Saturday, March 30, 2013

DIY Dream Catcher Bracelet

I had my first Dream Catcher when I was a sophomore in high school.  We bought it on a family trip that landed us briefly in Sedona, Arizona.  It was maroon suede with feathers and it hung on my bed post so I'd have good dreams at night.  I loved that thing.  I've been seeing dream catcher bracelets around on the internet so I wanted to make one for myself.  I found some tutorials but thought I'd add to the list and make my own.

* embroidery floss thread or suede lace
* metal ring (key chain rings work well)
* thinner string like s-lon cord, or 4 ply Irish waxed linen, or even dental floss
* small beads
* tape (optional)
* glue like hypo cement (something that dries clear)

I chose a coral thread, brown wax linen for the webbing and a key ring.
Choose your colors and start by taking just a little bit of tape and taping down one end of the thread to the ring.  Start wrapping your ring with the thread.

When you are done wrapping, tie a knot so that your thread doesn't unravel.  Put a dab of glue to secure the knot.

Take your Irish wax linen, about 24 inches is good (not that you need all of it, depending on the size of your ring).  Tie a knot.

To create the webbing, make five knots at five points around the ring.

After the five points, keep going by making another row of knots in a second inner layer.  Make the knot of the line of string going across to each point.  Here is when you can start adding small beads, if you want to.

Soon you will have almost a star shaped wedding to create your dream catcher!  When you tie the last inner knot, just snip off the end close to the knot.  If you use s-lon cord type of string, put a dab of glue on the end knot.  If you use the wax linen, the wax holds together pretty good.

Easy right?  Actually I needed about three tries to get the knotting right because I was confusing myself!  But practice makes perfect.

Here is another one I made in some neutral colors.  I'm going to be making these into bracelets and necklaces so stayed tuned on my Etsy store.  

Also, dream catchers have feathers and I'll be adding some feather charms to the dream catcher as soon as my supplies come in!  

I hope you have fun making some dream catchers of yourself!  Happy Crafting!

Xoxo, Yolanda

Friday, March 22, 2013

Rosary Style Bracelet

I was raised Catholic but I can't say that I am a true practicing Catholic now.  I've got issues with their scandals, but that's for another blog haha.  I can not help be amazed by the other parts related to the Catholic church. My hubby and I went to Europe on our honeymoon and visited Rome and had a chance to go to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.  You cannot help but be in awe.  Below are some of the pictures we took when we were there in 2011.

Inside St. Peter's Basilica

In the photo above, compare the size of the people to the size of the arches...ridiculous.  This church is MASSIVE.

Yes, it is Michelangelo's Pieta

I couldn't believe I was standing in front of Michelangelo's Pieta.  It's really mind-blowing and beautiful, it seriously makes you want to cry.  If I was alone in that place, just me and this Pieta oh, and God haha, I'd cry.  To think someone (Michelangelo) carved this piece.  It is absolute perfection.  All that detail!

Look at that dome.  Crazy amazing.

It's hard not to be inspired by something I grew up with even though I have my personal issues with the church now.  I have amazing memories of growing up catholic (except for when my parents was always threatening that God was going to send me to hell if I acted up - and yes, I can laugh about that now!)

My jewelry is always inspired about something I love, a memory, the things around me, things I've seen and experienced.

I don't pray the rosary, though I know parts of it.  But I do love the rosary itself.  It's beautiful and one day I saw a bracelet that looked like a rosary but wasn't and I wanted to recreate it but in a different way.

Here I used a left over rhinestone cross I used to make macrame bracelets.  I also have a lot of left over beads from last year.  Since the cross is thin, I used these tiny beads.  Wiring these beads together takes some time and some wrist action.  I made the bracelet to wrap the wrist three times.  I have a thing about triple wraps.

When it's being worn, eventually the cross isn't going to stay in the middle because it's heavier than the beading, but I have a friend who bought the first one I ever made of these bracelets (no rhinestone, but large cross) and she said she liked the way it looked on her wrist even if the cross didn't stay in the middle.

She may have bought it but apparently her brother took it from her, which surprised me that a guy would wear it.  Very cool!  I like knowing these things.

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I like to use different crosses and I have a few different types in my craft box!  I love these beads, it's almost a gunmetal black.

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Anyway with Easter approaching I thought this would be great to add to my store, but I only made these two for now.  It takes awhile to make and with my active son, it's hard to find the time to wire these beads together.  But I do love this bracelet!  I hope you do to!

Thanks for reading :-)
Xoxo, Yolanda

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Beaded Bracelets / DIY

Beaded bracelets are really easy to make...

Supplies Needed:

* Scissors
* Stretch Cord (0.5mm is thin, 1mm is thick so choose accordingly)
* Beads
* Hypo Cement Glue or Clear Nail Polish

1. Measure out some stretch cord.  I usually drape the cord over my wrist and cut enough so that a few inches hang from the ends.  My wrist is 6.5 inches so about 12 inches of cord works for me.

