Cue the Coachella Playlist and Make these Earrings

This post is sponsored by LeatherCord USA.  Thanks LCUSA for making awesome leather and sponsoring this post!  All opinions shared here are my own.
Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper13I’m still sad I missed Coachella.  But there’s always next year!

And there’s also more music events to go to this summer.  After this post, I’m officially locked and loaded on summer style earrings made with LeatherCord USA round leather.
Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper11For these earrings, I’m using 1 to 2mm diameter leather in pretty metallics. Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper2Here’s what else I had nearby so I could whip these up.  End findings for leather where the inside diameter matched the diameter, Loctite Gel adhesive, ear wires, head pins, extra beads and charms, wire cutters, chain nose pliers, and round nose pliers.
Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper3First, determine how big you want the teardrop leather shape.  Cut two pieces the exact same length.Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper6String some beads–these are large holed spacers from Tierra Cast.Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper4Glue the end finding on the end of the leather. Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper5Connect the two ends together with a jump ring, adding the ear wire before closing up the ring.

Seriously.

How long did that take?

Five minutes?

Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper10Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper8It looks cute to add beaded dangles like this for a variation…
Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper9I love the hammered silver beads with the silver metallic jewelry making leather.
File May 17, 1 12 21 PMI’m wearing another pair that I added a beaded dangle plus a feather charm on the bottom.
Leather Jewelry Making Free Spirit Leather Earrings with leather from LeatherCordUSA from Candie Cooper14Visit LeatherCordUSA.com to get the goods!

See me make these earrings in this video, but first, you need to know I filmed this video live which means I interact with comments as they come in on my Facebook page.  You know, just in case I was talking to my imaginary friend. If you’re watching the replay you can always fast forward to the 8-minute mark where I start to make the leather earrings!

Catch more live videos on my Candie Cooper Facebook page!

What in the Wire?! Beading wire explained

This post brought to you by Beadalon.com.  Thanks Beadalon for sponsoring this post and helping me to share my love of DIY jewelry making.what wire to choose for jewelry makingIt’s one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Well….the jewelry making universe anyway.

Beading wire.

This is nylon coated beading wire we are talking about.  It’s flexible and used for stringing beads of all shapes and sizes.  Beading wire is not used for wire wrapping stones.  That’s a common confusion I’ve found.

There are so many different ones available and it can get really confusing.  That’s why I created this post to help you understand the different types of beading wires used in jewelry making.what wire to use for jewelry making
7 strand, 19 strand, this diameter, that diameter, but what if I’m stringing chunky gemstones or making an illusion necklace?  So many jewelry design ideas, but where to start?

The first thing I ask myself is what am I stringing?  Seed beads or heavy gemstones?  I pulled this image from the Beadalon website so you can see what wires are good for what beads.how to pick Beadalon beading wire for DIY jewelry makingYou can click on this image to make it bigger.  From left to right:

Virtual size is the thickness of the wire.

Wire diameter is just that–I usually speak in millimeters here on the blog (i.e. .018)

Strand count is how many tiny wires are twisted together to make the single wire.  More strands equal more flexibility.

More wire diameters–those are simply recommendations for the type of bead you are stringing.  For example, Beadalon recommends .010 diameter wire for seed beads.

Before I forget–did you know Beadalon wire is made right here in the USA?!  I love that so much.

File May 11, 2 56 28 PMNinety percent of my jewelry uses 49 strand beading wire because it’s my fave if you can’t tell.  It’s also the most expensive.  And while I get mine for pretty much free from Beadalon–I’d still use this or 19 strand in my jewelry projects because I want it to last.  You can see I have a few different diameters here.

If you’re just getting into this DIY jewelry making world I suggest starting with 49 or 19 strand .018 mm diameter.  It’s a great all-purpose choice for your first jewelry making projects.what wire to use for jewelry makingBeadalon wire also comes in a huge array of colors from neutrals like these to ones found in the rainbow.  You can shop their site to see all of them.What wire to use for jewelry making using Beadalon wireLastly, one really important thing to pay attention to on the package is what size crimp bead or tube to use with that particular beading wire.  Crimps secure the clasp and beads to the wire in DIY jewelry.  See the #1 or #2? These numbers vary according to the wire diameter.  There are #3 and #4 crimps as well.  If you would use those with this wire, your piece would most likely fall apart because they are too big for this wire.how to pick beading wire for jewelry makingI hope this post has solved some of the mystery.  The more you make, the more you learn…sometimes the hard way, I’ve found! Haha!

