May 23, 2013

Cabbage Rose Customized Necklace with Martha Stewart Jewelry

I love making jewelry, though it's taken a back seat to other crafts in the last few years, mostly because of little hands grabbing at little things that might end up on the floor, like jump rings, chains, and teeny beads. 

However, I recently pulled out my tools and supplies again to work with a new line of jewelery making materials from Martha Stewart Jewelry from Plaid and available exclusively at Michaels.
I was sent a huge assortment of items, including epoxy clay, enamel paints and brushes, charms, Czech beads, settings for rhinestones (though no rhinestones in my box).
It's both exciting and overwhelming, all of these options for creativity.
I've always been a fan of beaded necklaces, so with summer approaching I wanted to make a necklace that evokes the ocean and its colors.
To create this necklace, I used the following items from the Martha Stewart Jewelry line:
  • Jump Rings
  • Assortment of Czech beads
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Flat nosed pliers
  • Jewelry Adhesive
  • Settings
  • 1 Cabbage Rose Cabochon
  • 1 Filigree Round Cabochon setting
(non Martha Stewart items used were jewelry cable wire, a few wooden beads, necklace clasps and crimpers)
STEP ONE
I cut a length of cable wire that was about 6" longer than I wanted the finished necklace to be.  Then I looped a clasp on the end, folded the wire back and added a crimper to hold the clasp in place, keeping it from sliding off.
Then I added the beads for the necklace in the pattern I wanted.
I made one half of the necklace, then crimped the end with the flat-nosed pliers and added a jump ring.

STEP TWO
Next, I glued two glass beads onto two double-ended settings using the Martha Stewart Jewelry Glue.
Actually, I did this the day before so that the beads would be dried and secure (follow the instructions for use on the package).  I would have used rhinestones, but they weren't included in the package and I didn't have any on hand.

When set, I attached these via jump rings to the round filigree setting.
I then made another beaded strand identical to the first one to use on the other side of my necklace (except I attached a ring instead of a clasp), and attached both strands to the settings.
Finally, I glued a purple cabbage rose cabochon to the filigree setting using the jewelry glue.
 (apologies for the terrible photo quality above...not sure what happened there)

It's pretty and full of summertime color. 
The possibilities for creativity are limitless with Martha Stewart Jewelry.  You can make complicated, intricate items or the simplest jewelry, like a cabochon ring created entirely with items from the MS line.
These items would make it so easy to personalize a gift for someone, whether it's by using their favorite color or a favorite charm.

I'm eager to try out some of the other items to make even more unique and personalized jewelry.  You can learn more about the product line and projects via the Inspired by Plaid Facebook page, on Twitter @PlaidCrafts, or by following Plaid Crafts on Pinterest.

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Disclosure: As a participant in this campaign from Plaid Crafts and The Blueprint Social, I received sample items for creating this craft as well as payment for my time.  All opinions are my own.

3 comments:

  1. Fun! That necklace is totally you- dainty but earthy at the same time.

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  2. The necklace you created is very pretty.

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