Everyone loves an initial necklace, right? Grab your pliers and the template and make your own wire monogram necklace!
I have used a lovely free opensource font called Made Likes Script as the basis for my alphabet, adding loops at the beginning and end. I haven’t added any arrows to the letters to show how to form them because it made them look far more complicated than they actually are! Move the wire just as you would if writing with pen and paper.
All the letters start in the same way; with a round loop. Depending on the letter, this will be the loop at the top or top left of the letter. We will then end the wire at the bottom or bottom right, ending in another loop.
If you are new to working with wire, I would recommend having a few practice runs first – wire doesn’t always do what you want it to! Also bear in mind that some wires can be quite soft and easy to bend and others quite tough to manipulate. Look for wire that is meant for craft and jewellery or that is referred to as ‘soft’. Read more
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
This shrink plastic necklace DIY is so lightweight to wear, can be made in any colour! This project is cheap to make, but is a little fiddly what with all the cutting out. But the results are worth it!
Its no secret that I love shrink plastic, and I have made quite a few projects using it over the years, but this time, I have outdone myself! This tutorial has been rolling around in my head for months and I and so glad to finally have made it a reality. If you have never used it before, shrink plastic is a thin plastic that you can colour and cut easily but when heated using a paper-crafting heat tool or in the oven, shrinks down and becomes thicker and tougher. Be sure to check out my other shrink plastic projects! Read more
Use cork fabric and simple embroidery to create this fun statement necklace!
Cork fabric (or cork leather) is something I had wanted to have a play with for AGES. But I just hadn’t got around to it. Then fate dropped some into my hands, in the form of a mini craft kit from Craftiosity that came in my Blogtacular goody bag. Read more
Use beads and wire to make this Crescent Moon Necklace!
I have a bit of a thing about symbols and signs; those images that seem universal, that we keep coming back to time and time again. The crescent moon is one of them that seems to be having something of a moment right now! You can use any type and colour of wire and whatever selection of beads you like. This project uses a wrapped wire loop, if you would like a reminder of how to make one, click over here first!Read more
This spiral wire and bead necklace, uses only a few beads, a short length of wire and is a great beginner project!
This DIY is perfect if you struggle with choosing what beads to use in projects. I’m using Czech glass fire-polished beads from a mix – mixes are brilliant if you find it tricky putting colours and shapes of beads together, as they give you a variety of beads that all go together. The beads I used came from a Czech glass mix called ‘bohemian’ and are all faceted rounds with a metallic coating. This variation on a theme, makes jewellery look more considered and creative, without you really having to try! All I had to do was make sure the beads graduated in size and no beads of the same colour were next to each other. Odd numbers of beads also look best, so 3, 5, 7 and 9 are good! Read more
This seed bead chain necklace is a super simple and low cost way to create a statement piece of jewellery! And all you need are some large seed beads and thread.
Seed beads are one of those craft items that people often own, but never know what to do with! But seed beads are cheap, come in many different sizes and colours and so are a brilliant way to create some bold jewellery. This design is a variation on a bracelet that I teach as a workshop, but I fancied a necklace version! Read more
How to wire wrap a stone using the simple spiral cage technique. If you have a pretty gemstone or piece of sea glass without a hole, but want to turn it into a necklace, this is the easiest way to do it!
Quite a few people have asked me recently how to use stones without any drill holes in their jewellery making. Most ways involve wire and this spiral cage is the most straight-forward. All you need is some wire and your pliers! Read more
Make this stunning tribal style necklace, with Czech glass and vintage brass tubes.
Sometimes the process of coming up with new blog tutorials isn’t straightforward. I often start with one one idea and end up with the final outcome being something else. Today’s tutorial is a case in point. I originally got some long oval wooden beads that I thought would be perfect for a tribal style necklace, but when I started putting the design together, I realised it looked like a beaded seat cover! Now I’m sure they are a boon to the taxi driver and long distance van drivers, but I don’t particularly want one around my neck. I still liked the actual design but had to rethink the beads. After looking all over the web for non-wooden oval beads and pretty much coming up blank, I realised I already had some vintage brass tubes I had bought ages ago but never used. And what is doubly great is that they are still available to buy, hurrah! Which is how we ended up with this beauty of a necklace. Read more
This simple but effective necklace and earring set is based on a the chainmaille technique of the mobius knot. Jump rings are linked together to look like a knot or rosette.
The mobius knot is a simple (if slightly fiddly) technique using jump rings connected together to make a knot or rose type design. Two points to mention 1. if you don’t know how to open and close jump rings pop on over to my tutorial to learn 2. Jump rings from different suppliers might not work in the same way, due to the terribly complex sounding ‘aspect ratio’. All this means is that jump rings can be made from different thicknesses, or gauges’ of wire, even if they are the same outer diameter. Its not a problem, you just may have to add another or take away a ring if the design isn’t sitting nicely.