 

Special thanks again to Beadalon for keeping me locked and loaded on beading wire and sponsoring this post.

This and That: DIY Scrappy Multi-strand Leather Bracelets

This post brought to you by LeatherCord USA.com–all opinions are my own.  Thanks, LCUSA for helping me keep the lights on here at CC.com.DIY Jewelry with LeatherCord USA: Multi Strand Leather Bracelet Idea with Charms6Yum. Yum. Leather.  Wow!

Like I’ve mentioned before, I had the best time on my visit to ArtBeads.com with my sponsor LeatherCordUSA.com.  We filmed several videos and these bracelets are definitely one of my favorite projects from the filming.  I love mixing and matching all the different textures and types of leather. DIY Jewelry with LeatherCord USA: Multi Strand Leather Bracelet Idea with Charms4Cynthia at Artbeads sent me a fun selection of charms to use with the cords from LeatherCord USA.  I used Tierra Cast bails to hold everything together.  The large holes on the bails make it EASY to connect bits and baubles.  DIY Jewelry with LeatherCord USA: Multi Strand Leather Bracelet Idea with Charms5The beauty is that you can add lots of charms and dangles or keep it simple and just let the leather love shine like this one!  LeatherCord USA’s “royal blue” is one of my favorite colors and I used various leathers like: flat braid, printed/stitched, and round.DIY Jewelry with LeatherCord USA: Multi Strand Leather Bracelet Idea with Charms1The DIY leather jewelry clasps are all from LCUSA too.  OR  ArtBeads has a fun selection.  Just use the Loctite gel to glue them into the clasp finding.  Man, I need a case of that stuff it’s so goo!

LeatherCord USA has the most delicious mix of cords with all kinds of textures!  Check them out on LeatherCordUSA.com or ArtBeads to get some ideas.

Here’s the video where sweet Cynthia and I make these bracelets!

Get Aligned! Making Chakra Jewelry

This post brought to you by Dakota Stones.  Sponsored posts help to keep the lights on here at CandieCooper.com.  Thanks, Dakota Stones!How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog7Years ago, a lady brought a piece of Chakra jewelry that she wanted to change around a bit.  My younger self had no idea what these little gems represented.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog5Fast forward ten years and here we are.  I’m very much aware of the chakras and the possible power of natural stones.  Thank you, yoga, self-help books, Pinterest (the other self-help book).  It’s so interesting to learn about the power of natural stones.

It’s so interesting to learn about the power of natural stones.

That’s why when Dakota Stones and I talked about possible projects, I was thrilled when the chakra jewelry idea came up.  Happily, I’m taking the chakra challenge with my friend Jess Prill that works at Dakota Stones.  Jess is an amazing designer-you might’ve seen her pieces in Stringing Magazine.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog6DS sent this beautiful set of gems–If you are curious about what each stone aids in, read the blog post at Dakota Stones here.  I’ll put links to each stone on the DS site at the bottom of this post.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog15I started with a crystal fan pendant from Dakota.  These things are radiant and I love how crystal clear they are.  Seems like a good start for aligning those chakras right?
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog2Next I strung the gems in the appropriate order, peppered with Tierra Cast double hole spacer beads.  By the way, I’m using .024, 49 strand gold Beadalon wire.  When working with gems, it’s a good idea to use thicker wire—plus, I love seeing the thick wire connections.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog16Zip it all up with a little bit of round leather (this is 2mm diameter).  Here’s how:
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog3That’s another Tierra Cast bead which is key in holding the clasp in place.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog4Use a touch of Loctite gel on either side and slide the bead into place. Keep a piece of paper nearby to grab the extra adhesive that oozes out.
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog13That’s all there is to it.  I can’t wait to take it for a test drive.  And when I’m not wearing it, I’ll keep it on my dresser where I can see it daily (always a good reminder to take a breath and slow down, be grateful).
How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog8Do you follow CandieCooper.com on Facebook? I’ve been doing live videos there.  This week I will feature a quick 5-minute chakra piece and give away the gems to make it.How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog11How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog7How to Make Chakra Jewelry with Dakota Stones on Candie Cooper's blog12Be sure to check out my chakra partner in crime Jess Prill’s piece on the Dakota blog here.

