Buckle Boutique Rhinestone Sticker Sheet Blog Hop: Beadazzled Boudoir Jewelry and Jewelry Box

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pink Diamonds and Kisses Necklace and Boudoir Jewelry Boxes by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pink Diamonds and Kisses Necklace and Boudoir Jewelry Boxes by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Buckle Boutique Blog Hop for Marisa Pawelko’s fabulous line of rhinestone sticker sheets! When my friend Marisa offered me the chance to work with her new line of rhinestone sticker sheets, I was so excited! The colors in the line are absolutely fabulous.

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Want to make your own? Here’s how!

Boudoir Jewelry Boxes

Materials for Boudior Jewelry Boxes

Materials for Boudoir Jewelry Boxes

Materials:

  • Set of 2 Jewelry Boxes
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Boudoir Quad Dazzling Diamond Self Adhesive Sticker Sheet
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

IMG_4591!. Paint wooden boxes black with acrylic paint, both inside and out.

2. Measure the center of the top of the box and cut square in desired pattern.

3. Remove backing from the Rhinestone Sticker Sheet and apply to box.

4. Measure the outer square and cut panels to cover the outer rim. Cut sections to cover from a different pattern of the Boudoir Quad.

5. Repeat step 3.

6. Measure the sides of the box and cut panels to cover the sides from the same pattern used to cover the outer rim of top of the box.

7. Repeat step 3.

Pink Diamond and Kisses Necklace

IMG_4588Materials:

  • Boudoir Quad Dazzling Diamond Self Adhesive Sticker Sheet
  • Makin’s Clay in Black
  • Jump Rings
  • Circle Links
  • Circle Cutters in Small, Medium, and Large
  • Hole Punch Pliers
  • Chain Nose and Flat Nose Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Black Marker
  • Toggle Clasp

Instructions:

1. Roll out your clay into a thin sheet. (Tip: If you are using a clay conditioning machine to do this, make sure it is set to the third from the largest opening.)

IMG_45972. Using your cutters, cut one large circle, 4 medium circles, and 6 small circles. Allow to dry overnight.

3. Then, using your cutters as a template, trace a large circle on the roses section, four pink diamonds with your medium cutter on the pink diamond sections, and 4 larger lips and 2 smaller lips with your small cutter on the lip section. Cut out all of your circles using your scissors.

4. Apply the rhinestone sticker sheet circles to the clay pieces by removing the backing of the sticker sheets. Trim any overlapping sticker sheet from around your clay circles.

5. On the top of your big circle, make a hole using your hole punch pliers. On the rest of your circles, make a hole at the top and bottom.

6.  Using your flat nose and chain nose pliers, open one jump ring. Slip one half of your jump ring through the bottom hole of one of your larger lip circles. Hook the other half of the jump ring through a circle link. Close your jump ring.

7. Repeat step 6 with the top hole of your larger lip circle.

8. Connect the bottom of medium pink diamond circle using a jump ring to the top circle link of the larger lip circle.

9. Continue linking your circle pieces together as shown in the picture above.

10. At the top of your chain of circle pieces, attach three circle links with jump rings.

 

Please make sure to hop on through and stop by these other blogs to see what others have made using Marisa Pawelko’s Rhinstone Sticker Sheets!

Marisa Pawelko – http://blog.modernsurrealist.com/events/modern-surrealist-adhesive-rhinestone-sheets-blog-hop

Elena Lai Etcheverry – http://www.charitywings.org/bling-blog-hop/

Vicki O’Dell – http://wp.me/p1xnad-2hp

Jennifer Priest –http://www.jenniferppriest.com/?p=11030

Margot Potter –http://diydoyenne.com/bling-blog-hop/

Tanner Bell –http://www.alittlecraftinyourday.com/2015/04/11/marisa_blog_hop/

Shawn Moschhttp://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/bling-blog-hop.html

Beadphoria Book Review: Creative Scarves by Tiffany Winsor, Heidi Borchers, and Savannah Star

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by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Creative Scarves book coverHello Beadphoria Friends! I know that we usually talk about beading and jewelry making on this blog, but sometimes it can be nice to stretch our creative wings and try another craft, especially if it is another way to adorn your neck.

The book Creative Scarves by Tiffany Winsor, Heidi Borchers, and Savannah Starr is  full of 20+ different styles that range from easy to difficult. I liked the fact that they included some designs using pre-made scarfs that are altered, for those of us that may not be proficient in sewing. IMG_4554 One of my favorite features of the book is that there is a whole section just on how to tie the scarfs. How cool is that?!

