March 28, 2014

Since last weeks project was beyond simple… I decided to flex my DIY muscles – so beware, this project is not for the beginner! This very detailed, step by step tutorial shows how to create a multi-strand statement necklace, perfect for the hardcore DIY bride! Bold jewelry has become quite the rage, so take this trend by it’s horns and create something no other bride will have – a necklace fit only for you, the DIY Wedding Queen…

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SUPPLIES:

  • your choice of beads, lots of pretty beads
  • wire cutters, small pliers, and crimp pliers
  • soft flex beading wire
  • 18 crimp beads
  • 26 open jump rings
  • two 9 hole end bars
  • large toggle clasp
  • tape
  • felt (or the like)

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I recommend using at least 5 different strands of beads if not more, here I chose 7. From left; aqua seed beads, white potato fresh water pearls, turquoise glass beads, crystal chain, 8mm round Amazonite, faux-matte glass pearls, and sage fresh water pearls. To recreate this look you need to choose strands of different color and texture. I like working on a piece of felt or material so stray beads don’t roll around on me.

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Measure your neck to see how long your necklace should be. I made mine 17″.

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Start by cutting your Soft Flex wire, add at least 8″ to your neck measurement… you will need extra wire to work with while beading. Cut 9 wires; one for each end bar hole. 

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***There are many different ways you could assemble this necklace; here I tried to break the steps down and make them simple – but do what you feel comfortable with.

Start by adding jump rings to your end bars; these will hold all your bead strands. Make sure to completely close each jump ring with your pliers. Complete both end bars.

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The next step is to form a jump ring chain to add each piece of the toggle clasp to each end bar. I added 4 jump rings to this connection to add length for ease of operating the clasp. 

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Now, plan out your strands. I chose 7 different beads, but I needed 9 strands – so I doubled up on the amazonite and the faux glass pearls. Pick your pearly poison.

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Now add each of your cut pieces of Soft Flex to one end bar.

Do this by threading the Soft Flex with a crimp bead, then thread the Soft Flex through one jump ring and back through the crimp bead, crimp the crimp bead with a pair of pliers, and tug to make sure it’s secure. ***The first picture is only showing the Soft Flex threaded through the crimp bead twice.

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Add all nine pieces of Soft Flex to one end bar.

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Start beading each of your Soft Flex wires! You should bead at least the amount that you measured earlier… if not a little more just in case. When braiding and wrapping the strands, you will need a little slack.

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When you are finished with each strand, tape it off so you won’t loose your beads.

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Continue with your beading…

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Finish all your strands.

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Now to twist the strands! I softly braided the strands here… 

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…and then gave them a little nudging and situating until I was happy with the composition. ***CRAFTERS TIP: While assembling this last part of the necklace, keep the strands in a “U” shape to mimic your neck!

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Figure out which strands should go to what hole in the last end bar.

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The next step is to finish the necklace. Start in the middle and work out. Carefully remove the tape from the middle bead strand, add a crimp bead, and then thread through the appropriate jump ring…

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Then thread back through the jump ring and pull the strand tight, making sure there is no slack throughout the entire strand. There is nothing worse then a gap in the strand! Then crimp the bead and trim the excess wire. 

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Continue to move throughout the strands. Since you added extra beads just in case, you might have to remove a few to make the strand fit perfectly up to the end bar. 

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Keep crimping and moving along through the strands until complete. Carefully cut off excess Soft Flex, making sure not to cut what the beads are strung on!

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FINISHED ~ and gorgeous! 

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This project might not be quick, or easy… but it is beyond worth it. Such a special piece of jewelry to wear on and beyond your wedding day!

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***This necklace could even be your Something Blue (…or something turquoise!).

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and necklace design by: Jen | Something Turquoise // all beads and findings from my favorite bead store: Ruby Tuesday // gorgeous wedding dress: Allure Bridals #2569  // pliers: Craftsman // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

July 31, 2013

If you are anything like me, your jewelry is a part of you – and leaving it behind is not an option. Whether you are traveling on your honeymoon, jet-setting for work or taking a short weekend road-trip… here are some helpful safety tips from our travel-savvy friends at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

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1. Protect your fine jewelry with Jewelers Mutual’s Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance before you leave home. They insure your jewelry against loss, damage, theft and mysterious disappearance wherever your travels take you – worldwide. So get the right insurance from a company that’s been protecting jewelry since 1913. Then relax, be yourself and have fun.

2. Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry that you will actually wear with the outfits you are bringing along.

3. Make a list of all the jewelry that you’re taking with you. Make two copies. Take one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry and leave the other copy at home. Taking pictures or video of the jewelry is a terrific way to know exactly what you have.

4. Properly protect all the jewelry you are packing. Purchase a specialty jewelry travel bag – or make your own by packing special pieces in small cloths to protect them from scratching or getting tangled together.

5. Carry it on. Never, ever put valuable jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry-on bag.

6. Use the safe. Always store your jewelry in the in-room safe when you’re not wearing it.

7. Don’t draw attention. If you are traveling in unsafe areas, you might want to consider dulling down your bling. Place your necklace under your shirt, turn your diamond into the palm of your hand or pull your sleeve over your watch.

8. Keep it with you. Don’t leave your jewelry unattended in a car or suitcase. When checking into the hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to the hotel staff – always carry it personally.

9. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to what the locals are wearing. If they are flashing beautiful jewels then most likely it’s safe for you to flash yours as well.

10. Leave your jewelry in good hands. Your vacation is a great time to leave your fine jewelry with your jeweler for a professional cleaning, inspection and re-evaluation. Your jewelry will be safe and sparkling like new when you return!

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To learn more about jewelry insurance and to receive even more tips to protect your jewelry, please visit PerfectCircleInsurance.com.

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June 13, 2013

If you are looking for incredibly unique and artisan style jewelry for your special day then you have to check out Fragments. A finely curated gallery of both fine and fashion jewelry, known for discovering and launching the careers of today’s most celebrated designers. Designers who’s gorgeous pieces are all in one place. So whether you are searching for a wedding ring, the perfect pair of earrings or a necklace to complete your bridal look – this one stop shop is the place to start!

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Drawing inspiration from the raw streets of NYC – specifically SoHo, Fragments designs personify the fashion that lives in the city. With their roster of talented artisans; Fragments continues to excite and inspire their customers with original designs, unparalleled craftsmanship and innovative collections. The jewels below are just a few of my favorite pieces that would be stunning on any bride!

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I love their ‘Trend Watch‘ page ~ fab jewelry inspiration boards covering the latest trends!

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May 17, 2013

Today’s super fab DIY does double duty; these darling earrings will make absolutely perfect bridesmaid gifts that your girls can wear as their wedding day jewelry! Below are three different designs, the first two are extremely simple and the last will take a little extra work – all can be completed in a few hours – I only say hours because of the drying time needed. These incredibly lightweight stiffened lace applique earrings can be personalized to fit any wedding theme… and can be worn long after your special event. I created this tutorial exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes and was honored to have it published there this week!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Fabric Stiffener
  • Two beautiful lace appliques purchased from Mary, Not Martha via Etsy
  • Small paint brush
  • Small pliers
  • 4 open jump rings (jump rings come in two forms, open and closed, meaning one can be opened and the other is a solid piece of metal)
  • Two ear wires

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The first step is to stiffen each lace applique, which is so easy! Set up a workspace for yourself that is covered in wax paper…

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Thoroughly paint the front and back of each piece of lace with Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Stiffener and let dry completely on the wax paper – which usually takes an hour or so. Sealing your beautiful lace with fabric stiffener ensures that while you are wearing these earrings the lace won’t become damaged, it will stay perfectly flat and won’t be stained by makeup.

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When turning the lace into earrings, some appliques might need a little snip here or there to better accomodate the space needed for the ear wire…

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Using your pliers slightly bend one jump ring open and slip it through either the stitching of your applique or through an open space in the design and then pinch that jump ring closed. Add a second jump ring onto the first, which makes a bit of a chain and close that jump ring as well.

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Next, slightly open the loop at the end of your ear wire and thread it onto the last jump ring, then carefully squeeze the ear wire closed. That’s it! That’s all it takes to make an earring!

