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Friday, May 4, 2012

Making Jewelry

I've been wanting to try crochet jewelry for a while now. I've made couple of bracelets from yarn and I like the look. The interwebs are pull of pictures and instructions to make jewelry crocheted with wire and beads. I had to try!

So, off I went to pick up supplies from my local craft store. Of course, I bought the wrong gauge wire, but it's close enough.

Here's my first attempt, which is made with brown round and oblong beads (I have no idea what the "real" name is for these types of beads. We'll have to go with "oblong").
This is based on a pattern that was sent to me. I'm sorry I don't know who designed it. If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give it a proper credit & link back to the designer.
First mistake, I used 26 gauge wire when I should've used 28. Now I know! But 28 gauge was all I had on hand, so I continued to make more bracelets.

This one is with a mix of round beads called "champagne mix." I wish they made champagne in these colors!

Lastly, I made another with the brown beads but this time added a small bird's nest charm I made.
This one came out a little big. That's what I get for winging it!

Speaking of bird's nests and wings, as you can see I also tried my hand at making a bird's nest.

These pendants are all over the interwebs and I just love them! I bought one from an Etsy seller about a year ago and promptly lost it before I could even wear it for a day. So careless of me! I've been wanting a new one ever since and when I found a tutorial on how to make them, I had to give it a shot.

Here's my first ever bird's nest pendant. I used a ruler for scale.
Follow this tutorial by Sarah Ortega to make your own.
It's not perfect, but I'm quite happy with it and you know what they say. Practice makes perfect! Well, unless it's the 2nd one I made which didn't come out at all like a bird's nest.

I really like it, though. I think it looks neat and it's the one I'm wearing today. Sometimes we make happy mistakes.

I'm really enjoying making jewelry. It's nice to learn new skills. Plus, I'm sure the ladies in my family will be very happy to get something different for Christmas this year!

How about you? Have you tried crocheting with wire? What about beads in general? Do you use them? Let me know in the comments.

Happy crafting!

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