IMG_4555There are also several projects that do include beads. Bead Bumps uses organza fabric, beads, and rhinestones to make a flowing bedazzled scarf.

IMG_4557Fancy Yarns uses large hole beads to complete the look of this easy to make yarn scarf.

The book is nicely divided into seasons, but you will find yourself inspired to create a scarf no matter what time of the year it is. After reading this book, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to try scarf making, or those looking for some new ideas when it comes to scarfs.

To celebrate the book, Tiffany Winsor is giving away a signed copy of the book and a $100 gift certificate to Dharma Trading to start your creative journey! You can enter here. Also, click the button below to see what other have created from the book.

Happy Creating!

Diamonds and Roses Bracelet using Connie Crystal and Makin’s Clay

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Diamond and Roses Bracelet by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Beadphoria Blog, my creative friends! Today the talented artists of the Designer Crafts Connection are showing what they can create with Connie Crystal crystal sheet.

Connie Crystal logoThe crystal sheet comes in two colors, black and white. The sheets give off a great sparkle that would look great in many different jewelry projects. What I liked about it was that the sheet was very flexible, so it molded to the shape of the bracelet quite easily.  It was also easy to cut with ordinary scissors.

I decided that I wanted to give my bracelet a little pop of color, so I created the roses using white Makin’s Clay. I loved the fact that the clay is air dry, so no baking or fumes were involved. The roses were then colored with acrylic paint and sealed with a gloss glaze.

In just 5 steps, you can easily make this bracelet yourself. Here’s how:

IMG_4486Materials:

  • Connie Crystal Sheet in Black and White
  • Black Bracelet Blank (I found this in the Duck Tape section of my craft store. It came in a pack of 6 blank black and white bracelets)
  • Makin’s Clay in White.
  • Makin’s Clay Florial Push Mold
  • Acrylic Paint in Red and Pink
  • Clear Glossy Sealant
  • Paintbrush
  • Quick Grip glue

IMG_44981. Using your push mold, create four large roses and four small roses. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

2. While your roses are drying, cut your white crystal sheet 8 rows wide by 7 rows high and your black 5 rows wide by 7 rows high.

Bracelet covered by Connie Crystal crystal sheet.3. Glue the sheets in an alternating pattern to your bracelet. Allow to dry.

4. Paint the four large roses red and the small roses pink. When dry, apply the clear glossy sealant.

5. When flowers are dry, adhere the red roses to the middle of the white sections and the pink roses the middle of the black sections.

I hope you enjoyed my Diamond and Roses bracelet. Let me know what you think in the comments above. Make sure to hop through using the Designer Crafts Connection button on the left hand side of this blog to see what other sparking creations are being made with Connie Crystal crystal sheet.

 

 

 

Offray Ribbon Blog Hop: Sunshine Ribbon Necklace

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

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Welcome to the Offray Ribbon Blog Hop! When I heard about the opportunity to work with Offray Ribbon for this challenge, I jumped at the chance! I had used Offray ribbon in the past on a few of my other pieces and had always enjoyed the quality of their material.

Sunshine Ribbon Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Offray Ribbon

Sunshine Ribbon Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Offray Ribbon

For this challenge, I was sent ribbon in vibrant yellow and orange. I knew that I wanted to create something that was as bold as the colors that I was given. The beads were all purchased at Micheal’s, and matched perfectly with the ribbon. I decided to call this one “Sunshine” to bring a little bit of brightness to the cold and gloomy weather we have been having here in Chicago.

One of the biggest challenges we have as jewelry designers is determining the length of a necklace. By using ribbon, you can easily adjust the length to look good with almost any neckline. For this design, you can even braid the three strands together to get a totally different look.

Design Tip: Add a drop of glue or clear nail polish to the knots attached to the connector to make sure they stay secure.

Make sure you stop by the Offray web site. There you can sign up for Offray.com email newsletters to receive information about new products, project ideas, and special savings. Plus, receive 15% Off your first order at Offray.com when you sign up for email.

Click through on the Designer Crafts Connection logo to the left of this blog to see what the other talented designers made with Offray ribbon.

What do you think of the Sunshine Ribbon Necklace? Have you used ribbon in your jewelry designs? Let me know in the comments at the top of this post!

How To Make A Rosary

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Happy 2015, my creative friends! For today’s post, we are to feature our favorite tool or technique of 2014. The tool that I have fallen in love with the past year has to be the 1 Step Looper from BeadSmith.

