The wonderful thing about designing with a restricted color palette is that subtle textures and design elements get the chance to take center stage. With the help of a one-step looping tool, this lovely necklace is a fast and easy project.
One-step looping tool
Beads From Your Box:
Bird Beads (2)
Grey Beads (7)
White Stone Beads (18)
Bead Cap (1)
Hook-Style Clasp (Simpson studios.etsy.com)
Silver Plated Wire: 20 Gauge
Silver Plated Jump Rings: 4mm (22) and 8mm (1)
Small Piece Of Scrap Lace
Twisted Silver Plated Jump Rings (4) (yadanabeads.etsy.com)
1. To make the back chain section, use 20 gauge wire and a one-step looping tool to turn 18 white stone beads into connectors. Use (17) 4mm jump rings to connect them all together. Fig 1
2. Attach the hook clasp to one end of the chain, using a large twisted jump ring. Fig 2
3. Use the looper tool to make the connector beads. Each one should have one grey bead and one bird bead, with the grey bead at the top. Fig 3
4. Use (2) twisted jump rings to attach the bird connectors to the chain.
5. Use grey beads to make 4 more connectors. Attach them together in pairs, two for each side of the necklace.
6. Use a small jump ring to attach one pair of grey beads to the bottom of each bird.
7. Turn the heart into a connector, using a bead cap at the bottom and a grey bead at the top.
8. Attach the top of the heart to the bottom of the chain with a large twisted jump ring.
9. Put a smooth 8mm jump ring through the hole in the top of the magnetite spike and attach it to the heart with the remaining 4mm jump ring.
10. Tie a small piece of scrap lace around the top of the heart. Fig 4
Your necklace is finished!
What’s the first thing one might need for an ocean voyage? A map, of course! Looking at my map of the United States, I decided that Galveston Bay looked like a lovely place to launch my trip (mainly because the names fit my wooden sailboat cutout.) I love making jewelry using fragments of maps. It renews my sense of adventure.
I decided that, since this necklace was going to be a bit casual, white braided cord would be the perfect thing to pair with my map-clad focal piece. The connector is actually a tiny pulley from a box of model shipbuilding supplies someone gave me, and the lovely little blue crystal bead was leftover from my Welcome To India box!
The finished necklace measures 19 ½ inches. To make it longer or shorter, you can easily adjust the size of the cord.
Supplies From Your Box:
Cord End Caps
White Wooden Sailboat Cutout
Additional Tools and Supples:
Jump Rings: (6) antique brass twisted 9mm, (6) antique brass twisted 6mm, (1) 8mm oval
Stronghold Adhesive: E6000
Mod Podge: Ultra Matte
One-Step Looper Tool
Head Pin: antique brass, ball-end
Connector (I used a pulley from a model ship building set)
Blue Crystal Bead
1. Cut (2) 8” lengths of white cord.
2. Put a fairly generous amount of adhesive onto the ends of the cord and glue them into the end caps. Allow adhesive to dry completely (over night.)
3. Attach clasp and jump ring to end caps.
4. Use (3) large and (4) small twisted jump rings to attach the two free end caps to one another.
5. Find a section of map to use for your image. Place the sailboat over that section and trace around it with a pen or pencil.
6. Cut out the circle.
7. Paint the front of the wooden sailboat with Mod Podge. Press the map circle onto the glue firmly and clean up any excess glue.
8. Put the circle face down onto a flat surface and put something heavy on it, like a coffee cup or a book. Allow it to dry for a few hours.
9. Once the glue is dry. Carefully remove the excess paper from the image, using a craft knife. (I’ve found it helps to begin from the back, tracing the outlines carefully with the blade.)
10. Carefully file away any remaining excess paper with a small jewelry file. Use a round file to clean the excess paper around the top hole.
