Up-cycle Lace Chandelier Pendant Kit Using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Up-cycle Lace Chandelier Pendant Kit Using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Turn old lace curtains into stunning vintage style pendants.

You Will Need One 50x35mm chandelier baroque pendant Section of old lace curtain Fine precision scissors Head pin or wire Mod Podge Dimensional Magic*

*We recommend Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (or even Rangers Glossy Accents) This project wouldn't really work with Diamond Glaze as from personal experience Diamond Glaze tends to bubble and you run into problems when you start to layer it over 2mm. Also Mod Podge Dimensional Magic doesn't really take long to dry. You can use the original Mod Podge Gloss but the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic seals the lace at the end with a smooth finish.

1. . Cut the lace into a generous rectangle that fits around the pendant (see picture below). On the back of the glass chandelier pendant apply a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Push out any bubbles from the Dimensional Magic and lay the lace on top. Push the lace down, make sure the Dimensional Magic covers the back of the pendant (if it runs into the outside of the lace this ok as it makes the lace in the next step easier to cut). If the Dimensional Magic runs into the front of the glass pendant clean up with a damp cloth. Take the head pin and push through the hole the top of the pendant and the lace. Allow to dry flat. 2. When the Dimensional Magic is dry, remove the head pin and take your scissors and cut the lace to fit the pendant. When happy apply a layer of the Dimensional Magic to seal the lace and help stick down the lace if it lifted. Take the head pin and push through the hole the top of the pendant and let the Dimensional Magic dry. 3. When dry add to your jewellery designs. chandlierNecklace-2 chandlierNecklace-3
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How to Add Wooden Buttons to Your Jewellery Designs

How to Add Wooden Buttons to Your Jewellery Designs I just adore these little wood cut button butterflies and when mounted on a filigree they are just perfect to add your jewellery designs.

There are two ways to mount the butterfly to the filgree one is to glue it on or the other is to secure it with wire. If you are gluing your can hide the hole by gluing rhinestones on top or you can work with the holes to add some decorative beads.

OPTION ONE - Gluing
*Take 6cm of either 24ga or 26ga wire and thread one 4x3mm crystal rondelle bead and sit it in the middle of the wire and molding the wire around it. Now thread on 8mm daisy spacer thread a length of wire through each button hole on the butterfly** Apply a tab of glue on the back of the butterfly and thread the wire through the filigree. Allow the glue to dry. Finish the wire by curling flat on the back.

OPTION TWO - Securing with wire
Repeat from * to ** from option one. Now thread the back of the filigree. You are going to work with the holes in the filigree to secure the button. Twist the wire and place on opposite sides of the filigree. Making sure the wire is flat work secure the ends of around one of the outside stems of the filigree. Use the pictures as a guide.

How to Add Wooden Buttons to Your Jewellery Designs How to Add Wooden Buttons to Your Jewellery Designs
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How to a make a Agate Ring – Tree of Life Suncatcher

Agate Ring - Tree of Life Suncatcher You will need 1 55mm Agate ring 60-70 3x4mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads 1 suncatcher crystal 150 cm 24ga wire 7cm 20ga wire 2 head pins

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1. Take your 24ga wire and divide into six 35cm sections. 2. Take one head pin and thread the top hole of the agate ring. Trim the other side 1cm from the hoop and create a loop. Repeat for the hole on the other side of the loop. 3. Take one 35cm section of wire and fold it approximately half way making one length of wire 3cm longer than the other. Sit the hoop so it sits in the fold placing it next to one of the wire loops created in step 2. Now twist the longer section of wire around the hoop three times to secure the wire. Bring both section of wire together and twist a few times (Picture 3a). Repeat this step with the other five sections of wire, making sure the wire loop sits in the middle (Picture 3b) 4. Create the trunk by bringing all the wire together in the centre and twisting together (Picture 4a). The end of the trunk should be sitting a little bit under half way (Picture 4b). Now separate the wire sitting and spreading them out so the wire are grouped in their original six groups of two (Picture 4c). 5. Take right hand side’s bottom two group of wire (four strands) and twist for 0.5cm. Now take two groups sitting in the middle and twist them. Take the final group of two (left hand sides bottom group of two) and twist for 0.5cm. Re-separate so they sit in their original six groups of two. (Picture 5). 6. Take right hand side’s bottom group of wire (two strands) Twist the two sections of wire together for 0.5cm. Now separate the strands to start adding the crystal leaves of the tree. Thread on one strand some crystal beads so the beads sit comfortable under the hoop (Picture 6a). Secure the excess wire by wrapping once around the agate loop, then wrapping around the wire a few times (Picture 6b). Trim and finish flushed. Repeat with the second strand. 7. Repeat step 6 with the remaining five groups of wires, spreading the branches out to create the shape of the tree. 8. Attaching the Suncatcher Crystal to the Tree of Life using a Wrapped Loop Take the 7cm section of 20ga wire. Bend at an angle leaving a 3cm tail. Thread on the 3cm tail the top hole of the suncatcher crystal (placing it at the bend). Work both section of wire to the top of the crystal forming an ‘X’ above the crystal (Picture 8a) Where the wires intersect, use your flat-nose pliers to bend the longer section wire to a vertical position (90 degree angle) to the top of the crystal (Picture 8b). Wrap the shorter section of wire around the longer section a few times (Picture 8c). Trim and finished flushed (Picture 8d). Finish the longer section of wire with a wrapped loop (Picture 8e & 8f). Remembering before closing the loop thread the bottom wire loop of the agate ring (Picture 8e). Agate Ring - Tree of Life Suncatcher Agate Ring - Tree of Life Suncatcher Agate Ring - Tree of Life Suncatcher Agate Ring - Tree of Life Suncatcher
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Using Lace In Your Jewellery Designs

