Cab Wrap Nautilus Necklace

Continuing with our celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th) is this great, chunky Art Stone cab wrapped necklace featuring a Puss n’ Boots cab and czech glass nautilus beads.

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I have done a couple of tutorials now with filigree wrapped pendants… you can see the YouTube tutorial here. In designing jewelry there seems to be so many pieces, like this cabochon, that using a large filigree, to wrap it and create a pendant, just seems like the best fit. This is definitely one of those pieces.

You could certainly add a glue on bail instead, and quite easily to support this as a pendant, but I really like the look of the Vintaj filigree for this one. I also love the way the Vintaj brass looks with this antique-looking Art Stone cab. Also, mixing metals by using gold jump-rings really brings out the gold details in this cab while adding a some interesting variety!

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Taking your time, carefully wrap the ceramic piece with your Vintaj filigree. If you are new to this, please watch my video HERE that will give you some great instruction on wrapping with filigree. I left a little section of the filigree up to attach a jumpring from where I want to attach it to the necklace at the top of the pendant.
  2. Cut ten pieces of 22 GA wire approximately 2&½” long. Make a wrapped loop at one end of a wire. Put a Nautilus bead on the wire and complete with another wrapped loop to create a link. Repeat this nine more times so you have ten nautilus bead links total.
  3. Take all of your 11mm jumprings, and using your pliers close them all into complete circles as you will be using them as links, and not needing to open them.
  4.  Using your gold jumprings for attaching, complete two “chains”: alternate your nautilus beads, and your Vintaj roped jumprings. Each completed ‘chain’ will have five nautilus bead links, four Vintaj roped jumprings, and eight gold jumprings.
  5. Using a gold jumpring, attach a Vintaj roped jumpring to the part of the filigree you left sticking up at the top of the pendant. Using two more gold jumprings, attach your two ‘chains’ to the roped Vintaj jumpring on the top of your pendant.
  6. Lastly, use a gold jumpring to attach your clasp to one end of the necklace, and use another gold jumpring to attach a Vintaj roped jumpring to the other end of the necklace for the clasp to hook into.

Presto! You’re done!

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Happy Creating!

Shelly

Sen Link Earrings

These beautiful earrings are perfect to help us celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day… which in case you don’t know is always on September 19th and just happens to be one of our favorite holidays around here :) Although they really are great any day of the year.

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These Sen links are really fantastic findings… not only are they double sided, but each side has a different and equally beautiful design. There are three holes in the bottom, and one on the top leaving you with so many designing options. They also just so happen to be perfect for earrings.

These earrings are long and dramatic, while remaining remarkably light weight. I love them! I think the matte gold thorn bead was the perfect fit for a dangle, and the O-beads add just the right touch of color.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Get out your two eye pins. Stack seven O-beads on each one. Create a large loop with the thick end of your round nose pliers, slide your thorn bead on, and then complete the wrapped loop.
  2. Open the loop on this eye pin and attach it to the bottom, center hole on the sen link.
  3. Using a jump ring, attach a length of chain to one of the side bottom holes on the sen link. Use another jumpring to attach the other end of the length of chain to the other side bottom hole on the sen link.
  4. Open the loops on the earwires to attach them to the top of the sen link. Keep in mind that these sen links are double sided, with two different sides, so you have a choice in your design.

The finished earrings measure 2&¾” in length from the earwire.

That’s it!

Variations:

  • If you prefer shorter earrings, you can of course either add less O-beads, or skip them all together, and then use shorter lengths of chain.
  • Use the metal of your choice, or mix them! Try silver or copper if they appeal to you more!
  • Using a bright color of thorn bead would add a cute splash of color and change the look a lot!

Have fun and make them your own!

Happy Creating!

Shelly

Pantone Fall 2014 Colors

Color that Transcends Time and Place…

Have you ever wondered how Pantone comes up with these color palettes? Pantone interviews todays top fashion designers to see what colors they will be featuring. This fall brings about a very playful palate that is almost identical for men and women.

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“This is a season of untypical colors – more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

She goes on to say… “Designers are trying to establish wardrobes that have more of an artful presence. They understand that, unlike before, customers want to get a little fun and creative with their wardrobes. It’s as if they’re saying, ‘Let’s not be quite as serious.’”

