May 2, 2012

TIMI Elsewhere: The Average Girls Guide

Hey friends! Today is the first of my new monthly contributing DIY post over at The Average Girl's Guide. I'm really excited about this series, because I'm working hard with Alyson, the site's creator, to bring you projects that don't require terribly fancy do-it-yahself skills, but still pack a punch and bring you plenty of fun style. This is a simple necklace of beads strung on beading wire, inspire by Dannijo's Alina piece.



Rule #1 about DIY is there are no rules. If you can’t find a bead that isn’t exactly what you wanted, don’t sweat it! Just use what you have, can find, or like best. It’s not just about recreating a design, it’s about putting your personal touch on a style or trend.

That being said, I have a lot leftover beads just like the spiky turquoise ones. I bought a huge strand of them for $15 (like these) for another DIY necklace last fall, and keep finding different ways to use the rest. I definitely recommend buying them if you like their look because they can be used so many ways.

For the pointy beads, try your local bead store or Etsy for turquoise howlite stick/spike beads. You could use narrow fan pendant beads like I’ve seen at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby as well. All other materials are readily available at jewelry supply stores and big craft stores. (The wavy beads are harder to find, but are called snake beads, if you’re interested!). If you have a lot of these supplies already, this project will be very affordable. But if not, don’t fret, because you’ll now have some essential DIY jewelry supplies for future projects!



Tools and materials:Beads in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes
Lobster clasp
2 Jump rings
Beading wire
Crimp beads
Pliers
Scissors

1. Cut a piece of beading wire 18 inches long.



2. Thread one of the crimp beads and a jump ring onto the wire.



3. Fold the wire back onto itself, and into the crimp bead forming a loop around the ring. Use your pliers to press down on the crimp bead, squishing it flat so the bead now holds the wire loop in place. Trim any excess wire from the loop.



4. Begin stringing your beads onto the loose end of the beading wire.



5. When your about an inch away from the end of the wire, add another crimp bead, and fold the wire into a loop and crimp the bead in place as before.

6. Use your pliers to twist the ends of the jump ring apart, like so. Slide the lobster clasp onto the jump ring and close the ring. It’s important to know how to properly open and close a jump ring, because if not you’ll have a hard time getting the ends to meet again for a secure closure and weaken the metal.





That’s it, you’re done. Now go start summer in style!







7 comments:

  1. Was just thinking about making this - i love it!! Turned out so well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Grace! Great minds think alike! : )

      Delete
  2. So cute!!! I love how funky and colorful it is. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sarah! Glad you like : )

      Delete
  3. Love this and our collab!! Thanks so much for sharing with TAGG readers.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This looks great erin!! I love it!!

    love K

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing your comments!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Pin It button on image hover