Showing posts with label charm bracelet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label charm bracelet. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part Two - Boho Floral Charm Bracelet

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make a Boho Floral Necklace using an adult coloring book image as the focal point of the necklace.  This was made based on a challenge I participated in which was sponsored by C&T Publishing featuring one of their coloring books.

The only problem (if you could call it that) that I had was limiting myself to making just one piece of jewelry.  I ended up making several, and decided to share tutorials for each on my blog.  This particular tutorial is for the Boho Floral Charm Bracelet.  I love this piece - it is bright and cheery and screams summer.  Plus, it is lightweight in design, which is an added plus.  Now, without further adieu, here is the tutorial:


Supplies needed:

6 - round wooden disc blanks, 1" inch in diameter. (I used Blank Slate pre-drilled wooden discs that I found at Hobby Lobby, but you can always purchase plain wooden discs and drill your own holes in them.)
1 - Adult coloring book page.  I used Modern Elegance.
5 - Sharpie markers in complementary colors (I used yellow, orange, light orange, light pink and dark pink/fuschia.)
1 - pink acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Pink Eraser)
1 - orange acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Tropic Orange)

8 inches - rhodium larger link jewelry chain
additional chain - as needed - to elongate the bracelet length
10 inches - Sari silk ribbon/silk ribbon in shades of orange and/or pink
10 - glass beads, crystal and/or pearls in shades of orange and pink
10 - silver-colored bead caps, or more, if desired (optional)
10 - silver-colored seed beeds
10 - 2" inch long, silver-colored head pins
1 - Lobster clasp
several jump rings - silver-colored

White glue
Super glue (optional)
Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Water-based varnish  (optional - please see #4 for information.)

Tools needed:

Drill (only if plain, undrilled wooden discs are used)
Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
1" inch round hole punch


1. Paint one side of three of the wooden discs with pink paint.  Paint the remaining three discs with orange paint.  Set aside to dry.  Repeat.

2. Color the coloring book page with Sharpies.

3. Using the round hole punch, punch out 6 circles from the colored page, ensuring that interesting images are captured with the range of the punch.

4. Use finger to apply a light layer of glue over the unpainted side of the wooden disc blanks.  Carefully place the coloring book piece over the top of the blanks, smoothing it out with your finger and removing any wrinkles and/or air bubbles.  Set pieces aside and let them dry.  Once they are dry, use your finger to apply a thin coating of Diamond Glaze over the tops of each piece.  The key is to use a very light touch here, so as not to smear your images.  If desired, once dried, the discs can be left as is, however, I noticed that items sealed with Diamond Glaze can be somewhat tacky.  To alleviate this, I add a coat of water-based varnish over the top.  This takes away the tackiness of the Diamond Glaze.  I do not recommend using the varnish without the Diamond Glaze, though, as it may "lift" the color off of your pendant.  The Diamond Glaze is used as a protectant.  When applied lightly, it will help to prevent the coloring from smearing or lifting off of the page.

5. Lace the ribbon through the rhodium chain and cut, leaving approximately 1 1/2" inches extra on each end.  Tie each end into a knot.  To ensure the knots stay secure, dab a dot of super glue on them (optional.)  Trim excess ribbon.


6. Use jump rings to attach wooden discs to chain, ensuring that they are evenly spaced apart, and that they alternate between the pink and orange colors on the back.

Front of bracelet.

Layout for back of bracelet.

7.  Thread headpins with a silver seed bead, one pink or orange bead and bead caps. Wire-wrap each headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Lay out the beads in an alternating pink and orange bead dangles.  Attach 5 of these to the chain, spacing them evenly between the discs.  Please refer to photo for placement. 

8. At this point, measure the length of the bracelet chain. It will be shorter than the 8 inches you started out with due to being threaded with ribbon.  Add additional lengths of chain, as desired, to both ends of the ribboned chain in order to make it the desired bracelet length.  Add  remaining beads to the outer edges of the discs.  Add a lobster clasp onto one side of the bracelet length, and one single bead to the other end of the bracelet length.  

 Ta-Da!  Your beautiful bracelet is done!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Polymer Clay Chocolate Bunnies and Peeps Easter Jewelry!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on some brand new Easter jewelry designs - all made from polymer clay.  (Yes, Easter is early this year - it falls on March 27th - next month!)  The designs include little "chocolate" Easter bunnies, white "chocolate" bunnies (as not everyone likes chocolate) and "marshmallow" Peeps. For a sneak peek of these items in process, please check out my Instagram page.

Here are some of my latest designs - all of which will be posted to my Etsy shop this week:

Chocolate bunny and roses Easter bracelet.

Chocolate Easter bunny necklace.

Chocolate bunny Easter necklace and earrings set.

Chocolate bunny Easter bracelet.

White chocolate Easter bunny bracelet.

White chocolate Easter bunny bracelet.

White chocolate Easter bunny earrings in two sizes.

Peeps Easter jewelry.

Peeps Easter jewelry.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New Polymer Clay Halloween Designs!

True to form, with the hectic pace of being a full-time college student (along with all of the accompanying homework), plus work and all of life's little "things", I feel like I have been pressed for time in getting my holiday jewelry creations completed in a timely fashion.  I have just completed some new polymer clay Halloween designs, which were posted to Etsy and EBay this evening.  Without further ado, here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure:

Pumpkin brooches - hand carved by yours truly.

