Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cat's Bday Pendant Necklace and Bracelet

For I don't know how many years now, I've been making my buddy Cat a necklace for her birthday. Early on, I asked her what color scheme she wanted and I'd make it so, but after so many years of friendship, I felt like we pretty much covered all the bases, so this year I went out on a limb and went on my own judgement. Here's what I came up with. What do you think? :)


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I already happened to have on-hand many of the items necessary to make these, but most of the things I did have to buy, I bought from A.C. Moore. Not the fanciest of bead stores but I usually find what I'm looking for there, and sometimes even something that I just love, like this pendant. It just screamed Cat to me so it had to be hers. :)

Next had to decide on a ribbon. I had a bit of a tough time deciding on which ribbon I liked best, so with the help of my Bento Bloggers and Friends, I ultimately decided on the Satin Loop Edge Ribbon (A) for Cat. This is the picture I posted to ask my online buddies their opinions. Which one would you have chosen? I think I would have gone with D for myself. :)


I wanted this necklace to be about 18" long so I cut the ribbon to about 20" on a slant and "Fray checked" the ends to prevent unraveling. I threaded the pendant w/ the ribbon and went with a "Hook and Eye" clasp to complete the necklace. Oh yeah, I actually got this clasp at a little downtown bead store because I wanted one that was nicer and gold plated, which is usually harder to find at the bigger chain craft stores.

Anyway... To fasten the clasp on, I simply threaded the ribbon through each clasp, tied a tight little knot on each end, pulled the knot towards the crimp as far as it will go and them pressed down hard on the crimp. Then snip the ends of the ribbon close to the knot, Fray Check and let dry. Voila!


Next I planned out my coil bracelet on my Beading Board. Coil bracelets are fun to make because you don't have to mess with clasps and it's kind of a surprise what you end up with even if you plan things out. To make one of these, take a coil bracelet wire (mine came it a pack of like 10, ready to bead, also from AC Moore). Simply twist a few small, tight coils on one end with needle nose pliers as seen in the collage below and start beading. Only thing to be careful of is: keep an eye on the overall pattern that is being created as the wires coil around. I actually had to start this one over after I was almost done because I noticed my largest beads weren't evenly spaced out around the bracelet as a whole. DOH! Bead up to about 3/4" from the end of the wire. Once you're happy with it, just finish off the other end with a few more tight loops using needle nose pliers.

In all my excitement of making the bracelet (I hadn't beaded anything in a while), I finished off the whole thing before I realized that I forgot to include any turquoise beads in the bracelet like I had originally intended, to make it REALLY match the necklace. Another DOH! But this time, I decided NOT to start it over again and left it as is. Luckily, I was still pretty happy with the way it turned out despite.


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Here's just a quick list of tools/materials necessary to make these items:

Tools for both Necklace and Bracelet:
Small needlenose pliers

Necklace:
Ribbon (add a couple inches to the total length necklace you desire)
Clasp set
Pendant
Fray check to seal off the ends if you're using ribbon.

Coil Bracelet:
Coil bracelet wire
Beads of choice

I'm happy to say that my buddy just loved her jewelry set, and though I'm sure she'd never let on otherwise, she seemed pretty enthralled w/ 'em. Yay!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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6 comments:

Kathy Penney said...

You did a beautiful job! Love the colors. I just got into jewelry making. So fun! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty.

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

These are so pretty! I stopped by from the Super Sunday link party to check out how you made these. They turned out fantastic and I don't miss turquoise beads in the bracelet at all. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Charly Alberts said...

I love what you did with the beads and wires. I just love the idea and whole concept of making Coil Bracelet and pendant necklaces. I will surely tell the idea to my lovely daughter as she loves to create such artistic stuff at home.

happyvballgirl said...

Thank you so much, Kathy!! Jewelry making IS so fun and I love that you can put your own flair in it. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awwww, you're so sweet. Now I don't feel so bad about forgetting them. :) Thanks so much for stopping by with your sweet words. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Charly! I think coil bracelets are so fun to make and pretty darn easy, too. As are those pendant necklaces. Great to make in a pinch. :) Thanks for stopping by and hope you and your daughter enjoy making them!