I have a two for one tutorial for you today! I think this is going to be so fun!
Ok – so you know Mother’s Day is around the corner right? Like – if it was a snake, it would bite you. Well, no worries, I’ve got you covered. Because today’s tutorials are quick and easy and fun to do – and they are perfect gifts for mom!!
First up I have this super pretty Rhinestone Brooch and Bead Necklace Tutorial! Cause you can’t really miss with giving Mom jewelry right?!
Isn’t it pretty? I love how simple and classic it is – but trendy too! Those pretty mint beads (which you could find almost anywhere) will look just perfect with all Mom’s summery outfits.
The off-center rhinestone adds a really fun touch – and just a little bit of bling to dress things up!
The necklace is a nice 22″ length – though you could easily adjust that for your version by adding or taking away beads.
So are you ready for a tutorial? This is a great necklace to try if you’re just starting out with jewelry making!
- Beads – a total of 40″ of beads
- Beading Wire
- Brooch or other Focal Piece
- Crimp Beads
- Jump Rings
- Lobster Clasp
- Tools: Wire Cutters, Crimp Pliers, Round Nosed and Flat Nosed Pliers
Cut a length of Beading Wire 11″ long. Attach the wire to a jump ring with a crimp bead. If you need help with that, I have a mini tutorial for it on the “How to Do That: Jewelry Tips” page.
String 7 1/2″ of beads onto the wire, making sure you cover the short end of the wire with the beads as well.
Finish the other end of the bead strand with another crimp bead and jump ring.
Make another strand the same way, cutting a 12″ strand of wire and stringing 8 1/2″ of beads.
Connect the two jump rings at the two of the strands with another jump ring.
Attach the bottom jump rings to your brooch. Now, my brooch has these handy-dandy rings at the top and bottom. (I found it at Michaels). But you could connect your rings to the pin wire. Or through any openings in the brooch. Lots of options. :)
Make two more strands of beads – one with 11″ of beads and one with 13″ of beads.
Connect these strings to the other rings on your brooch.
Connect the two open jump rings at the other end of this strand with a smaller jump ring. Add a lobster clasp to that ring.
That’s it!! Not bad at all right?
It’s such a perfect gift! It also makes a great – I-made-this-awesome-necklace-to-wear-while-I-went-shopping-for-your-gift – kind of necklace.
I love those pretty beads. This is such a classic style too – you could use different beads and a cameo or some pretty fabric flowers for a whole different look!
I hope you like it!
And you know how I mentioned TWO tutorials? Well I have a treat for you! Today if you head over to my friend Kristyn’s blog, Lil’ Luna, you can find the tutorial for this darling matching bracelet.
You can make Mom just one of the pieces – or the set!
So are you all set for Mother’s Day? Or do you have some last minute creating/shopping to do? :)
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