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Hematite Snowflake Earrings | Mini-Make

With just 41 sleeps to go until the festive holidays, it’s time to get Christmas crafting! For this week’s Mini-Make tutorial, we’re making a cute pair of snowflake earrings with a touch of Pantone’s trending colour for winter, ‘Navy Peony’. The NEW hematite shiny ring beads fit perfectly around the shiny spacer beads, giving them a cool and contrasting look!

Project Materials

Silver Plated Seamless Rounds 4mm Pk100 (F1041)
Bue Hematite Matt/Shiny Ring Beads 8mm 40cm Strand (EX558)
Antique Silver Zamak Snowflake Connector 13x14mm Pk1 x2 (CR0371)
Silver Plated Ear Wires with Coil Pk20 (F1002)
Silver Plated Iron Headpins (F0035)
Silver Plated Iron Eyepins (F0047)

Project Tutorial

Thread a silver bead onto an eyepin and then a hematite bead (with a silver one inside) followed by another silver bead. Use your pliers to bend the end of the headpin to a 90-degree angle and trim away to leave a post of approx. 1cm. Use your round nose pliers to make a loop. Attach one of the loops to one side of the snowflake connector. Attach the other end to an ear wire.

Next, thread a hematite bead with a silver bead inside onto a head pin and make a loop like before. Attach this to the bottom of the snowflake charm. Repeat these steps to make your second earring.

Monstera Leaf Necklace | Mini-Make

Tropical plants and big leafy patterns and prints are a huge trend at the moment, you’ll find them everywhere! The ‘Monstera’ plant, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, in particular, has made a huge comeback from it’s 1970’s debut. As more people are loving a little greenery in their lives this holey-leafed plant is taking over our home decor..and jewellery! Today we launched the NEW sterling silver 925 monstera leaf charm (also available in gold plated sterling silver) and we thought that since it’s Monday we just had to include this charm for a special Monstera Mini-Make Monday!

Project Materials

Sterling Silver 925 Leaf Charm ‘Monstera’ (SS608)
Sterling Silver Extra Fine Trace Chain with Clasp 16 inches (CH22)
Sterling Silver 925 Jumprings 6mm  Pk10 (SS180)

Tutorial

This mini-make couldn’t be simpler! All you have to do is use a pair of pliers to carefully open the jumpring (like this), link it through the top hole of the charm and close it around the chain.

Tawny Owl Bag Charm | MINI-MAKE

New owl beads have just flown in from Preciosa and I couldn’t wait to make something with them! I’ve used a mix of fire-polished Czech glass beads in bronze and topaz tones with feather charms to make a pretty bag charm. The multiple chains give the piece lots of movement and the life-like feather brings the tawny owl theme altogether. Since you’ll have lots of materials left over from this project, you can easily make lots more for your friends or to sell at upcoming craft fairs. Just remember to buy a couple more clasps and charms!

Project Materials

Copper Preciosa Glass Owl Beads (BG2074)
Preciosa Czech Fire Polished Beads 4mm Topaz (BG0866)
Preciosa Czech Fire Polished Beads 8mm Orange Tweed Pk50 (BG0697)
Gold Plated Tiny Feather Charm Pk2 x2 (CR0212)
Gold Plated Oval Carabiner Clasp Pk1 (F0728)
Beige Large Feather Charm Pk6 (CR0031)
Gold Plated Iron Eyepins 50mm (F0052)
Gold Plated Steed Chain 2x3mm 1 Metre (CH236)
Gold Plated 6mm Jumprings (F0215)

Tutorial

  1. Begin by threading an 8mm bead onto an eyepin and use your pliers to make a loop at the end. Do this for two more 8mm beads, 3 of the 4mm beads and 3 of the owls.
  2. Cut a length of 6cm of chain and attach an owl to the end with a jumpring. Open the bottom loop of the owl and connect a mini feather charm to it.
  3. Repeat step 2 with a 3cm piece of chain.
  4. Connect another owl bead to a jumpring, attach another jumpring on the bottom loop of the owl and connect it to an 8mm bead. Open the bottom loop and connect a mini feather charm onto it.
  5. For your fourth stand, attach your 4mm looped bead to a jumpring. Then alternate between 8mm bead and 4mm bead so that you have 4x4mm beads and 2x 8mm beads. Open the end loop and attach your last mini feather charm.
  6.  Use a 2 cm piece of chain or five jumprings attached together to the top of the beige feather charm.
  7. First link the short owl piece of chain onto the bottom loop of the carabiner and then the longest beaded chain.
  8. Allow the two pieces to fall next to each other and loop the jumpring of your 3rd chain through both of the top two jumprings you just added. Do the same for the opposite side with your last piece of chain.

