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Beads, stones, and jewelry supplies

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Valentines Day Jewelry with Kristen St. Clair

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Wooden-Circle Bib Necklace

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Brooch Ribbon Necklace

Steps:3
Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.
Materials
  • Costume brooches (we used 6, about 2 inches wide) or earrings (we used about 5 pairs, 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches wide) with openwork designs, from Bijoux Way
  • Wire cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear nail polish (optional)
  • Copper spray paint
  • Paper towels
  • 1/4-inch jump rings
  • Needlenose pliers
  • 1 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon, cut into two 24-inch lengths
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Dyed Wooden Beads Necklace

Steps:3
A quick dye gives unfinished beads a beachy, weathered look. These monochromatic necklaces, strung on leather cord, can be worn solo or piled on for effect.
Materials
  • Wooden beads, by Woodworks, available at craftparts.com
  • Powder dye in Evening Blue, Denim Blue, Taupe, Teal, and Yellow, by Rit Dye, ritdye.comor crafts stores nationwide
  • Round leather cord, 2mm, in Iceburg, White, and Yellow, from Leather Cord
  • Polyurethane spray (optional, to seal beads)
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Sea-Glass Necklace

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Jewelry, Sea glass, Summer
Materials
  • Assortment of sea glass and pottery shards
  • Plastic container filled with water
  • Craft drill (we used a Stylus rotary tool kit by Dremel, from Lowe's)
  • No. 61 diamond bit, from Metalliferous
  • Length of silk cord long enough to fit over your head when looped
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
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Felt Holly Corsage

Steps:4
For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.
Materials
  • Wool felt, 18 by 18 inches, in assorted colors, available at magiccabin.com
  • Holly template
  • Iron
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Ribbon, such as satin-backed velvet ribbons from hymanhendler.com
  • Assorted embellishments
  • Barrettes or brooch pins from tohoshoji-ny.com
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Jewelry Box for Semiprecious Candies

Steps:4
A pile of gemstones in luminous pinks, reds, and corals is a thrill to behold. These turn out to be good to eat as well. Use the same mold to make shiny hard candies (these are cinnamon flavored) and chocolates that can be wrapped in gleaming metallic foil. Tuck them into this handcrafted jewelry box for a special someone, or give them out to your dazzling friends.
Materials
  • Two 3 1/4-by-5 1/4 inch cardboard jewelry boxes with accompanying batting
  • Decorative faux-lizard paper
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Paste-style glue
  • Foam craft brush
  • Red art board (a heavier weight than card stock)
  • Satin fabric
  • Tape
  • Gold banding border and gold paper
  • Gem candies
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Bejeweled Valentine's Day Box

Steps:4
Dressed in apricot moire fabric and trimmed with satiny cord, a luxurious pink bow, and an array of faux gemstones, this box is no mere vessel. It's a treasure on its own. With a note, a photo, or some sweets tucked inside, it would make the perfect keepsake for Mom or anyone who appreciates a touch of luxury.
Materials
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Several pieces of mat board (32 by 40 inches), dickblick.com
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Apricot moire fabric, about 1 yard, bandjfabrics.com
  • Decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush
  • Coral cording on cotton tape, mjtrim.com
  • Wire cutters
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 4 to 5 inches wide, for bow
  • Box Base Template 
  • Lid Template
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Beaded Barrettes and Headband

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Beading, Crafting and DIY
Girls will love these sweet little hairpins and headbands. Butterflies and open-petal flowers look lovely when attached to bobby pins; a headband adorned with beaded flowers is equally charming.
Materials
  • 28-gauge nickel wire
  • Seed beads
  • Pliers
  • Bobby pins
  • Thin ribbon
  • Metal or plastic headband
  • Glue
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Curios Cluster Necklace

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
The carefree cool of this anything-goes necklace extends to how you wear it. Tie the bow in the back or off to the side for a funkier finish.
Materials
  • Large crescent template
  • Small crescent template
  • Lightweight gauzy linen, in Open Weave #10, graylinelinen.com
  • Heavyweight linen, in Basket Weave #4, graylinelinen.com
  • Embellishments, such as beads
  • Digital camera
  • Beading needle, sewing needle, and polyester thread
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 20-inch ribbons for ties (Ribbon #148, in Gray #131, by Shindo; 212-868-9311)
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