November 06, 2010

It's party time!

Hello, welcome to my blog - come in and take a seat. Wine? Coffee? Any other beverage?
I hope you are enjoying the blog hop party, if at any time you get lost here is the list of blogs to enable you to find your way:


Here we go!

I have thoroughly enjoyed making new friends over the last year and enjoy reading their blogs just as much, tonight's blog hop made me think of my very dear friend 'L'. 'L' moved to Somerset a little while ago, which is about 5 hours away from us. I do miss her terribly as we do not get to 'see' each other very much but speak on the phone a lot! Anyway through a series of thoughts I decided that my theme for tonight would be presents or 'present' singular. I have made this for 'L' and I am going to show you how to make one:


You will need (supplies available from here):

Firstly, you need to cut a piece of Jewellery wire about 3 inches long and thread it through the heart bead leaving an inch of wire at the front. Bend the front piece of wire upwards:


Using your pliers, bend the shorter front piece of wire around the longer piece:


Wrap it round 3-4 times then cut off the excess (small piece only, you still need the longer piece),  thread a small black bead onto the remaining wire and push down gently (I am using these small beads as spacers, but you can buy official spacers on any jewelery website): 


Next, thread the remaining wire through the hole in the top of your pendant:


Thread two small beads onto your wire:


Holding the beads in place, you need to bend the wire over and create a loop, wrap the wire around the loop to secure it: 




Finished Pendant:


Next you will need to remove the beads from the plastic wire they are stored on and onto the necklace. (An easy way is to thread the necklace wire through the beads while they are still on the plastic wire, then pull the necklace wire. The beads will fall straight onto it)

PLEASE Note: you only need half of the beads on the necklace wire first!




Now you will have half the beads on the plastic and half on the necklace wire:



Thread the pendant on:


Then finish threading the beads onto the necklace wire, once you have done that then pull the beads tightly and hold in place. Bend the wire over at the last bead, leaving a tail and thread the tail through the first bead only - this will help to keep the beads tightly pulled.  Squeeze the small bit of wire together next to the last bead (see diagram) and thread it into the hole on the clasp:


It's a little tight so make sure you have squeezed it flat and give it a little push. Then remove the wire that you tucked into the last bead.


Squeeze the clasp to secure and cut off the excess hanging wire:


There you have it!!!


Hopefully that made sense!

Now in true party style here is the next letter for the blog hop giveaway.....

READY?????








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Yes it's the letter 'E' brought to you by Rachel B!

Now for my own give-away, then I promise you can move on to the lovely Melissa at Sunlight Simplicity. You need to have a rummage round my blog and post a comment with the names of my hubbie and two children. I will draw the winner at random on Tuesday morning at 10am GMT.......
......And the prize?????

Your very own necklace that I made today!
Hope you have a great evening blog hopping - Night x

37 comments:

Vicki-Jane said...

Hi Hun, I love the necklace but won't enter the giveaway because I think that might be cheating! Lol! Really looking forward to our crop on Monday (must sort my crop bag tomorrow) :) On another note hope DH, DS & DD have all recovered from their various ailments? Love me x

JO SOWERBY said...

aww that is such a lovely tutorial and necklace rach. is L amywhere near me in Wells cos i'm in somerset too?
Jo xxxx

nancy said...

What a beautiful necklace! Love the dash of red.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Would love to win the necklace. (Steve, Adam, Emily)

K said...

Ooo, fab tut, tq :)
Your OH is Steve, and your cute kiddies are Adam & Emily

Sian said...

That's such a lovely necklace and your tutorial is beautifully put together. I love it! It's been a real pleasure getting to know you over the past year Rachel - I love to come here and admire how you fit in so many fantastic craft projects along with looking after those cute kids! x

Which reminds me the answers are Adam, Emily and your DH Steve

Lee Currie said...

I love the look and feel of your blog. Just lovely. And thanks for the tutorial, I'd never considered making jewelry and maybe I could try! I so love bloggy brilliance :)

Lizzie said...

This is a really great tutorial, Rachel and the necklace is so pretty.
I love to visit your blog - it's on my "unofficial list of favourites"! So glad we met, I really enjoy your blog posts.

Oh, by the way, Emily and Adam are your little people and DH is called Steve. :-)

Amy said...

Rachel, the necklace is fantastic! I think your blog is one of the ones that shows how much life has changed and how great it is to follow a friend through changing times in life - it has been a pleasure to read your blog and to see your beautiful children arrive and grow ... not to mention all of your fabulous crafty goodness.

furrypig said...

