Autumn Leaves Set

Last year Swarovski introduced this new style called the pure leaf pendant which are absolutely gorgeous.

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This Crystal Cathedral finish goes great with copper and together they will definitely help you get into the spirit of the season. These crystals are simple and elegant, leaf shaped yet understated.

And in case you’re not familiar, check out the Vintaj Artisan Copper. It’s some of the most beautiful copper we’ve got in the shop (if you ask me).

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I also adore this delicate Figaro Triple Strand chain. The three strands of chain paired with the three strands of oval links makes this chain very unique. This set can easily go great with a pair of jeans and a nice sweater or dressed up for something special.

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Materials:

Directions:

  1. To make the necklace first decide how long you want it to be, this one is about 19 inches without the clasp. I have one oval link at each end, and have it so that one of the sets of three ovals sit in the middle.
  2. Attach the pinch bail to the larger crystal through the center-most oval link.
  3. Attach the clasps to the ends of the chain with two small oval jump-rings.
  4. To make the earrings: trim the chain so that you have one oval link and two pieces of chain hanging from it. Make one piece of chain shorter than the other, and to lengths that are pleasing to you.
  5. Attach the Vintaj Artisan Copper Leaf to the end of the longer chain with a small jump-ring. Repeat for the other set.
  6. Attach the Earwire to the oval link with a small oval jump-ring. Repeat for the other set.
  7. Put one medium sized jump-ring through one of the smaller crystals. Attach it to the shorter piece of chain with the small jump-ring. Repeat for the other set.

Viola! Your done :)

And of course feel free to mix it up with different colors and finishes to suit your liking!

Have fun!

Robyn.

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Falling Leaves

We love wearing leaves but particularly in the fall as it helps us get into the spirit of the season. These feature the glass drop leaf pendants and the Vintaj artisian copper leafs.

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Materials:

Directions:

  1. Attach the ear wire to the chain.
  2. Then attach the leaves to the chain with the jump-rings, evenly spaced, in a way that is pleasing to you.

Presto! You’re done :)

Happy Creating!

The Team @ Bello Modo

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Crystalized Owl Necklace

Owls have always been one of my favorite creatures. I’m quite fascinated with them, and find it to be such a treat to hear their hoots and calls at night around here. They have become almost trendy over the past several years, which make them available to us in many forms from charms to pendants. I adore these new Crystalized Owl Shaped Connectors.

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Last summer I was on my annual camping trip with my great-nephew. As we were sitting by the fire at night, we heard an owl hoot quite close to us. My nephew, about 6 at the time, quickly jumped onto my lap, obviously a little uncomfortable with it.

I said “It’s okay honey, it’s just an owl saying hello…..I love owls…..don’t they sounds beautiful?”

He replied: “No way Auntie! I don’t like owls!

Me: “What is it about owls you don’t like?”

Nephew: “It really freaks me out how they spin their head around. It’s not right”

Okay…..well, i guess we all don’t need to like them :)

For all of you owl lovers out there, I like to use The Owl Pages website to identify what type of owls I’m hearing when I hear them call in the night! Check it out!

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Hoot! Hoot!

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Below is the directions for this multi-layered necklace I made with them. I think these connectors would make fantastic, simple earrings as well!

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Cut fifteen pieces of 20 Ga wire approximately 1 & ¼” long. Make a simple loop on one end of a wire, put a 6mm crystal on, then complete with another simple loop on the other end, trimming any excess wire, to complete a small link. Repeat this with the remaining fourteen wires and crystals.
  2. Using fourteen of your jump-rings, attach the links together that you have made to make a “chain” of light sapphire crystal links.
  3. Cut an 11” piece and an 8” piece of the crystal rosary link chain.
  4. Open a 9mm jump-ring and add in the following order: 8” rosary chain, then your light sapphire crystal chain that you made, then 11” rosary chain, and close the jump-ring.
  5. Use a medium Oval jumpring to attach this to the bottom of an owl connector. Opening the other 9mm jump-ring, add the opposite ends of these chains to it in the same order as the first, and again using a medium oval jump-ring, attach this to the bottom of the other owl link.
  6. It’s important to attach these in the proper order, so that the chains will drape nicely with the shortest chain on top and the longest chain on the bottom, you can always adjust them if you need to.
  7. Cut two more lengths of rosary chain each 6” long. Using two more oval jump-rings, attach these to the top hole on the owl connectors.
  8. Using your last two jump-rings, attach your toggle ring to one end of the necklace and the toggle bar to the other end of the necklace.
  9. That’s IT!

