Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category

Wedding Veils

In Creative Fun, Jewelry on May 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Last project that had a teaser all those weeks ago: Wedding Veils! All of the veils feature a nickel comb and a bird cage veil.

Once Manequin

Once M. Close up

 Once Upon a Time Close-up

First one was inspired by sister-in-law and using the once upon a time theme in her wedding. Owl manequin

Owl M Close up Owl Close-up

Second one is an owl. Who doesn’t love owls?

Sparrow Manequin

Sparrow M. Close up Sparrow Close-upLast one was a sparrow because I loved the antique look of the bird.

Happy Crafting!


Jewelry Wall Hanger with Tutorial

In DIY, Jewelry on May 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

For Christmas this past year I was needing to find something to make for my Mother-in-Law. She LOVES jewelry and has an extensive collection. The year before I made her a hanger for her earrings but a few months before Christmas I noticed that she needed something for necklaces and bracelets. While I looked at her collection it came to me! A jewelry hanger in a large frame; that was the answer.

Jewelry HangerI wish I had taken pictures as I worked on this but unfortunately I was concerned with getting it finished for Christmas. I can at least walk you through it so that you can make your own!

The frame is an open-back 18X24 frame from Hobby Lobby. The backing for the hardware of the piece is ¼ inch thick cork board and foam board cut to size. I glued the two pieces together and let them sit with HEAVY books on them for a few days to make sure that the glue stuck without an issue. Cork can be difficult to bond so keep that in mind.

After the glue was dry and the pieces were sticking well I covered the piece in soft burlap. I stretched the cloth and held it in place with gorilla tape in the back.

After this was done I took the frame back to Hobby Lobby to have them mount the board in the frame and add a wire hanger. They do this for a dollar and is COMPLETELY worth it! I asked not to have the paper backing so that I could see if the nails were going to poke through or not from the front and I wanted to be able to stabilize the bracelet holder.

Jewelry Hanger Necklace SideThe hooks for the necklaces I found at ACE hardware. They came in packs of 6 and are 3/8 inch cup hooks. I bought 4 packs to make a total of 24 hooks. I placed them by hand without a ruler. You might want to use a ruler. I have a tendency to eyeball things and even though reliable, not the best idea for everyone. The hooks screwed into the board and the cork holds them perfectly!

The bracelet brackets were made with Smoothfoam poles. I cut three 9 inch portions for the brackets themselves. For the sides I cut three 3 inch portions and then cut them in half length-wise for the sides. I covered all of the pieces in the burlap. One of the sides was glued to the pole and the other side had a magnet attached to the pole and the side bracket. This made it possible to slide bracelets on and off the pole without having to have the bracelet open. The magnets are craft power magnets and are awesome. They hold up even with the weight of the bracelets on the poles.

Jewelry Hanger Bracelet SideTo attach the brackets I hot glued them to the board and then put two 2” nails in through the back to keep them sturdy even under the weight of the bracelets. I also put a layer of hot glue over the nail heads to help keep them in place and not poke out of the back.

After all of these steps you are finally finished! The wire hanger helps to keep everything level even if you have jewelry that is heavier on one side. This piece hangs nicely and can become part of your room décor. If you decide to tackle this project please share your pictures; I’d love to see them!

Happy Crafting!

Kelly’s Bridal Necklace

In DIY, Jewelry, Uncategorized on November 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

A month or so after Daniel popped the question to Kelly I offered to make her wedding jewelry. I thought it would be something fun to do and give her something completely unique to wear on her special day. Originally she declined saying that she was just going to find something at the jewelry store. I was a little bummed but hey, she’s the bride so she has final say.

A few months after the initial decline she came back and said she would take me up on my offer if it was still available  Of course it was! I love creating things for people and this was going to be the first time that I was able to do a bridal set. The main things she was looking for was sparkly. There was to be a pendant in the front and a larger one on the back on a chain. She said that she would wear diamond stud earrings so she just needed the necklace. After many changes here is the final product:

Here she is in her full glory on the wedding day! The back is still her favorite part. I think my favorite is that the clasp is actually a heart.

The Groom’s Boutonniere

In DIY, Jewelry on October 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

Kelly gave me the the honor of helping her with the flowers for the wedding; which is tomorrow!

I did the flowers for my wedding, my sister’s wedding and now my brother’s. By the time all of my siblings get married I’ll be an expert (provided they’ll all want my help)!

The wedding invitations had almost a fairy tale feel to them and the Hubs had seen  the new fairy tale collection at hobby lobby and thought maybe there would be something useful there (He likes to have his creative side come out every once in a while).  The piece we used for the boutonniere is meant for a necklace and has the loops on the ends to be used as thus. I wasn’t sure how it would attach to the boutonniere but the hot glue gun came to the rescue! I think it came together pretty well!

Happy Crafting!