Featuring…

Sangria, a deep purple-red hue, is showing up as the most popular color, it’s exotic and glamorous while evoking a feeling of adventure and faraway places.

Aurora Red is a more sophisticated color that add enthusiasm, vigor and liveliness.

Mauve Mist, a romantic, feminine and elegant shade of purple for women.

Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s enchanting color of the year is continues to grace us with it’s delightful, heart centered presence.

Cypress, a majestic, powerful and earthy green to ground to the spectrum.

Bright Cobalt, has a slight green undertone that makes this blue quite cheerful.

Royal Blue, a dignified and versatile shade of blue while still being upbeat.

Misted Yellow, adds a little more sunshine and optimism to this colorful palette.

Aluminum, a light shade of gray to bring balance.

Sea Fog, for men… taking place of the more feminine Mauve Mist.  And…

Cognac, is this year’s shade of brown that adds a little bit more class and culture to the mix.

If you want more ideas and inspiration check out our Pinterest board entitled Pantone’s Fall 2014 Colors.

Or, head on over to our website and check out the “Pantone Fall Colors” category under Product Specials to see what we have featuring these colors (we will be continually adding to this over the coming days and weeks).

Let us know what you think… do you like this color palette? Do you plan on using it in any of your designs?

If you make something we’d love to see it!  Send us a picture to bellomodoads@gmail.com.

Happy Creating,

Robyn.

Leather Backpack or Purse Dangles

This leather dangle is a great way to add some fun and pizzaz to a purse or backpack. Send your favorite kid back to school with something new and is a reminder of how much you love them by giving them something handmade by you… just for them!

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Supplies:

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Directions:

  1. For each color of leather cut three pieces of each: 3.5″, 4″ and 4.5″ so that you have twelve pieces.
  2. Arrange the beads how you like them and then carefully glue the ball ends onto the leather (the tiniest drop of glue is all that will fit in there!).
  3. Wait at least fifteen minutes for the glue to cure.
  4. Arrange the tassels how you want them to hang, then temporarily hold them together toward the top with a rubber band.
  5. Cover the ends with glue and carefully put them into the TierraCast Makers cord end.
  6. Wait at least fifteen minutes for the glue to cure.
  7. Attach the lobster clasp with a jumpring.
  8. Voila! Your done :)

Variations:

  • Substitute other colors of 1.5 or 2mm round leather of your choice. You could even make them all the same or all different.
  • Substitute other colors of 2/0 magic beads.
  • Make the leather longer or shorter depending on how you like it.

Have fun with it!

Robyn.

 

 

School Pride Zipper Pulls

School time is upon us and I have a found a great way to use the new TierraCast Makers pieces and focus on the variety of colors we carry in Satin Cording (also known as rat-tail).  These sweet little zipper pulls can easily be modified to create key-chains or bracelets.  Send your favorite students off to school with a fancy zipper pull in their school colors!

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Supplies

For the Black/Gold version:

For the Aqua/White version:

Directions

  1. The directions for each color way are the same, just be sure to use the appropriate Cord Ends and Beads.  For the purpose of the directions, I will use the gold/black colorway as an example.
  2. Cut the black and the gold cord in half.  Holding them together, at the halfway point, make a knot, leaving a two inch loop at the end (this will later be snipped open and this is where you will attach your beads).
  3. Attach your gator weight to the loop after the knot and let hang through the kumihimo disk while you place your cords in the starting positions.
  4. Notice that there is a black dot at #8, 16, 24, and 32 on the disk.  Think of this as North/South and East/West.   So, #32 and 16 are north/south and #24 and 8 are East/West.  Black will go north/south and Gold will be placed east/west.
  5. Take two black cords and place on either side of #32, then place the other two black cords on either side of #16.  Repeat this with the Gold cords on the east/west dots.
  6. Now, remember this “Left, down. Right, up.  Turn and repeat.”
  7. What this means is that, starting with the black at #32, you will take the left strand and bring it straight down to #17.  Then bring the right strand at #16 up to #1.  Turn and repeat this technique of “left, down. right, up.” with the gold cords.
  8. It really is that simple!  Continue this pattern until the braid is the length you desire.  The examples are about 3” long.
  9. When you get to stopping point, grasp the end of the bead firmly in your hand and detach the cords from the disk, set the disk aside and remove the gator weight from the other end.
  10. Trim the cords so that you can glue this end into the Makers Collection Cord Ends.  You will want to leave just a centimeter or two after the end of the braid.  Put one drop of glue into the Cord End and settle the end of the braid into the Cord End.  Add 3-4 more drops of glue into the cap, moving around the edge so that all sides of the braid will be affixed.  Let this cure for a moment.
  11. Pick up the end with the knot and clip the cords in half so that you now have 8 strands.  With the 3mm, we will tie beads onto four strands and clip the other four strands just below the knot and secure with a tiny drop of glue.  After securing the beads onto the strands with an overhand knot, place a tiny drop of glue on each knot.
  12. For the 2mm cord, you can put each bead on two strands and secure with knots and a tiny drop of glue.
  13. The last step is to attach the lobster clasp to the top of each Cord End.  This enables you to easily clip the zipper pull on to the zipper of the backpack. Open a jumpring and slide it through the small loop at the top of the Cord End, slide the lobster clasp on and then close the jump ring.  Finished!

