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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part One - Boho Floral Necklace

I recently received an invitation to participate in a challenge sponsored by C&T Publishing.  This challenge involved selecting one of C&T's adult coloring books, coloring a page and fashioning it into something totally different and unexpected. 

The book I selected was Modern Elegance.  I love the various floral images contained within the book and I knew I could make something fabulous with this.  The image I selected reminded me of the large, billowy floral decorations used in the Art Deco age.  I thought this would be perfect in jewelry pieces reminiscent of Boho fashions which are so popular these days.   I knew it would look awesome in a focal jewelry piece, as well as in several complimentary pieces.  The coloring book page combined with wood cutouts and jewelry supplies I had at home were all I needed to design a whole new jewelry wardrobe.   I ended up designing 7 different things out of one coloring book page - the large focal Boho Floral Necklace, along with complementary earrings and a charm bracelet.  I also made a cross necklace with complementary earrings, cross earrings and a mini wall cross.

The tutorial I am sharing today is for the Boho Floral Necklace.  Be sure to follow my blog in order to see the upcoming tutorials for the other pieces in this collection.  Now, without further adieu, here is the tutorial:


Supplies needed:

1 - Large wooden pendant blank, approximately 3 inches wide. (I used a shield-shaped pendant I purchased from RocknWood Supply on Etsy.)
1 - Adult coloring book page.  I used Modern Elegance.
5 - Sharpie markers in complementary colors (I used yellow, orange, light orange, light pink and dark pink/fuschia.)
1 - pink acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Pink Eraser)

24 inches - rhodium larger link jewelry chain
18 inches - Sari silk ribbon/silk ribbon in shades of orange and/or pink
27 - glass beads, crystal and/or pearls in shades of orange and pink
48 - silver-colored bead caps (optional)
17 - silver-colored seed beeds
17 - 2" inch long, silver-colored head pins
1 - Lobster clasp
several jump rings - silver-colored

White glue
Super glue (optional)
Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Water-based varnish  (optional - please see #4 for information.)

Tools needed:

Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
Pen or pencil


1) Paint the back side with two coats of pink acrylic paint.  Let the paint dry thoroughly in between coats.  Drill 2 holes at top of pendant, about 2 inches apart (if pendant is not already drilled.)  Drill 5 holes along the bottom edge of the pendant.  Please refer to the photo for hole placement.  Set aside.  (Please disregard the top wood pieces; they are used in a different project.)

2) Color coloring book page with Sharpies.

3) Using the pendant as a guide, place it over a section of the coloring page, selecting an image that will serve as the focal point of the necklace.  Use pencil or pen to trace around the pendant.  Cut it out with scissors.

4) Use finger to apply a light layer of glue over the top of the wooden pendant blank.  Carefully place the coloring book piece over the top of the blank, smoothing it out with your finger and removing any wrinkles and/or air bubbles.  Set piece aside and let it dry.  Once it is dry, use your finger to apply a thin coating of Diamond Glaze over the top of the pendant.  The key is to use a very light touch here, so as not to smear your image.  If desired, once this is dry, the pendant can be left as is, however, I noticed that items sealed with Diamond Glaze can be somewhat tacky.  To alleviate this, I add a coat of water-based varnish over the top.  This takes away the tackiness of the Diamond Glaze.  I do not recommend using the varnish without the Diamond Glaze, though, as it may "lift" the color off of your pendant.  The Diamond Glaze is used as a protectant.  When applied lightly, it will help to prevent the coloring from smearing or lifting off of the page.

5) Divide the rhodium chain into 4 equal pieces.  Set 2 pieces aside.  On the remaining 2 pieces, lace the ribbon through each length of the chain and cut, leaving approximately 1 1/2" inches extra on each end.  Tie each end into a knot.  To ensure the knots stay secure, dab a dot of super glue on them (optional.)  Trim excess ribbon.

6) Thread 12 headpins with a silver seed bead, one pink or orange bead and bead caps, as shown in the image below.  Wire-wrap each headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Lay out the beads as shown, alternating pink and orange bead dangles on either side of the ribbon-threaded chain pieces.  Attach these to both sides of the chain pieces.  See photos below for placement.

7) Attach the beaded ribbon chain pieces to the top of the pendant with jump rings.   Add remaining chain pieces to each end of the ribbon chain pieces.  Add lobster clasp. 

8) Make 5 beaded dangles by threading a seed bead, two pink beads, one orange bead and bead caps onto each headpin.  Form the top of the headpin into a loop using rosary pliers.  Attach the dangles to the bottom of the pendant with jump rings.  Please refer to the photo for placement reference.

9) Enjoy your beautiful new necklace!

I will be sharing tutorials for a charm bracelet, earrings and cross jewelry pieces using coloring book pages as the design in the very near future...please be sure to follow me so you don't miss these tutorials.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bri's Depression Era Fabric Quilt and Longarm Quilter Profile (Raija)

Like many quilters out there, I'm sure you can understand how it feels to finish a bazillion quilt tops, yet you never seem to find the time (or the desire) to finish those quilts.  Over a decade ago, I made a beautiful quilt top for my daughter, Brianna, out of the depression era replica fabrics.  Somehow, time got away from me...and all of these years later, the quilt top was still being lovingly stored for "when" I had enough time to complete it.

Brianna and her Christmas gift (2015) - her quilt which took over a decade in the making.

Well, the time finally came around at Christmas time.  I decided that by hook or by crook, my daughter was going to get her quilt.  But, of course, I didn't have time to complete it by Christmas.  I searched online for longarm quilting services in my area, and came across Raija of Quilters Treasure Chest.  And, boy, was I glad I did.

Raija was wonderful in every sense of the word.  She is not only friendly and helpful, but she catered to my request to have a rush placed on the completion of my item in order to have it completed in time for Christmas.  When I had my appointment with her, she was very thorough in explaining her process in addition to ensuring I was happy with the quilting pattern I had selected for my quilt. 

Raija - who hails from Finland -- provides longarm quilting from her home studio in Rogers, Arkansas.  (Her services extend beyond our lovely state - so don't let distance prevent you from seeking her services if you need them. She has customers all over the world!)    Many of her own beautiful quilts utilize fabrics from well-known companies such as Timeless Treasures and Robert Kaufman; these companies use her quilts to promote their fabric lines.  Her quilts have been seen in Keepsake Quilting and Hancock's of Paducah catalogs, as well as in quilting magazines as part of advertisements for the fabric companies.

Last, but certainly not least. Raija has recently started renting her longarm quilting machine to quilters who want to try their hand at performing longarm quilting themselves, or for those who want to see if longarm quilting is for them.

I don't often write promotional blog stories about other products and people, but there are exceptions to every rule.  Raija is one of those exceptions.  I hope you will give her a try when you need longarm quilting services.  She is a consummate professional who excels at what she does.  I don't think you will regret it. :)  Raija can be contacted through her website, Quilter's Treasure Chest; email; and telephone number (479) 310-6295.

The quilt top (prior to completion.)

The quilt top (prior to completion.)

The completed, quilted quilt - in Raija's studio.

The completed, quilted quilt - in Raija's studio.

Detail of quilting - isn't it beautiful?

More detail of the quilting.

Brianna loves her handmade quilt!