Necklace Holder

Now that you have undoubtedly made lots of necklaces, because you obviously do whatever I say, and you read this, this and this post, you now need somewhere to put them. I happen to have lots of junk laying around my house, constantly, so I reused a bit of it to solve my too-much-necklace-having problem.

Oh no! Too many necklaces!

I used a picture frame that we had accidentally broken the glass out of, some fleece fabric, a glue gun, and black fabric.

This particular frame has wood backing, which worked out really well for this project. The sturdiness was really helpful. I measured about five layers of this fleece fabric to be the padding. You could use some quilt batting also, but I wouldn’t recommend polyfill, or any regular stuffing. You need something that will stay completely flat. 4 of the layers were cut exactly to the edges of the wood. The last layer is shown here. The first 4 layers are between the wood and the larger layer. The larger piece will wrap around to the back of the wood, holding in all the edges of the smaller pieces. If you had all those layers wrapped around the side it would be too fat to fit back in the frame.

Once I had all the fleece fabric cut and measured, I squirted some tacky glue onto the wood to hold the fabric on. I also went a little crazy putting some glue between the layers. That was a bit of an issue later, and I’m still on the fence about whether or not to use it. If you do put glue between the layers, use it sparingly, and don’t make any globbies. Oh, that’s not a word spell checker? What about blobbies? No?! Well then what the hell should I call them?

I cut the black fabric about a half inch bigger than the fleece fabric. I folded the raw edges under, and secured everything with loads of hot glue. If the fabric were not going back into the frame, I would have used something else that would secure this better. Since the frame will be holding everything in place, I’m not that worried about it.

I folded it over all nice and pretty, even knowing that this would never show, because I’m neurotic like that. Once everything is dry, and I cannot emphasize that enough, once it is COMPLETELY DRY, pop that bad boy back in its frame. I lined my new necklaces up all pretty-like, and used needles stabbed into all that padding to hold them up. This makes it really easy to hang them up and rearrange them, provided you waited until the glue dried!

My not-so-clever confessions: I used big glue blobbies, and didn’t wait for them to fully dry. As a result, some of the needles were really hard to get out, and even put back in, because glue had either dried onto them, or in bog globs under the surface. The whole thing looks fantastic though, and I barely had to move the needles at all to avoid glue glops. Learn from my fail.

November 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts. 4 comments.

It’s Necklace Time

I love making jewelry. When I made the bottle cap necklaces, and the random objects necklaces, I made several others using scrabble tiles and dominoes. The cool thing about those, is that I can cut out cute pictures and glue them on, also!

In both of the previous posts, I went over how to attach the backing that will make this a necklace charm. If you already read that, you will not be punished by having me repeat it all again. If you haven’t read it, you’re a bad minion, and must send me gifts as retribution!

Anyway, I glued the necklace holder do-hickey onto the front of the domino, which becomes the back of the necklace. I did the same with the scrabble tiles. Sorry it’s a bit blurry.

I used the letter, or domino to trace over the picture I was going to use. I then cut it out, and measured it against the necklace several times to make sure it would fit. I did a lot of trimming. I used the same silicon glue and toothpick to spread glue on, then pressed the picture onto the glue really hard. Glue will probably squish out from the sides, but just wipe it off. Make sure the corners are stuck down securely. Once the necklaces had fully dried, I painted clear nail polish over them.

This is one of the finished scrabble tiles. It came out so cute! I just use magazines I’ve had for years. Just be sure to let everything dry a lot, and make certain the corners of the magazine pieces are glued firmly down. Soon you will get to see the massive number of necklaces I made during this one session all lined up together!

November 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts. 3 comments.

Bottle Cap Necklaces

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a bunch of random stuff around the house that I decided to start making into jewelry. Why does it get to laze around the house for free while Hubby and I are busting our booties at work all the time? Time for all this junk to start pulling its weight!

Over the years I have collected, and then thrown out, and collected again a bunch of beer bottle caps. I have seen so many cool things made from them, but most of the projects require hundreds of bottle tops. I always get sick of the clutter and chuck them all before I have enough to complete anything. Finally I have a project I can complete with each beer I finish!

I have always collected cool magazine pictures, so I have plenty of resources to pull from. To make a necklace you need some kind of cute picture, a bottle cap, silicon glue, a tooth pick, and the necklace hanger I used in the other post. A quarter is the perfect size template to trace the paper to go in the bottle cap. After I cut out what I wanted to use, I spread the glue into the cap with the tooth pick.

I made sure to press the picture down really hard into the glue. Squish it around to make sure there are no air bubbles trapped.

I let it dry thoroughly, then attached the necklace holder on the back. In the future, I plan to experiment with filling these with resin, but for now I decided I would use up some old clear nail polish. I poured a bunch in there, and let it dry over night.

It ended up looking really awesome. I now have several complete, with plans for a bunch more. I may even make some with magnets on the back instead of the necklace holder. I promise, I’m not using this as an excuse to drink more beer. Seriously. I’m just…recycling.

October 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts. 2 comments.

Earring Holder

Yes! It’s a crafting post! Aren’t you THRILLED? This one is awesome. I have tons of pairs of earrings, way too many for the earring holders I have. They are constantly falling off and making me swear, so I decided to increase capacity this weekend.

You will need: an embroidery hoop, paint, glue, and some kind of loose weave fabric, like lace or fishnet.

Paint the embroidery hoop whatever color your little minion heart desires. I happen to have at least a half dozen embroidery hoops laying around, way more than I’ll ever need to sew things. I painted mine black, let it dry throughly, then painted red glitter on the outer one. Having a lack base coat really makes red glitter stand out much better.

Next, put the fabric into the hoop. Don’t cut anything yet! Use the corner of the fabric, and stretch it across. Tighten the hoop as much as possible. Test your fabric by poking it in the middle. You want it to be taught, but a bit stretchy. You want to make sure it’s not pulling out of the hoop at all. Once you have that ready to go, keep the fabric in the hoop, and cut it away from the larger piece of fabric.

Now cut the fabric down very low, so that only a tiny bit sticks up on the back.

I coated the back edge with glue to make sure the fabric would stay in place. I don’t see how I could ever get the fabric back in place if it slipped even a little, so I decided to prevent that possibility. I used fabric glue, but I think Elmer’s would work just fine here. You just need something that will soak into the fabric, rather than sit on top like a silicon glue would. I let it dry overnight.

This is how awesome it looks now. The flower is actually a hair clip that had nowhere to live, and I think it looks great right there. I put all my black and red earrings on it, and I love it!

You can see why I needed a new earring holder. Yes, I have that many earrings. No, I’m not sharing. The other earring holders are made from Popsicle sticks and window screen material. They were made by my wonderful sis Beans. Yay! Closet cuteness!

September 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts. 2 comments.