Project Swap: See How to Make Jewelry

Project Swap: See How to Make Jewelry with StazOn

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Jennifer and Kyriakos. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Kyriakos writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Jennifer created the project.

Not-So-Heavy Metals by Jennifer Vanderbeek

 

This month, we Artists swapped projects and I got to make this awesome necklace and earring set with SHEET Metal ovals and StazOn ink from directions by Kyriakos. This necklace and earrings set were so fun and easy to make and I’m sure it’ll be just as fun to wear.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small round brads
  • Darice – Heat tool, Embossing Folder
  • Die machine
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jump Rings
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • Ear Hooks
  • Metal Eyelet Setter
  • Mallet
  • Awl
  • Masking Tape
  • Sandpaper

Original Design by Kyriakos

What do you think of Jennifer’s interpretation of Kyriakos’ tutorial?

Comment below!

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

With the ever-growing popularity of social media platforms, particularly Instagram, crafters have been talking about how to take better photos of our projects. Since not all of us are professional photographers, and we don’t all have “the perfect tools”, I would like to talk about how to take great photos of your work without having to be a pro-photographer.

Style your photos creatively

These are important elements to focus on when taking a photo of a project:

  • the backdrop or background
  • main focus – which is always your project
  • props or supporting elements to make the focus shine
  • the camera

Backgrounds

With clear and simple photos you need to have a neutral base or background, like white, grey, ecru, cream or even brown tones like wood. Since most of us don’t have professional lighting, set your background up where it is in natural light, and make sure it is a large enough base to place your card or project. Try using dark colors in the background to help the project colors pop.

You can set up your background so that your project can be laid flat or standing up. I find that I can capture more details by taking photos of my cards flat on a surface with the camera located directly above it. Also, if you have a small space to take your photos, this option is perfect because it requires less space and can make it easier to incorporate other elements.

With flat photos, remember your backdrop is the most important part. If you are creative you don’t need to buy expensive elements, you can use everyday household items and surfaces as the background. The most important thing is to keep in mind the colors and textures. A brightly colored element next to your project can round out the scene and support the focal point, but being able to use it as the background will be trickier, tho can work on occasion.

You can use wood surfaces, floor boards, ceramic tiles or designer textured papers, as well as other supplies to add some depth to the photos. You can also use elements like designed plates, which can be easily found in home decor stores. My favorite is HomeGoods because I can buy just one plate, placemat or napkin. Neutral colored fat quarters found at the fabric store is another cheap option.

Supplies or Photo Props

With staging photos, it is nice to add a few elements alongside your card or project—but these cannot compete with the main focus object i.e. your crafting project. You can use many items as photo props. I use a lot of flowers and greenery, my favorites are made of silicone because the fabric flowers don’t look real to me. But definitely, my favorites photo props are the craft supplies. Supplies like inks, stamps, stencils, color pencils or markers, and die cuts are perfect elements to support your project. Extra embellishments like buttons, sequins, washi tape and twines are also great, but always be careful with the color combinations. My suggestion is to start with the neutral items first that won’t compete with your project. If you still aren’t finding what you like, just look around your home and you might find gorgeous elements that you can borrow for a few minutes as part of your photo.

Camera

With today’s technology, you really don’t need to have a professional camera. Cell phones like the iPhone or Samsung make it possible to take amazing photos. To make them work best, use natural light source and keep an eye out for any shadows across your photo. Also, think about a good angle to take the photo. Always start by making your lens parallel to the project front, and then play with the angle from there. My last helpful hint is very simple but important: always clean the lens of your camera or phone before taking the photos. Because we touch our phones so often it is easy for the lens to become dirty.

I hope you found these tips useful. Just remember to stay open to learning new ideas and most importantly have fun! Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and don’t forget to share!

Learn to Make an Enamel Copper Bead Bracelet

by Roni Johnson

Raspberry Red, Imagine’s color of the month, is the perfect color for February! It is such a bright, vibrant cheery color and it also inspires fond memories of summertime fun. Just a few simple steps using Tsukineko’s new VersaFine Clair, clear and sparkle embossing powders and copper tubing to create stunning one of a kind beads all your own. Nothing more satisfying than a DIY piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. VersaFine Clair ink has a lovely translucent quality when combined with the embossing powders will yield a look resembling the sugary outer coating of a candied apple. This unique quality allows the warmth and beauty of the copper to shine through.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Uncoil the copper tubing and straighten. The ¼” copper tubing is very soft and easy to manipulate.


Step 2

Mark out desired bead size. The beads for this example are ½” pieces.


Step 3

Use a tube cutter to cut out the individual beads. Tubing cutters are very simple to operate. Place the tubing in the groove between the two wheels; tighten the tube up against the blade with the screw handle; twist the cutter around the tubing one full rotation. Tighten the screw a quarter turn or until the tube is once again tight. Twist the cutter one full rotation and repeat. ¼” copper tubing can usually be cut in 2-3 rotations. This entire operation takes only 30-45 seconds per bead.


Step 4

Cut the desired number of beads. A total of seven beads were used for this example.


Step 5

Place a tube bead over the end of a paintbrush or a wooden chopstick. Make sure that is heat resistant. Roll the copper bead over the Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink pad.


Step 6

Dip the inked bead into clear embossing powder. If you’re worried about cross contamination, sprinkle some powder into a shallow dish or embossing tray and dip into the powder.


Step 7

Heat the embossing powder to melt; let the bead cool. Repeat steps 6, 7 & 8 for the second layer of clear embossing powder on the tube bead. Once the bead has cooled, roll it across the ink pad once again. Dip the inked bead into sparkle embossing powder. Melt the powder with a heat tool. Roll the bead round and round until the molten powders have cooled, approximately 30-45 seconds.


