How to make a loop on a headpin

How to make a loop on a headpin

Learning how to make loops in headpins enables you to attach beads onto earrings, necklaces and bracelets and is the main way of creating beaded jewellery other than threading. I will show you how to make both open and wrapped loops and explain why you might use one over the other.  This tutorial will take you step by step how to make both plain and wrapped loops and we will finish up with a troubleshooting Q&A at the end!

 

I though this would be a quick post to help everyone getting loops right, but it has turned into a masterpost of loop knowledge! I have tried to take this step by step for those who have never made a loop before as well as cover all the things that people on my workshops struggle with. Lets get started! Read more

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Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Grab your paints and make some fun abstract art that you can turn into something stylish and practical with this magnetic bookmark DIY. This pretty painted watercolour design also make a great planner marker!

I will admit to being a page folder. I know many of you will be gasping in horror, but I always lose bookmarks and if I am being honest, there is something I like about the physical mark that the turning over a corner leaves. I usually buy second hand books from charity shops or have them passed on to me by friends and family, so often they books I read have already been read many times before. I like seeing the little traces left behind by previous readers, the coffee stains, bent spines and yes, folded corners. Read more

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Bead Bunny Necklace DIY

Bead Bunny Necklace DIY

This cute little bead bunny necklace DIY is made from a pearl, pink seed beads and some wire, its the perfect accessory for spring!

Followers on Instagram will know that I am a cat lady- my cat Aston often graces the grid with his floof. But I also love rabbits; the way they wash their ears, the way they eat and those mad runs and hops they do….  So I tend to choose bunnies as my spring/Easter creature of choice! Read more

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Painted Edge Notepad DIY

Painted Edge Notepad DIY

You can never have enough notepads. Even now we have smart phones, iPads and Google home at the ready, sometimes you just need good old fashioned notepad and pen.  This fun and simple notepad DIY project is so simple and can be made in whatever colours you fancy!

I’m using paint pens and markers here rather than normal paint from a tube for a couple of reasons. One; for the paint doesn’t bleed into the pages, creating a neater finish and two; it’s easier than mixing paint and water to the right ‘flicking’ consistency!

I’m also slightly obsessed with the pastel colour Bic Cristal Fun pens at the moment, and I *may* have chosen the green paint to match the green pen. Ahem. (Not an ad, I just love them!)

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Decorative Plate DIY

Decorative Plate DIY

Ease yourself back into crafting with the super simple Decorative Plate DIY! I bought these awesome tropical stickers from Jacqueline Colley way back at last years Blogtacular conference, and did that thing of putting them to one side intending on making something awesome, only to forget about them. When I rediscovered them just before Christmas, I knew that they would be perfect to create some decorative plates to cheer up my house post-Christmas decorations!  Read more

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How to use Fold Over Cord Ends

How to use Fold Over Cord Ends

Ever wanted to make your own cord or leather necklace, but not been sure how to attach a clasp? Or maybe you have tried to use cord ends, but found them fiddly to attach? Well look no further! I’m going to show you my simple way to use fold over cord ends to connect leather or cotton cord to whatever type of clasp you like.  I have tried a few different ways of attaching them and found this is by far they easiest method, with minimal fuss.
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Autumn Bead Necklace

Autumn Bead Necklace

As soon as the weather starts to turn autumnal, I automatically start wearing darker and more muted clothing, almost like i’m trying to blend in! This autumn bead necklace is a perfect addition, dark wooden beads with a pop of bright green cord!

I’m using oval shaped beads, mainly because I think they look like acorns (!), but also the thread sits nicely around the outside. But round beads would do just as well. You can use any type of cord as long as two lengths can thread through the holes in your beads at the same time.  Read more

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