October’s monthly pick is a necklace! At my friend’s request, I made it for her to offer as a present to someone else and we all loved the result!
Made of leather and using a lovely fairy charm (ever since I found them, I cannot live without them!) and a little pearl, they make a lovely gift.
You know the drill 🙂 This necklace is available for sale on my Etsy shop (accessible through this link). For your chance to get it with a 10% discount, use code BEEBIJUBLOG2 when you check out. This code will be available when my next blog post is up!
In this post, we will take a brief look at 4 nice and easy projects, great for you if you’re new in the jewellery making world. Each one uses a slightly different technique and in addition to being quite straightforward, they are a great basis for what can result in beautiful pieces.
Multi wrap necklace
For this project, you will need a string (I would recommend using elastic or fish cord) and lots of beads – colours and sizes can be mixed and matched, you decide! Start by tying a knot on one end of the string and bead away from the other end! Once you’re happy with the length, tie a couple of knots (using both ends of the string) to secure it. All done, this necklace can be wrapped around the neck as many times as desired!
The materials used for this project are chain – colour, size and length completely up to you – and charms of your choice – one to a lot! I love offering these as gifts with charms that relate to the person in question or to a specific occasion. All you need to do is measure the length desired and save a clasp on the side – I find it easier to attach it at the end to have a better idea of where the charms are going and take measurements, if needed. Now add all the charms as and where you wish to (please refer to my post Jewellery Making Tutorial – Beaded Braceletfor some tips on how to do this without damaging jump rings). Once you’re finished, attach the clasp to both ends of the chain to close the bracelet.
Very easy and quick to make, you will only need some wire (I usually prefer to use 0.8mm wire as it is not too thick but can be easily re-shaped). Cut the wire you will need – 20-30cms will do. For the ring to start taking shape, you will firstly need to wrap the wire around a cylindrical shaped object (I tend to use my ring sizer). Once both sides of the wire “meet in the middle”, start twisting the wire on itself until the front of the ring gains the desired shape and size. If there is some wire “sticking out”, cut it with a wire cutter and turn it inside (so it does not scratch). You can use different colour wires and create several different shapes.
Single strand earrings
To create a nice, quick and simple pair of earrings, use two eye/head pins and a pair of earring hooks. Pick your beads and slide them down the wire, securing the eye/head pin by creating a loop at the end (please see this video for details on how to do it). Attach the beaded wire string to the earring hook (Please refer to my Beaded Bracelet Tutorialmentioned above). Repeat the process with the other eye/head pin. Why not try different earrings, if you’re feeling funky?
Tried any of the above? Share your results in the comment section, I would love to hear about it!
I decided to try out a tool I bought some time ago: the Coiling Gizmo. This is a great and fun way to coil wire, regardless of the colour, length or diameter.
I started by trying it out myself, based on the instructions that came with it, and then looked around for ideas and more information – and to ensure I’m making the best of it!
The idea is that you keep on turning it around and voilà! It’s not extensively laborious and it doesn’t necessarily leave you with arm muscles like The Rock’s! 🙂 It’s literally a matter of turning it again and again… and as always, a bit of practice!
You can buy the version I have – the Econo Gizmo, or a more recent version, the Deluxe Gizmo, which contains a few more bits and pieces. Both will give you great results in no time and the possibilities are endless.
I will be giving a few recommendations at the end of the post but for now, here is my how my experience was.
As said, practice makes perfection and you will see below that my first few attempts show two things: The basics of coiling are effortless; easy-to-make mistakes are also easy to avoid!
When coiling, the wire will acquire the new form easily but if there is a kink you may not be able to remove it. Therefore you want to ensure the wire is smooth before you start, by using a nylon jaw flat nose pliers.
One other thing I found is that there is no need to wrap the wire around the curve in the crank rod ten times… one to two is enough! This way, once you’re finished coiling, you unwrap the wire rather that cut it, making it easier to slide it out the rod.
And yes, you can easily coil thicker wire too!
Here are the first pieces I created using this technique:
Of course there is more to it so once I started researching, I found that coiled wire can be coiled a second time, resulting in lovely pieces that can be used as pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I have yet to try most of those but if here is one of my attempts (and the best so far) at it:
Here are a couple of videos I found very useful as they explain the technique in detail: