Wednesday, March 6, 2013

4 Fun Pendant DIYs from Falling Crystals, Wrapped Beach Glass, Wire Weave Confetti Star, & Wrapped Ice Crystal

Falling Crystals Necklace

Cheryl decided to use two of our snake chain bracelets SKU1190 to make one necklace.  Our Starter Master Bracelet has a screw end to allow you to thread large holed beads onto the chain.  In this necklace, Cheryl used our large holed Millefiori Glass Beads 1700Q for the focal beads.  She also used a variety of metal spacer beads from our Bail Style Deluxe Metal Bead Mix 1155.  Cheryl strung these in an asymmetrical pattern for interest.  The extension chain hanging at the front was a perfect base for more dangles.  Here she used some bead frames she also found in our 1155 Bali Bead Mix.  
She used small crystal beads on a head pin in the center of the bead frame.  You could also use charms or bead dangles.  Finally, Cheryl connected the two bracelets by exchanging the front clasp with a jump ring.  We have a great beginner’s assortment of jump rings if you’re not sure what size you’ll need ~ Our Silver Jump Ring Mega Mix 1501Q  - great assortment of 500+ pre-sorted silver plated brass jump rings in sizes from 5mm up to 12mm ~ something for every connection!

Beach Glass and Pearls Wrapped Necklace
Wire wrapping is a hot trend right now.  Cheryl used one of our Beach Sea Glass Pebbles 301A for her beach glass and pearl necklace.  Start by gluing a bail to the back of the pebble of your choice.  Cheryl used 806A-10pc pendant bail glued into place with E-6000 Craft Adhesive SKU 1083.  

After letting the glue dry overnight, she used a couple of feet of 18 gauge wire for decorative wrapping around the pebble.  She added several glass pearls SKU 446MIX200 and some crystal beads 1183C.  What an easy project.  Our beach sea glass pebbles come in green and aqua as well as clear. We also have sea glass beads and pre-drilled sea glass pendants.

Green Confetti Star Necklace
Are you into wire wrapping?  Cheryl can't stop!  For this necklace, Cheryl used one of our larger bead caps SKU 1153 as the armature or framework for her beaded pendant.  Using 2-3 feet of 18 gauge wire, she started by wrapping the wire to secure it at the starting point.  Then she threaded a pattern of seed beads 1200R-GOLD and Confetti Foil Beads 1370E and worked around the frame.  She even made star points by using a pattern of 2 seed beads, 1 confetti bead, 1 seed bead, and then back through the confetti bead, and then 2 more seed beads.  You can create any pattern you like.  Also we have confetti beads in lots of colors: Aqua, Amber, Pink, Green and Clear.  You can make Christmas ornaments in the same way too.

Aqua Confetti Star Necklace

Through the magic of Photoshop, I dreamed up what would happen if you made Cheryl’s creation above with our aqua confetti beads. Here’s what it would look like!

Wire wrapped crystal drop necklace
Cheryl loves all of our faceted crystal pendant drops.  Here she embellished the drop SKU 433.21 with wire wrapped beads.  Using a couple of feet of 28 gauge wire, Cheryl wrapped the wire at the hole at the top and then started threading random small beads on to the wire.  She used our small silver spacer beads 517G and 517H along with small crystal beads 1183C and zebra stripe E beads in black.  You can make any design you like with the wire.  Just start and end at the top.  The bail is made by threading more silver spacer beads and then looping the wire through the hole.  This crystal pendant looks great with one of our neck cords or chains.

About the designer: Cheryl S. is a very talented multi-tasking mom and grandmom who we have the pleasure of working with at . She helps us with everything ~ from packing your orders, picking your freebies, and making sure our inventory behaves! When she is not babysitting her grandchildren you will find her pet-sitting, beading and creating!

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