A few years ago I was working in the fine jewelry department of a department store, and every Mother's day I could count on people wanting one thing: Family Jewlery.
The family jewelry selection was what made me decide that, if I ever had children, they would only be allowed to be born during April or June, because those were the only stones I liked. :o) (My due date with Paige was the end of April, and wouldn't you know it-the little darling was born May 1st! A rebel from birth.)
Anyway, as most of you know, buying jewelry with all your children's birthstones can be quite expensive; so I came up with a cute little alternative that you can make yourself. And you don't need any jewelry-making experience!
The Family Tree Brooch
- needle-nose pliers
- wire cutters
- bendable wire (in a heavy weight)
- jewel-tone beads
- 1 headpin per bead
- 1 safety pin
4: Open your safety pin, (I used a flat-backed one, but I think a regular one would work just fine, too!)and lay it down just above your wire loops and continue to wrap the wire around until about 1/8" from the top of the safety pin. (The space will allow the pin to close without obstruction)
6: Thread each bead onto a head pin and trim it about 1/4" from the top of the bead, then loop into a circle with pliers:
7: Twist the end of the loop up slightly to open, and attach to the loop on one of the branches, then close the loop again with your pliers.8: Repeat for the rest of the beads!
You can also skip the headpins, and simply thread the beads onto the branches before you make the loops in them, but I dangly things. :o)
To make a pendant instead of a pin, skip the safety pin, and attach the loop of the center branch to a chain, using a larger loop or jumpring.
You can find chains and bendable wire in all sorts of colors, so feel free to pick mom's (or your own!) favorite!
I think I like the silver best, myself!
The copper version was my first try, and turned out a little crooked, but I grew to like it I think! But the second version was a lot easier! So if at first you don't succeed.....
I hope you have fun with it!!
Have any of you tried Dana's first "Celebrating MOM" tutorial yet? I loved her idea for the no-sew flowers, and Paige's May Day birthday party is this weekend, so I had fun making these:
Thanks for the idea, Dana!
Check out what else she has cookin'!