11. Seal the front with several coats of Mod Podge and allow to dry.
12. Make the bottom charm using a head pin, small blue crystal bead, and a looper tool.
13. Use jump rings to attach the top of the sailboat to the center of the chain, and also to attach the pulley connector to the bottom of the sailboat and the crystal bead dangle to the bottom of the pulley.
Melinda Barnett lives in Stanwood, WA with her husband, three horses, and two big spotted dogs. More of her work can be seen at BeesOnPie.blogspot.com. She welcomes email at email@example.com
As soon as I saw the lovely shells and wooden beads in my Blueberry Cove Ocean Voyage box, I knew I wanted to make a necklace that would remind me of fishing nets.
This lightweight necklace is stronger than it appears, and can be made very quickly. Even if you don’t crochet, the chain stitch is very easy to learn. It’s really just a matter of tying a loop around the hook, reaching through the loop and pulling some thread through. Every so often you pull a bead up, trapping it into the loop. It truly is that simple.
I used a fine grade of paper yarn for this project, but you can just as easily use heavy thread, fine twine, or fine gauge wire. If you do decide to use paper yarn, I should tell you that it comes with the warning that you’re not supposed to get it wet. Of course as soon as I heard that I had to get mine wet, to see what would happen. Would it disintegrate? Shrink? Stretch? The answer? Not much really. I took one of my paper necklaces into the shower with me and lathered it up with shampoo. What happened? Well, not much. The stitches became a little less stiff, making it look even more like a fisherman’s net.
From Your Box:
33 Shell Beads
100 Wooden Beads
Additional Tools and Materials:
Copper Foldover Crimp Ends
Copper Jump Rings
Crochet Hook: size F or G
Fine Twine or 28 gauge wire
1. Put 25 wooden beads onto the wire (fig. 1.) Chain 5, then pull up one bead, trapping it into the stitch. Add a bead in this manner, every 3rd stitch, until you have used up all the beads (fig. 2)Chain 5 and tie off. Make 4 identical strands (each one will have 80 stitches.)
2. Put 11 shell beads onto the wire. Chain 10, then pull up one shell, trapping it into the stitch as above. Add a shell every 6th stitch until you have used up all the shells. Chain 10 and tie off. Make 3 identical strands (each will have 80 stitches.)
3. Use a toothpick to put a dot of glue onto the inisde of the foldover crimp end.
4. While the glue is still wet, gather the crocheted strands and lay them out. Take one end of each of the 7 strands and twist all 7 of them together (fig. 3.) Trim the ends and put them into the glued crimp end.
5. Use pliers to fold the flaps of the crimp end over each other, Press them together tightly (fig. 4 and 5.)Wipe off any excess glue. Do the same thing for the other end of the strands.
You’re all finished!
In this project you’ll learn how to weave a beaded wire fairy catcher pendant!
You will need from your box:
– Pendant hoop from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Star Bead from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Round Glass Beads from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Black Beading Wire
– Seed Beads Fairytale
– Necklace Cord
This tutorial is by Brooke
Probably the biggest challenge for me is to NOT use my own handmade beads in a design. I have just finished a series of fairy tale beads made from polymer clay so when this box arrived, my head was swimming with possibilities. I also realize if I am writing a tutorial, you don’t have my beads, so I will have to save those designs swimming in my head for another time. I do love to incorporate vintage goodies to my designs though so I could not resist adding the sweet beads and baubles from this box to a vintage skeleton key. If you don’t have a skeleton key, this design could be easily translated to a simple piece of tree branch as well. Silk strips are the easiest way possible to make a piece wearable. I especially love that the strips are soft on the back of my neck and let me adjust the necklace to suit my outfit and neckline.
From your Box:
3 Star Beads
1 Silver Butterfly connectors
1 Silver Unicorn connectors
4 Green Crystal beads
4 small Iridescent beads
4 small Crystal Heart Beads
Extra supplies and tools:
Silver Wire Gauge 20
Silver head pins
Needle nose pliers
Silver Jump rings
1. Slide green bead onto headpin and make wrapped loop at the top using needle nose pliers. Repeat with all other green beads.
