Earth Day Bracelet

In honor of Earth Day we’ve come up with a bracelet to celebrate the nature lover in all of us. This bracelet highlights our Hanah Silk Cording which is beautiful to look and feels great against your skin. This ribbon is hand dyed in gorgeous hues, so while the Earth Mother green is perfect for celebrating Earth Day and for those who love green, feel free to substitute it with your favorite color. Another item this bracelet highlights is the Tree of Life charm which is one of my favorites with its classic full shape and swirly branches.

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Materials:

7” x 1/4″ Silk Cording – Earth Mother

7” x Chain – Cable (6x4mm) Imitation Rhodium

7” x Chain – Cable (6x4mm) Imitation Rhodium

2 x 8mm Basketweave Flat Crimps Nickel

3 x Jump Ring 9mm – Textured Circle Antique Silver

1 x 2″ Head Pin in Silver

1 x 6mm Princess Cut Erinite

4 x Heishi – Disk 4mm Bright Rhodium

1 x Drop Tree of Life Antique Silver

2 x Jumpring – Oval Small 20G Silver Plate

1 x Open Heart Charm 94-2095-61

1 x Lobster Clasp LC-18.9

Instructions for kit:

1. Use your chain nose pliers to crimp the basket weave crimps down onto the ends of the ¼” silk cording.

2. Place one heishi bead, the Swarovski crystal, then three more heishi beads onto the headpin and complete a wrapped loop at the top.

3. Attach a small oval jump ring to the tree drop and one to the heart drop.

4. Open one of the 9mm textured jump rings and attach the ends of each chain, the silk cording, and the lobster claw clasp, and close the jump ring.

5. Open another 9mm jump ring and attach the other ends of chain and silk cording, and close.

6. Open your third 9mm jump ring, and attach your three drops. Then attach this jump ring to the last jump ring you closed at the end of the bracelet.

Happy Creating!

- The Team at Bello Modo

 

Easter Themed Jewelry

We bring you cute bunnies and religious pieces inspired by Easter. All components are listed for each project. Enjoy!

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Make these cute Easter bunny earrings using just a few components!

Our seed bead manager, Jessica, put these together using:

2 x Vintaj Bunnies

2x Round 3mm rose peach crystals

2x Round 6mm fern green crystals

2x Round 4mm denim blue crystals

2x 2″ eye pin

2x Earwires NB Copper / 2mm Bright Copper Bead

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For the rosary themed necklace, the materials used:

2x Radiant heart links

1x Our Lady link

1x Talavera cross charm

1′ Small textured chain

19x 4mm ruby bicone crystals 

9x 2mm gold filled beads

1x Sacred heart clasp

5x 2″ brass eye pins

10x 6mm round jump rings

8x Talavera star bead caps

4x Flattened ovals

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1 pair X Earwires – SS / 2mm Crystal – Green Turmaline

2 x Thorn Beads – Sunflower OP – pack of 25

8” x Gold 22GA Wire

2 x Bead Bunny Rabbit Antique Gold

To make the bracelet:

1. Cut one foot of wire, and string your beads. I used the number of beads listed in materials and my bracelets total length is 8&½”. Be sure to leave the bunny bead, one heishi, and one crystal to make the drop. Adjust any beads necessary to acquire your desired length.

2. String a crimp bead on either end of the bracelet. Run the wire through the wire protector, back through the crimp bead and back through several beads on the end before crimping the crimp bead. Repeat this on both ends of the bracelet.

3. Use a jumpring on each end to attach the toggle clasp.

4. Slide a Heishi bead, a bunny bead, and a crystal on your head pin, and create a wrapped loop at the top.

5. Use 2 more jump rings to attach the bunny drop to one of the jump rings at the end.

Materials for bracelet:

1’ x .018 Diamater Flexrite

23 x Heishi Twist 4mm Antique Silver

12 x 4mm Peridot Celadon Bicone

10 x 11x8mm Glass Teardrops Chalk White Funky Orchid

2 x Silver Plated Wire Protectors

2 x Silver Plated 2×2 Crimps

1 x Clasp Set – Bamboo Antique Silver

1 x 1.5″ Headpin 21G Antique Silver

1 x Bead – Bunny Rabbit Antique Silver

4 x Jump Ring 6mm – Textured Circle Antique Silver

Happy creating!

- The Team @ Bello Modo

 

Nunn Design Heart Earrings with Crystal Clay and Birthstone Chatons

A few weeks ago I put together these elegant heart earrings using Nunn Design’s grande heart pendants (left) and traditional heart pendants (right). I love the smaller traditional hearts because the back of them have beautiful, detailed engraved leaves and vines, perfect for a romantic dinner out. The grande hearts are large and bold – definitely some statement earrings for a special occasion!

heart-nunnbirthstoneearrings The grande heart pendants are pretty big, at least 2.5″ long. With the addition of black Crystal Clay and the chatons, they do become heavy enough to not want to wear for longer than a few hours, perhaps to a special occasion event. The heaviness was disappointing, but I’m willing to try again using resin instead, which may be lighter than the clay. Regardless, they look absolutely awesome on! It was hard to capture the vibrant sparkle of the chatons in the photo. They really glitter in the sunlight!