MINI-MAKE Pumpkin Earrings

Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner! I’ve been busy on the allotment, harvesting lots of mini pumpkins and squashes that inspired my latest design! This cute pair of pumpkin earrings is perfect for Halloween outfits or if you’re an avid allotment gardener like me! In this mini-make you’ll learn how to make a wrapped bead cap and coiled wire to make the pumpkin stalk and the vine. You’ll have a whole range of howlite pumpkin beads on your strand to make lots of funky coloured designs. You can find the pumpkin beads at the Halloween Shop where you can find more treats (no tricks – honest!) to get creative this Halloween.

 

Project Materials

Assorted Colour Howlite Pumpkin Beads 12mm 15 inch Strand (EX555)
Copper Craft Wire Green 0.5mm x 25m (W341)
Gold Plated Earwires (F1003)
Gold Plated Iron Jumprings 4mm Pk100 (F0214)

You will also need:
Round nose Jewellery Pliers (W51)
Flat Nose Jewellery Pliers (W50)
Side Cutter Jewellery Pliers (W53)

Tutorial


Cut a length of 20cm wire or 23cm for extra long curly vines!


Grab the very tip of the wire with your round nose pliers and twist to make the smallest loop possible.


Use your flat nose pliers to hold the loop.


To make a spiral, continue to hold the wire with the flat nose pliers and use your fingers to encourage the wire to sit next to the previous loop. You may need to adapt the position of your pliers as you work your way around the circle.


Go around the original loop 2 or 3 times to make a flat spiral. Use your pliers to move the remaining wire into the middle of the spiral to make a post.


Insert the wire through a pumpkin bead, leave approx. 1cm before bending the wire over your round nose pliers. Wrap the wire back across the centre wire to make a loop. For a video on how to do this, follow our How To Wrap a Pin tutorial.


Hold the entire loop with your flat nose pliers and continue to wrap the wire. When you reach the beads, continue to spiral the wire so that it makes a small cap over the top of the bead.


When you have about 3cm remaining, use your round nose pliers to coil the end of the wire. You can keep your coil tight by only using the tip of the pliers. After you have finished your coil, carefully pull and tweak the shape a little. I manipulated mine to follow the curve of the pumpkin bead but this bit if up to you!


Open a jumpring and thread it through the loop of the earwire. Then close the jumpring onto the wrapped loop of your pumpkin bead. Repeat these steps to make the second earring to complete your pair.

What do you think? I love them! Share your Halloween designs with us on our Facebook page and Instagram!

Katrina x

‘Bordeaux’ WrapIt Loom Bracelet

The NEW WrapIt Loom by Rainbow Loom is here and we’re the first official U.K. suppliers of this awesome new tool! Making trending wrap bracelets has never been easier or faster with the WrapIt Loom. Inside the tool you’ll find a handy bead tray, lots of Toho seed beads with patterns and easy-to-follow instructions to make four different bracelets. Now that we’ve made all four bracelets in the kit, we’re using our own choice of beads to make a design of our own! I’ve chosen to use a rich mix of purple and burgundy glass beads inspired by Pantone’s autumn colour ‘Tawny Port’, with our sparkling new vintage pink glass faceted round beads in Pantone’s ‘Ballet Slipper‘ to lighten the design.

