Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cherish and can either wear, place in a shadow box or on the spine of a wedding album. To create the bead flower bouquet all I did was place one bead onto a headpin then curl the end of the headpin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 completed I bunched them together and wrapped a headpin around the middle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super simple. Supplies Used: 13 Headpins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rectangle Blanks, 2 Vintage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Needed: Bench Block, Metal Stamps, Brass Metal Stamping Hammer, Long Nose Pliers (PJ Tool Jewelry &...

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Altered Bottle Brush Tree

Feb 16, 2015

Bottle Brush Trees are fun to alter for any holiday or to use year round as a home decor accent. You can attach these to wooden spools, perfume bottles, small glass jars, in shadow boxes, really pretty much on anything. Also, if you want to color your trees it’s easy using any of the non-iridescent Maya Mist colors. This altered bottle brush tree is so fast to create you can have it completed in under 5 min. Supplies Needed: Bottle Brush Tree, Small Glass Bottle, Seed Beads, Small Flocked Flowers, Seam Binding, Crochet Doily, White Maya Road Glitter Dust, Dina Wakley Gel Medium Tools: Scissors, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Instructions: Place seed beads into small glass bottle. Cut stems on small flocked flowers to shorten slightly, place into bottle. Double knot a piece of seam...

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Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keeping with the “I’m using what I have for Christmas and cutting out the needless things I don’t” I recycled some saved Christmas cards and created two super easy gift card holders from one Christmas card. I know I’m not the only person that saves holiday cards. I cannot throw Christmas cards of any kind away. I love them all and especially cherish the ones that have my grandparents signatures inside. I started with a Christmas card that measured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image without having to cut it down to fit a gift card. My completed gift card holders measure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christmas cards...

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FREE Shipping In My Etsy Shop

Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be driving them to Evansville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  similar to the ship LST-557 that my grandfather Clayton Spinney, (dad’s father) was a mechanic on during WWII. Before grampa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heartbreaking story of seeing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my grampa have sadness on his face but I’m glad he shared the story. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buckhannon, WV to see mom’s side of the family at the old homestead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still standing when I return home. Alan, Ansley...

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Making Your Own Headpin

Aug 15, 2014

This is one of my favorite headpins to make and add to my Boho chic style jewelry. It’s super easy and really unique. All you need are wire cutters, 20 gauge wire, a hammer and a steel block. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 2″ in length. The angle of this photo makes it look as though it’s less but believe me the wire is 2″. Using a hammer, flatten one end of the wire as shown. You want the end to be flattened wide enough so the bead you will be using does not fall off. Next, thread the bead onto the wire then wire wrap the bead onto the wire as shown in this previous wire wrapping tutorial. Here is an example of how the beads look...

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grandmother’s charm bracelet. I still remember the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birthdate, it hung nestled among all her grandchildren and other special charms she had been given. These two charm bracelets are crafted from hand cut vintage tin, that I cut, sanded and turned into charms. Each charm creates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the distance on a Texas farm. I accented each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bottom charm bracelet has vintage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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Basic Bead Wire Wrapping Tutorial

Aug 11, 2014

Several of you have asked me to do a tutorial showing you how to wire wrap a bead. I tried to make this as simple to follow as possible by taking a photo at every step. I hope this tutorial helps you out and doesn’t confuse you even more. At first you will feel like you are fumbling your way through it as I know I certainly did but once you do it over and over again you will be wire wrapping beads without giving it a second thought. Tools Needed: Round Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Side Cutter Pliers Supplies: Beads, Headpins Thread headpin through bead, place midway between your round nose pliers. Bend the headpin towards you. Reposition round nose pliers as shown. Bend the headpin upwards. Bend the headpin over the...

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Dress Necklaces

Jul 18, 2014

These dress necklaces accented with wire wrapped vintage beads are the latest designs added to my collection of handmade vintage boho chic jewelry. I think what I love most about my jewelry line is no two pieces will ever be duplicated. They are all one of a kind pieces and I LOVE it. I am always looking for items that are unique to wear and this line is perfect. FYI… If you see a heart, dress, cross or rectangle necklace in one pattern but wish it was in another pattern, please feel free to contact me as I might be able to customize a necklace for you and the cost will stay the same. I don’t charge more for this kind of customization. As you can see my new jewelry line combines my love of vintage with my love of casual...