Step 8

Gently slip the bead off the paintbrush and let it continue to cool standing up on the craft mat. Gather necessary findings and assemble bracelet or other pieces of jewelry as desired.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ¼” Copper Tubing
  • Tubing Cutter 
  • Beadalon – Wire, Jump Rings, Crimp Beads, Spacers
  • Glass Beads
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Heat Tool

Learn How to Make a Paper Bead Necklace and Earrings

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Paper Bead Necklace and Earrings by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having received a comment on one of my craft posts some time ago asking to make something with African paper beads, I decided it was time to try it. Using basic crafting materials that can be found in any crafting room and inspired by the color Nocturne, I made my first attempt at paper beads with a necklace and matching earrings. A stamp, a Memento ink pad, and an A4 page were enough to craft the main pieces of the jewelry. To protect and make the paper beads durable, a layer of GlazOn worked well and gave some shine to the beads.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


using the Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad I choose a large acrylic stamp that looks like lace.
Step 1

Cover the A4 page with the design of your choice using the Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad. I choose a large acrylic stamp that looks like lace.


Form long triangles with a ruler and a pencil. One page makes 15 paper beads
Step 2

Turn the page on the backside and mark every 1 inch on both short paper edges. Form long triangles with a ruler and a pencil. One page makes 15 paper beads.


Step 3

Cut the marked triangles.


Step 4

Use a bamboo skewer (or a quilling tool if you have) to roll the paper triangles, starting from their base. Glue the edge with On Point Glue.


When all beads created, cover them with GlazOn and let them dry.
Step 5

When all beads are created, cover them with GlazOn and let them dry.


Step 6

Cut three 23 – 25 inch long cords and pass through the paper and the metallic beads. Adjust them as you like. Add end and lobster clasps.

Use a round end pin to set the paper bead to the earring hook.
Step 7

Use a round end pin to set the paper bead to the earring hook.

For more reference on jewelry making, please check out my beginners’s guide. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – A4 page white
  • Ruler
  • Decorative stamp
  • Soft pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Black Cord
  • Black and silver beads
  • Earring hooks, end, and lobster clasps
  • Pliers

Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My love of wires and metals inspire me to create jewelry pieces. Being a beginner in jewelry making, I decided to play it safe and avoid complicated designs and techniques. This made me look at my craft supplies and see what I can make out of them. Craft supplies are always a nice starting point to match colors and materials to make something original and one of a kind. At end of the day, who wouldn’t want to wear pieces that catch the eye that no one else could have? Following tutorials found online (preferably video tutorials), you can easily get the basics of jewelry making.

Materials

In my experience, if you decide to make jewelry pieces that go beyond beading and weaving, it is important to get information on secondary materials like cords, clasps, jump rings, rings, metals, etc. that will be used to join your creations or use them as bases to create on. Take time to understand sizes and lengths and have samples of them to help you have a close view of their features. A wrong type of wire or a small ring can just make your life harder when you start making a jewelry piece, and in some cases, the action is not reversible.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
There are a lot of basic craft materials that can work well in and give excellent results. Having a look at a previous Peacock Jewelry project, you will easily identify the craft basics I used on them. I used StazOn ink to color Imagine’s Sheet Metal Small Circles—StazOn inkpads are my favorites in the jewelry making. They quickly dry on the surfaces (especially on metal which that I love using) and adding GlazOn seals the results.

Tools

If you are looking to make simple jewelry projects, you may already have the tools in your craft room and just need to buy a few things. Scissors, craft knife, pliers, piercing tool are common tools for everyday projects.

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

Working with jump rings, wires, clasps etc, round nose and flat nose pliers are helpful to form wires and secure cord endings. In the photo above, I created a fun Love bracelet using Vertigo surfaces. When you use soft surfaces, try adding a soft rubber or plastic cap to cover the pliers (even a plastic straw) to prevent marks on your pieces. Also, even your die cutting machine can become a tool for your jewelry depending on what you will be making!

Inspiration

Anything that is around me can be a spark for creativity. Look around your room and your craft supplies for inspiration and ways to alter them into a piece of jewelry!

Like these wooden canvas wedges. Sometimes simple things with a little work turn to very nice results.

purple dragon necklace

Your favorite stamps can be used on metal sheet and covered with sealant like this simple Dragon necklace. So the next time you want to create something out of the box and have a handmade jewelry piece that combines your style and art, just look into your craft stash and go simple!

Resources

Craft Gawker ‘s jewelry section.

Youtube tutorials Jewelry Making 101 & jewelry wires explanation – Wire Terminology

Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters 

 

Learn How to Craft Your Own Wooden Jewelry

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Craft Your Own Wooden Jewelry

Wood is one of my favorite materials in crafts and when it is needed I try to find ways to make it part of projects and look at it from a different points of view. Having canvas wooden wedges around for some time, I decided to color them with Walnut Ink and make pieces of jewelry. The canvas wedges are covered Iridescent Creative Medium and decorated with heat embossed stamps. It is easy to craft and is also a nice way of upcycling.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut two of the four wedges 1/4 inch to make the earrings.


Step 2

Color the wedges with the Walnut Ink in Willow.


Step 3

Cover all sides with Creative Medium Chartreuse.


Step 4

Having a rubber with no cling sheet, I used the Tack N Peel to set and work with the stamp.


Step 5

Stamp the design and heat emboss using VersaMark and Imagine black embossing powder. Make sure to stamp both sides on the wedges to be used as earrings.


Step 6

Center and attach small screws to the top of the wood pieces and continue to embellish with metallic beads. Attach earring hooks, and a chain.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canvas wooden wedges
  • Heat gun
  • Soft paint brush
  • Rubber stamp
  • Beads
  • Pliers