Beginners Guide To Jewelry Making by Show & Tell

I’m so excited to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog today! I am a huge fan of everything that she posts here and hope you enjoy my jewelry tutorial! Before we begin, you must know that I’ve never made jewelry before I created the necklace I document below. I literally went to Hobby Lobby and thought, “What supplies make sense?” I had already ordered some amazing vintage Japanese beads on Etsy beforehand so I just needed to make sure I could thread them. Here are the supplies that I used:

I picked up a basic jewelry tool kit and a few options when it came to chains. I ended up using a really thin (and cheap) gold chain so I’m excited to experiment with more quality supplies later. Here is a visual and brief tutorial below. I’ll go into more details on each step below the image!


Okay here’s more of an explanation for each step:

1. I am using a 2″ eye pin here. If I were to re-create this necklace again (which I probably will), I might consider adding a drop of super glue to keep the two beads together. If you aren’t extremely precise, it’s hard to keep them close together while closing the eye pin in the next step.

2. I used the round nose pliers to hold the eye pin steady while I literally bent the other end perpendicular.

3. I didn’t get a photo but I did clip the end of the eye pin so that it was shorter. I didn’t want to bend it into a loop and then have extra wire. Here is a great tutorial on creating loops with your eye pins.

4. As you can see, I have created the loop and now the beads are secured. My loop is definitely not perfect but it works!

5. I wanted to make sure I knew how to create a loop before I strung the chain through (so this is technically a little backwards) but by the time you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take a lot to pull the loop apart and add the chain.

6. Now you have a completed and seamless necklace! After this, I snipped the chain (where it would fall on your neck) and added the clasp! Ta da! Necklace completed.


So there’s my beginners guide to jewelry making. I learned a lot and didn’t even really study any techniques. It was almost more fun going into it neutral and not having an preconceived ideas of what my necklace should look like. Let me know if you have any advice or tips – I’m all ears. >> written by Allison at Show & Tell


I think this came out so great considering it was her first jewelry making experience! A big thanks to Allison for sharing this with us while I’m away on vacation! – Ciera


Hand Stamped Polka Dot Tie by Secondhand Sundays

 

Hi Ciera Design readers, my name is Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. I’m happy to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog while she’s out of town and have a super easy DIY ready for you today. With Father’s Day just around the corner I thought a project designed just for Dad would be perfect. Stick around and learn how to hand stamp a polka dot tie for that special man in your life.

The supplies needed for this project are minimal; you’ll need multi-surface craft paint, a pencil with an eraser, a paper towel or rag, and a solid color tie (mine was thrifted).

I chose to use two colors for my tie – mint green, and coral. In combination with the black tie it created a nice contrast, and a mid-century americana feel. I couldn’t help but imagine a Dad in the 1950s rocking a style similar to this. You can choose any color combination you want, or go classic with one color like white.

The steps for making this polka dot tie are pretty simple. Start by dipping the eraser end of the pencil in one of your colors and imprint on tie. Be careful not to push down too hard, just lightly dab it into the tie. Continue dipping, and imprinting polka dots on the tie in an irregular pattern starting with the bulk of the tie and moving into the neck. Remember to leave space for your second color of paint (if you so choose).

Don’t worry if your first polka dots seem a little splotchy. You’ll want to do a second coat of paint just to ensure all of the polka dots are fully filled in and a good shape. Once you’ve filled in the tie with one color use your paper towel or rag to clean off the eraser.

Next fill in the gaps with your second color of paint, again doing two-three coats. Let each coat dry completely before starting the second to avoid smearing. I suggest letting the whole tie dry overnight before wrapping.

I think your Dad or significant other will love your creation, it combines two things Dads love, crafts from their kids and ties. Or at least that’s what I’ve always been told (wink wink). Enjoy! Bekuh


Thank you so much Bekuh! This is a great Father’s Day DIY idea, and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with polka dots ! -Ciera


Party Survival Kit and Photobooth DIY

My friend Megan and I had so much fun putting together this survival kit for our best friends bachelorette party. We wanted a funny little gift basket to give all of the girls and figured what better than a survival kit!

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Each bucket included:

Lipgloss
Condom
Asprin
Gatorade
Mints
Custom Champagne Glass
Cheez-Its (an inside joke that goes along with the “keep it cheezy” theme”)
Peacock Feather

 

peacock party details 4 - custom gatorade label

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peacock party details 3 - custom gatorade label

We made labels for most of the items and put them in plastic buckets with tissue paper.

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We also made a photo booth.

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and my sis made these amazing treats… peacock inspired veggie tray with edemame hummus and butt cookies, hehe.

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peacock party details 13 - butt cookies

And that wraps up all of the details from this party, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it! Check out my Inspiration Board and Invitations from this party.

A Red Hot Valentine

Hey guys, I have a very simple Valentine’s treat that is perfect for passing out to friends, classmates or secret crushes. All you need is chalkboard paint, match boxes, chalk and red hots or any small candy of your choice. Just paint the match boxes (I used a foam brush), let dry, write your personal messages, fill with candy and deliver!

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*Chalboard paint takes a few days to cure, so don’t wait til the last minute!

Homemade gifts for everyone!

Still in need of a few last minute presents? Glass jars are great for repurposing as gifts. This idea works for everyone on your list since it is totally customizable! Just decorate the jars and fill them with something unique for each person.

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Displaying gifts in a jar gives a clean appearance that lets the present last long after the holidays. I decorated my jars with washi tape and printed customized tags and labels for them.

One of my favorite things to fill the jars with is homemade granola. It is delicious and keeps for months. If granola is not your thing, try other homemade items such as jam, cocoa or chai tea mix, candy or mixed nuts. The jars can also be filled with non-edible items such as bath salts, mini terrarium, snow globe, craft or sewing kit supplies… and as you can see, the possibilities are almost endless!

 

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Gifts in a jar are a favorite homemade holiday gift of mine because they are easy, inexpensive and one-of-a-kind! I’ll be posting matching washi tape greeting cards and envelopes next week so subscribe to the Ciera Design RSS feed if  you don’t want to miss out!

Washi tape from Pretty Tape.