that space in the next step.

earring loop for hook connection

Step 2: Make a wire loop

Using your round-nosed pliers, twist the excess wire at the top of the earring rod into a loop. Don’t close it completely.

 

beaded earring

Step 3: Add the earring hook

Slide on the earring hook and close your loop.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

 

DIY bead string earrings

When you’re finished, you’ll have this fancy pair of earrings! Keep them for yourself or give them to someone you know will love them.

You could always hang on to them and give them as a Christmas gift. I know, I know, it’s August. But Christmas sneaks up on you. You could be prepared for that.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

diy stacked beaded earrings

The February theme for  The Craft Challenge is beads, so I chose to make wire-wrapped earrings. I found the beads at Michael’s last week and thought they would look cute stacked on top of each other. They look kind of elegant, don’t they?

They’re easy to make, you can buy all of your materials in one location (which is always a plus for me) and making your own is less expensive than buying them.

beaded earring materials

Stacked Beaded Earring Materials

  • beads
  • bead caps
  • earring pins
  • earring hooks
  • round-nosed pliers

 

stacked beads

Step 1: Stack the beads

Stack your beads on the earring pin, with rounded beaded between the square beads.

 

earring-beads

wire wrappingwire loop for earrings

Step 2: Bend the wire

Using your pliers, twist the top of the pin into a circle and cut off the excess wire.

 

stacked beaded earrings

Step 3: Attach the earring hook

Attach the earring hook to the loop you just made.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

Voilà! When you’re finished you have a new set of pretty earrings.

I’d love to know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Be sure to check out the rest of the beaded craft projects in The Craft Challenge by visiting A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments!

 

DIY Vintage Necklace

DIY vintage necklace

I’m a really big fan of vintage jewelry. Most of the time I admit I would never wear it, but I really like the way it looks. The other day, I was at Michael’s (of course, it’s like my second home), and found these really cute key charms. They’re not really vintage keys, obviously, but they’re close enough in appearance. I wanted to make something with them, but the craft I planned on making this week didn’t work out like I’d hoped. I didn’t measure properly and the key was too big for the holder. Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail on that one because I plan to use the remaining keys to do it right someday.

So, I made the jewelry I thought I’d never wear and surprised myself!

This one is quick and easy! It takes longer to pick the charms you want than it does to make the necklace. Sometimes that’s a good problem to have.

vintage necklace charms

Vintage Necklace Materials

Chain
Charms
Jump rings

You can find all of this at Michaels or any other craft store.

vintage necklace macro

Step 1 and only

Attach your jump rings to your charms and slide the charms onto the necklace.

I chose the key first. Then rounded hammered charm to match the key. Then the silver bird charm to compliment the gems in the key.

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.

DIY diffuser charm necklace

The June theme for this Craft Challenge was jewelry and I was having a hard time coming up with something to make. Jewelry is usually a pretty easy one for me because I make so much of it. Turns out, that was my problem. I’ve made a little bit of every kind of jewelry and I don’t want to repeat any of my tutorials. So, I tweeted for a fresh perspective. Thankfully, my friend, Christine, from Dreaming in CMYK gave me this brilliant idea—A diffuser necklace. Thank you, Christine!

I’ve never been very interested in perfume, so this is nice alternative. It’s really easy to make and you will smell GREAT all day long. I got all of my materials at Michael’s for about $11. Oh, except the essential oils. I got that on Amazon. You can get them at Giant Eagle or The Vitamin Shoppe as well.

diffuser necklace materials

Things You Will Need

Felt
Scissors
Essential oils
2 Small charms
1 Large charm with holes
Necklace chain (with or without beads)

For the diffuse charm, you’re going to want to find a locket with some holes to let the essential oils escape.

I chose peppermint for my essential oil. I would love to make another diffuser necklace with grapefruit or citrus essential oils too. That would smell amazing.

felt circle diffuser pad

Step 1

Measure the diffuser charm and cut out a piece of felt that will fit inside.

peppermint oil diffuser necklace

Step 2

Soak your felt piece with the essential oil and place it back in the diffuser charm.

You might have to add more oil to the felt after a few weeks to keep the smell. These oils are very aromatic though, it will probably take a while before the smell is gone completely. The good news is, it doesn’t take more than a few drops each time.

diffuser charm beaded necklace

Step 3

Attach your new diffuser charm to the necklace chain.

DIY diffuser charm necklace

Step 4

Now, attach the two smaller charms to the necklace on either side of the diffuser charm.

essential oil necklace

And now you have your very own diffuser necklace that will keep you smelling fresh and wonderful all day long. Not bad for $11 and 15 minutes, right?

I’d love to know what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Jewelry-Themed Crafts

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

These are The Craft Challenge participants. Click each image to check out their jewelry-themed craft tutorials! They will all be posted at some point today.

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

I was trying to figure out what to make for my craft today so I was looking through my supplies and found that I had a lot of wire laying around. What better project to work on with a bunch of wire than wire-wrapped earrings?

With the right tools, these earrings are very easy to make. You can make them without the tools but it is more time consuming and your fingers are definitely going to get roughed up. Your choice, though!

materials for DIY wire-wrapped pearl earrings

Things You Will Need
Beads
Jewelry wire
Earring hooks
Jewelry pliers
Thing-A-Ma Jig

**You can get the materials for these earrings at Michael’s or any other craft store.

wire-wrapped circle

Step 1
Make a circle with the top of your wire using the largest gauge on the pliers.

wire-wrapped bottom circle

Step 2
Using the largest circular peg that comes with your Thing-A-Ma Jig, wrap the wire around it so you have something that looks like the image above.

wire wrapped top circle

Step 3
To get a slightly smaller circle, wrap the remaining wire around one of the plier handles.

small wire wrapped circle

Step 4
Make the same small circle as your did in step 1, but instead of using the largest gauge, use the smallest.

black pearl wrapping

Step 5
Wrap your smaller wire around one side of the bottom circle, then slide your pearl onto the other end of the wire.

wire-wrapped pearl charm

Step 6
Do the same thing with the wire on the opposite side.

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

Attach your hooks and you have some adorable new black pearl earrings! Okay, they aren’t black pearls, they’re faux pearls, but I still like them just the same.

Let me know what you think!