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Felt Pumpkin Tutorial

Felt Pumpkin project designed by Andrea Sousa

Ingredients:

- 50 grams of orange wool roving (we used pumpkin, but mango, yam or banana would be lovely)
- 30 grams of light green wool roving (we used snow pea)
- 30 grams of dark green wool roving (we used asparagus)

Tools:
- Heavy weight Clover felting needle
- Five needle Clover felting tool
- Clover felting brush mat
- Foam felting block

Instructions:

Note: Do not use scissors to remove roving from the bundle. Tear sections of roving as a cut edge will be hard to blend or smooth.

1. Use your hands to pull six feet of orange roving off the bundle. Separate roving into two 3 foot pieces. Roll one strip tightly to form a barrel shape approximately 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. Place this barrel on top of the foam block and use a single felting needle to secure the tail end of the roving with quick, short pokes. This should only take about twenty to thirty pokes.

2. Separate the remaining three foot strip of roving into two pieces. Wrap one piece around the barrel shape, perpendicular to the previous wrap. Working on top of the foam block, use your needle secure to the end. Poke any flap edges that hang over the side in, but do not belabor your poking at this point. Now you will have a shape that resembles a square.

3. With the remaining strip of roving wrap around your piece perpendicular to the last strip. You roving strips will be crossing each other. Secure the end as in #1. Your piece should be much more of a spherical shape.

4. Place your roving sphere on the foam and use the single needle to shape the sphere with short pokes. Do not concentrate too much on one spot. Be mindful of creating a round shape as you go. Continue to poke for a few minutes until there is an overall tightness but the pumpkin shape is still squishy with some give.

5.  Determine the top of your pumpkin. With the single needle create an indention in the pumpkin by poking in a thin line from the top to the bottom radiating out from the center of the pumpkin as shown. To create a uniform look, make 2 lines from top to bottom to halve the pumpkin. Add two more lines to divide the pumpkin into four quadrants. Divide each quadrant to create 8 sections on the finished pumpkin. Set pumpkin aside.

6. To create leaves pull a six-inch strip of each color of green roving. Lay one strip over the other and then pull on each end apart. Layer the two pieces of roving again and repeat to create a blended green. Blend the two colors together by layering both colors and pulling from each side. Repeat until the colors are thoroughly blended.

7. Divide the blended roving into two equal tufts. Use your fingers form a leaf shape with one tuft by folding the edges underneath. Do not cut the shape out or you will have a rough edge to the leaf. Place your leaf shape on the Clover Felting Mat. Unlock your Clover Five Needle Felting Tool by twisting the end as directed. Use the Felting Tool to tighten up the wool in the leaf shape with short pokes. This will felt the wool. When it begins to become a tight piece, pull the leaf gently up and turn over to felt the other side. When leaf is fully felted use your single needle to create an indentation down the center of the leaf similar to the lines on the pumpkin.
Repeat with remaining green tuft to create a second leaf. Set leaves aside.

8. To create stem pull a 2-inch strip of each color of green roving. Blend together as you did the leaf roving. Create a tuft that is about 1 inch by 2 inches and roll it tight to create a 1 inch long cylindrical stem shape. With a single needle poke in the end of the roving just as you did with the pumpkin body. Create the stem end on one end of the cylinder with short jabs of the single needle. Leave the other end of the cylinder fluffy. Tighten the whole stem up just a little bit by rolling it over the foam block and poking with a single needle. Set stem aside.

9. To create vine pull a 2-inch strip of each color of green roving and blend together. Using your palms roll the blended roving into a rope as you would make a coil of clay. To speed up the felting process blow into your cupped palms. When the rope is sufficiently tight set aside.
The vine- Take just a little bit of fluff off of your two green rolls of roving. Using your palms, rub the pieces into a long cylindrical shape, just as you would make a coil out of clay. You may need to blow some nice hot air into your palms in order to speed the felting process up.

10. Place the fluffy end of the stem in the center of the top of the pumpkin. Use your single needle to attach stem to pumpkin with deep pokes all around the base of the stem. As you poke move the needle in towards the center of the stem to firmly attach the stem.

11. Place one leaf at the base of the stem and use the single needle to attach the leaf base to the pumpkin as you attached the stem. Repeat to attach the vine. Coil the vine and attach the remaining leaf to the end of the vine using deep pokes. Check to see that all leaves and stems are firmly attached to the pumpkin and use the needle to secure any loose parts.

