Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confetti Hoop Earrings DIY TUTORIAL


Make a statement with these playful earrings! You’ll be ready for the beach, a Summer BBQ or an outdoor concert in these fun, colorful hoops.
 
Confetti Hoop Earrings
Erin Siegel

Ingredients:
36 magatama 4 opaque mix seed beads
2 gold plated 2” hoop earrings
72” of gold plated 24 gauge wire

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Cutters
Ruler

1: Use 36” of wire to tightly wrap 1 hoop for 1”, beginning at the hole side as shown.

2: Grasp the hoop with round nose pliers and bend the wire over the pliers, creating a loop as shown.

3: Use the wire to string one bead and wrap the wire three times around the hoop as shown. Repeat 17 more times. Wrap the wire around the hoop for 1” as in step 1 and trim.

4: Use chain nose pliers to make a 90 degree bend in the hoop about 1/8” from the end as shown.

5: Repeat steps 1-4 to make the second earring.

 Enjoy your new earrings! The technique to make these is quite versatile. You can easily change up the look and feel of your earrings by switching out the beads used and the size of the hoop or earring findings. Make a bunch of these and have some fun this Summer!

Happy Creating,
Erin

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nautical Notions

I've always loved the ocean, the beach, seafaring towns, life and culture. I'm lucky enough to live near the ocean on the New England coastline.  So, naturally, I just adore nautical themes for jewelry, fashion and home decor. When Spring and Summer roll around, these themes are always in style and all year round as far as I'm concerned!

Nautical



It's easy to add a little maritime touch to your Summer look. Try one of my DIY jewelry projects. These are fun, easy to make and stylish for the season. Click the pic or the link to go to the tutorials.

http://erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/2013/08/anchor-leather-bracelet-tutorial.html

http://www.erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/2014/02/lovely-little-knot-necklace-diy-tutorial.html

Looking for more nautical inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board below!



Happy Creating,
Erin

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Micro-Macrame Bracelet Class

Micro-Macrame Flower Bracelet Class - $45

Date: Sunday, July 13th 2014
Time: 1:00pm -4:00pm
Place: RiverWalk Gallery and Healing Arts 32 Elm Street in Amesbury, Ma.
Level: All
Kit Fee: $15 (includes all materials needed)

Class Description:
Learn classic macrame techniques to make this adorable flower motif bracelet perfect for everyday wear. Knotting techniques covered in class will include: Lark's head knot, square knot, overhand knot and slip knot. Using Irish waxed linen cord, you will learn how to tie colorful gemstone rounds and accent beads into a pretty flower pattern. You will also learn how to connect your cord to a metal clasp using a slip knot. Finish your bracelet off with an adjustable chain extender, wire-wrapped bead dangles and a sweet flower charm. Project kits will be available with an assortment of gemstones and cord color prepackaged for a fee of $15. Macrame boards will be available for sale as well.

Tool List: There are tools available for you to use at the shop, but if you have them, please bring:
ruler
scissors
macrame board and T-pin or office clipboard
round nose pliers
pair of chain nose pliers
wire cutters

Hope to see you there this Sunday! 
http://www.riverwalkbeads.com/shop/4twseb4bx8hl575sdd7w221k4lua37
To learn more about the River Walk Gallery, you can read my post about it here or visit their website or visit them on Facebook.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Neon Pop Tassel Necklace DIY TUTORIAL

Get ready for Summer in the City! Pair this long swingy necklace with a white or grey T-shirt and jeans or cut-offs for an easy, urban downtown boho vibe.
http://www.ornamentea.com/TheShop/TutorialPages/NeonPopTasselNecklace.html


Ingredients:

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Knotting tweezers
Scissors
Ruler

1: Remove all the cord from the card and stretch. Tie a double overhand knot at the end of the cord opposite the needle as shown. String 1 knot cup and close. String 1 neon pearl and tie an overhand knot using the tweezers as shown. Trim cord to ½” from the knot and fray the ends as shown. Repeat 11 more times for a total of 12 tassel dangles.

