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

Create a Dragon Necklace & Matching Fairy Gift Box

purple dragon necklace

Ink Blended Dragon Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The mystical and powerful energy of a dragon is difficult to refute. Perhaps that is why we have always been so attracted to movies and shows with fire breathing dragons as a major feature—much like today’s current obsession for many, HBO’s Game of Thrones. What better way to boost your style and personal mojo than with a handmade dragon necklace.

Using StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple with sponge daubers, I blended these two ink colors on a SHEET Metal ATC, creating a cloudy sunset effect on the metallic background. StazOn is a solvent ink and will stay on the metal once dry. After it is dry, divide the  ATC into 3 pieces of large, medium and small lengths with all corners being round punched and sanded. Next decorate the pieces with the dragon & branch stamp by stamping with VersaMark, coating with black embossing powder and heat set. I also did a second layer of stamping and embossing with silver. After the inking and stamping are complete, add a layer of GlazOn for an extra layer of protection for the art.

Finish the necklace by attaching the pieces together in a cascading order from large to small. Punch holes to attach all the pieces together with jump rings. Your dragon spirit will show well!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Artemio – Oriental Elements stamp
  • Silver beads
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pliers
  • Round corner punch
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Heat gun

mystical fairy decor box gate

Behind the Fairy Gate Decoupaged Treasure Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you build a special spot for them in your garden or look for them in a ring of toadstools, fairies are elusive creatures that have fascinated children and adults for ages. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get a visit from a fairy, you’ll need a place to store any gifts she might leave behind. This tissue-decoupaged box is embellished with a fairy-sized gate and greenery to look like a nighttime garden that is sure to attract some sort of magic.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Papier Mache box
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint brush
  • Darice – heat tool
  • Studio Calico – Greenhouse stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Faux Greenery
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Fairy Charm

Save

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

In today’s blog, I have created a special mini book gift that transforms into a piece of jewelry. The mini book is made of Vertigo Sheets and is durable enough to allow the book to be worn on the wrist without being damaged. The length of the book bracelet can be adjustable by either using a bit smaller Vertigo squares or by changing the number of jump rings used on the front and back covers. You can stamp it with designs, use more colors, include a name or a special message depending what you create and customize. This is a perfect project to have at a craft party or to gift to a special loved one.

 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut 1 x 1 inch squares from the Vertigo sheet. There are several patterns of Vertigo to choose from.


Step 2

Stamp with the Waffle Flower dots stamp from their Planner Collection using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad and distress with the StazOn Dove Grey.

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.
Step 3

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.


Step 4

Punch holes on all corners of the letter squares. Punch two holes on the right side of the interior squares and one in the middle left of the front and back cover or exterior squares. (see final photo below).


Step 5

Add jump rings and connect the squares into a chain.


Step 6

Add jump ring and a lobster lock on the front cover square. Be sure to adjust the size you desire and test the length.


Step 7

Add any polishing touches such as these cute heart embellishments with On Point Glue and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Crafts – Planner Collection Mini Patterns
  • Letter stamps
  • Heart embellishments
  • Round hole punch
  • Jump rings – Silver
  • Lobster lock – Silver
  • Pliers