July’s Color of the Month: Amethyst Orchid!

We’re beginning to slide into fall style with our brand new July Color of the Month challenge and one of the brightest colors on Pantone’s Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report: Amethyst Orchid! Amethyst Orchid is a rich, luscious purple with blue undertones that is perfect for summer or autumn jewelry alike!

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Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute®, had this to say about Amethyst Orchid’s appeal: “Indicative of our affection for color, Amethyst Orchid is the jewel in the crown. Intriguing, vibrant and somewhat sensual, the enigmatic Amethyst Orchid is an extraordinary hue that is unique, bold, creative and exciting.”

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Purple is always popular, and Amethyst Orchid is no exception! This fabulous hue is easily incorporated into fabrics, accessories, cosmetics, wedding decor, and so much more!

Amethyst Orchid EarringsOpal Stripes BraceletMoody Blues BraceletNew Love EarringsLavender Spring BraceletPurple Velvet BraceletVa Va Violet EarringsSpiral of Color Bracelet

Looking for Amethyst Orchid jewelry inspiration? We’ve got a vibrant variety of beautiful designs in this captivating color! Check out our Amethyst Orchid Earrings, Opal Stripes Bracelet, Moody Blues Bracelet, New Love Earrings, Lavender Spring Bracelet, Purple Velvet Bracelet, Va Va Violet Earrings, and Spiral of Color Bracelet!

Amethyst Orchid Color Idea

Find gorgeous beads and components that will give your jewelry designs a burst of beautiful color in our Amethyst Orchid Product Picks and Amethyst Orchid Color Idea!

How will you incorporate Amethyst Orchid in your designs during July’s Color of the Month challenge?

Happy Beading! -Gabby

Gabby

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210Wrapped cord accents are fun and easy way to embellish leather bracelets. You can use today’s tricks to decorate your next bracelet project!

This wrap can be done with just cord or with beads, like in our Sacred Tree Bracelet and using a fiber cord like in our Daydream Bracelet or with thin leather cord like in our Wrapped with the Blues Bracelet. Today I’m using Superlon Bead Cord to wrap my flat cork cord.

Your goal is to trap the ends of your embellishment cord underneath the wraps. Lay one end of your embellishing cord parallel and flat against your base cord to start the wrap.Start your wrapping cordMake a turn and start wrapping the long end of the embellishing cord back around your base cord and the first tail of the embellishing cord as many times as you want, leaving about 1 inch of cord sticking out.Make a turn and start wrappingKeep your wraps tight and close together as you work. The more compact the wraps are the better they’ll hold up over time!Make tight wrapsWhen you’ve wrapped the length you want, cut the embellishment cord, leaving a second tail twice as long as the distance you wrapped. I wrapped 1 inch of my base cord, so I cut the embellishment cord leaving a 2 inch tail.

Tuck your tail under the wrapsThread the second tail into a tapestry needle and use the needle to tuck that tail underneath all of the wraps.Pull your tails in opposite directionsPull on the tails of your embellishing cord in opposite directions to tighten the wraps one last time, then trim the tails.Finished wrapped embellishmentYou can add a small dab of adhesive to the end of your embellishing cord before you start wrapping, but this sometimes makes it hard to feed the second tail back through the wraps later. Trust that if you wrap the embellishing cord tight enough it will hold the tails for you!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen
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Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210I can’t leave the beach without a pocket full of rocks! This habit leads to a lot of rock piles on my shelves and window sills, so I decided to start using these little treasures in my jewelry. You can use today’s tips to get the best results when incorporating natural materials into your work!Collect beach rocks for your jewelryAny rocks and shells you collect, whether they’re from a beach, a river, or your own backyard, need to be cleaned before you craft with them. The last thing you want is dirt or sand rubbing off of a finished piece of jewelry! Soak your rocks and shells in warm water and mild detergent overnight to loosen any debris. Drain the water the next day and scrub away any lingering sand or seaweed with a nail brush or old tooth brush.Clean your rocks in warm soapy waterRocks and shells you gather from the water often don’t look the same once they’re dry. To keep that “wet look” that caught your eye outside, set your objects with ICE Resin and brush a coat of resin on top of them, like our Myrtle Beach Necklace.

I used Crystal Clay to set my first beach rock pendant.Beach rock & Crystal Clay jewelryHow have you used beach souvenirs in your jewelry?

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen
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YES Bracelet By Becky Nunn!

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Learn to make this delightful bracelet from Becky Nunn of Nunn Designs. Click here to download the PDF instructions.