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How To Crimp

 
 

 

 

Lucky Earth Necklace

Ingredients:

- 1 glass bottle with cork
- 1 vintage reproduction key
- 1 Elaine Ray old bronze small lentil bead, 16 mm
- 1 Elaine Ray pewter Pop Dot bead, 12 mm
- 1 antique pewter wishbone charm
- 8 Titan glass lentil beads, 6 mm
- 8 Persephone glass lentil beads, 6 mm
- 16 Matte Raku soft brown Toho beads, 1.5 mm
- 9 gold plated crimp tubes, size 4
- 36 gold plated crimp tubes, size 2
- 1 antique brass spring clasp, 9 mm
- 3 inches antique brass cable chain
- Softflex Serenity Trios

Tools:
- Wire cutter
- Chain nose pliers

Instructions:

Put a bit of glitter from your favorite secret garden in this tiny bottle. The key unlocks the gate, the wishbone brings you luck while you visit. Don’t be daunted by the wordy directions, this necklace is all flattened tube crimps and simple stringing.

1. Using your wire cutters cut four 20” strands of Soft Flex from your Trio. Cut two strands of your favorite color from the assortment.

2. Thread all four strands through two size 4 crimp beads. Separate the four strands and wrap them around the neck of the glass bottle as shown. Tighten the crimp beads along the wire until the bottle is secure. Using your chain nose pliers flatten each crimp bead carefully.

3. Thread a size 4 crimp bead on the wires on the right side of the bottle. Flatten crimp ¼ inch from the previous flattened crimp.  Thread a size 4 crimp onto the wires and separate the four wires to fit the vintage repro key between the wires. Tighten wires and flatten crimp.

4. Thread a size 4 crimp bead on the wires on the right side of the key. Flatten crimp ¼ inch from previous flattened crimp. Thread two of the wires through the center of the 9 mm bead. Separate the two wires and pair them up with the wires on the outside of the bead. Thread each wire pair through a size 2 crimp. Flatten each size 2 crimp.

5. Select one pair of wires and thread one of these wires through a single lentil bead. Thread both wires through a size 2 crimp and position crimp ½ inch from previous flattened crimp.  Use your chain nose pliers to flatten size 2 crimp. Repeat this, alternating lentils and triangle beads separated by size 2 crimps until you have added 8 beads to this side of the necklace.

6. Select the second set of wires emerging from the 9 mm Elaine Ray bead and repeat step 5, beginning first with a triangle bead and continuing until you have added 8 beads to the strand.

7. Thread all four strands through a size 4 crimp bead and then through your extender chain. Thread the strands back through the crimp bead and position smoothly before flattening. Trim excess.

8.Repeat from step four to finish the other side of the necklace.

Optional
If you wish to keep your bottle closed for eternity put a small amount of Diamond Glaze around the rim of the cork and press into place.

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  Stargazer Necklace Tutorial  
  Ingredients:  
 

-#2 silk cord (one package of silk will make approximately 6 strands)
-Czech Glass Drop beads
-Czech Glass Lentil beads
-1 Antique Brass Quatrefoil toggle
-1 package gold color #1 tube crimps

Tools:
-Chain nose pliers
-Sharp scissors or nippers

 
     
  Instructions:  
 

Begin by stretching your silk by holding 6" sections between your hands and pulling taught for 10 seconds. Continue in this way down the length until the silk is stretched and straight.

1. Use the needle to thread the silk through one crimp and then through the ring on the toggle bar. Thread the silk back through the crimp and pull until only a tiny bit of silk shows. Use your chain nose pliers to flatten crimp.

2. Use the needle to thread the silk through one crimp and then through one bead. Thread the silk back through the crimp and pull until the bead hangs on a small loop of silk and is positioned about 1 inch from the toggle bar. Use your chain nose pliers to flatten crimp. Repeat this, assorting the beads and spacing them all approximately 1 inch along the silk until a 15 inch length of silk is beaded.

3. Use the needle to thread the silk through one crimp and then through the ring on the toggle loop. Thread the silk back through the crimp and pull until only a tiny bit of silk shows. Use your chain nose pliers to flatten crimp.

Repeat these steps to create as many strands of beaded silk as you wish.

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  Key to Peace Necklace Tutorial  
  Ingredients:  
  - 1 hammered ring, antique copper, 33 mm
- Medium knurled antique copper chain, 21 inches
- 1 arrowhead toggle set, antique copper
- 1 old style reproduction key
- 1 small wooden peace sign pendant
- 3 glass beads
- Gunmetal wire, 20 gauge
 
     
  Instructions:  
 

1. With your chain nose pliers gently open one link of the chain. Remove from the chain and set aside. Repeat until you have created three knurled chain jump rings. Divide remaining chain into two 10 inch segments. Set aside.

2.  Thread the wire through the hole in the peace pendant and create a wrapped loop. Thread a bead onto the wire and loop the other end of the wire. Use remaining wire to loop remaining beads and attach the two looped beads to one another as shown.

