St. Patty’s Day Good Luck Bracelet

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner! Some love the green beer and festivities. I myself have always been fond of two things when St. Patty’s day comes around. The first one is the tradition that you can pinch people if they are not wearing green on this day… I tend to like traditions that allow my mischievous side to come out :)

The other thing I love about St. patty’s day is all of the Irish limericks and blessings, so today, I offer you this Irish blessing:

“As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way. “

Below is the ‘good luck’ bracelet that I created in the spirit of St. Patricks day. I hope it inspires you to create something of your own that brings you good luck when you wear it!

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Materials:

Directions:

  1. Take your foot of beading wire, and slide on one end a crimp bead and a wire protector. Slide the end of the wire back through the crimp bead, and use your crimping pliers to crimp your bead.
  2. String your beads in the following order: three heishi, one princess cut, one heishi, one princess cut, one bead cap, one round crystal, one bead cap, one princess cut, one heishi, one princess cut, one bead cap, one round crystal, one bead cap… continue this pattern until you get to the end. End the strand with three hieshi’s as you began.
  3. String on a crimp bead and a wire protector. Run your wire back through the crimp and the three heishi beads on the end. Again, use your crimping pliers to crimp your bead. Trim any excess wire with your cutters.
  4. Use a jump-ring to attach one end of this strand to the middle hole of one of your 3-1 end bars. Use another jumpring to attach the opposite end to the middle hole of your other 3-1 end bar.
  5. Cut two lengths of chain at 7” each. Use four jump-rings to attach the ends to the outside holes of the 3-1 end bar. You should now have your three strands together.
  6. Use two more jump-rings to attach each end of your magnetic clasp to the opposite side of the 3-1 end bars.
  7. Use two more jump-rings to dangle your Good Luck tie on token to the end of the bracelet.

And you are done! These instructions and materials created a 7&½” long bracelet. If you want yours to be shorter or longer, simply adjust your lengths of chain and number of beads used.

Have fun creating!

Shelly

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St. Patty’s Crystal Clover and Leather Set

St. Patrick’s day is coming, so I thought it to be a perfect time to create some jewelry with the delightful Swarovski clover pendants. I love the look of the lustrous crystals with the natural and organic look of the leather and brass oxide components.

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Have you ever spent time in a field of clovers looking for a lucky four leaf one? I certainly have….I can’t say I’ve personally ever found one, however I did have a friend who did, pressed it, and has kept it in his wallet for years! Did you know that they estimate that for every 10,000 three leaf clovers, there is one, four leaf clover. Perhaps if I lay my eyes on another 5,000, I can find one of my own?

I found this fun fact in a Wikipedia article on Four-leaf clovers. In this same article, I found this to be some sweet knowledge to have:

“The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.”

You can read this article here.

Have you ever found a four leaf clover yourself? Where did you find it? Did it bring you good luck?  If you have a four leaf clover story, share it with us in the comments below!

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Earrings Materials:

Earrings Directions:

  1. Cut two pieces of wire each about 1&½” long. Create a simple loop with your round nose pliers at the end of each one. On your wire, put a 6mm bicone bead, a spiral euro bead, and another 6mm bicone bead. Complete the end with another simple loop, trimming any excess wire.
  2. Open your jumpring, and on it put one of your clover pendant, and one end of the link you just created. Close your jumpring. Repeat with the other one.
  3. Open your earwires to slide your earring drops on.

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Necklace Materials:

Necklace Directions:

  1. Slide your pinch bail over the leather you cut, and place the little ‘nubs’ on the inside of the bail into the hole of your crystal pendant. Use your fingers to pinch down and tighten the bail onto the crystal. You can gently use your nylon jaw pliers to pinch it down, if you feel that is necessary. You want the ‘nubs’ well inside the hole of the crystal, but you don’t want to pinch it own too tight that it damages the crystal, or restricts movement. The crystal should still be able to move from side to side.
  2. Put about two drops of new glue into one end of the magnetic clasp and push the end of your leather cord into it. Hold the pieces together tightly for about a minute until the glue has set. Repeat with the other side.

Have fun creating!

Shelly

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Lucite Mum Necklace and Ring

Have you created something fun with Bello Modo’s selection of Lucite Cabachons yet? I treasure these, as they allow for really quick and beautiful jewelry projects. I adore the colors they come in, and I always get excited when I find a combination that fits well in the Nunn Design collection of bezels. This ring and necklace set I made with the Mum Cabachons is my favorite by far. Now that I’ve made the green one, I want to make one in every color :) I think the Mums and the ornate design of the pendant and ring bezel compliment each other perfectly!

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Ring Materials:

Ring Directions:

Find something to mix your two part epoxy on. This could be a paper plate, a piece of cardboard, or a piece torn off a carton from your recycling bin. Squeeze about a dime sized amount of each part of the epoxy and mix the two parts together well with a toothpick, and using the toothpick smear the epoxy both on the bottom of the Mum cab and in the inside of the ring bezel. The mum may not ‘sit’ all the way into the bottom of the ring bezel, so make sure that you have enough epoxy in there to make a good connection, but not too much that you end up with an epoxy mess. Hold the ring upright or set it into something that allows it to be upright for a minimum of five minutes. After five minutes the epoxy should have a strong enough hold that you can lay it down.

That’s it! Remember you have other colors to choose from in the Mum Cabachons  and different metal finishes to choose from in the rings!

