Candie Cooper on Etsy

 

Blank Butterfly CuffHave you checked out the Candie Cooper Etsy store?

For the last two months I’ve been loading the shop with unique DIY jewelry components.  There’s a whole lotta rustic charm and sparkle.

Speaking of sparkle.,,,Sparkle Bracelet-Blue Jean LouiseOne of our faves right now is the Blue Jean Louise Swarovski bracelet kit.  It goes together in a snap and packs some mega sparkle.  Good for gifts.  Amazing for bridal accessories.  Honestly, we can’t get enough of them around here.

Check out all 12 Swarovski DIY crystal bracelet kits here. 

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.

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.

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!

Happy New Year!

File Jan 05, 2 57 23 PMIs it really already January 5th?

Alas.

This year is already flying by!!  I’d love to dig my heals into the ground, but I’m trying to just go with the flow this year and march to the beat.

Join me, won’t you?

I really just wanted to thank you for being here and checking in on my blog.  Thank you for the comments and nice notes, for buying my books, taking my online class, and following me on social media.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Really.

Here’s to a great, creative year!

Cheers.

Make your own Boho Pottery Dishes

This post brought to you by ACTIVA Products–makers of the best air dry clays!ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Dishes with black Plus clay17In college, I took a few courses in ceramics.  I had the best instructor–Dana.  She got me hooked on “hand-building” which simply means using your hands to construct a piece from clay instead of the pottery wheel. This is a really easy project that you can do at home.
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus Clay--airdry clayI’m using ACTIVA Plus clay in jet black.  You can buy it at your local craft store or online and it comes in other colors; white and terra cotta.
Air Dry clay Idea - ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay4This is my craft-only rolling pin.  I roll the clay out to about 1/8-1/4″ thick.  It may take a couple tries to get it just right.
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay-texture with @plaidcrafts wood block stampsFor texture and design, you can stamp it with these wood block stamps.  The black ones are the real deal from India.  The white ones are from Plaid Enterprises–I saw them in Hobby Lobby or you can get them online. Stamped-ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clayStamp your piece so you get an all over pattern.
Making bowls with ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clayYou can use an extra large circle cookie cutter to cut out a circle or use a knife with round template (like a plate).ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay--stamp the edges to add textureStamp the edge a little more if you like…
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay--smooth out the clay with a little water and your fingerthen dip your finger in water and run it along the edge of the clay to smooth out.
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay--pat the clay into the bowl form (pie plate)Drop your piece into a plastic lined mini pie plate (or other bowl form) and set in the sun to dry.
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery with black Plus clay-dry the bowls in the sunshineOnce the front is set up, you can pull them from the pie plate, flip over and leave to dry completely.  You could also put them by a heater.
ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Pottery jewelry dishesTo finish, I sprayed them with clear Krylon gloss spray paint.  Then, I dipped a paper towel in water and Apple Barrel white acrylic paint and rubbed over the surface of the bowl.  Use a dry paper towel to wipe up excess paint.  Optionally, you can seal them again with the Krylon gloss paint.

Why spray them with gloss first?  Because this seals up the clay surface so the paint doesn’t get too settled into the porous surface.ACTIVA PRODUCTS Boho Dishes with black Plus clay17You know I love jewelry–and these bowls are just the thing to keep on my dresser to hold it all.  Now I only need about seventy-five more.

**These are not food-safe.  For pretties only.