B For Brass

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I made a small foray into jewelry making back in 2012  . I soon lost interest in it, However, I had picked up a few tools and supplies that would be sufficient to make quite a few sets of earrings etc. In a small attempt to exhaust my supplies, I decided to make a pair of earring for this project . I had enough to make one set of brass earrings. DSC_6434 Whats needed :

  • Basic Jewelry tools
  • Brass Tubes (5)
  • Brass Beads
  • Jewelry Wire

Hooks For each earring you will need 2.5 Tubes, 3 beads , 1 Hook , and sufficient length of wire First cut 1 tube into 2 half’s DSC_6436

The rest was easy. Starting with a Loop , Thread a bead , pipe, bead , cut pipe,bead, pipe and then loop in back into the first bead . The remaining wire needs to be wound around the loop and the balance cut off.All that remains to be done is to attach the hook to the loop . Image-1 (1)Image-1

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Da Da DONE!!!

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Organize that Bling!

I really apologize for the month-long absence.

I have moved cities and am settling down. A lot of organization and decoration projects are going on simultaneously and with no computer access for 25 days.. meant no blogging . I have been taking pictures of the projects as they go on and will blog as they get  done.

Today i completed a really cool orgn project in a really quick time. I love my dangly earings and have loads of them. They were squished up and stored in a shoe box for the move . I don’t have a drawer to keep them but a very narrow shelf. Its only 10 inches deep and about 18 inches wide. This shelf is near the mirror (yet to be hung up) and has storage on the side.

I needed the solution for the varioys jewellery like

  1. Dangly earnings
  2. simple earings that are Non dangly
  3. Watches
  4. Bangles
  5. Scrunchies
  6. Clasps

I started out  with a Foam core board . It’s a Little tougher than a normal board.
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It was actually behind a group picture taken in my husbands old workplace. Since he was not in the picture, he gave it to me to craft with.
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To make the Foam board pretty, I decided to cover it with fabric.

 
Fabric over board

The fabric is about 2 inched larger than the board on all sides.
Soak the fabric in liquid  fabric starch and cover the board . To remove excess water, I used a squeegee and left it out to dry for about 20-25 mins.
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Leaving about an inch from the sides , I nailed down some cable clips . I started vertically on one side . The Horizontal gaps between the clips is also about an inch. I then replicated the same on the other edge.
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To  hang my earnings i needed to thread through either wire or wool. I chose Wool because it was there. In retrospect , wire might have been more stable. I might swap it out later.
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In order to determine the length of wool i started threading the clips starting from the top left, moving in a horizontal line to the clip at the right.

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Next i moved vertically to the clip below and then moved left horizontally. I continued the same till i reached the last clip on the right hand side.

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I cut three inches more than the  exact length.

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Pull out the Wool. start again from the left hand corner but this time tie a knot with one end of the wool.

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Loop on the right hand side and tie a knot to the clip, keeping the wool as taught as possible.

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Continue the same path but with knotting the wool to the clamp at every stage.On the last Clamp, I double knotted the wool and cut the extra length off.  If using wire, A loop around the clamp should do.   Thats It. I could have decorated it a little bit more but that’s fine.
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For the Non dangly earings, I sorted them out into Ice cube trays that stack on each other.
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I had an old cutlery set that came with a stand to hand cutlery from. I use the cutlery , but did not like the stand so much for the cutlery. So I hung watches  from it. I also hung some of my favorite bangles
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For the rest of the things like scrunchies, Clasps and Non Hang-able watches, i am using a velvet lined tray.
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I had a piece of mirror that was perfect for that space. Its simply propped up against the back of the shelf
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So what do you think of the space. Do let me know

Love
Rashmi