February 9, 2012

DIY Jewelry Projects, or activities for a 17 hour road trip

Necklaces

Last Christmas I sat in the back seat of a compact car for over 17 hours driving from Texas to Ohio. Yes, I, too, wondered "What the hell was I thinking?!?" So to pass the time I brought a little box filled with tools and supplies and an iPhone with the Pinterest app and set out for some fierce back-seat-jewelry making!

Since then I also made a couple other pieces included in this post. And luckily for you, you can make many of these yourselves! All of the supplies can be found at your local craft or bead store. I bought the rhinestones on Etsy.

Necklaces

The bird's nest with wire and beads diy is from Sincerely, Kinsey.

Quartz crystals like these are popular right now. I was lucky enough to find crystals with findings already inserted into the rock at a local store so I could  simply slip the pendant on a chain. If you can't find crystals with findings, there is a good tutorial on making a wrapped crystal pendant at Seablanket.

I took a class recently with a friend for creating metal jewelry. The copper disk with stamped stars is my creation. I added a copper feather I had, just for kicks. There's a DIY for something similar (using the same tools and techniques) at Ornamentea.

Chain and Rhinestone Bracelets

I love the look of these rhinestone and chain bracelets. See how to make them at I Spy DIY. The only problem I faced was that the space between each rhinestone never seemed to match up with the chains. The first one I made (bottom) is slightly curved because I ended up having an extra chain link on one side.

Wraped Bead BraceletWraped Bead Bracelet

There are a ton of tutorials about these wrapped bead bracelets. I like this video but it's pretty long. The first time you make one of these try to use round beads. My first attempt used odd shaped blue beads which were hard to work with. The beads kept tilting to the side. Once I finished the first bracelet, I knocked out the others in a few minutes. You can get pretty fast at making these!


***More sewing coming tomorrow!

8 comments:

  1. Those necklaces are so beautiful! I am totally envying your car-crafting abilities... I just get so car sick even looking at something that's not out the window. I guess that's why I'm always the one driving!

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    1. I'd be lying if I said I never got a bit woozy in that car...

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  2. No lie, I thought the first picture was an "inspiration picture" not what you actually made. These pieces are ridiculously beautiful and trendy.

    If, at any time, you get sick of the copper disk with feather, shoot me an email, I'd love to take it off your hands :)

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  3. Ooh, fun! I love the quartz necklace.

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  4. Just a couple days ago my sister showed me a tutorial on how to make that bird's nest pendant. . . And here it is on your blog! Gosh, everything looks beautifully made.

    My sister loves to do jewelry making and has over 30 or more video tutorials on YouTube. So if you are in need of some help learning a new technique or need a design idea, check out her channel. It is eclecticdesigns.

    Rebekah

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    1. thanks for the tip about your sister's channel! she's got some great techniques!

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  5. These are lovely! What a great way to pass the time in the car!

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  6. Very pretty, I love the bird's nest and copper disk! Thanks for the links!

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