Hello, Hello, Everyone! I hope you're all doing well and are reading for another tutorial. This time we're actually making a necklace! Make sure you've done the tassel tutorial for this one first--you can find that here. I was inspired by Anthropologie's Lalia Tassel Necklace, but as pretty much anyone knows, their stuff is expensive. This one is $68, but I don't have that to spend on one necklace, so I thought, "why not make one similar?" And why not share a tutorial with everyone! (You'll see the original below.)
The photo above shows the supplies you'll need, but I'll list them as well:
You don't have to use the same beads that I used. You can make it your own and still keep it the same style.
First, lay out the beads. I started with 6 of the Russian jade beads and put the faceted spacers in between. You'll have 6 Russian jade beads on both sides.
Next, add 3 rectangular beads to each side and alternate with the faceted spacer beads.
Take 6 crystal beads for each side and alternate with faceted spacers. Make sure you end both sides with a spacer bead. Don't worry, it looks good. I have a thing about not meeting with two of the same bead, so I was a little leary at first.
Get your tassel you made in the tutorial and get ready to bead!
Go ahead and start stringing the beads on for one side. Be careful not to flip the tray. I've done it before, but luckily not this time. You can go ahead and add the beads to both sides, but I find it easier to get one side done (in this case) before starting the second side because the wire isn't going to move. Other ways of attaching the tassel will require you to string all of the beads at once.
Go ahead and add the crimp bead.
....and the jump ring.
While making sure the jump ring stays above the crimp bead, thread the wire through the crimp bead again. This forms a loop.
Tighten the wire while keeping a firm grip on both the jump ring and the wire end. You want a small loop but not a teeny tiny one.
Get your crimping tool and crimp. Use the slot closest to you first and then the second. You can see this on your tool, but the way I'm holding it in the picture makes it hard to see. This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of making jewelry for me because I always mess up and break at least two crimp beads before I get it like I want it to be.
Trim off any excess wire. You don't want to leave a large amount as you'll be threading the extra back down into the beads. The back threading can happen now or later.
Grab you chain nose pliers and pick up your crimp bead cover. Keep it like this or you'll be trying to take it off if you don't close it just right (Goldilocks form). Yes, I just referenced Goldilocks.
After you've achieved the perfect closure of the crimp bead cover, thread the extra wire down the beads if you haven't already done so.
Go ahead and repeat the same thing on the opposite side. Open the jump rings to add the chain and carefully close them back.
And, voila! You've got an Anthropologie-style necklace! That wasn't too bad was it? Saving $68 has never been easier!
Share, comment, and pin if you'd like and enjoy wearing your new piece!
Hello, everyone! I'm so excited for today's post because it's the first jewelry tutorial that I'm sharing on my blog!!!! Is anyone else excited? I hope so because you're in for a treat :) I'm going to show you how to make a tassel. Tassels are very in style right now, so I was actually making a necklace that had a tassel and thought that it'd be good for two different posts--this one and another on an Anthropologie-inspired necklace. I know this may be a little advanced for beginners out there, but I do plan on making some jewelry basics tutorials as well! Let's get started with the tassel making!
As you can see from the photo above, the supplies you need are:
Hold the piece of thread at the bottom of the back side of the cardboard and wind the thread total of 60 times. I had a bigger bead cap, so I needed that much thread. Make sure you know the size of your bead cap and remember that the finished tassel will be half the length of the cardboard. I like using the cardboard because it makes it easier to wrap the thread around, and you won't get really different lengths of loops.
As you can see from the image above, I slid the wrapped thread off of the cardboard. You have to do this or the middle string won't make your tassel. I was having a brain fart and tried to put the middle thread through one side while the thread was still on the cardboard! In my defense, I was multitasking! Now, you will want to cut this piece to be about 5-6 inches long or whatever length makes you feel like you have enough thread to double knot around the wrapped thread and have extra length left.
Here, I'm just making sure that I have the middle thread placed right in the middle of the loops.
I'm tying the knot for the middle thread on the tassel. Make sure it's TIGHT or the loops will move easily back and forth through the knot! Also, make sure you don't trim those ends yet.
With a good grip at the center point of your tassel, insert your scissors at the end of one loop and cut. Do the same to the other side. Note: Make sure the scissors are really sharp or else it's going to feel like you're having to saw through the thing ;)
I've now attached the small jump ring with a double knot. At this point, I like to add a dab of glue to the thread tied around the jump ring. I usually use E6000 because once it sticks, it stays. Technically, you'd be done at this point since you would usually use an eye pin to put the tassel into the bead cap.
This is where I diverge from the "normal" way of working with tassels. I'm using the 7-strand bead stringing wire and running it through the jump ring. As for the length of the stringing wire, make it about the length your necklace is going to be when stretched out end-to-end. For the necklace I'm making, I needed 24 inches . Run it through with equal amounts of wire on both sides.
Now for the bead cap. Run the wires through the hole in the top of the bead cap. You may have to adjust it to where the cap can come down over the tassel without the edges opening. Each section of this bead cap opens, so that helped with adjusting it. With the wires sticking out, I can have the look of the beads going straight to the bead cap (kind of like a mala and the guru bead).
One of the finishing steps is trimming the longer edges. After that seal the ends or the thread will unravel, and you definitely don't want that! Use a lighter (because it lasts longer than a match and has no odor) and quickly pass the lighter over the end of each thread. I literally do this one thread at a time because otherwise you'll get a clump of threads sealed together (it "melts") or you'll catch the whole thing on fire and have to start over.