1-Step Looper from BeadSmith

1-Step Looper from BeadSmith

Recently, I was commissioned to make a rosary for a client. I knew that this was the perfect situation for my 1 Step Looper. By using the 1 Step Looper, I probably cut my time to make the rosary in at least half. The rosary was to be a gift for a very important person in their lives, so I decided to use some outstanding grade A amethyst that was faceted for the “Hail Mary” beads. I also used clear AB Swarovski Crystals for the “Our Father” sections to make it extra special.

Amethyst Rosary by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Amethyst Rosary by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Here is how to make your own rosary.

Tool to make a rosary.

Tools to make a rosary.

Materials:

  • 53 – 8mm faceted round Grade A amethyst
  • 6 – 8mm bicone Swarovski Crystals in Clear AB
  • 59 – 2 inch silver eye pins
  • 6 inch piece of chain
  • 1 – 5mm jump ring
  • 3 – 3mm jump rings
  • 1 silver cross
  • 1 silver rosary center

Tools:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • 1 Step Looper

Instructions:

1. Insert eye pin into 1 amethyst bead.

2. Using your 1 Step Looper, create a loop at the opposite end of your eye pin.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all your amethyst beads and the Swarovski crystals.

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4. Link your amethyst beads together using your round nose pliers. Make 5 sections of 10 beads and one section of 3 beads.

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5. Join together a section of 10 amethyst beads, one link of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, one link of silver chain, and another section of 10 amethyst beads. Do this until all the sections of 10 amethyst beads are connected. Add one link of silver chain to both ends of the chain you just created.

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6. To create the center chain, link together 3 links of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, 3 links of silver chain, the section of 3 amethyst beads, 3 links of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, and 3 links of silver chain. Attach the cross to the bottom of the chain you made using your 5mm jump ring.

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7. Connect the ends of your long piece of chain to the top two circles of your center piece using 2 of the 3mm jump rings and connect the piece with the cross to the bottom circle of the center piece using the last 3mm jump ring.

8. (optional) Go through your rosary with your round nose pliers and make sure all your connections are tightly closed.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments above what you would make with a 1 Step Looper, or if you have one, what projects you have make.

Here’s to wishing you a New Year filled with creativity, joy, peace, prosperity, and lots and lots of beads!

Smoothfoam Holiday Ball Blog Hop: Swarovski Crystal Mosaic Ornament

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Swarovski Crystal Mosaic Ornament by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Swarovski Mosaic Ornament by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Smoothfoam Holiday Ball Blog Hop! Today’s project is a stunning ornament that you will want to leave out all year long. The Swarovski Crystal Mosaic ornament is sure to bring lots of sparkle to your tree.

Close Up of Swarovski Crystal Mosaic Onament

Close up of Swarovski Mosaic Ornament by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

The Smoothfoam 2 inch ball was used as the base of the project. Having something light weight to counteract the weight of the crystals was very helpful. I covered the ball using Mod Podge’s Collage Clay for the medium to hold the crystals. This project took me about a hour, so not too bad time wise. You could also make this from left over beads in your stash.

Here is how to make it.

Materials to make Swarovski Mosaic OrnamentMaterials:

  • Smoothfoam 2 inch ball
  • Mod Podge Collage Clay
  • 1.5 inch eye pin
  • Various Swarovski Crystals

Directions:

1. Insert eye pin into the top of the Smoothfoam ball. Leave 1/4 inch of the top of the eye pin exposed. Tip: You might want to add some glue to your eye pin to make sure it stays in place.

2. Using the Wavy tip, apply a section of Mod Podge Collage Clay to your Smoothfoam ball. Tip: Use a small glass or candle holder to hold your ball while your are applying the Mod Podge Collage Clay and crystals.

3. Apply crystals to your Mod Podge Collage Clay.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the whole Smoothfoam ball is covered.

5. Allow ornament to dry for 24 hours.

6. Put some string through your eye pin and tie it to form a loop.

7. Hang your ornament on the tree and enjoy!

Don’t forget to hop through and see all the other wonderful creations made with Smoothfoam balls! You can click here to see them!

 

 

Beadphoria for Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Beaded Ornament Hangers

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Beaded Ornament Hangers by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Beaded Ornament Hangers by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to December, my creative friends! If you haven’t already, it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. Today’s project is super easy and a great way to make your tree more festive – beaded ornament hangers. I came up with this idea when I noticed how boring traditional hangers look. Anyways, who doesn’t love some extra sparkle for their tree!