2: Insert one end of the leather lace into one fold over end and close with chain nose pliers as shown. Repeat for the other end. Set aside.
3: Separate the chain into (1) 5” piece, (1) 5 ½” piece, (1) 6” piece, (1) 6 ½” piece, (1) 7” piece, (1) 7 ½” piece and (1) 8” piece.


4: Using the 5” length of chain, count 12 links from one side and attach 1 oval jump ring to the 12th link. Attach 1 oval jump ring 1” from the previous jump ring. Repeat once more. Set aside. Using the 6 ½” length of chain, attach 1 oval jump ring 1” from the end. Attach 1 oval jump ring 1 ½” from the previous jump ring. Repeat twice. Set aside. Using the 8” length of chain, attach 1 oval jump ring to the second link from the end. Attach 1 oval jump ring 2” from the previous jump ring. Repeat 3 times.


5: Use one 7mm round jump ring to string one end of all the chains from longest to shortest. Close jump ring. Repeat using the other end of the chains as shown.

6: Use 1 oval jump ring to attach one 7mm round jump ring to the loop of 1 fold over end as shown. Repeat for the other side of the necklace.

7: Attach the tassel dangles to the oval jump rings on the chains as shown.

 Enjoy wearing your new Summer necklace. Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone! 

Happy creating,
Erin

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DIY Pearls with Edge

The pearl has gone super sassy! We are seeing bold, punky pearl jewelry designs on fashion runways and in designer collections these days. So, I thought I would highlight some DIY pearl jewelry ideas with a bit of edge in honor of MiShel's Pearls, Pearls, Pearls blog hop going on today.
 
Pearls and Leather Earrings
I love the look of pearls and leather together. These earrings are quick and easy to make for gifts or for yourself. I also love how this earring project uses crimp cord ends in a unique way, adding an urban chic look to these.

Pearls and Leather Earrings 
Erin Siegel 
Materials:  
12 silver 6mm potato fresh-water pearls 
2 copper 7x6mm rice fresh-water pearls 
14 sterling silver 2” headpins 
6” of Black 2mm leather cord 
1 pair of sterling silver ear wires 

Tools:  
Wire cutters 
Chain nose pliers 
Round nose pliers 
Scissors

Instructions:
 
1: Use 1 headpin to string 1 silver pearl; make a wrapped loop, making sure to make a loop large enough to string onto the leather. Repeat 5 more times. Use 1 headpin to string 1 copper pearl; make a wrapped loop, again, making sure that your loop in large enough to fit on the leather.  
2: Cut the leather piece in half. Using one 3” piece of leather, string 3 silver pearl dangles, the copper pearl dangle and 3 silver pearl dangles. 
3: Bring the leather ends together and insert them into the crimp end finding. Crimp the crimp end with chain nose pliers. Attach an ear wire to the loop of the crimp end finding. Repeat steps to make the second earring. 
Resources: 
Ear wires: Miss Fickle Media. Leather and crimp ends: Artbeads.com.
 Tattered Silk Necklace 
http://store.ornamentea.com/store/product/30172/Tompkins-Tassel-Bracelet/
 Tompkins Tassel Bracelet

from my e-book, Punk Chic Jewelry


For more edgy designs, including how to make the Tattered Silk Necklace and the Tompkins Tassel Bracelet above, check out Punk Chic Jewelry: 16 DIY Jewelry Projects to Add an Urban Edge to Your Wardrobe available through Amazon.com. DIY kits for all the jewelry projects in the book are available now at Ornamentea.com.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KIWTRYK/ref=pe_385040_118058080_TE_M1T1DP




Happy creating and thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to see what my co-creatives are making with pearls. If you've created something with pearls, add your link below:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Punk Chic Jewelry Kits Available Now!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KIWTRYK/ref=pe_385040_118058080_TE_M1T1DP

