I don't know about you, but I could skip Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and head straight to spring! Even though I don't have much to complain about weather-wise here in NC, I'm just ready for leaves, birds, flowers and green grass. Call it the January blues...
Even though this blog is predominately about home decor, furniture re-finishing, and other home-related topics, I hope you don't mind that I share a few jewelry projects every now and then. As I mentioned last week, I'm staying very busy getting for expanding my booth at SuzAnna's. Although I've always focused on stocking my booths at shows and shops with furniture and vintage finds, I like to include small, affordable gift items for every shopper. So even though spring is a few months away, I thought I'd add some touches of it for anyone else craving the end of winter.
From bird nest pendants, butterflies and dragonflies under glass, I've been making some jewelry in the last few days as it got just too cold to work on furniture in the garage.
While I was crafting some cute little flying swallow pendants, I thought I'd share the process for these quick and easy necklaces in case you'd like to give jewelry-making a try...
Bird or Swallow Connector Charms - you can find these at local jewelry or craft supply stores, or several different sellers on Etsy (like here or here). They are usually sold in multiples so you can make some additional pendants for gifts!
Choice of Chain - approx. 1 ft. (I used small cable chain or petite curb chain)
4 Jump Rings and 1 Lobster Clasp - these are also found at jewelry/craft supply stores and Etsy (I used 5mm antique bronze, but they do make smaller jump rings)
Jewelry Pliers and Side Cutter (something that can snip the chain)
Note: I'm not a jewelry-making expert and I like to stick to relatively simple designs so feel free to jazz this up with beads, double-chain, etc.
If you're interested in any other jewelry tutorials, you can find out how to make my typewriter-key jewelry HERE. Well, I'm off to go make some more jewelry....
It's a great way to spend the time when it's snowing and cold out!
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