Mod Podge Cuff Bracelet

Belt buckle cuffs continue to pop up around the Pinterest-sphere.  I’ve had a rack of them hanging in my studio for too long.  When Plaid asked me if I’d like to make a Mod Podged jewelry project to celebrate Mod Podge day, I jumped right in.  You should know, Plaid is sponsoring this post, but Mod Podge is key to creating mixed media jewelry.  All opinions here are my own.  Here’s a  close up of the belt cuff.  It’s been Mod Podged, along with the fabric beneath it.  I’ll show you how in a second, but first,materials….

  • Mod Podge
  • Soft bristle brush
  • cuff form
  • cotton fabric-this one is from Cotton and Steel
  • belt
  • leather hole punch
  • cup chain
  • gems (optional)
  • multi-purpose adhesiveThe first thing I did was cut a strip of fabric with the Movers and Shapers die and Sizzix Jewelry Studio tool.  This allowed me to have perfectly straight edges.One edge will still need chopped down if you’re using a cuff form like mine, but you can mark your width lines, shift the strip off the side of the die and re-cut.Pour a little Mod Podge into a cup (in reality, a 4oz bottle would have got this job done, but I keep a handle of Mod Podge (in matte and gloss formulas) and bourbon in the basement at all times.  I like to be prepared.

Use a soft bristle brush to paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the cuff.
Lay the fabric onto the cuff and press into place.  Some of the MP may come through the fabric–that’s ok.  At this point, smooth out any wrinkles.
Seal the fabric with Mod Podge and set aside to dry.  You can also use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
Cut the belt to fit the entire length of the cuff, adding a bit of leather to sit down in the ends.
It’s fun to punch holes in the belt to add a little interest or to set crystals down in.  This is a leather hole punch I got from Harbor Freight.  They aren’t paying me to tell you that either 🙂
Use some Quick Grip glue to adhere the belt to the cuff.  A thin layer will work perfectly.
Seal the belt with a coat of Mod Podge.  Check it out–you can leave it like this or add more embellishments.  More really is more in my world so we are going to keep going and add some pearl cup chain.
Quick Grip works great for adding the chain too.
Put drops of glue down in the hole punched spots and drop crystal chatons in.
I let the cuff dry over night before putting it on.  It was a little big, but I squished it closed and it held up amazingly.  The Quick Grip has a nice flexibility to it.
Wishing all of you and everyone at Plaid a Happy Mod Podge Day!  Thanks again for asking me to make a Mod Podged jewelry project <3

How to use crimp beads

This post is sponsored by Beadalon.  All opinions are my own.  I’ve been making jewelry since sixth grade though.  I’d be writing this post whether they are sponsoring me or not.  It just helps to keep the lights on when they do. Beadalon provided me with the supplies to make this crimp beads (crimp tubes) tutorial.Crimp bead tutorial with Candie Cooper

Sometimes the best things are simple.  Real simple.  Like this beaded bracelet made with gems, beautiful clasps and links. Crimp Bead Tutorial Supplies

These don’t take a ton of time to make either.  I’m using 6mm beads from Dakota Stones.  Pick your power stone and set to stringing.  You can add a wild card bead too while stringing–see the faceted pearl or rough cut hematite bead?  Wild cards like these beads make for interesting design.

NOTE: I will be using the term crimp beads and crimp tubes interchangeable throughout the post. They serve the same purpose just look slightly different.
Crimp Bead Tutorial StringningString a crimp bead (crimp tube) onto the end of the strung beads.  If you’re unsure about crimp beads/tubes or beading wire–check out my “what in the wire” post.  Because I’m using .018, 49 strand beading wire, I need size #2 crimp tubes.Crimp bead tutorial with claspNow string one end of the link and the tail of wire back through the crimp tube, with about a half an inch on the other side of the crimp tube.  In other words, just enough to hold onto…
Crimp bead tutorial crimpingFirst put the crimp tube in the opening closest opening next to the handles.  It looks like a “U” shape.  Hold the wires while securing the crimp tube in the opening and squeeze down.  The crimp tube should be formed into a “U” shape.Crimp Bead tutorial final crimpTurn the crimp tube ninety degrees and place in the outer opening of the crimping pliers–it’s shaped like an eye.  Squeeze the handles down until you can’t press any further.  The crimp should be secure. Crimp Bead tutorial trimming ends
Trim the extra wire tail so there is approximately 1/4″.  Crimp bead tutorialCrimp bead tutorial crimp covers

