How to open and close jump rings-for DIY jewelry

Here is a quick project to show you the ins and outs of using a jump ring.

This post is brought to you by Beadalon–thanks Beadalon for sponsoring my blog posts and supporting my love of DIY jewelry.Jump Ring Assortment

One of the very first things I show people how to do when making jewelry is how to open and close a jump ring.  It’s such a simple act and you can make so many things by knowing this technique for making connections in DIY jewelry.  That’s how I made this sweet moth necklace.
Moth Pendants connected with jump ringsThe jump rings at the tip of the wings connect the moth to the chain.  In about 5 minutes, you can have yourself an over the head layering necklace (and a really good time).  Check out the tutorial and video at the end of this post for details on opening and closing a jump ring.
Opening jump ring with pliersIt’s helpful to use two pairs of chain nose pliers (see materials list at the end of this post) when opening and closing rings.  Some people like to use a bent chain nose pliers to help hold their jump ring as well. Beadalon also has a super helpful jump ring tool to make opening jump rings much easier. You will still use your pliers to close the ring when you are finished.

Place the ring’s opening at “12 o’clock” and twist the ring open with the two pairs of pliers.  Don’t open it so the ring looks like a “C” because it’s super hard to get the ring to go back into a perfect circle after this.
Twist open of jump ringConnect your clasp, chain, moth, etc… and twist the jump ring closed.

This is a super quick project with beautiful results. You can use any pendant that has two holes as the top to complete this project, let your imagination take over.

Supply List:

Beadalon Ergo Pliers

Beadalon Jump Rings

Jesse James Bead’s Moth Pendant

LIVE from Beadalon-Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendants with Wyatt White

This post sponsored by Beadalon.  All opinions are my own.  Thanks Beadalon for supporting mine and many others love of DIY jewelry.Wire Wrapping BailsIs anyone else intrigued with pendants like these?

They just. don’t. stop.

Wire turning and twisting, up then down and around and ta daaaa–you’ve got a pendant.

Yesterday on the live show, I had Wyatt White from Beadalon show the basics of making wire wrapped cabochon pendants.  He actually shows how to make the wrapped crystal on the right using a Swarovski faceted flat back.

According to Wyatt, you can set lots of things with this technique.  He’s a wizard and if you’re curious about wire wrapping and setting cabs, definitely watch this video.  He has designed special banding pliers from Beadalon that make the wrapping process really easy.  So many comments were expressing excitement about these pliers.  We like easy around here so thanks Wyatt!Beadalon Wire Wrapping Giveaway

Materials:

Wire Wrapping Component & Stone Setting Booklet, by Wyatt White

Double Band Banding Pliers

Single Band Banding Pliers

Practice Wire Kit

Candie Cooper and Wyatt WhiteWatch the replay of the live video for how to make amazing pendants like these.  And join us daily on my Facebook page at 2:30 EST for fun daily doses of DIY jewelry and mixed media techniques.

 

Scenic Drive Stone Slab Necklace

Full Disclosure:  I work with Beadalon and LeatherCord USA.  They are sponsoring this post.  All opinions are mine.
Stone Slab Necklace PendantThis stone slab pendant (here me sigh a sigh of aw).

One of the women in this week’s Facebook Live video said it was picture Jasper.  I believe it because each one is a landscape painting, a forrest, the painted dessert or whatever you see ….
Stone Slab Necklace Flat Wire ConnectionI wire wrapped leather lace with Beadalon’s flat Artistic Wire.  So easy!  Simply make your leather link, then wrap the middle with the flat wire, crimping it with chain nose pliers in between each wrap to cinch it.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant DetailLittle knots give the ends of the leather a finished look.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant connection

Materials list:

Beadalon flat artistic wire, 3mm width

Leathercord USA deertan lacing, 1/8″ width

Picture jasper pendant:  etsy.com/shop/candiecooper

Watch the live video recap here and join me almost daily at 2:30 EST for the Candie Cooper Facebook Live Show featuring easy DIY jewelry making ideas.

Now Watch Me Whip…This Wire Pendant Up

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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!

Lucky Wire Wrapped DIY Pendant

This post is brought to you by BEADALON–makers of great jewelry findings and tools.
Make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon Artistic 22g. wire and chainThis pendant.  I’ve worn it every other day since I made it.
Candie Cooper DIY Jewelry projectsThis morning I was watching GMA and they were making dinners that cost $5.   (or really close if you play your coupon cards right).  It’s just as good, right?

Now I bring you the $5 DIY jewelry edition.  You ready?
DIY Jewelry Making project. Easy wire wrapped pendant with crystal rondellesI’m using a dollar strand of beads, Beadalon’s antique brass chain, a retainer ring from the hardware store (look for it in the washer/bolt section of the store), 20g. antique brass colored Artistic Wire, a couple jump rings and that’s all.
Bead stringing on wire for wire wrapped pendantString a row of 20 to 25 beads onto the Artistic Wire.  It’s definitely better to have more so you can wrap your heart out.
Best wire for jewelry making Artistic Wire from BeadalonArtistic Wire for jewelry making and crafts comes in every color under the rainbow.  If you’re making this project with tweens, I would work with 22g. vs. the 20g. so it’s extra easy to wrap.
How to make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon wireHere’s a closer peek at the retainer ring.  This thing is made of steel so you’ll need to rub it with some beeswax or spray it with a lacquer so it doesn’t rust–I learned this from the master of steel wrangling, Brenda Schweder.