Wow your Halloween nails are just amazing!! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing and your hubby is Steve and your gorgeous kiddos are Adam and Emily (in case you forget)! xxx

The Scrappy Tree said...

What a gorgeous pendant! Lovely tutorial to share :)
Must of course have a try to win it! Hubby Steve, two darlings called Adam and Emily :)
Gayle xx

jennifer said...

Steve, Adam and Emily. I feel like I know them a little too!

Always love visiting your blog, and I really appreciate the comments you leave on my blog too. The instructions you've done this evening are fab, and I love how you're proving you really can work with those nails on. I don't know how you do it!

Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway. Do you realise you didn't answer the question on my giveaway? If you want a chance to win you'll have to come back and comment again with an answer!xx

Miriam said...

Hello Rachel B! I have come on the blog hop from Sian. I love love love that necklace almost as much as your nails! I would love to win your give away tonight.
You DH is Steve and your two little ones are Adam & Emily. :)

Gez said...

awe, what a gorgeous necklace & wonderful gift Rachel. Thanks for showing us how to..xx
Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Hugs, Gez.xx

Nat said...

Thanks for the tutorial - you're so talented! This is the first time I've visited your blog but I will definitely be coming back.
Lovely to meet you!
Nat x

humel said...

What a gorgeous necklace! Love the tutorial, and love that I have a chance to win one without needing to make it myself....

And of course I didn't need to look these up, I've been following you, Steve, Adam and Emily with interest for some time now, and look forward to doing so for a long time to come! xx

Lesley said...

What a fabulous necklace!!!! You are very talented.

Answer to your question - hubby is Steve, son Adam and daughter Emily

Liberty :) said...

gorgeous necklace! cant wait to stop by your blog again in the future!

Deb said...

Rachel ~ What a beautiful necklace and fabulous tutorial you have created! It's been fun getting to know you through our blogs!!!

PS: Steve, Adam, & Emily. :o)

Elizabeth said...

Your interesting family comprises Steve, Adam and Emily.

Karen said...

This is my first visit too, but not the last! The necklace is stunning and your tutorial and photos are so clear. I've never made any jewelry I was happy with, but I think I might be able to manage this!

Miss Smith said...

This is a great tutorial, really clear and I love that you've included loads of pictures. The finished piece looks lovely. Really glad to have found your blog!

Enjoy the Ride Today! said...

Emily, Adam and Steve must all be very proud to have such a talented mommy and wife to all their own! That is a gorgeous necklace and what a great tutorial. Too afraid to try it though or I might have another crafty addiction. So glad to have hopped by today! :)

melissa said...

thank you for the awesome tutorial- this will make some great holiday gifts!

Amanda said...

I love the necklace and how you made your letter! Your husband's name is Steve and your kids' names are Adam & Emily!

Maya said...

what a lovely blog! Where have you been before? :) I love your monthly collages and knitting projects!

Amy said...

Your tutorial is fabulous! Such a lovely blog!! So fun to find new blogs on this hop! You're loved ones are named Steve, Adam and Emily. I'll definitely return to visit your blog often!

Margie S said...

Beautiful necklace! Thanks for the tutorial.

scrappyjacky said...

Always love visiting your blog,Rachel....all your wonderful crafty makes....and your chat [and gorgeous photos] about Steve,Adam and Emily

S said...

Great tutorial, you explained that so well. So glad I dropped by.

lou said...

Amazing necklace!!! I couldn't bring much over here to the UK with me so a new necklace (one that is handmade -even better!) would be so cool....lol
So: Adam and Emily and your little ones and your bigger one (hubby) is Steve! : )
Great blog and thanks for the chance to win. x

Lisa said...

I've been thinking of dipping my toe in the water of jewellery making - great tutorial! Bookmarking to come back again! And the answer to your riddle is Steve, Adam and Emily. Great blog.

debs14 said...

Lovely necklace, how on earth did you do that with those fabulous nails?!
It's been great to meet you and in answering your questions, it's been great to hear about Steve, the very handsome Adam and the gorgeously cute Emily!!

Cheryl said...

wow Rachel your necklace is gorgeous and I love the tutorial, it has been great getting to know more about you through our blogs. Anyway the answers are Steve Adam and latest edition the gorgeous Emily x

Tracy said...

I love your blog and that necklace is pretty. I have done some investigating :-) Your hubbies name is Steve, children are Adam and Emily

Becky said...

Love the necklace and the tutorial is really easy to follow. The answer to your question is Steve (DH) and Adam and Emily.

Cal said...

Hi,This is my first visit to your blog but I'll be visiting often! Love it! To enter your competition : hubby is Steve and little ones are Adam and Emily x