A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day 2013: Day Five: Bead Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet

 
 
 

For the fifth day of A Gift a Day, I made a necklace, bracelet, and matching earrings for Winter.

This is the same design that I used for Liberty’s birthday necklace, which you can see in pink here.

Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings

 

Supplies:

earring hooks (I bought these at Walmart last year, 42 in a package for $2)

earring findings (I bought these at Walmart last year, 100 in a package, for $2. There are two different kinds inside; I used some for the necklace)

beads (the green beads came from Michael’s; the silver beads are garage sale beads but you should be able to find something similar)

chain with clasp (I purchased this last year from Etsy from this shop. You’ll get the best price if you buy a package of 10. I’ve bought several wonderful items from that shop for gift making).

elastic bead cording (I found this at Michael’s)

 

Tools:

needle-nosed pliers

wire cutters

scissors

A word about tools: Your husband may already have these tools in his tool box; mine does. He doesn’t mind me borrowing the pliers, but for some reason he minds when I borrow his wire cutters. I bought myself a pair of wire cutters for $1 at a garage sale in October 2012. Garage sales are great places to find tools for very little.

 
 
 
The earrings are made by simply putting the beads on the head pin-looking finding. Thread the earring hook onto the finding as well, and bend it with a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
 

Use a pair of wire cutters to cut the extra wire piece off. Use the needle-nosed pliers to close the wire loop that you’ve just made, and you’re done. It is that fast. (I made several pairs of earrings last year this way that you can see here). 
 
 
 
The necklace is made in essentially the same way. I could have used wire, but I chose to use earring findings to connect the beads. I used the ones that have a loop at one end.
 
 
 
I then lined up the center piece with the chain, and cut a small center section from the chain with wire cutters. I connected the ends to the chain by linking the wire through and closing it with the needle-nosed pliers.
 
 
 
The bracelet was made just like the bracelets that I made earlier this week.

 

Time:

It took me exactly one hour to make all three of these.

Cost:

$5.50 for everything. I bought everything except for the green beads and the elastic last year. I purchased the green beads 40% off months ago at Michael’s.

 
Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?
 
 

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16 Comments

  1. very nice I enjoy the series, and have shared it with others. I made photo calendars for the grandparents….I cheated and purchased the calendars a couple months ago to support our sons school through his fund raiser. I got the photos printed for free though from shutterfly and walgreens!

  2. Very nice! I don’t do a lot of this type of stuff, but mother was having issues clasping her bracelets. Michaels has excellent magnetic closures that I attached for her. (after getting my extra strength magnifiers)….and he doesn’t like you to use his wire cutters, but the pliers are okay. Hmmm. I don’t have to worry there. The tools are mine and the husband is not handy. But Mr. Prudent Homemaker could clean the rust off those garage sale cutters for you. ­čÖé I mean he even does windows…..

  3. I just made two little owl beanbags for the kids today. My mom gave me money to buy their presents with but I couldn’t think of anything they wanted or needed (my kids are not the ‘I want’ type, for which I am very thankful) so instead we’ve decided to use the money on family outings. But my mom wanted something under the tree for them to unwrap; so the owls will come with tickets to the local zoo. Tomorrow I’m going to make some solar system magnets for them (with tickets to the science museum.)

  4. You get to the point where you just don’t need any more “stuff”, you know? But at the same time I appreciate where my mom is coming from, with wanting to know the kids have something to unwrap under the tree – so this seemed like a nice compromise. The own beanbags aren’t nearly as nice as anything you’ve done; but they’re only to be thrown around a bit anyway. (I am rethinking the large buttons as eyes, since they will get thrown around a bit . . . Might have to remove them and use felt instead . . .)

  5. I love your gifts… and now have some ideas for gifts. I have been interested in making jewelry too..thank you . I have a question about Christmas programs. I enjoy watching the Hallmark channel especially during the holidays. Do you know if there is a way to watch it online and not with a cable connection? Thank you ~~ blessings Patty

  6. That’s interesting, my husband minds me borrowing his wire cutters too. I will keep an eye out for my own…I love these ideas of jewelry as gifts…I will make some up for my nieces.

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