Visit Dakota Stones for the best gems on the web–I’ve been a long time fan of their products and am thrilled they’re going to sponsor a few days here on the blog!

Chakra Stones used above–

 

Ride ‘Em Cowgirl! Make an Inlaid Leather Cuff Bracelet

This post is sponsored by leathercord USA–all thoughts and opinions are mine.DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog1Saddle up, cowgirls and boys because I’ve got a saucy DIY leather cuff bracelet I think you’re going to love.  It uses leathercord USA’s braid, round and bolo leathers which are set down in a silver cuff.  It doesn’t take too long to make, but you do need a touch of patience because super glue dries fast and there are a lot of cords to keep organized.

Ok?  That’s your warning.DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog12Meet the natural dyed leather look from leathercord USA.  It is my very favorite because the dye is more transparent.  I always love using earthy brights in my jewelry and these leather cords fit the bill.  When you visit the lcusa website, look for the word “natural” in front of the color.DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog11Select a couple round cords (1 to 1.5 diameter), bolo cord (3mm), and flat braid (3 strand-2mm) in colors that make your heart sing.  The cuff blank you can get from me–two sizes large and small. Email or comment for details!  To prep the cuff, I used my chain nose pliers to open up the little ridge of metal so I could push the cords down in.DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog10You can lay out your leather cording or you can wing it like I did.  I actually think I got very lucky how well these fit down in the recessed silver cuff area.  Use your trusty Loctite Gel Adhesive to secure the leather jewelry cords to the silver cuff blank.DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog9Press and hold the cords down a bit in between–this is where you need the patience because sometimes the glue oozes out and you have to be quick!DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog8Trim the cords and put some glue down in, behind the silver flap, and tuck them in.

It was at this point where I thought to myself, I think I was a little inspired by my skirt!  Haha. And that I have a pink problem–it’s a go to color as of late. This was a super fun project loaded with instant gratification.

Be sure to visit leathercord USA to check out the natural dyed leather lines and style for all your jewelry making needs. leathercord USA to check out the natural dyed leather lines and style for all your jewelry making needs. DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog7DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog3DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog4DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog2DIY Leather Jewelry Making: How to make a cuff bracelet with inlaid leather on Candie Coopers blog5

Make it Manly: DIY Men’s Leather Jewelry

This post is sponsored by LeatherCord USA.DIY Men's Leather Jewelry How toMake it manly–You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to have a DIY men’s finding line called that!  Haha.

I had a chance at the end of last year to make manly leather bracelets with Leathercord USA leathers and findings for Art Beads Cafe and it was SO fun.  Michelle from Leathercord and I made a huge collection of bracelets for the shoot.  Here are a few of my faves:
Fresh ideas for DIY Men's leather jewelryThe various leathercord USA leathers make creating men’s jewelry super easy.  If you want to get the look, check out the:

round leather braid

2mm round leather

6mm round leather

bolo cords 4mm

There are tons of Glue and Go findings that will suit the look you want too.  See them all right here.

Here’s a video of me showing Cynthia at ArtBeads how to “make it manly” with leathercord USA leathers.  We had so much fun filming this video.  I hope it makes you smile.

Macrame with leather and beadsHonestly, the possibilities are endless.  This is just your basic DIY macrame’ bracelet with leather.  Two sizes of round leather cord were used too–1mm brown and 2mm natural blue.  This makes it a little more special.  Use a bead or don’t and it will look great!
DIY Men's leather Jewelry IdeasAnd bless my husband for letting me boss him around so I could take a couple photos. Secretly, I wanted to layer the you know what out of these bracelets on his wrist, but that was/is NEVER going to happen.

I’m the extra fancy one around here.  Yin and yang.

Not that Aaron doesn’t have swagger because I truly believe the man has a shopping problem when I look in his closet.  Haha.  BUT!  That’s a story for another day…

*Thanks again to Leathercord USA for sponsoring this post.

Pretty In Pink: DIY Rose Gold Druzy Necklace

This post brought to you by LeatherCord USA.Druzy rose gold DIY leather necklaceRose gold.  Do you find it as refreshing as I do?  It’s popping up everywhere.  I’m especially in love with the rose gold plated druzy quartz pieces like the one in this DIY Leather Necklace.