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Created by Wild Human Designs for Bello Modo.

Lunasoft Hair Accessories

Here’s fun way to add a splash of color to your hair… Lunasoft cabs! They are so beautiful and come in a nice array of colors to choose from. Really, I made these with little girls in mind… but don’t let that stop you from making your own!

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Here is what you will need to make your own set:

Below, as you can see, I went with a pink palatte in grape, watermelon and raspberry (clockwise starting from top left). The two ovals are 18 x 13.5mm and the square is a 22mm.

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This is the blue set features blueberry, sky blue and spearmint (starting at the top and going clockwise). The two small round cabs are 18mm and the larger cab is a 24mm.

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The instructions on the glue recommended gently roughing up the surface of both pieces to be glued together. I did this using a nail file. Although I’m not sure I would recommend it. If you are going to do this, do it very carefully! On most you can’t tell I roughed up the backs, but on the large pink square one you can totally see the scratches through to the other side in certain light. A better, more gentle option might be a buffer.

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Once you have everything ready to go, get out your glue:

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Place a small drop of each on a disposable piece of paper or cardboard and then mix them up with a toothpick or popsicle stick:

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Glue each piece respectively:

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Then just let them set for a couple of hours and your ready to go, in style!

Variation:

Put the Lunasoft cab in a bezel first to give it a more finished look such as these vetri bezels from Nunn Design:

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Have fun with it and make it your own!

Robyn.

P.S. These look really fantastic in the sunshine!

Infinity Link Bracelet and Chrysanthemum Hair Clips

Here’s a fun, gorgeous set for the young ladies or the young at heart!  This would make a great present for going back to school. We are so loving these pastel colors here at the shop!

DSCN0364Of course feel free to substitute any colors that suit your fancy… or turn it into a party and make a bunch in different colors as friendship bracelets!

Supplies

Hair Clips

  1. Glue one Chrysanthemum Cabochon onto each flat pad of the Hair Clips.
  2. Do one at a time and hold the cabochon for a moment while the glue sets. Then set it aside to finish setting while you glue the other Cabochon on to the Hair Clip.

Bracelet

The following measurements provided result in a bracelet that is about 8” long, make adjustments as necessary to get the proper fit for the intended wrist.

  1. Cut 2 x 8” pieces of Satin Cord.
  2. Cut the .5mm Leather into 3 equal pieces. Tie a knot about an inch from one end and make a 3 strand braid until your braid is about 7” long. Tie another knot. Trim the loose ends, after the knot, on each side to about 9/16”.
  3. Cut 2 x 8” pieces 1.5mm Leather Cord. Fold each Piece in half and tie a Lark’s Head knot on either side of the Infinity Link.
  4. Lay out the braid, Satin Cord, and Infinity Link piece and trim ends so they are neat and equal. On one end, pinch the ends together and stick into one side of the Magnetic Clasp. Drop a few drops of glue into the clasp, turning the clasp around and being sure to get all sides, be careful not to use too much, or it will soak up the Satin Cord and discolor it slightly. Repeat on the other side. Let dry for a few moments.

You now have a gorgeous set to gift or wear! You can even alter the colors and make them in school or sports team colors to show your pride.

Techniques:

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Made by Wild Human Designs for Bello Modo