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Supplies Needed:
PE3383 – 1 x 16 x 13mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Rustic Heart
PE3548 – 1 12.7 x 12.3mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Mini Hammered Circle
BM3325 – 2 6mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring
BM0510 – 1 7 inch Antique Gold Plated Brass Cable Chain Charm Bracelet
BM3533 – 2 6 x 3.5mm Antique Gold Plated Ball Chain Crimp Connectors
BM3337 – 1 12mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring
CN4195 – 6 inches 2.5mm Gold Plated Ball Chain
BM2688 – 3 24 Gauge Gold Plated Brass 1.5” Head Pin
PE3545 – 1 37.7 x 13mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Horizontal Hammered Rectangle Tag
BM3329 – 4 9mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Rings

Tools Needed:
TL0100 – 2 Pairs of 5 inch Basic Round Nose Pliers
TL3019 – 1 Metal Stamp Set
TL2408 – 1 lb Brass Metal Stamping Hammer

Other:
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Paper towel
3 x 4 mm Faceted Beads of Choice

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Step 1: Stamp your tags
Using the metal stamp of your choice, stamp your impression on the Antique Gold Plated Pewter Mini Hammered Circle and on the Antique Gold Plated Pewter Horizontal Hammered Rectangle Tag. These tags are cast in lead free pewter and do not require a lot of force to make the impression. Click here for more instruction on stamping these tags.

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Step 2: Assemble Bead Dangles
Thread one 4mm faceted bead onto one 24 Gauge Gold Plated Brass 1.5” Head Pin. Using the round nose pliers create a loop approximately 1/4” from the top of the threaded bead. Wrap the excess wire around the pin 3 times and then snip any excess wire. Repeat this process with the other 2 beads and headpins.

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Step 3: Assemble ball chain section of bracelet
Take one 6 x 3.5mm Antique Gold Plated Ball Chain Crimp Connectors place it around the last ball of the 2.5mm Gold Plated Ball Chain. Using the round nose pliers gently pinch the crimp connector closed. For additional security you could place a dab of glue in the crimp connector. Repeat on the other end of the 2.5mm Gold Plated Ball Chain. Select two of the 9mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Rings. Open the jump ring using the round nose pliers – attach one jump ring to the crimp connector at the end of the ball chain then repeat for the other end.

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Step 4: Prepare the Hammered Heart and Bead Dangle
Open 1 6mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring and thread the 16 x 13mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Rustic Heart onto the jump ring. Close the jump ring. Then open the Antique Gold Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring using the pliers. Thread the 3 assembled bead dangles from Step 2 onto the Antique Gold Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring. Thread the 16 x 13mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Rustic Heart onto the Antique Gold Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring. Close the Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring.

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Step 5: Attach the Antique Gold Plated Pewter Horizontal Hammered Rectangle Tag
Lay the 7-inch Antique Gold Plated Brass Cable Chain Charm Bracelet on your workspace and determine the position of the stamped Antique Gold Plated Pewter Horizontal Hammered Rectangle Tag. Using the round nose pliers open the remaining 2 9mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Rings. Thread the stamped Antique Gold Plated Pewter Horizontal Hammered Rectangle Tag onto the jump rings and onto the links of the 7-inch Antique Gold Plated Brass Cable Chain Charm Bracelet. On one of the 9mm Open Jump Ring also thread the Hammered Heart and Bead Dangle prepared in step 4. Close each 9mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Rings using the round nose pliers.

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Step 6: Complete the assembly
Use the assembled 2.5mm Gold Plated Ball Chain with the jump rings prepared in step 3. Attach one end to the ring between the toggle bar and bracelet, close the jump ring using the pliers. Attach the other end of the assembled 2.5mm Gold Plated Ball Chain to the ring between the toggle ring and bracelet. Close the jump ring using the pliers. Last but not least, open the 1 remaining 6mm Antique Gold Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring and thread the stamped 12.7 x 12.3mm Antique Gold Plated Pewter Mini Hammered Circle onto the bracelet toggle ring. Close the jump ring.

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Step 7: Congratulations – look at your cute new bracelet!

How to Punch and Stitch a Deertan Lace Necklace! By Becky Nunn

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Learn how to punch and stitch leather beautifully in this step by step blog from Becky Nunn. Click here to download the PDF instructions.

DSC_0069-tie-one-on SUPPLIES NEEDED:
SM5154 – 26” of 5mm Chocolate Deertan Lace
SM5154 – 2” of 5mm Chocolate Deertan Lace-to create a punching template
SM4711 – 1 Foot of 1mm Dark Brown Waxed Cotton Cord
BM3330 – 3 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring
BM3326 – 2 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring
PE3567 – 1 23.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Contemporary Toggle Clasp Set
PE3391 – 1 24.5×20.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Small Round Bee

DSC_0060-tie-one-onTOOLS NEEDED:
TL0103 – 2 Pairs of 5 inch Basic Flat Nose Pliers
TL2966 – 1 Rotating Leather Hole Punch
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Darning Needle

Other:
1 Pencil

DSC_0093-tie-on-onSTEP 1:
It is easiest to punch the Deertan Leather when it is flat, instead of folded over. By creating a punching template you will be able to punch holes into the Deertan Lace consistently in the same place each time. This allows the holes to line up when the leather is folded over and stitched together. Fold the 2” piece of leather in half and make sure the edge of the Deertan Lace is evenly lined up. Using the Rotating Leather Hole Punch, punch the first hole ¼” from the fold mark and in the center of the Deertan Lace. Punch the second hole approximately 1/8” away from the first hole. Unfold the 2” strip. If the holes didn’t punch all the way through the leather on all 4 holes, punch the leather through with the Rotating Leather Hole Punch again. Now you have the Punching Template.

