Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pearl Collar Necklace

I love those fun Peter Pan type collar necklaces. They're fun to accessorize with, and my tutorial will make you want to have one in every color! Or at least I want one in every color. 

Pearls are really hard to get nice pictures of!
8mm and 10mm glass pearls, chain, clasp, beading wire, crimp beads, 3 jump rings, bent nose pliers, and scissors. 
Attach a length oh beading wire to a jump ring with the crimp bead. 
Thread 18 of the larger pearls, then finish off the end with a crimp bead and another jump ring. 
Repeat with another jumping and then attach that to either jump ring from the previous strand of pearls. There will be two strands attached with a jump ring. 
Attach more wire to a jump ring, either side.  Thread 20 of the smaller pearls. Finish off, attaching to the jump ring in the center. 
Repeat for the second side. 
For the third row, I used 18 smaller pearls for each strand. For the fourth, 16 smaller pearls, and 12 of the larger for the last row. 
Attach a short piece of chain to either side when finished. Attach a clasp, and it's ready to wear!
I promise the strands hang nicely and evenly when sitting on a person. 

Xoxo, Alyssa

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Beaded Bead Bracelet

I've recently discovered a way to make these tiny beaded balls. I've made them into a bracelet, and I'm going to tell you my method here. 
Materials: 100 4mm glass pearls, fishing line, beading wire, clasp, 2 crimp beads, scissors, and crimping pliers. 
Cut about a foot of the fishing line. Thread 4 pearls onto the fishing line. Thread one of the ends through the last bead, opposite the direction of the other end.
Pull tight, to make a circle with a piece of cord coming from either side. 
Add 2 pearls on one side, and 1 on the other. Push the cord through the 2nd bead on the side with two beads. Now that bead is being shared. 
Pull tight. It will start to curl in. 
Repeat once more, so there are 3 circles. 
Add 1 bead on both sides of the cord. 
Thread both cord ends into the center bead from the first circle you made. 
Pull tight, thread through a few beads to get the ends together, and tie several knots. If you wish, you can add a drop of glue. 
I'm not sure why this forms a ball, but when you pull tight, it suddenly appears!
Cut ends close to the ball. Make 5 more balls this same way. 
Crimp your clasp in place, then thread 4 pearls, a ball, then 4 more pearls. Continue until you have all of the balls on your bracelet. Add a crimp bead, the other side of the clasp, then crimp it. 
Enjoy this fun bracelet! These beaded balls can be made with other beads, such as bicones or crystals. 
Xoxo, Alyssa 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Metallic Shell Charm Bracelet

Summer is great. Warm, sunny days at the pool, no school, and going to the beach. It's a time of year when one can wear shell jewelry. I'm going to share my tutorial for this glittery shell bracelet. 

Here are the materials: 8 various small shells, chain the length of your wrist, gold/bronze nail polish, clasp, 8 jump rings, 2 smaller jump rings, bead reamer for making holes, wire cutters, bent nose pliers. 
Drill a hole in each shell with the bead reamer. 
With the nail polish, give each shell a thin coat. 
Attach the clasp to the chain with the 2 small jump rings. 
Attach each shell with a jump ring. Try to space them evenly around the chain. 
There is is! Finished!
This bracelet looks like it will be great for these summer months. It's thin and dainty, and would look nice layered with other bracelets.
Why does my arm look so awkward in pictures?
This bracelet is so easy to make and only took me about 20 minutes. 
Xoxo, Alyssa

Crocodile Stitch Shawl- Free Crochet Pattern

I love the funky texture of crocodile stitch. This triangle shawl is easy enough that I think a dedicated beginner could learn the stitch. A basic understanding of how to crochet around the posts would be helpful. The stitch works up quickly. 

I used a light worsted weight yarn. It was stash yarn, so I have no idea how many yards it was. I do know that it is acrylic, and I had about 6 ounces. The size of the skein was about a pound of baby yarn. I'm estimating this project will take about a thousand yards. I would recommend using yarn you can easily get more of, since I don't know the yardage. 
Chain 5. 
Slip stitch into the 3rd chain, to form the loop we will begin to crochet in. 
Dc 4 into the loop. 
Chain 1. 
Dc 5 into the same loop, making 10 dc. Chain 3. 
Dc into the top and side of the last dc of the first petal. 
Finished dc. 
Ch 1, dc into the middle of the 10 dc from the previous row, ch 1, dc 2 into the last chain of the chain 3 from the previous row. 
Dc 5 around the first dc, ch 1, dc 5 around second dc. You will have to angle the work and move it around to do this. 
Slip stitch into the dc from the previous row. 
Dc 5 around first post, ch 1. 
Then dc 5 around the second post. It will be the ch 3 from the previous row. 
Ch 3. 
Dc into the top and side of the last dc. 
Ch 1, dc into the loop from the petal below. 
Ch 1, 2 dc into the dc. 
Ch 1, dc into the loop from the petal below. 
Ch 1, dc 2 into the side of the last stitch from the petal below. 
Dc 5 around the first dc. Ch 1. 
Dc 5 around the next dc. 
Slip stitch into the single dc, dc 5 around first post, ch 1, dc 5 around second post. Slip stitch into dc. Dc 5 around first post, ch 1, dc around second post.  
Continue following these two rows. 
Remember the make a slip stitch between each petal, otherwise it doesn't sit quite right. 
The back of the wok will have an almost woven look. 
Remember to make 2 dc in the stitch that was a single previously. Make only 1 dc in the loop from the petal below that was 2 dcs.  
Continue this until your shawl is the size you would like. 
This increases 1 petal per row, and my last row had 23 petals. 
Crocodile stitch is so much fun once you get the hang of it. 

I love my new shawl. I can't wait to wear it in those cold fall and winter months. 
Xoxo, Alyssa