2. String your beads and keep measuring around your wrist.  

3. When you are satisfied, take the two ends and tie a overhand knot, pull taut and then tie another knot, a surgeon's knot just to make it extra secure.  

photo source: Beading Times

4. Next, dab a little hypo cement glue or clear nail polish on the knot.  If the holes in the beads are large enough you can hide the knot inside one of them.

And there you have a beaded bracelet!

I like to add charms on mine so to add a charm have some jump rings on hand and maybe some pliers to open and close the rings.

The last beaded bracelets I made for my Etsy store included horn charms.  I saw them at a bead store and thought "cool!".  Very tribal.

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For this bracelet I saw these wooden beads that weren't quite brown, they have almost a grayish tinge to them and I thought they looked interesting.  The horn on this one is a dark wood as well.  My hubby (who actually has some good insights when I ask for his opinion) said it needed something....haha, so I said, let's add charms!  Thought this skull one made it look pretty tough.

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I love this red horn, it's sinister looking but in a good way.  Plus I love red.  I added reddish/brown jasper beads and two prehnite beads.  By the way, I love gemstone beads, they can get pricey though, but I really do love working with them.  To me, it's the weight of them and the coolness of them on the skin.  Anyway, I added a hamsa charm.

Hamsa is a sign of protection, from the evil eye.  Which is always a good thing right? :-)

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Speaking of gemstones I hadn't heard of Prehnite until I bought these stones.  For some reason I thought I was buying Jade.  But when doing some Google searches about the stone, I thought it was fitting that I was drawn to it.  It is said to link your heart to your will, it is protective during meditation and it heals the healer.  Well I used to be a massage therapist and I liked to keep some stones on me (whether they worked in cleansing or not) I just liked the idea.  I should have bought some Prehnite back then to help heal me while I was healing others! 

I hope you create some cool beaded bracelets of yourself.  Happy beading!

Thanks for reading!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Monday, March 18, 2013

Acrylic Pendants / Dope

When you sell on Etsy, you also spend time scouring Etsy for really cool stuff.  I spend time looking for jewelry supplies.

My biggest seller is macrame bracelets because the whole "arm candy" or "arm party" thing is in, but have you noticed the other trend? Layering necklaces?

Before I was a massage therapist and a mother, I used to wear jewelry.  I loved rocking a bold watch, some bracelets, LOVE large hoop earrings and interesting necklaces.  Oh and I loved rings too!  Then the massage therapist job came along and I did that for almost 10 years and as a LMT you just have to nix the jewelry altogether because the oil and lotion gets everywhere.  No point in hurting your clients or messing up your jewelry!

Now I don't do massage anymore, but I have a baby and once again, jewelry is a no-no.  I'll do bracelets, but baby boy is at that stage of grabbing ferociously at anything and everything and putting it in his darling little mouth.  Big NO-NO.  I don't even dare wear the hoop earrings.

So even though I love making jewelry I am at the stage of hardly wearing of my own.  :-(  Very sad.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.  Necklaces.  Acrylic pendants are light weight, colorful and so reminds me of the 80's when my cousins would come home from middle school showing us what they made in woodshop class.  I think at one point they made acrylic cut outs because in my memory I see a silver lightning bolt my cousin had.  Foggy memory but good memories.

When I found some cool acrylic jewelry makers on Etsy and I had to make necklaces.

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Jewelry: Black Bow and Arrow (Hunger Games inspired) Arcylic Necklace
Fashion: ModCloth
Editing Apps: PhotoGene

I loved the black bow and arrow pendant and got it on Etsy.  I paired it with a black matte chain which worked out pretty well, I think!  And yes, according to the seller, it is Hunger Games inspired.

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Jewelry: Black Brass Knuckles Acrylic Necklace & Blue Dope Acrylic Necklace
Editing Apps: PhotoGene, Diptic, Instagram

The brass knuckles has heart shaped holes, which you can't see in this photo.  By the way, I hate to be the one modeling my stuff because it's a pain to do a self-portrait with a 6 month old needing my attention.  Plus, my hubby isn't keen on taking photos, so thank goodness for the iPad reverse camera!  Haha! Ooo and thank goodness for photo edits, they make me look like I'm not tired at awesome.

The dope pendant has a thicker curb chain on it, which looked better than with a thin chain.  Don't you love how the "O" is a diamond?  LOVE.  Anyway, it came out pretty good!  I'm pleased with it for sure and hope you all like it too!

Xoxo, Yolanda


Another blog?'s a learning experience with each one I make.  But this one FINALLY is niche-specific.  Yay, I finally found a niche.  It's a relief!

So for about 8 months now I have had an Etsy store called FancifulWish.  I wanted it to be named Fanciful Wishes after the blog I created before this one, but the name was taken.  Which put me in an awkward position because I had created a Facebook Page also called Fanciful Wishes Jewelry (before I created the Etsy store).

And that's why I have this new blog, only for the purpose of talking about my jewelry and crafting adventures and even my inspirations.  I'll try to even post some DIY crafts, if I can find the time.  Time?  Yes time, something I am short of because I am a mom of a growing 6 month old boy. :-)

Hope you look around and see things you like!

Xoxo - Yolanda