This pendant is faux druzy, but none the less, I love it.LeatherCord USA leather for jewelry makingAccompanying this druzy is some fab pink and natural colored round leather cords from LeatherCord USA.  Two of the pieces are 1 mm diameter and the last, 1.5.  This adds a little interest visually to your necklace while adding some weight.  I’m especially smitten with the metallic pink and it’s velvety surface.

If you follow me on social media, you know I teach a lot of kids how to make jewelry.  This is a DIY Necklace project teens will love.
DIY leather necklace with druzyFirst cut your cords to the approximate necklace length and add a couple inches.

Optionally you can add a delicate piece of chain to the leather strands with a few wraps of wire and a crimp bead.  Here’s a close up look:Connecting chain to leatherThe crimp bead (size 4) flattened holds the chain up while the wire keeps the cords bundled.

Connect the pendant to the cords with a jump ring.Wire wrapped leatherSometimes finishing the ends of leather can be so tricky due to lack of parts or findings.  This is a fool-proof way to get consistent loops at the end of leather cording.  I’m using 20 g. wire to bind the ends together, remove the pen and you have a perfect loop.  Repeat and you’ve got a second perfect loop the same as the first.Magnetic clasp for DIY leather jewelryUse jump rings to attach a clasp.  This one is magnetic and great for this light-weight DIY necklace.DIY Leathercord USA Rose gold necklacePretty in pink.Rose gold druzy DIY necklace with pink leatherSophia Loren likes it (special thanks to Flow magazine for this great photo background).Druzy rose gold DIY leather necklaceFind all kinds of round leather cords for DIY leather necklaces at LeatherCord USA.

Random Rambles from the Weekend: A Re-Cap

File Feb 29, 9 25 13 AMThis weekend.

Where to start?

A lovely dinner with friends Friday night.

Saturday kicked off with my husband wanting to make these pipe shelves for our library (which I’m so excited about).  Yes, we call it the library even though there isn’t one shelf or grown-up book in the room.  We’re visualizers.  And dreamers.  Haha.  I think you have to be when you live in a home that’s one-hundred and fifteen years old that you’re re-doing yourself.  Survival, you know?  Because you know (most days) that you’ll get there someday.

S0 Saturday morning, hubs was on the horn and up early ready to head to Lowes.  No showers, we set out…with our toddler.

We make it to the plumbing aisle–do you have a list, I ask him?

“No”

He has a wildly determined look in his eye, parts start being pulled and piled, they were out of this and that and I’m looking at this project thinking, we in trouble.  You can imagine.

“Ok”

And this is when you know God is real, because here comes a Lowe’s guy around the corner. I asked him for a pen to draw out said shelving and start counting parts.  I start drawing and he asks what are you building?

Thank you, God, for that guy because he knew numbers and measurements and where things were.  AND. And. and.

He was kind.

So, thank you to Jeff at Lowe’s Marion, IND store.

We make it to the car and off to the next hardware store for more parts we went.

“Can we go to the antique mall after this?”  I needed some therapy after all the hardware part shopping.  Lord.
File Feb 29, 9 24 36 AMI haven’t been to an antique mall in forever and this one was so fun.  I snapped a few random photos so you could see.  It had all the things you want in an antique mall/flea market.  Piles of stuff, collections of this and that, oddities…..  SO fun…even with a toddler.  We are overhauling our house on a budget and I’m looking for neat pieces for our walls and a few things for work.  Of course, I get a little side-tracked by sparkle and ephemera too….
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File Feb 29, 9 25 37 AMFile Feb 29, 9 26 08 AMAnd then there are these Simpson collector plates and I wonder who owned those?  And someone’s treasured Elvis lamp that they probably painted themself.  If these things could talk…File Feb 29, 9 27 49 AMFile Feb 29, 10 17 02 AMMy bachelorette self really wanted the Elvis lamp.  It was about 2 ft tall, people.  I would’ve added a few flat-back crystals to his suit.

Instead, I came home with a couple embroidered linens that were stained.  I will cut them up for pendants (stay tuned), a metal canteen to hang on the wall and a brass embossed box.  That is all.  Because I’m only looking for things that are “on the list.”

On Sunday, we got up again (this time, I took a shower) and we went to yet another hardware store for the last round of shelf parts and some grocery shopping.