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Design number two uses the same steps as above except adds a coat of glitter paint!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Fabric Stiffener
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Paint – amethyst
  • Two beautiful lace appliques purchased from Mary, Not Martha via Etsy
  • Small paint brush
  • Small pliers
  • 4 open jump rings (jump rings come in two forms, open and closed, meaning one can be opened and the other is a solid piece of metal)
  • Two ear wires

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After you have used the above steps to ‘stiffen’ your appliques and they have dried completely… add your choice of gorgeous Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter paint to make it sparkle!

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These earrings have only one coat of glitter paint, two and three coats will almost cover the color of the applique itself – add as much glitter as your heart desires! If you want to use loose glitter instead, you can easily add it to the Fabric Stiffener before you stiffen the appliques and it works perfectly. Once dry, these gorgeous appliques are ready for their ear wires!

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Again, using the same steps as above… add two open jump rings and your ear wire… and in almost no time you will have a beautiful pair of personalized lace earrings!

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Now for the third and most difficult design… how to add a wire wrapped bead and chain to your beautiful new lace earrings…

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Fabric Stiffener
  • Two beautiful lace appliques purchased from Mary, Not Martha via Etsy
  • Small paint brush
  • Small pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 beads
  • 2 head pins
  • Silver chain
  • 4 open jump rings (jump rings come in two forms, open and closed, meaning one can be opened and the other is a solid piece of metal)
  • Two ear wires

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Start by using your wire cutters to cut a small length of chain that will hang in front of your lace applique, the length is completely up to you.

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How to wire wrap an earring:

Starting with one head pin (which is flat on one end to keep the bead on the wire) and one bead, hold the head pin with your small pliers just above the bead and using your thumb push the head pin into a 90 degree angle. Grab the head pin about 1/4″ above the bend with your round nose pliers and bend the wire back towards you, creating half a loop – let go with your small pliers.

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Next, keeping hold with your round nose pliers inside the loop, add your cut chain and let it dangle at the inside of your loop. Taking your small pliers, grab the free end of your head pin and quickly wrap it around the small 1/4″ space between your bead and the loop at least two times. Making sure that your chain is at all times inside the loop, if it isn’t your bead will not hang from it! Cut the excess wire length off the wrapped area as close as you can to the bead… and there you have it!

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Now, you get to put your beautiful earrings together! Using the same steps as above – combine the stiffened lace, the chain and bead, two open jump rings and the ear wire. Start by opening and adding your first jump ring…

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Before you close your first jump ring add the chain to the front side of your applique – then close the first jump ring. Open, add, and close the second jump ring onto the first… and then open, add, and close the ear wire onto the last jump ring!

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Making earrings is just this easy and after you have done it once, this whole process can be completed in minutes – these steps above can also be used for fixing broken jewelry!

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If you have created a project inspired by one of our DIY tutorials please share it with us!!! You can share by email, trackback or via Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter using the hashtag: #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise, created exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes // beautiful lace appliques shown above and many, many more: Mary, Not Martha via Etsy // all earring findings were purchased at Ruby Tuesday Bead Co. store in Long Beach // Craftsman mini-plier set: Sears // you can find round-nose pliers almost everywhere: Fire Mountain Gems // Martha Stewart Fabric Stiffener, paint brush and Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Amethyst: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Get me to the Taj on Time and OPI Designer… de Better!

January 24, 2013

Whether you’ve already found your prince charming or have a few more frogs to kiss… Helzberg Diamonds wants to treat you to a Valentine’s Day date you won’t want to miss! From the outfit to the flowers to what gorgeous Helzberg jewelry you’d most like to receive, show them what you’re ‘Crazy (P)in Love’ with this Valentines Day for a chance to win it all with the Helzberg Diamond’s Crazy Pin Love Giveaway on Pinterest!

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My dream Valentines Day would be a romantic picnic on a secluded beach somewhere… with my wonderful and handsome hubby! With a bottle or two of red wine, yummy cheese and crackers, possibly a gorgeous Aquamarine present and I would LOVE to be wearing the outfit from that vintage picture – not sure about that hair-do though! The above pictures are from my dream Valentines Day board which you can check out {here} for more inspiration you can also visit Helzberg Diamond’s Crazy Pin Love board {here}… Happy Valentines Day and Happy Pinning!

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