One of my biggest regrets in my Craftsy class was not using crimp covers.  EVERYONE asked why.

I don’t have a good answer.

Moving on.

Crimp covers are little pac-man shaped beads that you can attach right over the top of your crimp tube.  This is an excellent way to hide crimps, and use up extra space on your crimped strand of beads.Crimp Bead tutorial crimp covers

You can attach them with chain nose pliers.Crimp bead tutorial closing crimp covers
Like this.Crimp bead tutorial Crimp bead tutorial crimp covers

They come in different sizes–that’s the assortment pack from Beadalon above and they come in gold or silver.Crimp bead tutorial
String another crimp tube onto the opposite side of the beads followed by the second side of the clasp.  Thread the tail of wire through the crimp tube, remove the slack and crimp.  Follow it up with another crimp cover.Crimp bead tutorial

Making Souvenir Jewelry with Smashed Pennies

Smashed Pennies Necklace and BraceletRecently I was in Knoxville for work but was able to do some sight seeing and picked up a few smashed pennies to remember my adventures. I am sure most of you have a pile of smashed pennies from all of the different places you have gone. They are a great idea when you are on your adventures but then what do you do with them when you get home?

I will show you how to make a necklace and bracelet out of smashed pennies so that you can always remember your fun adventures. By turning these pennies into jewelry you can remember the adventures you had while working your day job. It may help you to work harder to get to your next vacation!

Smashed Pennies Jewelry SuppliesSupplies for Smashed Pennies Jewelry:

How to make Smashed Pennies Jewelry:

Before you start this project you will want to wash off the pennies. There could be oils on them from your hands or others touching them. You can use simple Dawn dish soap to remove the oils. By removing the oils you are giving the paint a better surface to stick to and last longer.

Smashed Pennies Jewelry

Pennies are copper and with the impression of images on them they make the perfect canvas for adding paint. I used patina paint but because they are copper you could use liver of sulfur to patina the pennies. Using the patina paints give the image definition. I used a soft bristle brush to apply the paint and then after it dried I used a Vintaj reliefing block to remove the paint from the raised areas.

Many times when I do a project using patina paint I get the question about sealing it. Honestly I usually get so excited about the project that I forget to seal it. You can use an acrylic varnish or whatever you want. Vintaj has a great sealer that comes in matte or gloss finish.

As I worked the bracelet I bent the penny slightly so that it would form to my wrist better. I decided to use a vintage watch band for my bracelet. This made the construction of the piece super easy and functional. For the necklace I added some chain fringe on the bottom for interest. To punch the holes in the penny I used my twist punch. You can get a great punch from Urban Beader.

Smashed Pennies Jewelry on Chain

After my pendant was finished I added it to a long chain necklace. I really like having my long chain necklaces with a lobster clasp that can be worn in the front so that I can switch out different pendants. It allows me to change my jewelry any time I want.

I hope that you can make some beautiful jewelry with your smashed pennies. If you make anything please share them with all of us on my Facebook page. Be sure to join me most week days, unless I am traveling, at 2:30pm EST for a Facebook Live project.

Trendy Wood Pendant with Sizzix

Right now I have seen a lot of wood trending in the fashion world. I have had the idea to use wood in my Jewelry since my mom got a necklace with a crystal piece and wood backing. I knew I create a similar custom piece for myself. Anyone can make a wood pendant necklace. You don’t need a lot of tools to make one for yourself. Today I am going to show you how.

