May 23, 2012

Rose Necklace Tutorial

Happy Wednesday my friends!! It was supposed to rain all day but so far the sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful morning. Tony's has the day off today so we will be heading to the park in a bit. :-)

Today I have an awesome tutorial to share with that our Delightful Designer, Karen, created using our May card kit.

 Here is Karen's tutorial:

Included in May's Artful Delight Kit are some beautiful Eclectic Buttons from Crate Paper. I knew the moment I saw them that a few of the pieces would make a delightful necklace! That's right, these kits contain embellishments that can be used beyond scrapbooking and cardmaking!

To make this easy, quick and elegant necklace, you only need a few supplies. In addition to one of the buttons/brads in the kit, gather a length of jewelry chain, a clasp, a few jump rings and a necklace base. My sister found the base of the necklace from a pack of chandelier earrings marked way down on clearance! (The other half of mismatched or lost earrings is perfect for this as well, and the chain from a previously broken necklace too!) 

 First, remove the earring hook from the earring and add a few jump rings to connect the earring to the chain. Needle nose pliers help with this process because you bend apart the jump ring where they connect, loop it through and bend them back again.

Next, attach the clasp to the end of the chain in the same manner as you did for the base.

 Remove the brad clasp from the back of the resin button with pliers and adhere to the necklace base with jewelry glue or cement glue. I did also adhere a circle punched piece of patterned paper behind the metal base of the necklace so that the glue was sandwiched between the resin and paper to form a stronger bond. Allow ample time to dry. And there you have it, a beautiful custom necklace!

I made a quick card too, to give with this necklace as a gift. I attached some fun vintage patterned paper included in this month's kit to a cardstock base, rounded the corner and inked the edges. After stamping a sentiment, I added one of the custom flowers from the kit! First, though, I made that a bit more vintage by inking out the edges and switching the center brad out from one from my stash. Love that I can alter the embellishments from the kit if I need too!

Thank you Karen for an awesome tutorial.  We will see a few more of those over the next few months.  

Oh, we will have our kit reveal a day early so be sure to stop by tomorrow for our June kit reveal.  :-)  Another awesome kit put together by Debbie!!!  :-)



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeee that necklace and the card too!!

jen said...

Karen is such a genius! :)

Unknown said...

Karen is awesome! I love her design style. I love the simplicity of the card...and it's so pretty too! Can't wait to see the new kit :)

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Karen, You are so talented girl!! I Love the necklace. (and the card too)

Alice said...

wow! amazing project, Karen! so beautiful!

Trinh said...

Gorgeous necklace! What a great way to use the broken/lost pieces of jewelry.