Variations:

  • Swarovski Crystals come in an almost endless variety of colors to work with! Mix it up!
  • The Rosary chain also comes in black and different sizes to mix it up!
  • Not a silver person? Try this design in gold or copper!
  • You could easily lengthen the chains to make this a longer necklace with longer strands draping, or you could shorten it to make it more of a choker!

Have fun! Make it your own!

Happy Creating!

Shelly

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Dinner on the Beach Bracelet

Do you ever finish a piece of jewelry and have your mind wander to the perfect occasion for the piece? I’m a day dreamer. Always have been. When I finished this bracelet, my mind went to a lovely seafood dinner, on a tropical beach, in a white summer dress.

 

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In my mind’s eye, this bracelet is the perfect splash of color on my wrist that pops from the white dress. Perhaps I need to start planning my winter vacation to a beach in Mexico?

The Czech glass beads in this bracelet are the eye-catchers, with their vibrant colors and matte finish. The few Swarovski Pearls give it a little more of a beach feel, and the clasp is a new favorite of mine that TierraCast recently released.

This design takes  a little time to create with all of the drops, but is a simple design appropriate for beginners, and can be varied in so many ways.

Materials Used:

Instructions:

  1. Cut eight pieces of wire approximately 2.5” long. String a purple spade bead onto each wire. Bend both ends of the wire upright, and use your round nose and chain nose pliers to create wrapped loop drops with all eight beads.
  2. Cut five pieces of wire, approximately 3” long. Create a wrapped loop on one end of a wire. Put a bead cap on the wire, an aqua nautilus bead, and another bead cap. End the other side with a wrapped loop to complete your link. Create five of these links.
  3. Add an 8mm pearl, then a Gold Heishi bead to a head pin. Create a drop by finishing it with a wrapped loop. Repeat this to create eight pearl drops.
  4. Get out your jump-rings. Holding a jump ring firmly with your pliers add to it in this order: a spade bead drop, pearl drop, spade bead drop, nautilus link, spade bead drop, pearl drop, spade bead drop, and another nautilus bead link before closing the jump-ring. You will now have the start to your bracelet. From here use another jump-ring to attach another link and beads to the end of a nautilus link.
  5. When you have all five nautilus links together with four jump-rings in between them full of spade beads and pearl drops, use the remaining two jump rings to attach the two parts of your toggle clasp to either end.

Presto! You are finished!

This finished bracelet should measure 8” in length.

Variations:

  • The color variations you could do with this bracelet are endless! Swarovski pearls and czech glass beads come in such a beautiful variety of colors. Choose your favorites to make this piece your own!
  • Not a gold person? Try making this is a silver, or brass finish! Or get crazy and mix your metals!
  • The length of this bracelet can easily be shortened or lengthened by removing a link from the design, or adding a couple of jump-rings to either end.

Happy Creating!

Shelly

 

Mixed Metal Earrings

I forget sometimes how much I like the look of mixed metals! These earrings were a lot of fun to make.  They could be varied in endless ways by using the components & metals of your choice.

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These earrings could also be inspiration to you for what to do with the random bits of chain, beads, & components you have laying around leftover from other projects.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Use a Gold jump-ring to attach the ear wires to the beaded ring.
  2. Use a copper jump-ring to attach the gold feather to the beaded ring.
  3. Get out your head pins. Add a silver heishi, a gold heishi, then another silver heishi to a head pin, and finish it off with a wrapped loop to complete a drop.
  4. Use a Gold jump-ring to attach a link of crystal chain to the beaded ring. at the other end of the crystal chain, open the loop to attach your drop you made with the heishis.
  5. Use a silver jump ring to attach a length of copper floating circles chain to the beaded ring.
  6. Repeat these steps to complete the other earring.

Presto! You are done!

Variations:

The sky is the limit! Take a look at the miscellaneous pieces of chain, beads & charms that you have left over from projects. Use your favorite charms, or charms that have meaning to you. Mix whatever metals, you prefer! Have fun with it!

Happy creating!

Shelly

Leather Bracelet Tutorial Step by Step

So we’re going on week two of our leather focus. Last week I created a semi epic blog post featuring lots and lots of bracelets. If you haven’t seen it you can read it here. In response we got some questions about how to do it more specifically. Well… I’m here to show you that it really couldn’t be more simple.

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So here’s a “step by step”. And for any of you who grew up about the time that I did, it may just get that ‘New Kids On The Block’ song stuck in your head. It has for me, even though I really don’t remember any of the words, because I never was a big fan. But it is a catchy tune and they did play it alot on the radio back in the day :).