Using lace in your jewellery designsSomething old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe....

I have been seeing a lot of lace jewellery on my Pinterest feed and really wanted to make some but I was stumped where to start. So I ordered some cotton lace by the metre off an etsy seller. Waiting for it to arrive I had lots of questions - would the lace need a backing when you sew the beads, how do I cut the lace (does it fray) etc. Anyway the best way to learn anything is just to dive in. So just making up these two pieces a necklace an earring set (the necklace was snapped up the minute my daughter spied it) I found no the lace doesn't fray, you work with the shapes in the lace. Also the cotton lace is strong enough to have multiple beads sewn on it. I used a dab of glue for the knots (E6000) and back stitched/ double stitched the beads so they are secure. Basically if you have basic sewing experience you wouldn't find this hard. Watch this post as I plan to add to it as I experiment some more. I plan to use the lace with our lucite flowers beads also a close friend is getting married and she wants a lace hair piece so I will working on that as well. Using lace in your jewellery designs lace03 lace02
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A List of Our Altered Art Glass Tile Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials

A List of Our Altered Art Glass Tile Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials We have been making glass tile jewellery for nearly 10 years (yep we where one of the first bead shops to write tutorials for magazines and bring the craft to the bead shows). When we first started the only two decent clear adhesive on the market Diamond Glaze and Mod Podge (which I still love as you can use it for so many things). Manufacturing caught on to the trend and a crop of new and improved clear adhesives hit the market with my personal favourite Mod Podge Dimensional Magic - 2 Ounces. In a nutshell there are two main kinds of glass tile making where you get a glass tile and stick an image on it and then use a decorative surface for the back of the tile, glue a bail on. The other kind is where you use a glass cabochon (the glass has dome effect, slightly thinner) stick an image on and then mount the glass cabochon on a setting. The tutorials below (some on this site and some on our main website Beads Online) will take you through both techniques. Also if we make any more tutorials (which we will as that's what we do) I will add them on - EnjoyXx THE TUTORIALS

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glass-cabochon-settingHow to make a glass tile pendant

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glass-cabochon-settingHow to make a baroque chandelier style altered art pendant

glass-cabochon-settingHow to make a glass tear drop pendant

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Up-cycle Lace Chandelier Pendant Kit Using Mod Podge Dimensional MagicUp-cycle Lace Chandelier Pendant Kit Using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

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Tree of Life – Striped Agate

Step-by-Step Tutorial Tree of Life I fell in love with these gemstone beads the minute I laid my eyes on them and I knew they would be perfect for another version of my tree of life (I previously created this style with a large Lapis stone). The earthy colour of the agate with the stripes is really stunning. Agate is a good balancing stablising stone.