For this project I will be using my Sizzix machine to cut out the wood and leather to make my piece. I will also be using a Sizzix finding from Jill McKay. Here is a list of the supplies that you will need for today’s project.

Supplies for Wood Pendant Necklace:

Wood Venere is not a cheep jewelry making item but it gives suck a dramatic look that people will want to know what you are wearing. You can purchase wood veneer online on Amazon or through a store like LillyPilly. The veneer that I purchased through LillyPilly has been embossed to give another layer of texture.

To start off this project you will need to pick the piece of wood that you want to cut. By putting the ‘pretty’ side down you will ensure that you get a clean cut and that your piece will fit into the finding in the right orientation. TIP: If you are finding it hard to cut the wood with the Sizzix machine try making the wood damp with a spray bottle.

Because the finding is deep I decided to use some chipboard to bring up the base layer, without wasting my good materials. For this project I used E6000 as my bonding material. DO NOT use super glue in this project. E6000 will not tarnish the finding over time. Since we are using crystals as the embellishment you will not want to use super glue. If the glue would get onto the crystal it would frost it. Adding layers to the finding will help give the piece more dimension and interest. I will be using the wood veneer along with scraps of leather.

Finishing off the piece I used vintage earrings that I removed the clip on back from. When you remove the back of an earring, or any piece that has crystals, you want to be carful not to put too much stress on the crystal. If there is too much stress you run the risk of the crystal falling out. If you use something that has a recognizable motif you will want to make sure that it points the right direction when the pendant is hanging. This might be different then how you have it laying on your work surface. In order for there to be a strong bond between your layers you could use a cloth spin to hold it together until the glue sets.

Watch the Facebook Live video below to see step-by-step how I constructed this project. Join me most week days (unless I am traveling) at 2:30pm on my Facebook page to see a new project. See you online.

Let’s Make a Ring: Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire Ring

Today I will show you how to make a cute ring made with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire. There are very few tools required for this ring and you don’t have to have a lot of wire working experience to make it. Anyone can make this project and have a great ring to wear in about 30 minutes or less. Let’s get started on our own Flat Artistic Wire Ring.

Read below to see the supplies and steps to create this tab ring. You can also watch the FaceBook live video that I hosted about this project for a step-by-step tutorial.

*Beadalon is a sponsor of the Blog and Facebook Live videos. All opinions of the products are my own.


Flat Artistic Wire RingTo get started on our Flat Artistic Wire Ring you will need to know the size of the ring you want to make. We start by cutting a piece of our Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire to length. For this project we will be using the thinner (3mm) of the two options of wire. You can choose any color that you like that will fit your piece.

Flat Artistic Wire RingYou want to make sure that your wire piece is long enough, you can always cut it shorter. The length of the wire should be enough to get the ring size that you want plus enough to meet in the center and fold over the focal bead you are using. In this case I will be using a carnelian donut as my focal bead. (If you are interested in the exact focal bead that I use in the video you can purchase them by sending me a message on Facebook)Flat Artistic Wire RingOnce you have made your cut you will notice that the edges are very sharp. In order to smooth these out you will need to use a file. Metal files will work great but you can also use a nail file if you don’t have a metal file on hand. File the corners just enough to keep them from poking you while wearing the ring.Flat Artistic Wire Ring

After you have finished filing you are ready to add your focal bead. In this case I am using the Carnelian Donut piece and putting an old coin on top. I made a ring without the coin and thought that it needed a little something extra for texture. If you don’t have any coins (which you can purchase from me by sending me a message on Facebook) you could also use a brass washer. Before putting a brass washer on my Flat Artistic Wire ring I would distress it with a chasing hammer.

