Tuesday

TUTORIAL: Simple Spike Necklace

Hello hello!

I hope everyone is fighting against flu season and winning! Work was madness last week and my weekend was action packed so on my day off yesterday I was a slug and didn't do anything but watch b-horror movies on Netflix and make earrings.




 I have a necklace tutorial I wanted to share. Now I rarely make necklaces, because I rarely wear necklaces. I usually just wear my press pass/id around my neck. But these are super simple to make and I need something cute to wear on my days off, right?



MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

Howlite Spikes: I got mine off ebay and at bead stores in NYC
Wire
Chain
Jump Rings
Clasps: I'm using lobster claws





Cut a piece of wire. A little less than a foot would be more than enough, it all depends on how much you want to wrap around your spike.



Start wire-wrapping the bead. Slip the wire in the holes, keeping one length longer then the other. Holding the longer length, start working it around the bead. You don't have to go in a straight, uniform line. When you reach the end, tuck it into the mass. Create a loop with other end and then wrap the rest around.






Now take your chain. I'm using this white-gold chain. I would honestly prefer all gold, but I don't have enough so I'm improvising.




Thread your spike.




Open two jump rings.



Add your end and your clasp.



And you're finished!

Thursday

EARRING SHOWCASE: Fishbones, PART 1

So lately I've been obsessed with fishbone chain. (Lately as in the past three months and I've just been too lazy to take photographs.) I haven't done a 'showcase' in awhile, and since earrings are the backbone of this blog, and it's a new year, I figured I should start out with one~ (+ a mini tutorial)






I don't know what exactly attracts me so much to this chain. I just find it so ... sexy? Is that totally crazy? There is something really attractive about the chain...

I found the chains in a couple different bead stores in the garment district in NYC. If anyone is interested, I'm thinking of doing a bead store review--customer service, supplies, prices, etc.

The chains are pretty pricey, I want to say average $6-9 a foot. The prices vary with the different metals-- gold is more pricey than gunmetal for example. There are also silver and bronze chains, but I passed on those since I don't really wear those colors.

From what I can see there are two variations (shown here in gunmetal):


1. Thicker, bigger and hammered/textured
2. More thin, and smooth

Sexy, right?



The thing about this chain, is that there is no way of separating it without losing a link. (Or at least, I haven't discovered a way yet).





Also, it's so easy to make different combinations with the chain! It's so decorative on it's own, that all you have to do is add a bead or two. For this pair, I'm using these pearl sheep that I bought years ago.




Chain, sheep, stars, jumprings and headpins





All you have to do is connect everything with the jumpring, and voila, finished. Simple, right? I can knock out a pair in like three minutes.





Now, on to the showcase.

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And that is the end of Part 1. I had to break down the showcase because I'm out of petite hooks so I'm waiting on a package to finish the rest of the earrings.





Happy New Years everyone, I'm contemplating doing a 2012 round-up, but are you guys sick of seeing those?



- A
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