Project Materials

WrapIt Loom
Czech Fire Polished Glass Round Beads Amethyst 6mm Pk100
Preciosa Twin Hole Tile Square 6mm Frosted Amethyst Pk20
Preciosa Czech Fire Polished Beads 3mm Vintage Pink Pk100
Nymo Beading Thread Brown
Swarovski Heart Button Amethyst Pk1
Purple Waxed Cotton Cord 1mm 6 Metres
2x Beading Needles

Tutorial

Set up your WrapIt loom following the box instructions. Cut a length of purple cord approx. 34 inches long. Thread your button and move it to the centre of your cord. Take either side of the cords and tie a knot close to the back of the button. Roughly measure the length of the bracelet to your wrist and tie two LOOSE knots where you want the beads to end and the clasp to fit. Make sure you don’t pull the knot tight at this point so that you can easily adapt the length later on if you need to!

Now place the button and knotted end into the top clamp of your loom to hold it in place. Pass the opposite end through the clamp and wrap it around the WrapIt Loom end. Pull back the sliding part and press it into the groove to give you a tight tension.

  

Take a 1.5m length of cord and find the middle. Hold the middle point over your purple cords at the top of the loom. This is where you will begin to add beads. Take the left side of the thread and weave over the outside purple cord and back up through the middle between the two purple cords. On the opposite side do the same, taking the right thread around and up through the middle.

To add your first bead, take 1 vintage pink faceted bead and thread it onto one of the threads. Take the other thread and pass it through the bead in the opposite direction so that each cord crosses through it. Pull both of the threads until the bead sits neatly within the purple cords. After you add your beads, you will always pass each side of the thread back around the outside of the purple cords and up through the middle to complete the row. (Bear in mind that it will take a couple of rows for your design to sit nicely).

  

Next, thread on two pink beads and as before, pass the other cord in the opposite direction through the beads. Pull the cords and encourage the beads to sit within the purple cords. Bring each thread around the outside and up through the middle.

For the next set of rows complete the following:
1x 6mm bead.
2x pink 3mm beads.
1x tile bead – Since this is a twin hole, you need to treat it as if it were two rows of beads. Make sure you still wrap the threads around the outside of the cords before going through the second hole!

Repeat this pattern from your first two pink beads until you run out of room to add more beads. When you reach the end of the loom, check the bracelet against your wrist to see how much further length you wish to add. At this point, you can amend the knot if necessary. Place the bracelet further up the loom, gently clamping around the beads. Return the opposite knot to its position in the other clamp, pull back on the clamp and secure it down into the groove to give you your tension.

Continue to add your beads and when you are almost at the end, finish the design with two rows of pink beads, followed by a single pink bead to draw the end to a point. When you have finished adding beads, knot the thread a few times onto around the thread of a row and trim away the tail end.

You might like to secure the knots further with a drop of glue. Your bracelet is now ready to wear!

MINI-MAKE ‘Unicorn Dream’ Key Ring

Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! This week I’ve whipped up a pretty little key ring that can also be used as a handbag charm. If you like unicorns, you might remember the unicorn choker I made a while ago. This time I’ve chosen the galloping silver plated charm with a feather,  striped agate beads and bead caps for extra shine! I love how the pretty little flower beads jingle, adding colour and interest to your otherwise boring-looking keys!

Project Materials

Silver Plated large Lever Ring Clasp 20mm (F0392)
Antique Silver Flower Charm Beads 7mm pk5 (MB454)
Silver Plated Dome Bead Cap 6mm Pk4 (F482)
Purple Striped Agate Beads 6mm Pk20 (EX4378)
Antique Silver Galloping Unicorn Charm (CR0256)
Antique Silver Zamak Feather Charm 11×41 Pk1 (CR0052)
Silver Plated Headpins (ST1783)
Silver Plated Eyepins (F0047)
Silver Plated 6mm jumpring (F0720)
Silver Plated 4mm jumpring (F0623) 

Tutorial


Take a 6mm jumpring and attach your feather charm to the lever split ring.


Take a headpin and slide on a bead cap and a 6mm striped agate bead. Turn a loop. Make two more with headpins and one with an eyepin so that you have a loop either side.


Turn a loop with an eyepin for three of your flower beads and do the same for two agate beads (without caps).


Lay your beads out as above and connect them all together. Use 4mm jumprings in between the beads and a 6mm jumpring to attach them to the level clasp.

Instant Peyote Bracelets | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s mini-make is the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers who haven’t yet mastered intricate beading stitches! These two friendship-style bracelets use our new ready-made seed bead peyote-stitched connectors to make an eye-catching centrepiece.

