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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