Secure your wire with a couple wraps.
How to make jewelry with supplies from the hardware store using Beadalon Artistic WireSlide a bead next to the retainer ring and make a full wrap.
How to make easy jewelry with supplies from the hardware store and Beadalon Artistic wireRepeat.  Repeat. Repeat.  Each bead is separated with a full wrap of wire to help with spacing.
Beadalon jewelry making tutorialAnchor the wire the same as when we started with a few wraps.  This is the back side of the pendant.
Beadalon brass chain for DIY jewelry makingUse jump rings to attach the pendant to the chain.How to make jewelry with Beadalon findingsBoom.
Make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon Artistic 22g. wire and chainDonesies.

A little design tip after wearing this necklace a few thousand times.  Leaving it long is awesome, but if it’s too long, you can make an overhand knot so it hangs shorter–like we used to with super long strands of pearls found in grandma’s closet.
The best winter boots and Candie Cooper DIY JewelryI don’t know about you, but we are in the thick of winter and I need all the instant gratification I can get.  This necklace fits the bill.

Until next time, stay warm and visit Beadalon.com for the goods!

Color Me Happy Heart Pendants with Air Dry Clay

This post brought to you by ACTIVA Products.
Children's Valentine Craft Idea with ACTIVA Hearty ClayYou’ve probably heard me say this a thousand times, but kids love making jewelry.  Here’s a quick idea you can play with that uses washable markers to make colored clay.Making Jewelry with kids ideas using Hearty Clay and cookie cutters. Good Valentine's craftThis is the crafty ingredient list.  Pretty simple!  Use Hearty Clay because it doesn’t crumble and fall apart when it’s dry.  #NoCraftFails 😉Valentines Craft Idea with Air Dry Hearty Clay. Tint the clay with markersGrab a hunk of Hearty Clay and start coloring it with markers.  It’s a good idea to stay with markers in the same color family (i.e.  red and orange or blue and purple).  It’s fun to twist and smoosh the clay and see how the colors marbelize.  Add more color at any point–even right before you roll out for vivid results.Valentines Craft Idea with Air Dry Hearty Clay that shows how to make colored clayPlace your ball of clay between plastic wrap and roll out to approximately 3/8″ thick.
Valentines Craft Idea with Air DryHearty Clay-making heart pendantsCut your shapes out–you’ll need 2 identical ones.
Valentines Craft Idea with Air Dry Clay. Make heart jewelryPlace a straw across the top center of the shape and dab water around the edge.
How to Make Air Dry Clay JewelryGently press the edges together to seal.
Making air dry clay jewelry with Hearty ClayPlace the piece on top of a cup to dry.
Mod Podge Jewelry idea with air dry Hearty Clay and gemsRemove the straw.  You can embellish dried Hearty Clay with all sorts of things–paints, doodles with a marker, or gems like I am here.  I like using Mod Podge to attach the gems.
How to make clay jewelry heart pendantsPush the yarn or cording through the heart pendant.  If the yarn is extra fluffy, you may need the straw to help push it through.
Children's Valentines craft idea--make a necklace with air dry Hearty ClayReady to wear!  I love the possibilities with these bead-like pendants.

Here’s a link to the Hearty Clay at ACTIVA or you should be able to get it at your local craft store.

Happy Valentine’s!

Whipped Buttercream Frosting Leather Jewelry Idea

Easy Jewelry Making with leathercordUSA leather from Candie CooperThis post is brought to you by LeatherCordUSA.com.LeatherCordUSA color inspiration for January 2016

Leather Cord USA sent a box of goodies recently with all kinds of color palette ideas for the next few months.  Sign up for their newsletter to get inspiration like this delivered right to your inbox (the sign-up box is at the bottom of their home page).

January’s pallet is all about butter and mushroom colors.  I love both.

Hungry yet?  Me too.
Jar of vintage crystals color inspiration

Mixing and matching the leathers, I started seeing this color combination everywhere.  On bananas, when the sun hits the porch walls just right, and in this jar of crystals I’ve had on my shelf for years.Leather Cord for Jewelry Making -all colors from LeatherCordUSA.comThis is my swirl of favorites.  Yum.  Swirl.  This is the moment I saw buttercream frosting.  Paging Cinnabon.  Come in Cinnabon.  Did I mention I’m trying to get off the bread and carbs?  That’s another story for another day.

I’m only using the round leather cords from LeatherCord USA in 1 and 1.5mm diameters for these projects.  This is the simplicity that I love when it comes to using leather in jewelry making.  Pick your favorite colors and go!
DIY leather earringsThe first idea I had was to make some earrings using those funky fold over end findings (get them at Hobby Lobby) and delicate shell bead dangles.How to use fold over end findings for leather in jewelry making tipSimply cut your leather so one piece is 3 and one is 3.5 inches long, string some beads and set the ends inside the finding.  Use chain nose pliers to roll the ends over.  Connect to ear wires and add beaded dangles.  I’ve ironed out the kinks so I think you can knock these out in 30 minutes.DIY Jewelry Making Gold and leather braceletThe second idea I want to share uses the super skinny macaroni-sh shaped beads strung onto the leather to make a bracelet (also from Hobby Lobby).  I really loved how this instantly gave it a chic feel.  Cut ends at an angle so they fit nicely in the end finding from LeatherCord USACut the leather at an angle so it nestles nicely in the LeatherCord USA Glue and Go end finding (see foreground).Use Loctite glue gel for leather jewelry makingUse Loctite gel to glue it in one end.  Check the fit and make adjustments.  Glue the second side.

Tip:  Leave one or two strands out and use a toothpick to pry open a spot or two so you can put them right where you want them.DIY Leather and gold jewelry making idea using leathercordusa.com leatherThat’s really all there is to it.  Shout out to my vintage picnic basket for making the perfect surface to shoot this on.
Easy Jewelry Making with leathercordUSA leather from Candie CooperThis set is going to get me through winter.  Sunny days ahead people!

Check out LeatherCordUSA.com for more beautiful leathers and ideas.