Necklace Materials:

Necklace Directions:

  1. Find something to mix your two part epoxy on. This could be a paper plate, a piece of cardboard, or a piece torn off a carton from your recycling bin. Squeeze about a dime sized amount of each part of the epoxy and mix the two parts together well with a toothpick, and using the toothpick, smear the mixed epoxy both on the bottom of the Mum cab and in the inside of the Pendant  bezel. The mum may not ‘sit’ all the way into the bottom of the pendant bezel, so make sure that you have enough epoxy in there to make a good connection, but not too much that you end up with an epoxy mess. Set the pendant aside on a flat surface so that the epoxy can set. After about five minutes the epoxy should be hard enough to handle the pendant again.
  2. Cut your rosary link chain to about 18”, or whatever length you would like to make your necklace.
  3. Use your two small, 4mm jump-rings to attach each part of your toggle clasp to either end of the chain.
  4. Once the epoxy in your pendant has set enough to handle it, use your large 9mm jump ring to attach the pendant to the chain.

That’s it! Remember you have other colors to choose from in the Mum Cabachons  and different metal finishes to choose from in the pendants !

Enjoy!

Shelly

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Twist and Wrap Bracelet

Ashley, of Wild Human, created this great wrap bracelet using Leather Cord, Suede Lacing, Vintaj components, Baroque Beads and a Swarovski Twist Sew-On Crystal as the focal bead.

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Download the free PDF tutorial here… Twist and Wrap Bracelet.

Enjoy!

The Team @ Bello Modo

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Weathered Copper Leaf Earrings

We are focusing on Vintaj this week and Vintaj Patina’s. I haven’t really ever used these in my designs, so I thought it was a good opportunity to try something new. The Vintaj pieces that I like the most are the Artisan Copper components. I’m also always drawn to leaf/tree themes and colors in the teal family. So the Artisan Copper Woodland Leaf and the Weathered Copper Patina set were my obvious first choices to work with here…

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Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Using a small, wet, paint brush apply a thin layer of Jade Patina. Let it dry 10-30 minutes. You can also use a Heat-It Tool to help speed the process along.
  2. Repeat step one, using in the following order: Verdigris, Moss, Verdigris. The Moss Patina came out pretty thick so it was really helpful to have some Patina Extender around to thin it out. I also used the Patina Extender on the last thin layer of Verdigris.
  3. After all the Patina is dry, or almost dry, start sanding it off of the high points with a Shrink Plastic Sanding Block. Then buff it with the white part of the Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block.
  4. To make the earrings… take an eye pin and add one firepolish bead, one heishi, one rondelle, one heishi and one crystal. Trim and finish with a simple loop. As you are closing the loop add the earwire. Repeat for the second eye pin.
  5. Attache the eye pin to the leaf with a small jump-ring.

I chose to turn one leaf around so they both curve inward to frame the face. You might prefer to have them be the same. It’s really up to you… as always, make it your own and mix it up.

Have Fun!

Robyn.

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Amethyst Owl Earrings

These owl earrings are a great first project to experiment with Vintaj components and Patinas.  Combining the Lucite Owls with the Vintaj Artisan Hoops creates an owl on the moon feeling that I love!

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Components:

Tools:

  • Paintbrush
  • Needle Nose Pliers (plus another pair for opening/closing the jump rings)
  • Wire Cutters

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First, paint your hoops with the Patina you prefer, I used Amethyst.  I painted 3 layers back and front, but this was a bit heavy and I suggest stopping at two.  I wanted brass to show through on the edges of the hoop and so when the Patina had dried, I used the Reliefing block to sand off some of the Patina around the edges only.  Once you have the hoops painted and sanded to your liking, add a light coat of Vintaj Glaze to the entire hoop.

Next, use a headpin to turn your owl into a pendant.  Thread the headpin through the vertical hole in the owl and trim the headpin so that you have just enough length left to make a small loop at the top using your needle nose pliers.  Attach a Jump Ring to the headpin loop of each owl and attach that to the loop at the top of each Vintaj Artisan Hoop.  Almost there!

Thread two Jump Rings into the Jump Ring holding the owl on, and working vertically, attach one Jump Ring through the two and one more onto the last one added.

Finally, attach your ear wire to the top jump ring and you now have a snazzy pair of Owl Earrings!

If you like this design, take a moment to share it on Facebook, Twitter, and all your favorite social media venues!

Created by Ashley of Wild Human for Bello Modo.

Embellishing Vintaj Natural Brass with Embossing Techniques & Patinas

We LOVE using the embossing machine, deco-emboss and deco-etch folders on Vintaj! Fun and functional! People often assume my pieces were enamelled, thinking this is hard to do, but nothing could be less true as they are so easy to use and get a good result.

The pieces in this first image we actually colored with Alcohol Inks. Alcohol Ink has the advantage of being more transparent, and the colors will not mix or blend, rather they will push each other around, creating interesting patterns. They dry fast and are easy to sand off. The downside to them is that Alcohol Ink is subject to being affected by any solvent based substance such as hair sprays, perfumes, etc. So they need to be sealed to keep permanent. You can do this with a sealant such as Nunn Design’s Sealant, or a spray on such as Krylon Art Finisher. It comes in shiny and matte which is nice if you want to keep your pieces less glossy.

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Color is not actually needed, they look good just sanded and sealed.

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And finally, the Patinas are a bit more opaque, the colors will blend so you can mix up different colors which is really nice, and they are permanent once dried, no sealant required.

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Very easy and fun to bling up your components! Coming soon… an updated how to do it, stay tuned!

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