Coffee With Candie in Milwaukee

I will be attending Bead & Button Milwaukee in June and I’m hosting a quick meet and greet. Join me at Bead and Button Milwaukee from 9-10AM in the upper lobby of the Hyatt on June 9th for Coffee with Candie. Bring your coffee, your camera and your favorite jewelry piece you have made and join us for an hour of fun.

Those of you that register and attend Coffee with Candie live will receive a wonderful SWAG bag from the sponsors of Coffee with Candie. You must be present to receive your SWAG bag. The Sponsors are listed below, please head to their websites and social media pages and tell them you’re coming to Coffee with Candie in Milwaukee!

To register for Coffee with Candie you can click the “buy now” image at the very bottom of the page. The cost per person will be $12. I know that not everyone can attend the event live so keep an eye out for your chance to join Coffee with Candie from your own home.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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How to Make Eye Pin Loops

Making simple loop eye pinsOne of the jewelry supplies you might have are eye pin wires. You can purchase these in different colors and lengths or you could make your own. Today I want to share with you how to make your own simple loop eye pin wires for your next project.

Eye pinsEye pins are a long wire with a loop on the end. Eye pins are used in jewelry making to attach something to both ends of your beads. If you are just hanging a pendant or dangle from your piece and are not going to connect anything to the other side you could just use a headpin.

By making your own eye pin you are able to customize the loop size, length of the wire, and wire gauge. This allows you to have a truly custom piece that will be strong and sturdy built with the right tools.

eye pin supplies

Eye Pin Wire Materials:

Round Nose Pliers vs. Bail Making Pliers:

Looking at the materials list you will see that I have listed round nose pliers OR bail making pliers. This is a choice that you will need to make. Eye pins can be made using either plier, if you are new to wire working you may find the bail making pliers easier. Round nose pliers have a taper to them making them thicker at the base and becoming thinner as you go towards the tip. This allows you to have many options for sizing but when you need to make many of the same size it can get a little tricky.

making eye pinsUsing a bail making plier takes away the guesswork of getting the loop size consistent. A bail making plier is the same diameter the entire length of the jaw. While a chain nose plier will give you the option to make many different sized loops bail making pliers come in two sizes.

Making eye pinsBe sure to watch the video tutorial below for additional tips on making your own custom eye pin wires for your next project.

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

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


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:

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.