We've got a finished tassel!! I'm sure some of you are wondering if you could use regular DMC thread. It doesn't work very well. I tried it, and the result I got wasn't pleasing. The nylon thread lets the tassel have movement that it needs to look authentic.
Feel free to comment and ask questions, share, and pin! There aren't many tutorials like this out there. Also, stay tuned for the Anthropologie-inspired necklace tutorial that will be out soon!
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and are ready for another Weekly Wednesday! This week--well, we are delving into what to do on a rainy, gloomy day when you're stuck in the house and can't go out--besides binge watching Netflix. I'm not a huge fan of gloomy rainy days. I love cloudless, sunny days when I can do stuff outside, but we all inevitably will have those days where we can't go outside. So, for this week's edition, I've decided to do a roundup featuring DIY kits I found on Etsy that you can get into instead of the aforementioned Netflix binge (I'm guilty. I'll admit it.) They've got some really awesome stuff, and I've picked a few of my favorites for you. Let's hop on in!
Item #1 is from PiccolaPianta
I saw this little terrarium and thought it was pretty darn cute (especially with the little bicycle). The kit includes: a 5-inch glass orb, a green airplant, a mini-bike with basket, 2 pieces of moss, a bag of pebbles, a bag of soil, a stick to poke around and arrange with, and a set of instructions and care sheet. I think pretty much anyone could handle this project and keep it alive--even us cactus killers (that's another story, and I'm pretty sure I'm not 100% responsible for the death of the cactus). After you follow the instructions and get everything inside, you can hand it with twine in front of a window that gets a nice amount of sun. It doesn't require a tremendous amount of care, which is ideal in our busy lives.
Item #2 is from ThomasHouhaDesigns
This is seriously neat. It reminds me of those Moravian Star Lights (which are also really neat). This is a star-shaped dodecahedron inside a dodecahedron. Dodecahedrons have 12 flat faces, and the stellated version is a take on the flat faces (also a 12). I remember when I was in high school and my chemistry teacher had us make crystals out of a paper template. It probably doesn't sound hard, but we had to have a design on all of them (I think it was 8 total), plus we had a bonus unidentified crystal. It was smooth sailing until you got to the higher numbers and the bonus, but I'll have to say they did look pretty cool after all was said and done. This DIY kit is made from laser-cut mat board and poster board. The total size is about 6 inches across when finished and is quite sturdy. All parts and instructions are included, but make sure you have some Elmer's glue or something similar to glue this together!
Item #3 is from Elixour
I personally have never made any lotion by hand. Surprise! I bet you thought otherwise when I mentioned that I liked making a little bit of everything! I do want to learn, though. This kit includes: organic shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic flaxseed and sesame oil, organic arrowroot powder, organic essential oil of your choice, jar to package your lotion, and detailed instructions. It makes a net weight of 8 ounces (16 fl. oz by volume), so you do get a nice amount. I really love that it doesn't have all the additives that are in a lot of the products we use on a daily basis, so it's a healthier approach--no preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or other chemical additives. It's also a vegan product (no animal ingredients). The formula has been perfected to alleviate the symptoms of dry, and itchy skin--something a lot of DIYers have.
Item #4 is from GiantKnitting
Item #5 is from CuchiOrganics
I really love that kits are being made for the chunky blankets that have been so trendy this year! This kit is a little bit expensive, but you have to understand what you're getting. You're getting hand spun pure Merino wool in the kit. It's very fluffy and airy and ideal for summer (breathable) or winter (insulating). The wool is high quality, which is something you would want in a blanket. Also included are the huge needles that you get to pick the color of. It says that the kit will yield one 32 inch x 56 inch throw--a nice size. This will definitely keep you occupied in creating something instead of staring out at the dreary weather.
Anyone else like to cook? I'd have to say that I enjoy baking the most, but I do cook foods besides breads and sweets. If it's nasty and rainy outside, I'm guessing you probably feel the same way (I do anyway), so what a better comfort food than chocolate chip cookies! Sometimes it's not so fun to get up and have to measure out all of the ingredients and then clean up the mess you made in the process. This kit takes the measuring out of the process (aside from honey and an egg). A great thing about these cookies is that they are gluten-free and grain-free, so even those with gluten allergies can have them. If you are allergic to tree nuts, these are NOT for you! The flour replacement is almond meal, so it's a definite no for those with tree nut allergies. Along with the almond meal, you get organic coconut oil, organic 70% bittersweet chocolate chips, and vanilla extract (with extra vanilla left over). This kit makes a total of 12 smaller sized, soft cookies. Another huge plus with this kit the that it's eco-friendly. You even can use the box to bake the cookies on! No pan to wash :) The bag containing the meal is also compostable as is the plastic (100% cellulose fiber) bag containing the chips. Definitely worth a try!
I sure hope you've enjoyed this DIY edition of Weekly Wednesday! I thought it would be something a little bit different from the norm, and I know there are a lot of DIYers out there that would really enjoy these products. I feel like we should never get out of the DIY world completely because it's something that is fun, keeps your brain working, and is something you can do with a friend or family member. It might spark a creative note in you that you never knew you had!
Make sure to head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love and pick up a DIY kit while you're there! If you do, comment below and show me what you chose! Feel free to share this post especially if you are or know DIYers who might appreciate this!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.