Materials 1 40mm Agate flat round bead 1 51x49x2mm cast metal distorted hoop 160cm 24ga wire 10cm 22ga wire 1 10cm jump ring 1 leather cord 1 cast metal bead hanger 1. Take the 10cm length of 22ga wire. Secure the wire to the hoop by creating a 2cm tail and wrapping it around the hoop (Picture 1A). Thread the bead on the wire and secure to the hoop by wrapping the end of the wire to the frame. Trim if need to finish the wire flushed (Picture 1B). 2. Take the 24ga wire and divide it into eight 20cm length of wire. 3. Take one 20cm section of wire and fold it approximately half way making one section of wire 3cm longer than the other. Place the hoop so it sits in the fold. Now twist the longer section of wire around the hoop three times to secure the wire. (Picture. 3A). Using the picture as a placement guide repeat this step to attach the other seven wire sections, placing 4 sections on each side of the bead (Picture 3B & 3C) 4. Create the trunk by bringing all the wire together in the centre and twisting for approx. 1cm (Picture 4a). Now separate the wire sitting and spreading them out so the wire are grouped in their original eight groups of two (Picture 4b). NOTE: After you complete each step sit the pendant in your hand flat and push the bead forward so the tree starts to mould around it (Picture 4C & 4D) 5. Take the right hand side’s bottom group of four (8 strands) and twist together of approx. 1cm. Now take the remaining four groups (8 strands) and twist them together for 1cm. Re-separate the wire sitting and spreading them out so the wire are grouped in their original eight groups of two (Picture 5). 6. Take right hand side’s bottom to groups of two (4 strands) and twist together for approx. 0.5-1cm*. Moving in an anti-clock wise direction take the next two groups of two and twist together. Keep doing this for the remaining two groups of two. *Vary the size for each group (Picture 6). 7. Re-spread the branches so they sit in their original eight groups of two wires. Now twist each group together for approx 0.5 to 1cm. Vary the size of the twist for each group (Pic. 6A). Re-spread the branches so they are now spread evenly and the the tree has good coverage (Picture 7). 8. Once you are happy how your tree is looking sit the pendant in your hand flat and push the bead forward so the tree moulds around it (Picture 8). Secure the branches to the edge of the hoop by wrapping around the wire around hoop a few times before trimming and finishing flushed (Picture 8B) . 9. Finish by taking your round-nose pliers and messing the wire giving the branches a rustic look. Take the 10cm jump ring and thread the top of the hoop and the bottom of the bead hanger. Hang on the leather cord. Step-by-Step Tutorial Tree of Life Step-by-Step Tutorial Tree of Life
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Beautiful Crystal Weaved Butterfly Bracelets

Beautiful Crystal Weaved Butterfly Bracelets Materials 1 clasp 1 10mm jump ring 1 metre 0.38mm tiger tail 1 crimp bead 1 charlotte end 27 4x3mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads 16 8x6mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads main colour 8 4x6mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads main colour 12 8x6mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads second colour 6 4x6mm Imperial Crystal rondelle beads second colour 126 Size 11 Toho Seed Beads 1. Thread the clasp on the tiger tail and sit it in the centre. The tiger tail is now divided into to two. Now thread on each side of the tiger tail two silver 4x3mm rondelle beads and one black 8x6mm rondelle bead. 2. Thread onto on one end of the tiger tail silver 4x3mm rondelle beads. Now take the other end of the tiger tail and pass through the same bead but in the opposite direction so the tiger tail criss-cross and the bead sits horizontally between the black rondelle beads. 3. Thread on one length of tiger tail one 4x6mm rondelle bead, one 8x6mm rondelle bead and nine seed beads. Now take the end of the tiger tail and thread back through the 4x6mm rondelle bead and the 8x6mm rondelle bead. Make sure the seed beads sit inside the bracelet when pulling tight. Repeat this step for the other length of tiger tail to complete the butterfly. 4. Thread onto each side of tiger tail one seed bead, one 4x3mm rondelle bead, one seed bead and one 8x6mm rondelle bead of the second color. 5. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 alternating colors, until you have in total seven butterflies (four black & three of the second colour). Finish by threading on each end of tiger tail one seed bead and two 4x3mm rondelle beads. Then pass both end of tiger tail through the charlotte end and one crimp bead. Using your flat-nose pliers secure the crimp bead. Trim the tiger tail and close the charlotte end. Attach a 10mm jump ring to the end of the bracelet. Beautiful Crystal Weaved Butterfly Bracelets
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Learn Soutache