2. Slide tiny heart bead onto headpin and make wrapped loop at the top with needle nose pliers. Repeat with all other heart beads.
3. Add each bead, wrapped bead, or connector with a jump ring to the skeleton key. Add 4 small crystal beads to a jump ring. Add one each of these to the butterfly and unicorn connectors.
4. Tie silk strips to each end of the skeleton key.
Brooke Bock is a school teacher by day and an artist all other times. Her work is often found in Stampington titles such as Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire Jewelry and GreenCraft. Follow her artistic pursuits on www.artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/artisticendeavors101/.
The combination of blue, white, and antique brass in this month’s nautical themed bead box is the perfect palette to play with knots and textures. In this three-strand necklace we’ll mix several elements from the collection to create a wonderful summer necklace that is perfect for a walk on the beach or a day of sailing. The quantity of beads and materials you’ll need will vary depending on how long you make your necklace. You’ll need about 4 grams of seed beads, some beading thread, and a clasp in addition to the materials in your Blueberry Cove bead box.
brown synthetic suede 5mm cord
white braided PU cord
antique bronze clasp or link component
3mm Coconut beads
10mm blue and white acrylic resin round beads
25mm anchor or compass pendant
14mm copper patina end caps
size 10 blue white-hearts (or seed beads of your choice)
size D nylon beading thread
6mm jump rings
adhesive such as E-6000 or Super New Glue
1. Begin by tying overhand knots in your suede cord, leaving about a 2 inch (5cm) gap at the end and between each knot. Trim the cord 2 inches from the last knot once it has reached the desired length for your necklace.
2. Cut a piece of white plaited cord to match the length of your knotted cord. Set the plaited cord aside for now.
3. Cut a length of beading thread that is twice the length of your knotted suede cord, plus 16 inches (40cm). Center a beading needle on the thread and tie the ends together with an overhand knot, leaving at least a 1 inch (2.5cm) tail. Add a bead stop if desired to stop the beads from sliding of the thread.
4. Lay the knotted suede across your workspace. String seed beads onto your beading thread, and lay the strand along your knotted cord as you work. Add a coconut bead, striped resin round, and a coconut bead about halfway between each knot. Continue stringing beads past the last knot until the beads are about 1cm shorter than your knotted cord.
5. Center the seed bead strand on the thread. Bring one end of the suede and plaited leather cords together, using a clip or bead stop if desired, and tie the tail of the beading thread around the end of both cords. Wrap the tail around the knot 3 times, and finish with another overhand knot to secure. Trim any excess thread.
6. Bring the opposite ends of the cords together. Cinch up the seed bead strand and tie an overhand knot at the base of the last seed bead. Knot and wrap the tail thread around the cord ends as before, making sure that there is no slack thread. Trim the tail.
7. Dab a bit of adhesive to one end of the cords and press into an end cap. Repeat on the other cord end and allow to dry.
8. Thread a needle on a 12 inch (30cm) length of beading thread. Pick up 1 seed bead and stitch up through it again to lock it in place, leaving a 4 inch (10cm) tail. Pick up 1 coconut bead, 20 seed beads, 1 coconut bead, and your pendant.
9. Lay all three necklace strands over the 20 seed beads. Carefully stitch through the 1st coconut bead and a few seed beads. Pull snug to bring all of the beads into a loop. Pass through all of the beads and exit from the first coconut bead again.
10. Pick up 20 seed beads and stitch through the 2nd coconut bead to form another loop. Weave all remaining thread into the loops and trim.
11. Attach a clasp to the end caps with jump rings to finish the necklace.
Variations: If your cords are 26 inches (66cm) or longer, you can attach a knot link component to the end caps with jump rings in place of a clasp.
You can also attach your pendant to one or more cords using a jump ring, rather than a beaded bail.