So I consider myself a pretty serious crafter, but I have never used mod podge before. I actually bought it for the sole purpose of applying gold leaf onto beads. I feel like I hit a rite of passage. I have no idea what else to do with it. Any suggestions?
For the beads, I dipped a tiny paintbrush into the podge then applied it to the skull bead.
Then, I look some gold leaf flakes and pressed them down. I also used a tweezer for more strategic placing.
To seal the leaf, I applied another layer of the podge.
And that's it! Keep a look out in my coming posts for some gold leaf-ed beads.
So these rings are super simple to make!
- Beads: I used a variety, they can be stones, rondelles, anything you want!
- Charms: These are optional. If you don't have charms, you can use tiny seed beads to accentuate.
Your wire can be as thick or thin as you want it. I bought this wire at Flying Tiger for like 2 bucks. I have no idea what mm it is, but it's thicker than the wire I usually use for earrings.
I don't have a ring mandrel. If you have one, you can skip these beginning steps.
To start, cut off a bit of wire, enough to fit around your finger with about an 1 1/2 inches of excess on either side. Cross the ends to form a 'o' shape.
At the cross, take your pliers & bend on of the ends to 90 degrees. This makes measuring your finger width easier.
Slip the wire around your finger. Wrap the other tail end around the bent angle.
This is roughly the shape you will end up with. The 90 degree bent piece will be where you string your bead.
I'm using this pink rondelle.
We're going to make a loop. Snip off the excess amount.
I made my loop, then added a star charm before finishing.
Now to deal with the other tail end of wire. Grip your ring base with your pliers, then using your fingers, take the tail and wrap it around the base of your bead as many times are you want. Snip off the rest.
Then you're all finished!
In lieu of charms, you can use a tiny seed bead for a similar effect. The smaller bead will dangle around.
Some different combinations:
- coral flower + leaf
- black & white round jade bead + gold charm
- pearl bird + flat star
- pyrite chunk + star
- pink rondelle + star
- gold wings + star
I recently purchased different strands of gemstone sticks from a couple local bead stores in NYC. The sticks are varied in size, shape & color, but are all side drilled through the top. My absolute favorite is the piece in the middle - I love the speckled black!
Since they're all drilled, I wanted to show you guys three ways to wrap these beads.
Also, this strand of pink stones wasn't labeled, can anyone help me identify what kind of gems they are?
For these three ways, you will only need a handful of items.
- GEM STICKS
- WIRE CUTTERS
- 1 CHARM (optional)
This one is super simple.
I like using wire. (You can also use eye pins)
Thread your stick & leave enough room on either side to make a loop.
Make a loop on either side!
This one makes a loop at the top, skewed to one side.
String your stick & trim a generous amount of wire on either side.
Press down on both wire tails to the stick. Cross them at one of the top corners, then grab the junction with your pliers. Twist. Grip the loop, then with your fingers, grab one of the wire ends and wrap it along the base. Trim the excess.
This one takes the most wire.
Snip enough to wrap around the stick multiple times.
String your gemstone stick.
Take both ends and wrap them closely around the top of the stick. I'm adding a charm so I only wrapped each side about once.
I slipped on my charm. If you don't have one, just continue wrapping.
When you're done, it's time to make close & make your loop.
Cross your wire ends, and grip with your pliers. Twist until you have enough length to make a loop.
Make your loop, then trim, leaving enough on the ends that you can tuck into the wire.
Tuck the ends underneath your wrapping.
Now you're ready to make your gemstone sticks into pendants!
Thank you for reading!