soutache01 The bracelet makes a fantastic beginners project as the bracelet has a lot of repetition. Through repetition you will learn to work with the Soutache braid. The black on black makes it a very forgiving design so if you make a few mistakes at the beginning its not really noticeable. We recommended you make up the bracelet before the attempting the earring. Even though the earring is a smaller project they are a lot more fiddly. After you learn the stitches - shaping the Soutache is easy. So then the sky is the limit to start your own individual designs. 1. Threading the Needle Use a comfortable length of thread between 60-80cm. Thread one end of the thread on the needle and tie a knot on the other (trimming the excess thread). You will be working with a single length of thread so don’t double it. When you run out of thread hide the knot of the thread under the braid. 2. Preparing the Soutache Cut your Soutache braid into three 80cm lengths. Take the ends of three lengths of braid and stack them on top of each other. Make sure the weave of the braid is pointed in the same direction. Learn Soutache 3. Making Your First Stitch Holding your stack measure 6cm from the end. Locate the centre rib of each of the three length of braid. Now making sure your braid is lined up insert the needle through each of the centre ribs on each length of braid. Secure by passing the needle back through the three pieces of braid 2mm to the left. ALWAYS insert and pass the needle through the centre rib of each braid. Learn Soutache 4. Creating Shaping Stitches. Your needles should be on the same side as the knot. Working right to left measure 5mm from your last stitch and sew through the middle rib of all three braids (the stack), now measure 5mm left from your last stitch and push the needle through the stack. These stitches are called shaping stitches. Make when you pull the pieces together you do not pull tight enough to distort the shape. Keep in mind that when finished only the sides of the Soutache will be visible. Remember always sew shaping stitches in the centre rib of each section of braid. Learn Soutache 5. Adding a bead Thread a 8mm bead on your thread. Wrap the section of braid with the shaping stitches around the bead and sew from inside to outside of the stack near the knot. 6. Wrapping the bead Working left to right make two 5mm shaping stitches. Your needle should be sitting on the outside (Pic. 6a). Wrap the braid around the bead. Thread the stack of braid, one seed bead and the other stack of braid. The seed bead should sit between the gap where the stacks of braid meet. (Pic. 6b & 6c). Secure by sewing back through the two stacks of braid and seed bead three more times. The thread should finish on the side with the long tails of braid (Pic. 6d). Learn Soutache 7. Creating the Bracelet On the longer stack of braid make two 5mm shaping stitches (Pic. 7a & 7b). Pick up a 8mm bead and bring the needle back through the stack of braid sitting between the seed bead and previous bead (use Pic. 7c for placement). Bring the needle back through the stack of braid, through the 8mm bead and through first stack (Pic. 7d). Your needle should be on the long side of the braid. Make two 5mm spacer stitches. (Pic. 7e) Make a small 2mm stitch so the needle sits inside and pick up a seed bead and thread through the stack of braid on the other side (the same place as above - Pic. 7f). The seed bead should sit between the gap where the stacks of braid meet. Secure by sewing back through the two stacks of braid and seed bead three more times. The thread should finish on the side with the long tails of braid Repeat this step 18 more times or until the piece fits around your wrist (Remembering to leave 4.5cm for the clasp and end sections) Learn Soutache 8. Finish the ends Make two 5mm shaping stitches and one 2mm shaping stitch. Pick up an 8mm bead and thread the other side. Bring the thread back through the stack and the bead but do not thread the other stack. Now separate the braid and slide a jump ring on the top two sections (Pic. 8a) Bring the three sections of braid back together (Pic. 8b) and thread three 5mm shaping stitches. Bring the stack to the back. Secure with stitches (Pic. 8c) Once secure whip stitch and trim (Pic. 8d). Repeat on other side of the bracelet. Learn Soutache 9. Attaching the Backing Trace and make a pattern for the end sections on a piece of paper. Cut the pattern out of the Ultrasuede* and sew to the end at the back of the bracelet. Repeat for other side. Ultrasuede is easy to sew and doesn’t fray. You can also cut it in any direction. Learn Soutache Learn Soutache 10. Add The Edging Size 11 are the smaller seed beads and size 8 the larger size one. Work your needle under the backing and inside the bracelet so it sit in the same position as Picture 10a & the starting position in Diagram 1. Pick up one size 8 seed bead and secure by passing your needle next to it and through the FIRST layer of the stack. Now thread back through the first bead and pick up one size 11 seed bead and one size 8 seed bead (Pic. 10b & Diagram 2). *Now pass the needle back down through the edge of the first layer of braid in the stack so the size 8 beads sit side by side and the size 11 bead sits on the top (Pic. 10c & Diagram 3). Pass the needle back up through the last size 8 bead added and pick up one size 11 and one size 8.* Repeat from here * to ** three times but on the last repetition do not pick up any beads and work the needle through the stack of braid securing the last bead (Pic. 10d) Repeat this step to add edging to each section of bead. When finish add the clasp to each side of the bracelet. Learn Soutache
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