Candy corn charm bracelet and earrings.

Candy corn charm bracelet - detail pic.

Pumpkin charm bracelet and earrings.

Pumpkin charm bracelet - Detail pic.

Ghost earrings and necklace.

Country prim pumpkin earrings.

In the event you are interested, I have been sharing photos of my jewelry creations on Instagram as they are in the process of being created (among other things.)  Such as the image (below) of my pumpkin jewery pieces being treated with antiquing medium to give them a more rustic, prim look.

Pumpkins being antiqued - from my Instagram page.

I am happy to report that I also have started working on some new Christmas and Catholic jewelry designs - just in time for the holidays!  Stay tuned  - I am planning to share them here as they are completed.  :)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Note About Custom Orders

Many years ago, when I began selling my handmade jewelry designs on the internet, I started to get requests from people for special order items.  You name it - they came in - everything from pieces featuring particular saints, to family members to specific themes.  I wasn't sure if handling custom orders was the right thing for me to do at the time, but in hindsight, it ended up being a good move for me, business-wise.  In the 14 years I have been designing and selling  jewelry online, I'd have to estimate that nearly one-third of my retail sales are custom orders.  By accepting custom orders, I found that I was given "free" advertising and new business from people who'd order from me because they couldn't find exactly what they wanted in the marketplace.  Word of mouth spreads, and the next thing I knew, I began receiving orders from friends and family members of customers who wanted their own individually created jewelry pieces.

On EBay and Etsy, where I sell many of my designs, the custom order requests for loaded charm bracelets, domino pendants and wooden cross necklaces came in several times a week.  To accommodate these requests, I set up special "custom" listings for people to order these items through the sites without having to contact me first.  Upon checkout, they let me know the specification for their designs.

Custom loaded Catholic saint charm bracelet

Custom charm bracelet - Graveyard Angels

Custom charm bracelet - Graveyard Angels - detail

Sometimes, I've found that if one person is looking for something in particular, it results in additional sales to others.  For example, a person with the last name of "peacock" asked me to design some peacock-themed resin jewelry pieces for them.  I ended up getting numerous requests for peacock-related designs from others who saw the original design and I had a hard time keeping them in stock.

Custom peacock resin pendant

Custom peacock resin ring

Custom peacock resin earrings

The special orders I initially accepted have expanded into wholesale orders for businesses, as well.  Several years ago, the Director of the Jell-O Museum gift shop in New York purchased a pair of polymer clay Jell-O salad earrings from me on EBay.  This was the start of a regular business relationship for us.  The museum has provided me with specific images they want used in their jewelry designs; I make all of the Jell-O earrings for their gift shop and have been doing so for many years now.  I have expanded this to include novelty polymer clay candy piece earrings for a candy store in Pennsylvania, among other entities.

The Jell-O earrings that started it all for me with the Jell-O Museum gift shop in New York.

Jell-O earrings similar to those being sold at the Jell-O Museum gift shop.

The orders didn't stop there.  When St. Damien of Molokai was canonized as a Catholic saint in 2009, I was commissioned by the Catholic Church in Hawaii to make hundreds of St. Damien pendants for the state's canonization celebrations.  (A little side note about St. Damien - He ministered to the lepers of Hawaii in the late 1800's; he eventually passed away from leprosy himself in 1889.)

Saint Damien of Molokai pendants in process.

St. Kateri Tekawitha pendants in process for a St. Kateri Tekakwitha conference this summer.
St. Kateri Tekawitha wood cross necklaces in process for a St. Kateri Tekakwitha conference this summer.
Our Lady of Guadalupe polymer clay necklaces made for a church group in Texas.

Last week, I designed and made domino pendants and key chains for the Christian band, Third Day.  The dominoes featured images of the crucified Christ with the words of one of Third Day's songs imposed over them - "Cry Out to Jesus."  Needless to say, the band loved the designs.

Domino key chains and necklaces made for the Christian band, Third Day, June, 2014.

Domino necklace detail made for the Christian Band, Third Day, June, 2014.

All in all - if you create things as a part of your business and have pondered about whether to take custom orders - I'd say, "go for it".  Take it from me. You never know what it can do for your business and your sales. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Bracelets

I've been a busy little beaver lately between going to school full-time, working and creating new designs.  Creating new designs has to be my favorite thing to do, though.  I can work on projects for 12 hours a day and it never feels like work to me.  Now - if I can only do it full-time for a living, that would be GREAT!  :)

In any case, here are some Thanksgiving bracelets I made for this season.  They feature wooden pieces which were decoupaged with vintage Thanksgiving images on one side, and painted on the other.  Beads which complement the painted sides surround the portrait charms.  The best part about these bracelets is that they are very lightweight and don't weigh down the arm.

Bracelet with red and orange beads.

Back of bracelet portrait charms.  Definitely not boring.

Detail pic.

Thanksgiving bracelet with green and brown color theme.

Detail pic.

Image of the back of the portrait charms.  They perfectly complement the beads.

In any case, if you want to see all of the new Thanksgiving bracelets I made for this season, you can check them out on my EBay or Etsy pages.

Also - if you've been following my craft room remodel project - I'm happy to tell you there will be more pics to come shortly.  The room is just about done. Thank goodness!  Stay tuned....
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