Flat Artistic Wire Ring

Just layer the pieces on top of each other and fold over the wire tabs. If you do use a coin or a washer you can push the wire over without any extra tools. With the whole on the coin, made by my aviation punch, is smaller than the one in the Carnelian donut all of the pressure will be on the coin. This ensures me that the donut will not crack from the pressure. Once you are done make sure that there are no sharp edges. If there are file them. If you are going to file the wire once the ring is together I suggest using some painters tape to protect the surface.

Flat Artistic Wire Ring

Be sure to use caution if you are using a piece that is easy to crack such as something with enamel when folding over your tabs. Like in my first ring you could use your bail making pliers to round over the tabs vs. just folding them over like I did with the coin ring.

After you finish your ring you can watch the other tutorial I did with the Beadalon Flat Artistic wire and a Carnelian Donut to make a pendant.Flat Artistic Wire Ring and Pendant

I hope you found lots of inspiration through this tutorial. Be sure to post a picture on my Facebook page if you make something after watching this video. Join me LIVE most weekdays (when I am not traveling) for a new project. See you online!

Flat Artistic Wire Ring (Tab Ring):

Flat Artistic Wire Pendant:

Metal Hammered Fringe with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire

Hammered Fringe with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire You all know that I love my tassels on many projects and today I am putting a twist on that concept. Rather than using fabric or beads to make a tassel I will be using Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire to create fringe on an enameled pendant by Anne Gardanne. Take a look at the supplies list and lets make a hammered fringe necklace with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire.

Hammered Fringe Necklace Supplies:

To start this project off I cut a piece of my Flat Artistic wire. I started cutting the longest middle piece to give me some direction. From there I could cut my next shortest layer and then my final layer, shortening them as I like. Be sure to cut both pieces at once so that they match the opposite side.

When you cut the flat wire the corners will be sharp. To make these rounded and more comfortable to wear I used some sandpaper to file down the corners. Sanding before you start to hammer will make it easier to see how your piece is developing but it can be done after you hammer, as I did to save time.

Hammered Fringe with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire

After sanding the corners I used my metal punch to put a hole in the top of each of my fringe pieces. They are now ready for hammering. I always put my bench block on top of a leather sandbag to help it from moving around and to dampen the sound. For this project I used the ball side of my chasing hammer to give the texture I wanted for the fringe.

Some tips for when you are hammering, be sure that you don’t make the piece too thin. As you hammer you will be moving the molecules of the wire. This will give the edges a rounded look depending on how close to the edge you get while hammering. You will want to watch how much hammering you do around the whole at the top of the fringe. If you hammer too much or get too close at the whole it will loose its integrity and not be as strong to hold the jump ring.

If you look at both sides of the hammered piece you will see that the texture is different. You will not hammer both sides as this will iron out the texture. Although you won’t hammer both the front and back, you should turn the piece around (top to bottom) to make sure that your hammering is even.

Hammered Fringe with Beadalon Flat Artistic Wire

While I am making the fringe I decided to also make the jump rings for this project. You will need a bail making pliers to be able to make jump rings. I used 20g artistic wire but could have used 18g for a more snug fit.

To finish this piece I used Leather Cord USA Deer Skin leather lace. Rather than using a finding to finish off the necklace I tied two knots to make a sliding knot. This will allow me to have a shorter necklace or a longer necklace depending on how I want to wear it.

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Using a Wire Guardian to Protect Your Beading Wire

Using a wire guardian to protect your beading wire Many of us use beading wire for our projects. My favorite beading wire is from Beadalon and is 49 strands. This is a perfect go-to wire for any project. When the finished piece is something that is going to we worn often you want to make sure to protect the bead wire. By using a wire guardian to protect your beading wire you can lengthen the life of your jewelry.

Spring cleaning was at the top of my list the other week and I was going through my TV projects that I had left over. A little secrete between you and me is that most of the time when I create a design for a TV show the piece is not finished in the back. When the show is over I have a pile of projects that are designed and just shy of being finished and ready to sell or wear. I found this great piece that I designed for kits on JTV with Dakota Stones. Having never finished this piece I wanted to turn it into a great over the head necklace, my favorite.

