December 16, 2012

DIY Feather and Leather Necklaces!

Before we begin, I feel like I need to address the bangs.

I got them "trimmed" yesterday. Quite, quite trimmed. :o) Poor Paige's are even shorter, but somehow she still looks as cute as anything. Anyway, so before anyone asks me if I trimmed my own bangs: no, I didn't. Maybe I should?

Let's move on.

I made necklaces, guys! I really love how they turned out, so I wanted to share the process for those of you who are inclined to make things of this sort. If you've never made jewelry before then you're probably afraid of it. (Right?) Don't be afraid! You've got this. It's actually easier than sewing.
I am loving the feather thing, so I've been meaning to figure out a way to add one to a necklace. And I love little leathery things, too, so I made a little frayed accent and attached it to a necklace as well. They were both super simple and quick. And also, they rhyme. So that's kinda cool.

Feather. Leather.

It rhymes.


FEATHER:

1. Thread the hollow shaft through a medium sized bead. (Pull off a few of the fluffy after feathers if necessary)
 2. Thread a headpin (don't be scared, it's just wire with a flat end, you can get them almost anywhere that sells beading stuff. Walmart, Joann's...)
 3. Add a decorative little bead for fun and trim headpin to 1'' with wire cutters.
 4. Use round tipped pliers to curl the end of the headpin like so. (Clamp on and turn hand)
 5. Then bend back slightly at the bottom.
 6. Open loop by twisting the end outward.
 7. Attach to the middle of your 16''-18'' chain.
 8. Close by twisting back inward to original position.


Done! Pretty. :o)

LEATHER:

1. Cut three small squares that are each gradually shorter than the last.
 2. Lay them on top of each other, largest to smallest and snip with scissors to create frayed edges.
 3. Thread an accent bead on an eye pin (just like headpins, but with a loop on the end) and glue to the top of the largest leather piece.
 4. Do the same on the other side.
 5. Glue the other pieces on top.
 6. Open the end of each eye pin loop by twisting outward with pliers.
 7. Cut your chain in the middle with wire cutters and loop it onto the eye pins, then close the eye pin loops by twisting back.

All done!

Again, if you've wanted to try making jewelry, but are intimidated, please try! It's not difficult, and making simple necklaces like these is a great place to start. Supplies are available at most craft stores. In fact, if your Walmart has a craft dept. they should carry anything you need, so you can pick it up while buying toilet paper and dog food! :o) Always nice.

Enjoy, dearest friends!

Have a great start to your week!
Love,
Disney

21 comments:

  1. These are SO beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Your bangs are STILL cute! They don't look all that short to me. It's probably just the shock of seeing them after you've had them longer.

    And also, they rhyme... ha ha! Love that. Yer fuuunny. :)
    Genevieve

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    1. Haha, thanks, you're probably right about the bangs. My hair just never looks right to me, to be honest! I guess I assume it looks crazy to other people, too. :o)

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  2. I don't think your bangs looks so bad. I stay away from bangs because it looks very bad on me. The necklaces are cute.
    Have a Happy Holiday!

    Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! Happy holidays to you, too!!

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  3. Lovely tutorial! Both necklaces are adorable, Disney, I love how simple and fresh they are. Your method for threading on the feather = fabulous!

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  4. what a brilliant idea - bead and feather! and brilliantly made too. Thank You!!

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  5. I know its a huge adjustment for you, but the bangs really look good on you.

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel terribly self conscious about them still! :O) But I'm sure I'll get used to it.

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  6. OK, not a savvy crafter. LOVE the feather necklace...in step two, when you say to thread the pin...are you threading it up through the feather?

    sorry to be so dense but I would love to make this.

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    1. Not dense at all! Sometimes I think I'm explaining something clearly and I'm really not. :o)

      You don't need to thread it through the feather. You want to thread both the feather and the headpin through the bead separately, one after the other. Since it's a tight squeeze, you'll want to do the feather first. Some beads have larger holes, so if it's not a tight enough fit to hold everything in, use a dot of hot glue on the feather and headpin right before you put them through the bead hole.

      I hope that clears it up!

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    2. Thank you! I am going to do this! And the tip on the hot glue is great.

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  7. I think your bangs are still super cute!! They might be shorter than you like, but you rock them!

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  8. Your bangs look very stylish, and yes, you can cut them yourself. I do it all the time. (I'm assuming you are right handed, if not, just reverse the following.) Gather those too long bangs together, pinch them into a tuft in the middle of your forehead, and hold the tuft at its bottom with your left hand fingers. Grasp above left fingers with right hand fingers and give it one twist. Hold that twist w/ left fingers. Take your scissors and clip 1/4" off the bottom of the tuft. The 1/4" is the important part. You can always do more! The twist means that the sides stay longer than the middle, and gives a bit of unevenness to your bangs just like you are attractively wearing them now. (My hairdresser taught me this trick.) Hope I haven't made the directions too complicated! I enjoy your blog. Thanks!

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  9. The feather necklace is just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. The bangs look fine!! Plus they will grow quick. No worries! I cut my own bangs when I have them...then I can only be happy or mad at me!!

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  11. Oh I hate when I don't like a haircut. Yours looks fine though! Cute necklace too =)

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  12. I think your bangs look great :) And what cute necklaces!

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  13. Did you cut your own bangs?
    Kidding :)
    You look adorable!

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