March 26, 2015

Lace-Etched Favor Jar Idea at Live Craft Love

Party favors are always fun to make - don't you think so? I love making party favors so much I won't mind making them every single day. Is that crazy? Anyway, I shared this easy party favor idea over at Live Craft Love - it's perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, tea parties and other celebrations. It's even perfect as thoughtful little gifts to co-workers. What do you say?


I accentuated my party favors with some metal stamped tags. I'm sharing how to etch on glass as well and the punch I used so don't forget to check it out! 


Head on over to the post by clicking any of the photos above or the link below! Happy crafting, friends!




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March 25, 2015

DIY: Stamped Name Necklace + Tips

I have never talked about metal-stamping in this blog - not in the 3 years I've been writing. But with the increased popularity of personalized jewelry, I just had to jump in on the fun! Don't get me wrong - I love the idea of metal-stamping (I adore metalworking in general), I just couldn't invest in a set of metal-stamping tools until now (little did I realize it's not really that much of an investment for a basic set). So I practiced, made a lot of mistakes but finally got what works for me! See how I made this simple necklace!


Supplies:
Basic hammer
Bench block
1/8" letter stamps
21 mm Metal stamping blank
Sharpie
Alcohol & Buffing pad
Painter's tape
Jewelry chain
Charm (optional)


Start with your supplies. Pictured above is what I used (sharpie, alcohol and jewelry chains not pictured). Notice you don't really need a special hammer for metal stamping! I got this one at Dollarama for just $3. I like that it's cheap to replace when it gets lots of dings (which I sadly have on my ball peen hammer for metal hammering...). And trust me, it will get dings. To flatten out the metal after stamping though, you will need a rubber mallet.

I got my silver blanks from Panda Hall. There's a lot to choose from, and they're pretty inexpensive.


Use painter's tape to hold down your stamping blank. Use two to three layers of painter's tape so your stamp will 'catch' onto the tape, aligning your letters properly. It's important to have a stable table surface when metal stamping, otherwise your stamps will bounce and leave a double impression (totally not speaking from experience here - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STAMP ON A CARPETED FLOOR).





Mark out where you want your letters to go on the painter's tape. This is specially important for spacing.


And stamp! Start with your middle letters, working your way until you complete the word. Stamping does take some practice so don't get frustrated when it doesn't come out right the first (or fifth) time. You may want to use some practice blanks first before stamping onto an expensive piece. For my metal stamps, I used 2-3 whacks of the hammer to get the impression I wanted.

If the blank is warped after stamping, flip it over and whack it gently with a rubber mallet. If the piece doesn't scratch easily, you can also whack it with an upside down water bottle (filled with water) gently.


Highlight your letters with a Sharpie, and wipe down with a alcohol-dabbed polishing pad to take out the excess ink.


Now all you need to do is attach a jump ring onto it and then attach it to a jewelry chain! You can also add charms to personalize the necklace even more - add your giftee's favorite thing!

Name necklaces not your thing? You can also use these to make giftable wine charms, bracelets, anklets and maybe even earrings!


I still have a long way to go with stamping - but I definitely enjoy it and will be doing it more once I get more blanks. Have you tried metal-stamping?

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March 20, 2015

Friday Finds Link Party #21


Welcome to another installment of Friday Frinds - we seriously love seeing what you come up with each week and can't wait for what you'll have in store for us this week! Here's our picks from last week's Friday Finds:Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Spring Garden Pudding Cups from Shaken Together Life
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Decorative Triangle Tray from My Love 2 Create
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Lucky Charm Treats from A Pumpkin and A Princess
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Falafel Burgers from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Dyed Minion Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin and A Princess
 Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
Beaded Wall Mirror from Delineate Your Dwelling
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Wood Piece Basket from Vintage Zest

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!

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March 19, 2015

DIY: Stingray Leather Chunky Chain Bracelet

Texture, in design is very important. It creates visual interest in an art piece. While normal leather already has interesting texture, I can't help but be enamored by the uniqueness of stingray leather. I especially love the contrast in color between the raised and depressed surfaces. I recently acquired some stingray leather cord from Endless Leather and played around with it to make a simple but bold bracelet design. It's easy and I dare say it might be my most favorite bracelet piece yet. 



Supplies:


Start by measuring and cutting 3" of leather cord.


Using E6000 glue, attach an end cup on each side of the leather cord. A skewer stick is great help when fitting the cord inside the cup.


Measure how long you want your chain to be - I wanted mine approximately half of the bracelet, so I cut 7-8 links of the chunky chain. It's easiest to separate the chain by opening the end link with two flat nose pliers, going the direction where the chain link bends. 


Now attach the chain to the bracelet with jump rings. Don't forget to attach a lobster clasp on the other end of the bracelet as well!


And your masterpiece is done. The contrast of the stingray leather against the chain is just great. It's attractive enough to give as gifts, but easy enough to do that you won't be frustrated in assembling them. Don't you think? 


Special thanks to Endless Leather for supplying me with the stingray leather and jewelry findings! I still have some stingray cord left so don't forget to check the blog for another DIY of these pretty things.  



Are you fond of leather, too? Don't forget to let me know in the comments section below! Have a fun day crafting, friends! 




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