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Cross Necklace

Jul 16, 2014

This simply stated cross is a reminder that we are all slightly flawed yet still beautiful. I love the red, aqua and yellow colors as they scream RETRO and go with any summer attire. The tin has a few slight scratches here and there but I feel it only adds to the beauty of the cross. I wire wrapped a vintage clear iridescent bead that dangles from two jump rings. The cross measures approximately 2.25″ in length and hangs from a 24″ ball chain necklace. It is listed in my Etsy Shop. This matching bracelet measures approximately 7.5″ in length. If needed, I can custom size the bracelet for you. I attached vintage wire wrapped pearl beads to jump rings which dangle all along the bracelet.  This piece can be found in my Etsy Shop too. I...

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Tin Necklaces

Jul 15, 2014

Not only have I been making cuff style bracelets but I’ve also been making some cute simply stated 24″ necklaces. This necklace is what I call a dressed up version of a dog tag. Since I like my items to have a distressed feel before stamping my word I gave the metal tag several whacks with my brass hammer. Once I the silver metal tag was banged up a bit I metal stamped the word smile onto the silver metal tag using what is now my favorite letter stamp set 3mm Newsprint lowercase by ImpressArt.  I applied some Mustard Seed Distress Paint with my finger into the stamped letters then instantly wiped away the excess with a paper towel. Next I wire wrapped some beads to create a charm and BAM just like that I was done....

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Assemblage Makes Me Happy

Jul 10, 2014

I love taking discarded items found in thrift stores or flea markets, putting them together and creating something wonderful. It gives me absolute pure joy and is just what I did to create this bracelet. I used opaque white beads from a broken rosary, clear iridescent beads from a broken necklace, metal chain, wire wrapped some clear and pearl beads taken from a broken bracelet and cut a piece of tin from a beat up old vintage tin. When assembled together these discarded items create a beautiful piece. This bracelet is available for purchase at $34.95 plus Flat Rate Shipping of $5.80. This bracelet is created from hand cut pieces of vintage tin and assembled along with two vintage iridescent beads. This bracelet is available for purchase at $24.95 plus Flat Rate Shipping at $5.80. These earrings are assembled using...

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Paper Clay Beads

Jun 10, 2014

These paper clay bird beads are a fun and unique way to create your own handmade summer necklace, bracelet or earrings. All you need to have on hand is Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Paint Brushes (Medium & Fine Tips), Multi Medium,  20 Gauge Wire, Jewelry Tools and a Stylus. Mold the paper clay into the size bird you need for your project. Mine range in sizes from 1″ to 1.75″. Theses measurements are from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The width measures .5″ and a bit smaller. This measurement is from the top middle of the back to the bottom middle of the belly. Using a Stylus poke a vertical hole all the way through the bird from the belly to the top middle of it’s back. You...

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Solitude Leather Bracelet

Jun 6, 2014

I made this bracelet the other night and love it so much I thought I would share a quick tutorial so you too can make one. Just a little note… the crystal and pearl beads are from old necklaces I’ve found in thrift shops or flea markets and the gold heart charm and red and gold glass bead are some mom and dad found. You can find similar items I’m sure but if you really want that vintage charm you need to dig around thrift shops and flea markets for items you can take apart. Cut a piece of 15m Suede leather cord that is double the length you wish your bracelet to be. Fold the cord in half, at the bent end about .5″ down from the bent area wrap tightly a piece of...

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Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you combine thrift store finds, broken pieces of jewelry, beads and discarded chandelier pieces you can assemble beautiful and very unique jewelry such as this bracelet and set of earrings. Remember just because items are broken doesn’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weather is really nice I’m looking forward to heading to flea markets to do some digging. The thrill of the hunt is addicting and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next corner gets me every single time. I have several assemblage art ideas and all include items that can be found during a good junkin weekend. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pickers anyone could ever have. Tomorrow, is the start of A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. Have you...