3. With your chain nose pliers open one of the knurled jump rings. Thread through the key and through one of the looped glass beads. Close securely. Thread a second knurled jump ring through the hammered ring and through one of the looped glass beads. Close securely.

4.  Attach peace pendant to hammered ring with remaining knurled jump ring as shown.

5. With your chain nose pliers open the end link on one of the 10 inch chain sections and attach it to the hammered ring. At the other end of the chain section open a link to attach the toggle bar. Close both links securely. Repeat to attach remaining 10 inch chain section and the toggle loop.

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  Large Loops Copper Bracelet Tutorial  
  Ingredients:  
 

- 5 hammered rings, antique copper, 33 mm
- 28 medium knurled antique copper jump rings*
- 1 lobster claw clasp, antique copper, 7 x 14 mm
- 1 square jump ring, antique copper, ¼ inch

*you can create these jump rings by opening links of the medium knurled antique copper chain, this project uses approximately 11 inches of chain to create 28 jump rings.

Tools:
- Chain nose pliers

 
     
  Instructions:  
 

1. To turn the chain into jump rings use your chain nose pliers to gently open each chain link and remove it from the chain. Continue until you have created 28 jump rings.

2. With your chain nose pliers open the square jump ring and thread it through the lobster claw and one hammered ring. Close jump ring securely.

3. With your chain nose pliers loop one knurled jump ring around two hammered rings. Close securely. Repeat until you have 7 knurled jump rings closed around the two hammered rings. Repeat to attach all hammered rings. Close bracelet by hooking lobster claw around one hammered ring as shown.

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  Sugar Spoon Necklace Tutorial  
 

Ingredients:
- 1 tiny brass spoon
- 1/8" Letter + Number Punches
- 1 oval star locket
- 1 birdhouse charm
- 5 Antique Brass 1/4" square jumprings
- 18 in. Antique Brass extender chain
- 1 Antique Brass tulip bead cap
- 1 Antique Brass umbrella toggle
- 4 Antique Brass jumprings, 5mm
- 22 gauge gold color plated craft wire
- 1 cast birdie charm
- Chain nose pliers

Instructions:
Please visit http://shinylittlethings.blogspot.com for instructions on this project.

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  Filigree Necklace Tutorial  
  Filigree Necklace  
     
  Ingredients:  
  - 1 Antique Copper 5-Loop filigree piece
- 1 Antique Copper 1/4" square jumpring
- 6 Antique Copper 2" headpins
- 1 Antique Copper large lobster clasp
- 6 Firepolish beads, 6mm
- Chain nose pliers
 
     
     
     
  Silken Necklace Tutorial  
  Ingredients:  
  - 1 card green knotting silk, size 8 or 10
- 25 antique brass five petal bead caps
- 22 assorted 6mm Czech glass fire polished beads,
- 3 assorted 8mm Czech glass beads
- 1 antique brass Blossom Vine toggle set
- 4 antique brass knot covers
- 4 antique brass jump rings, 5 mm
- 5 antique brass jump rings, 7mm
- 3 antique brass head pins, 1 inch
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Scissors
- GS Hypo Cement
 
     
  Instructions:  
 

This knotted silk necklace makes the most of the drape of 100% silk knotting cord; the necklace twines like a real vine along your collarbone. The beads are assorted like sweet pea blossoms, but you can make this design with a single color of beads or pearls for a more formal look.

The distances in between the beads on this necklace vary. This enhances the botanical look of the necklace but if you prefer an exact distance than just measure to your heart's content.

Finished length 18 inches.

If you need help on creating looped head pins visit our Basic Beading Moves tutorial here.

1. Begin the project by carefully unwinding the silk from the card and stretching between your hands gently until the fold marks disappear. If you do not stretch your silk sufficiently it will stretch after you make the necklace and your blossoms will droop. Tie a secure knot at one end of the silk strand and thread the silk through one knot cover so that the knot is inside the cover as shown. Knot silk on outside of knot cover. Approximately 1 inch from knot cover, knot silk again. (pic 1) Thread bead cap and one 6mm bead onto silk and knot tightly. (pic 2) Continue this until you have knotted 5 beads within 9 inches. Approximately 1 inch from fifth bead, knot silk.

2. Thread the silk with one bead and one bead cap, knot. Note that the order of bead/bead cap has changed. (pic 3) The blossoms bloom UP the neck on this style by changing the order of bead cap/6mm bead in the back of the necklace. Proceed with the strand, knotting six 6mm bead/bead cap sets until the total length of the necklace is 18 inches. Knot the silk, thread one knot cover onto the silk and knot the silk inside the knot cover. Trim silk. Set this strand aside.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create a second 18 inch strand with 11 knotted bead/bead cap pairs.