Beaded Ornament Hangers by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Close up of ornament hangers.

As you can see, you can make the hangers sophisticated looking with crystals or pearls, or you could go for a more whimsical look with lampwork Christmas beads. You could also make them to match a color scheme of an overall tree or a particular ornament. This project is also good for using up beads that you might have in your stash.

Tools and materials to create beaded ornament holders.Tools and Materials:

  • 18 silver gauge wire
  • mixture of festive beads
  • wire Cutters
  • ruler
  • round nose pliers
  • pen

Instructions

IMG_42761. Cut your wire into 4 inch strips.

IMG_42792. Make a 90 degree angle three inches from the top of your wire.

IMG_42803.Wrap the bent wire around the barrel of the pen to form the hook at the bottom of the hanger.

IMG_42844. Place approximately 2 inches of beads onto your wire.

IMG_42875. Make a 90 angle with the top inch of your wire going in the opposite direction of the one on the bottom of your hanger.

IMG_42926. Curl the top inch of your wire around your pen to make the top hook.

7. Place your ornament on the bottom of your hanger and place on tree.

So what kind of ornament hangers would you make? Sophisticated or whimsical? Is there one particular ornament hanger that I made that you liked? Let me know in the comments!

Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts, and More by Linda Peterson Book Review

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Upcycled Jewelry

Welcome back, Beadphoria friends! How many times have you looked at objects laying around your home or headed for the trash and wondered, “There has to be another way I could use this.” Today I would like to introduce you to a new book that will have you looking at your recycling bin in a whole new way –  Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts, and more by Linda Peterson.

Upcycled Jewelry by Linda Peterson features 35 projects that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. There are several interesting techniques used in the book, including how to melt plastic and re-purposing old bicycle tubes for jewelry components.

Upcycled Jewelry Projects of Soda Pop Tab Earrings and Bottle Cap Rings on Beadphoria.Wordpress.comThe two projects I decided to try were the Pretty Polk Dot Earrings and the Bottle Cap Ring. I chose these projects because I loved how simply the pop tops were altered and I have always had a thing for rings.

Materials for Pretty Polka Dot EarringsAs you can see, the materials needed for the Pretty Polka Dot Earrings are, except for the paint pens, common house hold objects. The only tools that you need are two pairs of pliers to open and close the jump rings.

Pretty Polka Dot EarringsThe finished Pretty Polk Dot Earring turned out really cute. They were quick to make, with the longest part of the process being waiting for the nail polish to dry. The only tip I would give is to use opaque nail polish or to make sure you apply a second coat to fully cover the metal.

Materials for Bottle Cap RingsThe materials for the Bottle Cap Ring is bottle caps, ring blanks, and a strong adhesive. The book recommends a silicone adhesive, but I used jewelry glue instead with the results being just fine. For tools, you will need a hammer and bench block to pound your bottle caps on.

Bottle Cap Rings from Beadphoria.Wordpress.comI was very happy with how my finished rings turned out. For the brown one, I liked the phrasing on it so much, that I decided to not add anything. For the blue one, I wanted some extra bling, so I added a few Swarovski crystals on the outside. Another idea would be to use the same nail polish technique used in the Pretty Polka Dot Earrings and alter your bottle caps that way.

Inside of Upcycled Jewelry By Linda Peterson

The book contains lots of step by step photos, which is helpful when you are learning new techniques. A few of the projects required skills such as riveting and sewing, so there is something to interest for just about everyone. If you are looking to expand your jewelry making skills and help save the planet at the same time, make sure to pick up a copy of Linda Peterson’s Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts, and More.

Which project did you like better, the Pretty Polka Dot Earrings or the Bottle Cap Rings? Which one of these might you try? Let me know in the comments above!

Click here to find all the other blogs participating in the hop!

Cool 2 Cast New E-Book and Product Review Blog Hop

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Cool2Cast-cover72dpiWelcome, my creative friends! Recently, my colleagues at Bella Crafts Quarterly asked me to review their new e-book Cool 2 Cast -Tips, Techniques, and Ideas for Jewelry, Home Decor, and Embellishments.  I was also sent a sample of Cool 2 Cast to try out.

IMG_4588 Cool2Cast Jar and moldsFor those of you not familiar with Cool 2 Cast, this medium is a must try for jewelry makers. Cool 2 Cast allows you to make your own pendents and embellishments from molds or free form from texture plates or rubber stamps. It has a texture similar to plaster, but much more lightweight.