Project Materials

(Gold)
Miyuki seed bead connector charm black/white
Gold plated steel chain 2x3mm 1 metre
Gold plated iron 6mm jump rings
Gold plated lobster clasp
(Pink)
Miyuki seed bead connector charm pink
Satin cord 0.7mm light pink 5 metres
Fevi Kwik glue

Tutorial

To make the gold style bracelet, cut two pieces of chain 2.5 inches long. Fold each piece in half and join the two ends together with a jump ring. Connect one jump ring to a lobster clasp. Connect the other jump ring to another one. Find the middle point of each chain and use a jump ring on each end to link it to the beaded connector.

To make the pink style bracelet, follow our YouTube tutorial to learn how to make a Macramé square knot bracelet.

Graduation Necklace | Mini-Make

Graduation season is in full swing! This week’s Mini-Make is just the perfect project to gift to your graduating loved one! Using the NEW and trending adjustable chain, you can wear this necklace as a choker or at any length you desire. Choose from a selection of beautiful Swarovski Pave Pendants to make your necklace glisten and shine on the big day!

Project Materials

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PAVE DROP 10X26MM RHODIUM PLATED PINK MIX PK1

STERLING SILVER 925 ROUND SNAKE ADJUSTABLE BALL NECKLACE WITH CLASP 22″

STERLING SILVER 925 SMALL LOOP BAIL WITH RING


Tutorial

Using a pair of pliers, carefully open the small loop on the bottom of the bail and close it onto the pendant loop. Open the clasp of your chain and slide on your pendant.

Pip Flower Ring | Mini-Make

Haven’t you heard?! NEW Preciosa Pip beads are here! Obviously, I couldn’t wait to get making with these pretty little beads so they’re the main focus of this week’s Mini-Make. Follow my tutorial to make a simple flower ring and once you learnt how to make the basic flower shape, you can make all kinds of bracelets and matching earrings too!

Project Materials

Preciosa Czech Pressed Glass Pip Beads (Transparent Amethyst)
Preciosa Czech Pressed Glass Pip Beads (Peach)
Toho Size 8 Round Seed Bead Frosted Permanent Finish Galvanized Pink Lilac
Purple KO Beading Thread
Rose KO Beading Thread


Project Tutorial


Step 1. Cut a 30cm length of cord and thread your needle. String on 6 pip beads and take the needle back through the beads to form a loop.


Step 2. Work your thread back around the flower petals, creating knots along the working cord to secure. Do the same thing with your tail thread. Trim away the ends.


Step 3. Cut a new length of thread 30cm long and string on 15 seed beads, leaving a tail of approx. 10cm. Pass your needle through the centre of the flower.


Step 4. String on 1 seed bead and pass the needle back through the hole in the centre of the flower and out to the opposite side.


Step 6. String on 15 more seed beads. At this point, you may wish to check the size and how it fits on your finger. Once you are happy with the size, pass your needle through the precious 15 beads, and back down those you just added to form a loop.


Step 7. Pass the needle through the loop a second time, tie your two ends in a couple of knots and trim away the tail ends.

Crystal Sparkle Ring | Mini-Make

We all love a bit of sparkle in our lives, so for this week’s mini-make I’ve chosen to use our brand new sterling silver ring base with Swarovski Crystal AB crystals! The end result looks super expensive but actually, it’s easily affordable at just £12.83 if you already have your glue. You could make them for your friends or sell them to make a bit of extra cash for yourself! The sterling silver ring base is quite soft and can be adjusted to fit any size.

Project Materials

Sterling silver 925 ring
Swarovski crystal chaton 4mm crystal AB F
Gem-Tac embellishing glue
Blue-Tac


Tutorial


1. Roll a piece of blue-tac into a ball and press your ring base into it to secure it to your work surface.


2. Apply a very small amount of Gem-Tac glue to the inside rim of the ring settings and press your crystals into place for each of the four holes. You might find it more precise to apply the glue to a headpin first and use this to paint the glue onto the settings.


3. Leave your ring on the blue-tac and allow your crystals to dry for at least 24 hours before wearing your ring.