Using a wire guardian to protect your beading wireTo finish off the necklace I will be adding some Lipstick Ranch chain to give it the extra length that I want. Rather than just using a regular jump ring to connect my chain I will be using a decorative bail as my connector. Since there will be movement of the beading wire through this connector I will be using a wire guardian to protect the beading wire and extend the life of my necklace.

Beadalon Wire GuaradinA wire guardian is a horseshoe shaped finding that had two tunnels at each end and a channel across the top. Your beading wire will go through the tunnel, over the track and back through the other tunnel. Before you attach your wire guardian be sure to add a crimp tube. To find the size crimp tube you need be sure to look at the packaging, it will tell you on the front. If you are new to beading wire you can see my post about choosing the right beading wire that I did for you. Once you string your wire through the wire guardian and your bail then you will crimp your wire as normal.

Choosing the right beading wire

After I crimped the beading wire to hold the bail on I decided that I wanted to cover the crimp tube to clean up the design a little more. You can use any color crimp cover that you like for your piece. The crimp cover adds finishes the piece off just one step more.Using wire guardians to protect your beading wire

You can see the Facebook Live show that I did showing how to use wire guardians and how I created this project on my Facebook page or below in this post. I always recommend using wire guardians when the piece will be worn often or in a high traffic area, like a bracelet.

Post your pictures on my Facebook page of any projects that you create that use these techniques. Join me each weekday at 2:30pm EST for a Facebook Live video with a new project.

Using a wire guardian to protect your beading wire

Using a Wire Guardian Facebook Live Video:


Making Baked Marble Jewelry

Baked Marble Jewelry

“You Crack Me Up”

Making jewelry from cracked marbles is a wonderful way to use found objects that you might not typically think to use in your projects. Baked marble jewelry is a project that you could make with your kids and teach them a little about science in the process. If you take some time to look on Pinterest you can find many projects to make with the baked marbles technique, but today I am going to talk to you about turning them into a beautiful pair of custom earrings.

Baked Marble Jewelry Supplies List:

Before getting started there are a few things that you will need to think about. First, this project is made in the oven at a high temperature and for a solid amount of time. I suggest doing this on a day that isn’t too hot or it will make your house hot too, but it can be done whenever you like. When you pick out your supplies for your baked marble jewelry you will need to look for clear marbles. Opaque marbles will not work well for this project. Due to the nature of the coloring in opaque marbles you won’t be able to see the cracks in the marble, which is what is giving us the uniqueness of the piece. Another tip that I found was to not use the two tone marbles. You can see below how my marbles turned out and I have a few that were multi colored that worked out just fine. Be sure to make a few extra marbles to be sure you have two that you like for your earrings.

Baked Marble Jewelry Directions:

You may be surprised at how easy it is to get the cracked effect in the marble. You will preheat your oven to 500 degrees (F) and then bake the marbles for 20 min. Once you have baked them long enough you will take them out and immediately dunk them into your ice water. As the marbles hit the ice water you will start to hear them crack.

After the marbles have been cracked and cooled you will then be able to assemble them into your earrings, or whatever piece you want to create.

Baked Marble Jewelry After Cracked ImageAssembly of Baked Marble Jewelry:

Cage CharmsIn this tutorial we are talking about making earrings. If you have one marble that you really love and there isn’t a match to make earrings with you could always get one of the cage pendants that I have in stock in my Etsy shop to display the marble. The cage charm will allow you to display your favorite marbles and change them out to match what you are wearing.

For the video tutorial below I made a pair of earrings. In order to attach the marble to earring wires I added a bead cap with glue. Be sure to use E6000 on this project NOT super glue. If you use super glue you run the risk of frosting the marble if you get excess glue on it. Super glue will frost any glass surface once it dries, this will hide the cracked effect that you worked to put into the marble. Before you start glueing your piece together be sure that the marble is completely dry. Any moisture on the marble will not allow the E6000 to adhere securely. One tip about using the E6000, be sure to pull the glue away quickly when you are finished. If you pull it away slowly you will get the strings as you would see if working with hot glue.