DSC_0112-tie-one-onSTEP 2:
Once you have the Punching Template, you will use it to consistently mark with a pencil where to punch the holes on both ends of the 26” of Deertan Lace.
Lay the Punching Template onto the table. Line up one of the ends of the 26” Deertan Lace right under the Punching Template. Use the pencil to indicate where the holes should be punched by using the template as the guide. Repeat and mark the other end of the 26” strip of Deertan Lace.

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Once you have pencil marks indicating where the holes should be punched on both of the ends of the Deertan Lace, you are ready to start punching with the Rotating Leather Hole Punch. It is easiest to punch the hole in the Deertan Lace starting with the hole furthest from the end. Punch all 4 holes into the Deertan Lace. Repeat on the other end. See how when you fold over the ends, the holes will line up? Cool huh?

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Time to start stitching. Thread the Waxed Cotton Cord onto the needle. Fold over one of the ends of the 26” Deertan Lace that was punched in Step 3. I like to have the smooth side of the leather face up and the suede side of the leather facing down. We will be stitching the Deertan Lace twice to get a good strong secure stitch. Start with threading the needle down through the top, leaving about 1” of thread as excess (for tying the knot at the end). Thread back up from the bottom and pull tight. Thread back down through the Deertan Lace and back up again. Tie a knot and trim away the excess. Repeat for the other end.

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Time to assemble the findings onto the Deertan Lace. Using the 2 pair of flat nose pliers, open one of the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring. Thread on the Deertan Lace to the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Rings. Hold again at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and close the gap in the jump ring by pushing with one and pulling with the other, creating a closure. Thread on the 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring onto the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring as well as the 23.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Contemporary Toggle Clasp Set. Close the 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring attaching the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring, 6mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring and 23.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Contemporary Toggle altogether. Repeat for the other side.

DSC_0234-tie-one-oneSTEP 6:
Attach the 24.5×20.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Small Round Bee by opening the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Jump Ring and threading it onto the 23.3mm Antique Silver Plated Pewter Contemporary Toggle Ring Contemporary and closing it back up.

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That is all she wrote. Now you have learned how to Tie One On!!!

How to Knot a Deerskin Lace Necklace – Get Knotty! By Becky Nunn

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Learn how to make this fun and funky leather necklace by Becky Nunn from Nunn Designs. Click here to download the pdf instructions.

DSC_0246-get-knotty SUPPLIES NEEDED:
SM4943 – 26” of 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede
BM3554 – 2 3.5mmx4mm Antique Silver Plated Faceted Round Bead
BM3330 – 2 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Rings
BM3334 – 1 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring
BM0384 – 1 15 x 9 Antique Silver Plated Brass Lobster Claw Clasp
BM3338– 1 12mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring
PE3384 – 1 16 x 13mm Antique Silver Plated Rustic Heart Charm

TOOLS NEEDED:
TL0103 – 2 Pair of 5 inch Basic Flat Nose Pliers
1 Pair of Scissors
A Ruler

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Assemble your toggle and clasp set. Using your pliers, open one of your 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring. Open your second 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring and thread on your 15 x 9 Antique Silver Plated Brass Lobster Claw Clasp. Close the jump ring.

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STEP 2:
Measure out 26” of 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede. Using your scissors, cut each end of the Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede at a sharp angle, this will make a point that will be easy to thread through the 3.5mmx4mm Antique Silver Plated Faceted Round Bead.
TIP: You might need pliers to pull the suede through.

DSC_0314-get-knottySTEP 3:
Thread on one of the 3.5mmx4mm Antique Silver Plated Faceted Round Beads onto the 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede.

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Thread your preassembled 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring and 12mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring onto the 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede and fold the suede upon itself. Using your ruler, measure from the edge of your 12mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring 4” and tie a knot.

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Using your ruler again, place your 12mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Large Rope Textured Open Jump Ring (now knotted onto the 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede) at the 0 mark and measure 18” of the 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-
Fiber Suede. Thread on the 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring with the 15 x 9 Antique Silver Plated Brass Lobster Claw Clasp. The 9mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 16 Gauge Textured Open Jump Ring should be right at the 18” mark where it folds over and then knots.

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Thread on your second 3.5mmx4mm Antique Silver Plated Faceted Round Bead and tie a knot at the end.

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Find the center of the assembled 3mm Dark Brown Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede Knotted Necklace and attach the 17mm Antique Silver Plated Brass 13 Gauge Grande Rope Textured Open Jump Ring.

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Now you are ready to add charms and complete your necklace. Yahoo!