4. Apply glue to knots. With chain nose pliers, close knot covers tightly. Line both strands up next to one another in the way that you want them to be on the finished necklace. Using your chain nose pliers, gently open one 5 mm jump ring and thread it through the loops on one knot cover and through the loop on the toggle bar. Repeat to attach both strands to the toggle bar. Repeat with remaining 5 mm jump rings to attach both strands to the toggle loop. (pic 4)

5. Thread a head pin with an 8mm bead and bead cap. Loop the head pin. Repeat with remaining beads, bead caps and head pins to create three bead dangles. Using your chain nose pliers attach the bead dangles to one another with the 7 mm jump rings as shown. Attach this chain to the toggle loop. Wear the toggle loop in the front of this necklace to make the most of the blossoms.

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  Elaine Ray Lentil Necklace Tutorial  
  Ingredients:  
  - 10 Elaine Ray Lentil beads, assorted finishes
- 2 Chain toggle sets ( reserve the toggle bars for another use)
- 2 brass tube crimps, #4 size
- 36 inches of turquoise waxed linen thread, cut into two 18 inch sections
- 72 inches of dupioni silk ribbon, cut into two 36 inch sections
- Chain nose pliers
- Scissors
 
     
  Instructions:  
 

Create a necklace with easy-to-knot waxed linen and a comfortable ribbon tie. Added details like the toggle rings at each end and the handmade beads make this a smooth and peaceful accessory.

If you have not knotted with waxed linen you are in for a treat. The smooth surface of the linen feeds quickly through beads and the knots are easy to pull. Our Irish linen is waxed with pure beeswax for a smooth, chemical-free thread you’ll love to use.

1. Roll the ends of both pieces of waxed linen between your fingers to attach them to one another creating a single strand. Tie a knot 6 inches from the end of the strand. Thread a bead onto the longer end of the strand and tie a knot to secure the bead. Repeat until all beads are knotted on the strand.

2. Thread the linen through one crimp bead and then through the ring on one toggle loop. Thread the linen back through the crimp bead as shown and pull tight. Using the chain nose pliers flatten the crimp and trim the excess linen. Repeat with the other end.

3. Loop one section of the grosgrain ribbon and thread through one toggle loop. Feed the ribbon ends through the loop and pull to secure the ribbon to the toggle with two long trailing ends. Repeat on other end of the necklace. Tie at neck at desired length.

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  Easy Earring Ideas  
     
     
     
     
  Octopus Necklace  
  Ingredients:  
  -1 brass octopus
-7 gunmetal jump rings, 9 mm
-2 gunmetal jump rings, 7 mm
-14 inches of gunmetal chain, cut into two equal pieces
-13 inches of gunmetal chain, 2 mm x 4 mm links, cut into 3 inch, one 4 inch and one 5 inch piece
-1 dapped gunmetal filigree flower
-1 spring ring clasp, 12 mm
-1 pink plastic flower bead, 22 mm
-1 red glass druk, 6 mm
-0.010 Soft flex bead stringing wire, 6 inches
-pink spray paint
-clear spray paint
 
     
  Instructions:  
 

Before you begin, you’ll need to paint the octopus. Carefully wash it using dish soap and allow to air dry. Place the octopus on newspaper in a well ventilated area and spray two thin coats with the pink spray paint, allow to dry 30-60 minutes between coats. Follow up with a thin coat of the clear spray paint to make the finish last longer. Allow the whole thing to dry overnight before making your necklace. We don’t generally paint the back, but that is up to you.

1. Use the bead stringing wire to ‘sew’ the druk and flower bead to the filigree piece. Trim the excess wire. You can glue the knot with something like E6000 if you want, or back the filigree with a piece of suede or felt (cut to filigree size) to hide the knot if you wish.

2. With the chain nose pliers use three 9 mm jump rings to attach the octopus to one piece of chain as shown. Use two 9 mm jump rings to attach the octopus to one side of the filigree piece. Use the remaining two 9 mm jump rings to attach the filigree piece to the remaining chain piece. Close all your jump rings securely, the ones in this photo need a bit of attention!

3. With the chain nose pliers use one 7 mm jump ring to attach the three pieces of 2x4 mm gunmetal chain to one side of the octopus. Use the remaining 7 mm ring to attach the ends of the 2x4 chain to the end of the large link chain.

4. With the chain nose pliers open the ring on the end of the spring ring clasp and attach it to one end of the necklace. You’ll clasp the necklace by hooking the clasp into the other end of the chain.

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Additional Printable Tutorials:
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