Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rosary Chain Jewellery Repair

Broken rosary link necklace inspiration sheet
Every girl has a special relationship with her hairdresser and I'm no exception. Mine has been doing my hair for 20+ years and in that time our relationship has become way more than that of  hairdresser/client - each salon visit is like visiting an old friend.

Her work wardrobe consists of a lot of black - black shirts and blouses, black pants, black skirts, black dresses - it's mandatory workwear in the salon. But the one place she can add her own style is in her jewellery and accessories.

When I visited her this week she told me she had somehow managed to get one of her newest necklaces wrapped around the handle of her shopping trolly and with one almight tug, it broke into about 20 pieces. She was devastated because it was one that many clients had commented on.

I told her not to fret and that it was something I could easily fix for her.

So she bundled it all into a ziplock bag and I brought it home with me.
Luckily, the rosary chain loops in this piece are made of a pliable metal and even though they had been stretched open, the metal isn't brittle so it's a straightforward repair.

For the loops on the ends of links like this one, round nose pliers are the go: just insert the pliers into the loops and reform them.

Securely closed loops like this one won't come open again unless there is another major shopping trolly incident!

Loops like this one where the gap is 1mm (1/32") just need to be closed properly with a pair of chain nose pliers so the loop of the next component doesn't fall off.

Grab the open end with the pliers and inch it into position by pushing it inwards whilst moving it backwards and forwards (as if you were opening/closing a door) until it's aligned with the stem of the loop.

So here it is completely reassembled and as good as new!

One last thing before I go. With a store-bought rosary-style chain like this one, it's better to check the eye loops on every single bead before returning it to its owner to make sure there are no places the necklace could fall apart again in the future..... you'll have one very grateful customer!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Sparkle Tree - Leather and Crystal Christmas Tree Earrings

If you love all the glitter and tinsel of Christmas then these Sparkle Tree Christmas Tree earrings will be right up your alley!

This holiday earring design combines metallic gold Realeather with Swarovski Crystals for lots of shimmer and sparkle.

Here's what you'll need to make them:
Punch each of the circles in the cardstock to create a template. Place the template over the back of the leather, trace two of each size circle for each earring.

Cut out all the circles.

Neaten the cut circles by trimming away any furry edges. 

You'll have six circles for each earring.

Apply a thin layer of leather cement to the back of one of the large circles and then place it on the back of the other circle. Press them together firmly.

Repeat with the medium and small circles.

Set the hole punch to the smallest hole. Find the centre of each of the disks and punch a hole in each one.

String the daisy spacer, cone bead cap and 3mm spacer bead on the head pin.

String the large disk, a bicone, medium disk, a bicone, the small disk and another bicone

String the star bead and then grip the head pin just above the bead with the chain nose pliers. Bend the head pin at a 90° angle.

Place the round nose pliers in the bend and wrap the head pin around the jaw to create a loop, making sure the wire crosses over.

Grip the loop with flat nose pliers and the tail of the head pin with chain nose pliers and wrap the tail around the neck of the head pin, creating a wrapped loop. Trim away the excess wire.

Apply a small dob of Crystal Glue to the cut edge of one disk.

Pick up a crystal with the Embellie Gellie Tool or tweezers and position it over the adhesive. Continue applying crystals evenly around each circle. You will need approximately 6 for the small circle, 9 for the medium circle and 10 for the large circle.

Attach the Christmas Tree to the earring wire and make a second earring to match.

If you love dressing up for this wonderful and joyous season, then you'll love my 12 Days of Christmas ebooks that have even more sparkly Holiday Earrings designs.
You can find them all here.
Why not purchase one for yourself or give it as a gift to a crafting friend!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chain of Lights - Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza - Day 11

Oh my goodness.... It's Christmas Eve and I am only just bringing you Day 11's earrings. I am certainly running behind schedule this year! So something quick and easy is in order today - a garland of festive lights to dangle from your ears.
Curved silver bars are linked together with red teardrop crystals to create chain of light earrings.

Here's what you'll need to make these:
Christmas red teardrop beads, curved silver connectors and jewellery findings needed to make Chain of Lights earrings.
Cut the wire in half and set one piece aside for the second earring. Cut the remaining wire into 4 20cm (8") lengths. Insert one into a 6x4mm teardrop leaving a tail of 3cm (1 3/16"). Bend the wires so that they cross over each other above the point of the bead. Use your nail to bend the long wire vertically.
Red teardrop bead strung on wire and pinched into a point above the bead.

 Wrap the short tail twice around the neck just created on the long wire.
Beginning the wire wrapping of the neck with the wire above the teardrop bead.

Trim away the excess wire on the short tail.
Using flush cutters to trim away one of the wires close to the wire wrapped neck.

Create a loop with the round nose pliers just above the coil. 
Forming a loop around round nose pliers above the wire wrapped neck of the wire.

Wrap the wire down around the neck and over the wraps made with the short wire.
Wrapping the wire back down the neck over the original wire wrapping.

Continue wrapping the wire around the bead until you cover the holes. Pass the wire diagonally across the wrapping on the bead and then twice around the neck wraps to secure it.
Wrap the wire neatly down over the tip of the bead until you cover the bead holes.

Trim the excess wire. Create two more 6x4mm wrapped beads and one 8x4mm wrapped bead.
Trimming away the tail of the wrapping wire with flush cutters close to the wire wrapping.

Open a jump ring and attach two curved connectors (string the outward curve first) and then one of the small wrapped teardrops so that it sits on the inside curve. Add a third connector and a teardrop. Attach the third teardrop to the top connector with a jump ring.
Opening a jump ring and hooking on two curved connectors and the loop of the wire wrapped teardrop.

 Add the large teardrop to the bottom connector with a jump ring.
Opening a jump ring to connect the large wrapped teardrop bead with the last curved connector.

Now attach the top jump ring to the earring wire and then create a second earring to match.

If you liked this project, you might also like this one:
Sparkle Tree earrings 

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