Introducing G & S Jewelry!

Exciting news!  I now have an etsy shop, G & S Jewelry, featuring my own handmade creations!  This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’m so happy that it has finally happened!

Please head on over to gandsjewelry.etsy.com to explore my new shop!

 

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DIY: Leather Cuff Bracelet

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What do you do with those leather belts that get worn out and start to break apart after a time?  Make jewelry!  There is always some good leather left on your old belt, and that is the part that makes for a great bracelet.

Ready?

You’ll need:

-Old leather belt

-6-8 inches of suede string

-Scissors

-Ruler

Instructions:

First, find the part of your belt that is still good.  You’ll want it to be at least seven inches, or thereabouts, depending on your wrist size.

Wrap the part of the belt that you’ll be using for your bracelet around your wrist so the ends meet where you want them to.  Then, lay the belt next to the ruler to find the length to cut it to for your wrist.

Next, take your scissors and cut the leather to the size you need on both sides.

If your belt has holes in it already, then you can skip this step.  But, if you don’t have any holes in your leather, then you will need to put four holes in it, two on each side where the two ends meet, so the suede string can fit through.  You could probably use a safety pin for this step.

Now, string the suede through to make a sort of “x” shape where the ends meet.  Knot the ends of the suede.  The nice part of using suede for this is that you are able to adjust how tight you want your bracelet to fit, and it can now loosen for easy putting on.   (I left about 2-3 inches of suede on the ends before the knot, and just tuck them into the bracelet and under my sleeve.)

That’s it!! You’re done.  🙂

It is very quick, uses on hand materials, and turns out looking very neat and cool looking!

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(This is the back of the bracelet, where the suede makes an x for staying on.)

Enjoy!

 

Pearl Flower Pendant Necklace

Howdy! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in ages!  It seems like I wait to post something worth while, so I wait.  Having said that, today I am bringing you a couple of inspirational projects that I recently did that you will hopefully like. 🙂

I was at Target a couple weeks ago and saw a necklace there that I just had to have.  However, it cost $17 and I was not going to pay that for something I could easily make.  No way.  The original design had pearls and a gold heart pendant that was about 2 or so inches wide.  I knew I could make it myself, so after waiting what seemed like forever, I went to Michaels.  They didn’t have a gold heart pendant, but I was able to adapt the design a little and use another pendant that worked. (Btw, Michael’s has way more cute pendants than Joanns…)

This is everything I used:

1 pendant

2 99 cent strands of white pearls

About 3-4 feet of bronze/gunmetal colored wire

1 clasp

3 jump rings (I made some out of my colored wire so it matched using my round nose pliers and wire cutter)

Round nose pliers

Wire cutter

The How-To:

I attached three pearls together with wire and attached the pendant. Then, I attached  a jump ring to three pearls, and made one strand of pearls on both sides which I also attached to the jump ring. I finished it off to my desired length, and attached a large ring and clasp to finish it! 🙂

It ended up looking like this: ( sorry about the poor photography quality; the camera on my kindle is not very good)

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I really like how it turned out!! 🙂

Suede chevron bracelet idea

So the other day I found this really cute bracelet idea.  I made one for myself and thought that it turned out looking great! 🙂  The website that I found this tutorial on did a good job explaining how to make this bracelet, so, I will direct you to there for the instructions.  Link: http://yesmissy.com/2013/03/07/jewelry-diy-suede-chain-woven-bracelet-part-3/

Have fun with it.  🙂

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Leaf necklace

So, I got this great idea for jewelry making the other day.  I made this necklace today and really like it.  Just wanted to share the idea with you.  All that it’s made of is a silver leaf pendant, gray pearl, and a deep purple swarovski crystal, a large one….

I probably used around 30 inches of silver chain…… about.  It’s supposed to be long, but you can cut the chain to the length of your choice.  🙂  You can find similar supplies at your local craft store.

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