Kits for the projects in Punk Chic Jewelry are available now at Ornamentea.com. There is a kit for each jewelry project. The kits come with all the materials you need, plus full step-by-step instructions are included! You do not need the e-book to buy a kit. Some kits are selling fast. These are limited edition. Once they are gone, they are gone. I would highlight a few favorites for you, but I really love them all!
http://store.ornamentea.com/store/category/38/293/Limited-Edition-Project-Kits/

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Layered Evil Eye Necklace DIY TUTORIAL

Evil eye jewelry as become a very popular trend in the last year. The ancient symbol has been popping up in jewelry lines all around the world and many celebrities have been spotted wearing the protective talisman. According to ancient beliefs, the evil eye symbol provides protection against negative energy from others, whether it be intentional or unintentional. The symbol has been found in many cultures, starting in Greece and Rome thousands of years ago. An evil eye amulet or talisman is believed to ward off negative vibes from the envious eyes of others, protecting the wearer's physical and emotional well being. I can see why so many have been latching on to the idea. Who couldn't get behind that concept?
Layered Evil Eye Necklace
by Erin Siegel designed for OandN Craft Supplies

The ancient symbol of protection is paired with authentic Greek ceramic beads, findings and leather. This modern, multiple strand necklace gives you a stylish layered look in one easy piece.

Materials:
26 matte turquoise Greek ceramic 5mm rounds
1 gold plated enamel evil eye charm/pendant
1 18K gold plated curved tube bead
1 set of 18K gold plated cord ends
1 18K gold plated lobster clasp
1 gold plated 6mm jump ring
2 gold plated 4mm jump rings
50" of dark brown 1.5mm Greek leather cord

Tools:
Pair of chain nose pliers
Scissors
Ruler
E 6000 adhesive

Instructions:
1: Cut the leather cord into two 16" pieces and one 18" piece. Set aside. Attach one 4mm jump ring to the lobster clasp. Attach the other 4mm jump ring to the previous jump ring. Set aside. Attach the 6mm jump ring to the evil eye pendant. Set aside.

2: Use both 16" leather cords to string the tube bead to the center of the cords as shown. Set aside. Use the 18" leather cord to string 13 turquoise rounds, the jump ring on the pendant and 13 turquoise rounds to the center of the cord as shown. Set side.

3: Fill one cord end half-full of glue. Insert one end of all three cords into the cord end. Let dry. Repeat entire step for the other side of the necklace. Attach the the lobster clasp to the loop of one cord end as shown.

Resources:
Greek ceramic rounds, evil eye pendant, tube bead, cord ends and clasp: O and N Craft Supplies. Greek leather cord: Ornamentea.com

I love Greek beads and leather. I've been using them in my designs for years. So, when Tina from O and N Craft Supplies contacted me about creating a project and tutorial for them, I said yes right away. Located in Athens, Greece, O&N Craft Supplies carries a nice selection of Greek ceramic beads, metal findings, enamel charms and pendants as well as a tantalizing selection of cords and stringing materials. Ooo...Yummy. I receive my order quickly despite the supplies were traveling all the way to the US from Greece. I knew I would love the Greek ceramic beads I ordered. What surprised me was how much I fell in love with the gold plated findings and the enamel pendant.

The enamel evil eye pendant is gorgeous. It's beautifully made, excellent quality. I love the weight of it. I also love the gold plated tube bead, cord ends and lobster clasp. The findings are sturdy. I like the heftiness of them. The metal is thick, not thin or flimsy at all. The 18K gold plating seems to be done well, too. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the materials I received from O&N Craft Supplies. I will most certainly be back to sample some of their other items, especially the luscious cording. I also love that I can get my favorite Greek beads straight from Greece!

Visit O&N:
www.oandn.etsy.com
www.oandncraftsupplies.com

Oh how I would love to travel to Greece someday. This inspiration board from a new blog I recently discovered, Smart n Snazzy, brings me there just a little...
Inspired by Greece



Happy creating!