Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Mustard Seed Traveling Mini Bottle Pendant DIY Kit by Brad Spry

ImageThis is a wonderfully inspiring project sent into us by our customer Brad Spry in North Carolina. This is his traveling Mustard Seed Ministry Kit.

Brad writes: "I saw someone else make one online, but I've put my own touches on it. It's an evolving design. It could be embellished more, but I like the simple look, to keep the focus on the seed."

"What's important to me is putting together a kit so that I can have everything with me.  I have a roll of ball necklace stuff with me too."

His kit contains everything he needs to customize his Mustard Seed pendants on the go - including a small butane torch to solder closed the triangle jump rings for the top of the pendant bottles.

"It took me awhile to come up with a solution to close the triangle. I found the awesome little butane powered soldering iron you see in the picture, that's a nifty tool if there ever was one. "


"Of course the most special thing of all is making them right in front of people, before their very eyes. It's not hard but it's very much the thought that counts and the love that goes into making them, and especially the message. Even the triangle itself is a message, lots of messages in this little bottle :-) "

"Matthew 17:20 is the main mustard seed scripture. That's the message, it's not about me. I tell people that's all the faith that they need, just this little amount. People appreciate it, gives them a little hope. "

We love it! Thanks so much for sharing this Brad, and best wishes for continuing to expand your ministry, one mustard seed at a time!

ImageThe Mustard Seed, Traveling Kit Project
by: Brad Spry in NC
If you have questions, I bet he wouldn't mind if you dropped him a line! You can find him on Facebook:

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Wishing you happy creating and a whole bunch of crafty inspiration! From all of us at!

Friday, February 15, 2013

5 New DIYs! Altered Sea Glass, Flying Pigs, Mini Bottle Amulets, Wired Love!

Well, we've been having a lot of fun with our supplies again!
1. Sea Glass View Finder Pebbles.  This technique has some great jewelry possibilities as well as gift applications! Check it out!
How to: Anne added two layers of 3D Crystal Lacquer (let dry between layers) to the top side of our sea glass pebbles. Keep the bubbles if they form for an underwater effect.
Pop the bubbles if they form by dragging the end of a headpin or safety pin, even a chopstick through the glaze.
For the focal image, she sealed a printout (in this case, an ocean scene) to the bottom with 3D Crystal Lacquer. It forms a beautiful porthole or see-thru window.
2. Sea Glass Message Pebbles/Pendants
Kim has been experimenting with her old faithful HP LaserJet 1200. It is a toner (not ink jet) printer which produces heat-set black toner images.
This technique also has some great jewelry possibilities - both on our sea glass pebbles and our craft glass tiles. Detailed instructions available on our eCraftyBlog1 or eCraftyBlog2.
Make it a pendant! For either of these transfer/altered techniques - by adding a bail to the back with e6000, you've got an incredibly interesting pendant possibility.

What do you think? How can you use this technique in your jewelry and crafting? Let us know - We'd love to hear your ideas!
3. When Pigs Fly! Embellished Necklace  Kim created this little gem in under a minute from our 633NECK finished Flying Pig Necklace by adding just a little 4mm pink crystal bicone dangle on a headpin. You can also get JUST the flying pig charms 633 here.
4. Wired Love Wow! Look what our friend and away at college co-worker Hannah made with wire (2 gauges) and our 4mm glass pearls 446MIX200 (200pc 4mm glass pearls ~ a customer favorite).
More photos available on our eCraftyBlog1 or eCraftyBlog2.. Are you inspired yet?
Thank you for sharing these great creations Hannah! We're so inspired that we might have to stop everything and go try these! :-)
5. Mini Bottle Amulets Anne & Kim have been playing with the mini bottles, again!
We got some dramatic results by hanging a very small charm from our Charm Mega Mix 100 Pack, (in this case, baby angel wing or shell or key or seahorse) from the underside of our mini bottles 1200V-10PACK or 1200J-10PACK the cork with just a headpin. Left to dangle this makes for some simply beautiful jewelry pieces.
You can built on any of these with beaded dangles, word charms, wire wrapping, mini-notes, you name it!
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

DIY Sea Glass Beach Glass Image Transfers from!

Anne has been experi-menting with image transfers onto our Sea Glass Pendant kits (available at in our Sea Glass, Beach Glass section . 

In a perfect world, Kim thinks you can get them to look like this with a laser print or ink jet image transfer process. Some of the most basic image transfer techniques are to spray fixative on the toner or ink jet side of your printout, burnish ink side down, and release your paper. We're still daydreaming about the possibilities.

Here's our first exciting results ~ click image to enlarge 

Sea Glass Image Techniques: 

1. Anne applied 3D Crystal Lacquer directly onto our Sea Glass Pebbles to get an instant contrasting textural pattern (glossy/matte stripes or dots). 

2. She also drew directly onto the pebbles with a fine point sharpie (seahorse). 

3. She glued a lacy fern front directly onto the glass with 3D Crystal Lacquer. 

4. Lastly, she tried an image transfer with a laser or ink jet print. We are still working on the image transfer idea and will keep you updated on our results.
Any of these techniques have great possibilities and add a ton of dimension to our Sea Glass Pebbles Pendant Kit. Get a batch today and start playing! Combine them with our other sea glass beads and themed charms and glass pearls & glass beads/crystals

Send us your results and we'll publish them here!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

1 Minute Jewelry DIYS: Recycled Garden Catalog Pendants from

1 Minute Pendants made from1. an upcycled garden catalog and 2. our FREE Vintage Flowers Seed Packets download printable sheet.
1 Minute Jewelry DIYS: Recycled Garden Catalog Pendants 
I don't know about you, but right now I have a great assortment of garden catalogs filled with way more pictures of lovely flowers than I can absorb!
Why not repurpose them as wearable art? I've used our 1-minute pendant kits and our instant pendant kits to do just that - it's as easy as peel, stick, trim and insert.
The top loops/bails are large enough to work with any of our organza neck cords, ball chains, leather cords or rubber cords. Once your supplies are laid out and your scissors are close at hand, this project will take 1 minute or less! Watch out, it can be habit forming!
Consider the two minute version and add a little snippet of type or words on top of your image before you stick your epoxy dome dome. Consider the five minute version and make a little custom dangle out of our headpinscrystalsglass pearls or lampwork beads. Easy, fun, and full of springtime! Enjoy!
Use this FREE printable download sheet Vintage Flowers Seed Packets to inspire you! Happy creating from!
Free Printable! Vintage Seed Packets from!If you don't have a flower catalog handy, enjoy this  FREE printable Vintage Seed Packets from! Original file size is 300dpi - this will be very LARGE on your screen but will result in a very crisp 8 1/2 x 11 printed sheet for collage, decoupage, our 1 minute pendant kits, bamboo domino tiles, unfinished wood blanks, more! Enjoy!
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