We made it home, the weather was beautiful, so we worked on our garage.  It made me a little ill, to stop momentum on the shelf project, but honestly, I had a pile of boxes to go through that had been in storage that were also making me ill (if truth be known).  Blah.  Cleaning and going through old stuff is about as much fun as tweezing my eyebrows.  But I did go through ALL of them and I feel better today for it.  Getting started is the hardest part and I told myself, I will go through two boxes….  Two boxes fueled the whole project.  Funny how we have to play games like that with ourselves, but I don’t care because it worked.File Feb 29, 9 28 43 AMSpring cleaning is upon us.  Should you find yourself with a job of purging, this quote really hit the nail on the head for me.  Going through box after box of old sketchbooks, collections, and such….  I enjoyed those things during the time and now I can let them go.

Those new “library” shelves will be filled with things my family treasures.

Are you purging anything?  I’d love to hear your stories…

Now Watch Me Whip…This Wire Pendant Up

This post brought to you by Beadalon.com–maker of jewelry findings in all types and metal colors.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chainRemember that pendant I made a couple weeks ago with the wire piece from the hardware store?

Meet it’s new BFF.

DIY bead wrapped horn pendant. Wearing multiple necklaces in fashionThe idea of wearing these chains together was a coincidence.  I had the first two pendants on when we shot the tutorial.  Naturally, I needed this statement horn piece to complete the look.

Can you say, power play?DIY jewelry making toolsI’m using Beadalon’s new bail making pliers at in this tutorial.  More on those later, plus:

Beadalon bail making pliers tool for wire wrappingSo first, make a loop using the bail making pliers.  The thing I like about these pliers is that they are not conical like round nose pliers.  This makes it easy to get consistent size loops every….single….time!  And that makes me happy!
Horn necklaceLoop in the horn pendant.How to make jewelry with beads and wireGrab the chain nose pliers and hold the loop while you wrap the extra wire.
How to make a perfect wrapped bead link in jewelry makingString some unique beads…
Artistic Wire for making wrapped bead link jewelryand make a 90-degree bend just above the last bead.
DIY jewelry-Beadalon bail making pliersUse the large section on the bail making pliers and wrap the wire up and around.How to make a Wire wrapped bead linkNow wrap the extra wire above the last bead.
DIY wire wrapped jewelry with Beadalon bail making pliersSo easy!
DIY jewelry with wireCut away any extra wire with the flush cutters.
Wire Wrapped beads DIY pendantHave I ever told you that I think there should be no spacer beads left behind?  That’s my philosophy–I think beads look so nice in a spacer bead frame.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant and brass chainjpegThread the chain through the wire loop.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant -- how to link chainDetermine the length of the necklace that you want, open a link and connect the ends–No clasp needed.DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with brass chainDIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chains from Candie CooperThat’s all there is to it!  Let me know if you decide to try those bail pliers!

Have a great weekend!

Ouch! A Remedy for Chapped Hands and a New Issue of Stringing Magazine

Candie Cooper in winter Stringing jewelry magazineIt’s always exciting to see my projects go to print.  Big thanks to Stringing magazine for including three of my designs in their winter issue!  I don’t like to kiss and tell so this is as much as I’ll show.  It’s on newsstands now or there are digital copies available which are especially great for tablet users!dry chapped handsWinter is still here.

Still here.

And my hands are dry and chapped.  I wanted to share one of my new favorite fixes:Rose salve remedy for chapped handsC.O. Bigelow’s Rose Salve No. 012.  You can get it Bath and Body Works or online of courseRose Salve heals dry chapped hands in winterThere are lots of things I love about it–it’s pink, it smells nice, all in a compact tin.  I keep it in my jewelry making pliers kit.

I don’t know about you, but by the end of winter, my skin is comparable to a 220 grit piece of sand paper.  I try to drink more water, use lotions after showering and so on, but inevitably I am dried up.

Totes.Rose Salve relief from dry chapped handsSo this has been one of my recent treats for my dried up, cracked and chapped handsies.My happy hands hahaThe thing is, don’t stop after one application.  As soon as your hands feel good, put it on again….and then again to rehydrate them.

Happy hands make good jewelry.C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve heals dry skinPlus, I’m a sucker for a vintage looking tin.  I will totally recycle this thing into jewelry when it’s empty (and that won’t be long if we keep getting hammered with these cold bursts!).

Until next time, sweet people!