Some of the materials you will need to create Cool 2 Cast pendants.

Some of the materials you will need to create Cool 2 Cast pendants.

Since I had never used Cool 2 Cast before, I was heavily relying on the instructions in the Cool 2 Cast e-book. I am happy to tell you that the instructions were very well written with lots of photographs for the steps. The book also includes lots of inspiration with numerous projects included.

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Examples of large stamps, texture plates, and silicone molds you can use with Cool 2 Cast.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at making some pendants. From the book, I knew that I would need the Cool 2 Cast, silicone molds and a large sheet rubber stamp, bails, jewelry glue, some sand paper, paint and possibly a few embellishments.

IMG_4146The mold that I decided to use is a new one from Sculpey called Cabochon Shapes. I really like it. It gives you four different shapes in three different sizes. I also decided to use the clock rubber stamp from above to try a little free form molding.

IMG_4171I let my Cool 2 Cast sit for and hour and then released them from the molds. Then cleaned them up with 220 grit sand paper. As you can see, the results turned out very nice.

Cool 2 Cast Pendents by Suzann Sladcik WilsonHere are a few of the samples of the finished pendents. I decided to make the clock into something with a steampunk theme. On three of the other ones, I decided to add Swarovski embellishments, because, well, who doesn’t like a little extra bling?! The little pink one was made with pink glitter paint. I might turn that one into a ring.

If you would like to order your own copy of the Cool 2 Cast e-book to create your own custom jewelry pieces, click here. You can see a list of blogs featuring other Cool 2 Cast and find out how to win your own starter set of Cool 2 Cast by clicking here.

What would you create with Cool 2 Cast? Is there one of the pendants that I created that you like best? Let me know in the comments!

Beadphoria Book Review and Project: Craft Your Stash by Lisa Fulmer – Jewelry Business Cards

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Craft_Your_Stash_1Welcome everyone! Although most of us reading this blog are primarily jewelry makers, it’s pretty safe to say that we have dabbled in other creative pursuits from time to time. Maybe you have a collection of stamps and inks when you wanted to try card making, a collection of fabric for that sewing project that never got started, or stacks of scrapbooking paper that you bought on sale because you knew you would use it “someday”.

You might be asking yourself “what do I do with all this stuff?” This is where Lisa Fulmer’s book Craft Your Stash comes to the rescue! Craft Your Stash is chock full of inventive ideas for what do with all those creative goodies you have laying around. She even has a section on how to organize your stash that is so useful that you will find yourself actually wanting to clean up your crafty space!

Jewelry business cards inspired by the book "Craft Your Stash" by Lisa Fulmer

Jewelry business cards inspired by the book “Craft Your Stash” by Lisa Fulmer.

There are many inspiring projects in Craft Your Stash including ones with beads such as the “Photo Cube Ornament”, “Suncatcher”, “Treasure Box”, and “Lariat Bead Necklace”. The one project that immediately caught my eye was the “Personal Calling Cards”. You see, this summer I attended a Swarovski Crystal class at the Bead and Button Show. The generous people from Swarovski sent us home with an amazing bag of goodies that included a stash of flat backs that would make you drool, (lucky me, right?!). I have been looking for a project to do with them, and this was the perfect one.

Materials to make Jewelry Business Cards

Materials to make Jewelry Business Cards.

These cards were also a chance to dive into my stash of stamps and inks. For awhile, I tried to dabble into stamping, but for some reason I have never been bitten by the paper crafting bug. You would never know it, though, from the collection of stamps that I do have. I was also able to use some new inks from Staz On by Tsukineko. I really like the new colors they came out with. The Gothic Purple and Blue Hawaii turned out great on the cards and showed the details of the stamps beautifully.

You can use different colors of crystals to give your cards some extra bling.

You can use different colors of crystals to give your cards some extra bling.

One tip i would like to pass along that will make your cards much easier to create is to use either a Crystal Katana or Tanto tool by Crystal Ninja. I used the Tanto for my project. It allowed me to place the crystals exactly where I wanted them and with ease. I also used the Precision Glue Bottle from Crystal Ninja filled with Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac to make sure the crystals stayed in place.

Lisa Fulmer’s book Craft Your Stash had lots of photographs and lots of step by step instructions that made creating the cards a breeze. This is a book you will definitely will want to add to your crafty library. You can order your copy of Craft Your Stash on Amazon.com.

I hope that you enjoyed my review of Craft Your Stash and the Blinged Out Business Cards that I created. Let me know what you think of them in the comments above!

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