Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category

* Resin tile birds

Posted on March 15th, 2018 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.

Snippets from a plastic Ikea placemat, molded in a silicone ice cube tray. Pictured before I drilled holes in the top of each of them.


* Resin planets

Posted on March 10th, 2018 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.

More resin necklaces. These are stickers, molded in a paint palette. Shown before I drilled a hole and added a jump ring for hanging.  FYI, the holes are much easier to drill if you flip these flat side up.  I ruined another piece because the dremel slipped on the domed surface.


* Resin stamp necklaces

Posted on March 8th, 2018 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.

I got a new can of resin, so now the race is on to Embed All The Things before it expires. Set 1: stamps from my childhood stamp collection.


* “enamel” necklace

Posted on June 9th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

Dismount Creative posted this great idea for using nail polish to make faux enamel jewelry.  I couldn’t find any of the metal blanks she used, but the bead store did have these rimmed ones.


And this interesting faceted charm.


At this point, I was hooked and started looking around the house for more things to paint.  Buttons!


I also attempted to paint a “spangle” (giant sequin-type thing), but it looked awful.

Alisha Louise, I am not, but still, pretty good for nail polish and 50 cent jewelry findings.


* lariat charm necklace

Posted on June 6th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Martha.

I love this necklace from Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts.  New craft goal of collecting disk and leaf charms.



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* giant friendship bracelet

Posted on May 31st, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments, Jewelry.

I found this “big friendship band” on Pinterest and was instantly struck with a mania to make one.  The original is only $20 and is sourced by a fair trade group in Bangladesh, so I feel a little bit bad about stealing their idea.  Looking around, there are several other examples of giant friendship bracelets (a rug! genius!)

I had a pack of 4.8 mm piping cord for who knows what forgotten purpose.  I cut it into 4 2.5 yard lengths, tied the ends together, and got to it.  The muscle memory on this is strong.  I didn’t even have to look up the knot, and it’s been probably 15 years at least since I made one.  It went super fast.


The resulting item is about 15 inches long (not including the tails) and looks completely ridiculous as a bracelet (this is the back, btw).


I’m thinking I might be able to use it as a handle for a bag or something.


* flower cluster necklace

Posted on January 17th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

My mom does a lot of jewelry-making and has quite a collection of cool beads and supplies.  My sisters and mom and I all made stuff one afternoon while were all home over the holidays.  These are just little plastic flowers, seed beads, and head pins cut to different lengths and twisted into loops, then attached to a jump ring.  I get compliments every time I wear it!



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* necklace bits

Posted on April 5th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

This is barely a craft, but I did have to drill a hole in the block of wood, so close enough.  New necklaces, one a felt washer I found at the hardware store, and the other a small block of wood from the craft store, strung on waxed linen.


The idea for the wood block one was partly prompted by A Small Collection (e.g. this necklace) and my previous experiments with Dremel+wood jewerly.  I thought about staining it, but I kind of like it au naturale.  Piece of advice for Dremel-ing through a piece this thick: drill ~2/3 through with a big bit, then punch through to the other side with a smaller bit.  Flip over and use the big bit again using the guide from the small bit.  It made it look nice on both sides, and my poor Dremel was unhappy about going more than 2/3 through at a go.


* shrinky dink origami pattern necklace

Posted on February 17th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

Trace pattern from piece of origami paper onto shrink plastic with a sharpie and ruler.  Cut out.  Punch hole.  Melt.  Add jump ring.  Pretty necklace!


I love how it turned out and I’m currently wearing it with a V-neck.  I think this might be my final excuse for buying one of those geometric pattern coloring books I had as a kid.


* fuse beads jewelry

Posted on November 17th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

Eddy and Edwina posted this cool work-in-progress shot of a necklace she made from some pretty colored beads.  In the comments she reveals they are actually those plastic fuse beads you make designs out of and melt together.  Genius.  A bit o’ Googling also turned up a fuse bead bracelet tutorial by nkitkat.

It just so happens that I have a bunch of these left over from a couple of years ago.

Bracelets on waxed twine threaded back and forth, linked with a loop of elastic so they go over the wrist



Pink/red/white/another pink on elastic


Necklace strung on waxed linen


I think they kind of evoke the colorful glass beads in Ronni Kappos‘s jewelry, which I love (more here).



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