Triple Strand Charmed Necklace

Guess what?  This is the 400th post I’ve published.  Cool, don’t you think?  So, to show how much I appreciate all of you reading my blog and giving me so much sweet encouragement, I’m having a giveaway!  But first, here’s today’s tutorial:

I’ve been on a jewelry-making binge lately…here’s a triple strand one that I copied from a catalog photo (and I don’t know which catalog…the torn photo has been on my idea board for about six months now!).  Triple-Strand-ChaosServedDaI found a set of charms at Walmart for about $3 and combined them with sliver beads that almost look like hematite.  The beads I bought at the craft store, along with some chain, silver bead caps, a clasp, and waxed cotton cord.

For the beaded strands, I cut three 12” lengths of cord and strung the beads on those. For the bottom one, I used ten silver beads at each end of the charm-bead pattern, so a total of 30 beads.  For the next strand, I used 28 beads, then 24 on the top strand.

So, how to turn those lovely strands into one necklace?  First, I tied a know with all three strands at each end, with the strands lying flat and curved a bit.  Then I bent a head pin (but any wire would do) to make a “u” to pull the cords though a bead cap, making a loop of the cording.

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I slipped a jump ring through the loop made of the three strands, and connected chain to that. I connected the clasp, and was pretty much done.

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Except I didn’t want the cording to slip out, so I snipped the ends of the cording as far inside the cone as I could and applied a bit of E6000 to hold it. I let that set for several hours.

The necklace I copied didn’t have the charms, which I think add a nice bit of interest, and it cost considerably more (as in over $100) than this one. Mine will do just fine…when I pay a large amount for a piece of jewelry, I feel I need to wear it as often as possible. With this one, I don’t feel an obligation, plus I’m pretty proud to wear something I made myself!

And, guess what else?  I’m giving one away, too! Just follow the easy steps to enter below! Good luck!
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Christmas Card Monday…and a Giveaway!

I am so excited today, people!  Chaos Served Daily’s Facebook page went over 100 likes this weekend…woo-hoo!  I know, it’s a small number in blog-land, but it’s a giant number in Chaos-land…and I hope you’ll continue to read along and share with your friends. I feel incredibly blessed that so many of you enjoy my crafts, recipes, and general chaos…thank you, thank you, thank you!

To show my appreciation, I’m hosting my first-ever giveaway.  And what’s the prize (’cause I know you’re on pins and needles)?  A set of twelve handcrafted greeting cards (your choice of a Christmas variety or  a mix of all occasions) AND a $10 Starbucks gift card…so you can sit and sip a latte while writing your cards!

This contest begins Monday, October 22, 2012, and ends at Sunday night at midnight, October 28. 2012. The winner will be notified via email on Monday, October 29, 2012. Just follow the Rafflecopter form below to enter, and Good Luck!

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All Stampin’ Up! supplies:  Heart of Christmas stamp (Item 128129, $8.95); Snow Festival DSP, Gumball Green and Whisper White Cardstock; Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Markers; Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (Item 128152, $3.95 for 25);Apothecary Labels Framelits; Cherry Cobbler Bakers’ Twine; Vintage Trinkets

 

I just love this sentiment stamp and think it sums up the whole Christmas “feeling” perfectly.  I also wanted to make a card using the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags to showcase their versatility.  While they’re a great value even if you only use them as gift tags, they’re also fabulous as a layer on a card.  And did I mention that they are double-sided? Well, they are! Hope you’re becoming more and more inspired to create your own holiday cards…and I’d love to see them!