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Be Still Listen ~ Necklace

May 9, 2014

A lot of thought goes into items that are handmade which is one of the reasons I love to purchase handmade items. Most every piece is unique, has a story and is created with lots of love. I’ve discovered that the creative process can be quick and at times, not so quick which is exactly the case for this nature themed necklace. While working on this necklace, I pondered ideas and dug in my stash several times for the perfect combination of metals and beads. This went on for weeks. I knew I wanted the teeny tiny nest I created to be part of a necklace and that was all I knew. I decided I liked the copper color next to the nest so I hammered and shaped a penny for it to sit inside....

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Apr 17, 2014

Here’s a peek at how the bird piece I created from jewelry clay is coming along. If you missed the blog post about it last week you can view it here. As you can tell, I painted, inked and stamped all over the cured jewelry clay. Now I just need to wire wrap lots of beads and pearls to attach between each link. I love having lots of pretty sparkly baubles on bracelets. I’m still not sure I like the toggle, actually I know don’t the more I keep looking at it the more it bothers me so it’s coming off and will be replaced with I have no clue as of...

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Unexpected Creativity

Apr 2, 2014

Since I’ve really jumped into this jewelry making I decided it was time to sort this 1 Pound Luxury Bead Soup Mix I purchased a while back from Margot Potter. I grabbed one of my old muffin tins, sat in my big comfy chair, put on my headphones and started sorting. You all know I love the thrill of the hunt and sorting this amazing bag of assorted beads was just like being on a little scavenger hunt. I had no idea what I would find but what I found was wonderful. As I started sorting I discovered I had enough of these green beads, which reminds me of the chiclets gum I chomped on when I was little, to create a jewelry ensemble. These green beads just so happen to be my daughter Terri’s favorite...

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Handmade Leather Cuffs & Bracelets

Mar 25, 2014

I’ve been busy having loads of fun creating (and selling and shipping, thank you so much) handmade wrap bracelets and leather cuffs. Believe me, I do not need another media to create with since my studio is already about to burst, but really how much space can a few beads take up? HA HA HA that was the laugh heard around the world. Beads are so ADDICTIVE especially when you love sparkly like me, OMGoodness are there some amazing beads on the market. But this fun art form was just screaming to emerge so I had to do it. I’ve been wrapping, hammering, attaching, hole punching and listing like a crazy woman. I’ve even found ways to incorporate my love for vintage finds into some of my bracelets. The wrap bracelet shown in the...

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Hammered Metal Flower Cuff Bracelet

Mar 21, 2014

This hammered metal flower started out as a pendant but the more I looked at it the more I thought the flower would look really cool as a focal point on a leather cuff. So with just a little alteration (punching an additional hole) I attached the flower to a leather strip, added some vintage rosary beads and created a closure. As you can see the rosary beads are lose when the bracelet is not worn but when you wear it the rosary beads fit snug against the leather as shown in the bottom photo. This bracelet is for sale and can be purchased in my Etsy shop along with other handmade jewelry items. I’m really enjoying working with metal and thought I would share a little funny from my sister. A few days...

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The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

Mar 18, 2014

It goes without saying that there are so many different types of chain to choose from for stringing and sewing projects. Dazzle-it NEO is a new collection of chain and findings featuring classic colors with a new age twist! The vivid colors are quite eye catching and make a great accent to your jewelry designs. Mix these colors together for an extravagant look or simply add them together with black or white beads to pop the individual colors. The possibilities are endless. For this fun blog hop I was sent the black and white chain and findings to use to create what ever items I wanted. I decided on creating a matching necklace, bracelet and earring set. The NEO chain glitters because the cut in the chain exposes the brass beneath, which worked perfectly...

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EnviroTex Jewelry Clay Mini Canvas

Feb 10, 2014

Jewelry clay is a medium that can be used in so many different ways. It’s a wonderful product and one I keep on hand in my studio. It’s super easy to use as it’s a two part putty. All you do is mix equal parts of putty A and putty B together for two minutes then you can get started on your project. You can embed items as I did in this butterfly shaped piece such as microbeads, buttons, pearl beads and resin accents. If you have areas of jewelry clay showing after you’ve added all the baubles you can apply a light coating of perfect pearls in the color of your choice to finish these spots. The step by step instructions to create the butterfly accent can be found in “Delight In The...

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