I really enjoyed creating them and it was great to learn how to use the clay while positioning the ruby and black chatons. To begin the chaton placement, I started in the middle and worked my way to the outer edges, using a star pattern which I alternated between the black and ruby chatons. Be sure to wipe the chatons with a baby wipe before the clay dries, just in case the beeswax toothpick (used for placement) picks up a little smudge here or there. The ear wires I used were the basic gold ear wire with a ball at the end, also from Nunn Design. The large loop on these ear wires made it easy to attach directly to the heart loop without making it longer by adding extra jump rings.

For the smaller, traditional heart pendant earrings, I used gold Crystal Clay and the ruby birthstone chatons. I also started in the middle with the placement of these chatons. Note, though, that the gold clay does not sparkle and shine on its own, however – before I put the chatons in I dusted the outside with Perfect Pearls heirloom gold powder, using a soft paintbrush to apply. This really added a nice effect to the finish, and I would suggest doing this for all Crystal Clay if you want to add a little something extra to your jewelry. The Perfect Pearls powders are available in many gorgeous colors to complement any clay you choose. Add on those red Swarovski crystal ear wires and they’re done!

Hope you enjoy creating with Crystal Clay & Nunn Design as much as I did!

Happy creating,

Stephanie

 

 

Nunn Design Giveaway!

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The pictured package will be given away to one very lucky person! 
Want to get in the running for it? 

There are several ways:

▪ Like Bellomodo on Facebook & post on our Facebook page: “I want to win the Nunn Design package!”
▪ Post a comment on our Blog.
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We will announce the winner on Friday, April 18th!

Nunn Design Bezel Bracelets

So easy to make, and the best part is that these bracelets can be made personal and unique!

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These two pictured bracelets were made with the large and small circle bezel bracelets, glass domes, and a collage sheet for the small one and glitter for the large one. Nunn Design silicone glue puts it all together.

For the small one I chose a collage sheet with coordinated images, and I used a small punch to punch out the images, then glued them in, putting a generous coat on the top of the image and dropping the glass dome down on top. I like to wiggle the dome a bit to get it properly seated and work out any air bubbles. Set aside and let the glue dry overnight. That’s it! Once the glue dries, it is permanent and ready to wear.

For the large bezel bracelet I put a generous layer of glue down and then sprinkled glitter over the glue, dropping the glass dome in on top of it and wiggling around to work out any trapped air. Again, let it dry over night and voilà! You have a sparkly bracelet, ready to wear, or give as a gift. So easy! You can make it even more personal by using images that have meaning to you, from your own artwork or pictures, maybe theme oriented, like the small bracelet or color coordinated to match a particular outfit or theme.

Happy creating!

Pam

Create Unique Jewelry for Proms & Weddings

After being away for a couple of years, every once in a while I come across something in the shop that I have never seen before, and can’t believe I’ve just discovered it now!

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The pave drops are absolutely gorgeous! As wedding season is upon us, I think these are a perfect component for formal wedding wear. The crystal pave drop or the crystal AB pave drop make wonderful bridal earrings, when the other colors of pave drops would be great to accent the bridesmaid dresses. Or perhaps you have a wedding to attend and want your jewelry to look as pretty as the wedding party…these could be perfect for you as well.

Materials Used for these earrings:

2 x Pave Drop – Crystal

1 pair x Ear Wire Lever back Large Oval Antique Silver

4 x 4mm White Pearls

2 x 8mm Princess Cut Crystal Moonlight

2 x 1.5″ Headpin 21G Antique Silver

3” x  Titanium 20GA Wire

Directions:

1.  Cut approximately 1½” of wire. Create a simple loop on one end. Slide on a pearl, a princess crystal, and then another pearl. Trim the wire if needed, and create a simple loop at the end to complete your link. Repeat this for the other earring.

2. Slide your pave bead onto the headpin and complete the top with a wrapped loop. Repeat this for the other earring.

3. Open a simple loop on the end of the link you’ve created and attach the pave drop. Open the other simple loop on the opposite end of the link you’ve created, and attach this to the earwire. Repeat for the other earring.

Variations:

I chose to use lever back earrings, as I like the classy look they provide, but changing the ear wire can change the look quite easily depending on your preference. The colors that the pave drops come in are truly spectacular. Create something unique to match your dress, or the bridesmaid dresses. If you require a large quantity for the wedding party, please order early to allow time for us to special order them in for you. I also think the pave drops could be worked into a cute matching formal necklace. Get creative with them! With all of the faceted crystal in these drops, they are sure to draw attention and sparkle in your lovely designs!

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The Nunn Design line of products continues to be more of a favorite of mine with each set of new items they introduce. Recently, they began offering some new jeweled charms that I am quite fond of. The ornate mini crystal charms seemed to be a great component for simple formal jewelry. Whether it is prom, a wedding you are attending, or a wedding you are planning, I think these simple earrings could fit just what you are looking for. Experiment with how different they could look with a smaller ear wire, or purchase a third ornate mini crystal charm to put on a chain and you have an instant formal jewelry set. I chose to use kidney ear wires for these as I like the longer, more dramatic look.

Take a look at the other jeweled charms in the Nunn Design line to create other simple formal earrings mixing up the style of ear wire to suite your taste.

Happy creating!

Shelly