Ann Gardan bead caps are one of my favorites and what I really wanted to use in my baked marble jewelry. As I was putting the piece together I noticed that my Ann Gardan bead cap did not give me enough contact with the marble. Without a fairly flush connection (you want as much surface area connection as you can) you run the risk that the marble will come off of the bead cap if stressed. To get more contact between the bead cap and marble I decided to add another bead cap that had better contact first and then stacked the second bead cap on top. Finishing off the earring I used a wrapped loop to keep the stack of beads together.

When choosing your bead cap you will want to test out the size of your head pin. If the head pin is too small it will fall out of your bead cap and you won’t be able to put another in once it is glued. As you test your bead cap and head pin size together if you find that it is too small just add a spacer bead to the head pin before threading it through the bead cap. This will stop it from falling out.

Baked Marble Jewelry Finished MarblesDrying Tip:

After you have glued your piece together you will need to allow the glue to dry for about 12 hours to be sure that it is completely dry. It is tricky to set up a round object to dry without moving the stack of beads on the top. My tip for allowing the pendant to sit up right is to use a bowl of uncooked rice. This will give your marble a nice bed to sit upright as to not move the glued bead cap on the top.

The Facebook Live video posted below will walk you through the creating of the baked marble jewelry that I made today. Please share any items that you make from this technique on my Facebook Page. Like the Facebook page to be notified of what is going on and you will be able to see the Facebook Live Videos. I go live every weekday at 2:30pm EST, unless I am traveling, with a new project idea for you. See you around online!


Join me at the Country Living Fair in Nashville

Country Living Fair 2017

At the end of April I will be attending the Country Living Fair to teach two classes. This will be my first time at the event and I can’t wait to get there and see all the artsy goodness! Be sure to head to check out the Country Living Fair website to get the details about the event. There is also a list of all of the classes that they will be offering on their site. I hope to see you there and have you in classes, registration is open now.


At the event I will be teaching two beginner classes. Both of my classes will be on Sunday the 23rd. This event is being sponsored by JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. What this means for you is that all of the workshop supplies will be provided for you in my classes. All you need to bring is yourself and your creativity! Special thanks to JoAnn for sponsoring this event.Country Living Fair Cutting a Concho Pin or Pendant

My first class is Floral Concho-Pin or Pendant. If you have been following me for a while you will have seen that I wear a similar pin on my jean jacket and in this class I will teach you how to make your own. In this class you will learn how to use a Sizzix machine to easily cut leather and fabric pieces and rivet them together to make a pin or pendant.  We will also play with Vintaj Patina paints, beads, chains and more.  It’s a good class for beginners or advanced jewelry makers.  If you love embellishing you will love this class!

The workshop will last approximately one hour and all the necessary supplies will be provided for your use at the workshop (just bring yourself). Country Living Fair Silk Knotting Made Simple

The second class that I will be teaching on April 23rd is Silk Knotting Made Simple. Are you ready to revive that vintage necklace? Or maybe grandma’s pearls? In this class, students will string a unique blend of beads from JoAnn’s then set to knotting.

You will learn how to decorate Vintaj pendants with paints, finish the silk ends, hang a sweet brass pendant and attach to a decorative chain to create a beautiful layering necklace. The knotting process can be a great stress reliever too, I’ve found. To make knotting with silk easier we will use the “Knot a Bead” tool from Beadalon. The workshop will last approximately one hour and all the necessary supplies will be provided for your use at the workshop.Country Living Fair Silk Knotting Made Simple Tool

How to sketch your jewelry designs

sketching jewelry designs with Candie CooperIn preparation for Bead Fest Santa Fe I have been designing some new classes. The first step that I take when working on class material is the sketching process. I thought that I would share with you how I go through sketching jewelry designs. [Read more…]