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Step 1: Select

  • This is really the hardest part, picking out what leather colors and components you want to use.
  • You will also want to measure your wrist here, adding at least 1/2″ for ease.  Mine measures 6.5″, I cut 7″ of leather and this fits me pretty perfectly.
  • Consider the size of your clasp, some are larger than others. I would err on the size of ordering more leather than you think you need. (When you get all of your stuff you will want to put it together as best that you can on your wrist to do a final measure before you glue it. You can always trim the leather down if necessary with your straight cutters).

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Step 2: Gather

  • Gather all your supplies, including the super new glue and a straight cutter or a utility knife though they are not as safe, so be careful if you choose the knife.

 

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Step 3: Assemble

  • Simply, slide the components on the leather you will be using.
  • Make sure it fits right and you like it.
  • Double check the size and trim the leather if necessary.
  • Also, make sure it is a straight, even cut so it fits flush inside the clasp end.

Step 4: Decide

  • Decide how you want the clasp to be fitted onto your bracelet and if you have a preference as to which way it will open. Make sure you have the two halves of the clasp fitted properly to the leather, so they fit together when glued BEFORE gluing.

Step 5: Glue

  • Glue the clasp onto the end of the leather. Now this is where the rubber hits the road. You want enough glue but not too much. My first bracelet came apart because  used too little glue.

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  • Hold the end upright, so that the cut part of the leather is horizontal.

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  • Put on enough glue so that the cut part is completely covered, yet it is not dripping. Then carefully put on the 1/2 of the clasp making sure that the component is going on the bracelet in the correct way (you might want to lay it out so you know which way to put it on before you put the glue on the end of the leather).
  • Do this carefully. If the glue spills out it will stain your leather. Not a biggie, probably no one will notice but you.
  • Hold the two pieces together for about 30 seconds with a little firm pressure.
  • Then do the second side, again making sure that the components are going to be going on in the correct way.
  • Let it sit. This glue cures in about 15 minutes. Although I have always waited two hours or overnight before I start messing with it (just to be on the safe side but I’m like that).

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If you want to make an exact replica of this beautiful bracelet you will need the following

Materials:

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I hope that helps… it really is incredibly easy and fun to work with. It’s also really satisfying to make something so beautiful in such a short period of time.

Have fun with it!

Robyn.

Leather Bracelet Cornucopia

Being a new designer, I was instantly drawn to using leather because it’s so fast and easy to make really great looking jewelry. Just take a look at all these gorgeous bracelets!

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A lot of these bracelets also appeal to my inner cowgirl… which likes anything brown and leather and silver and turquoise :)

These two are made out of Portuguese Cork leather, and are just as beautiful as the real leather…

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There are so many beautiful sliders/components to work with, it makes designing a piece almost effortless since a lot of the work has already been done for you. Another reason these bracelets are so fantastic is the magnetic clasps which makes for a quick and easy on/off (very useful if you’re like me and find yourself taking off and putting on your jewelry several times throughout the day).

We wanted to share some of our designs with you to get your creative juices flowing about how you can put some of these pieces together. In addition to the components designated for each piece below you will need a straight cuter and some super new glue.

In these tutorials each bracelet uses 7″ of leather, you will also want to factor-in that each bracelet will be bigger than that because of the clasp. Adjust the size according to your wrist or that of the lucky recipient. The average bracelet length is 7″ for women and 8″ for men. So feel free to make them a little bigger or smaller as needed (which is why you will want the straight cutter and might want to order a little extra to make sure you have enough).

Here is a breakdown of each piece and what you will need to make it…

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This bracelet was designed by Pam

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Check out the cool swirly magnetic clasp.

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This bracelet was made by Wild Human Designs

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These two Portuguese Cork bracelets were also made by Pam.

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Directions:

So the process for each is really simple…

  1. Measure your wrist and trim leather as necessary with the straight cutters.
  2. Add sliders.
  3. Decide how you want the clasp to attach to the bracelet and separate the two parts of the clasp. Hold the end of the leather (or cork) upright and cover just the end, not the sides, carefully yet fully with super new glue. Slide on the clasp. Hold the two pieces together firmly for about 30 seconds. Glue will be cured in about 15 minutes.

Viola! Instant gratification (or at least about as close as it gets when it comes to making jewelry!)

Mix it up if you like, make it your own according to your own taste and color preferences.

Have fun and enjoy your super cool new fall jewelry!

Robyn.