Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bohemian Jewelry DIY

As you know, if you've been following my rants and raves, I've been truly obsessed with making paper beads and figuring out things to make with them.  I think this is going to be an obsession for a VERY long time because I just enjoy it so much.  It's like a crafter's cigarette break without the harsh effects.  This week I created bohemian inspired jewelry by using the paper rolls as bezel settings for flat back gems. I really loved making this project and I think you will, too!  Make sure to leave a comment and say hello, OK! 
I made the tassels with embroidery floss from the 99c store!
Here's the how to video

Glue gun
White glue
Needle nose pliers
3" x 10" sheets of magazine paper
Embroidery floss
Flat back gems
Jump rings
Clip on earring backs
Rhinestone chain
Lobster claw closure 
Cut your magazine pages to size
Roll them at an angle into a thin tube starting from one corner
 Glue the end down to secure it
Roll a tube around the end of the pliers
Secure it with glue and add another tube to make it bigger
3 tubes make a large roll, 2 make a medium roll and one makes a small roll
You'll need 3 large rolls, 2 medium rolls and 4 small rolls 
Measure and cut the rhinestone chain so that it circles around each paper roll 
Add E-6000 to the edge of the roll and then glue on the chain 
 Glue flat back gems to the rolls using hot glue and let dry
 They'll look like this
Figure out your bracelet design 
Put it together with jump rings and a closure
 For the earrings you will wrap embroidery floss around a 2" x 4" piece of cardboard about 20 times
Add a jump ring to the top of the wrapping
Trim the bottom to release the tassel
Take another piece of floss and it around the top
 Wrap the top of the tassel and tie it in another knot again
Put your earring pieces together
Glue on the clip on backs with E-6000
Add some more flat back gems to the back of the earrings
Here you go!
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  1. I'm not gonna lie, this is pretty awesome! I always find something new when I check out your blog. LOVE IT!

  2. So cool to see the tassels. I bought grab bag at the goodwill that had more ribbon and embroidery thread then I thought I could use in a lifetime!

  3. I admire your sense of style and your creativity in designing an inexpensive and unique way to add flair to any outfit. Thank you for this post, I will definitely be trying this!

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  5. That is so cool. I love them!!! I really want,to win!!!

  6. Hi Mark, thank you so much for sharing your talent. I have to tell you i just discovered you a few days ago i was looking for safety pin crafts and i absolutely love the Feather design on the black Jacket, I want to make it for my daughter. The Boho earrings are wonderful and am about to make them. Thanks again . Elena

  7. Hi Mark, Thank you so much for sharing your talent, I discover you a few day ago while searching for safety pin crafts, i saw your Feather design on a jacket and i fell in love with it, my daughter and I will make one too. the Boho earrings are stunning and i can't wait to try and make a pair. Thanks again for being so generous with your talent. Sincerely, Briseas