Paper Crafting & Jewelry: Katie Hacker

This is the workshop I taught at CHA last month. It was so fun to see those crafty ladies make this project! They were up bright and early at 7am on Sunday morning to cut, glue and bead their way to personalized jewelry. Give it a try!

Making Personalized Jewelry with Katiedids™ Creative Components
By Katie Hacker for Beadalon

Katiedids 2-hole 25mm round component #356B-530
18 rose 6/0 Toho seed beads
.018" diameter SilveRose™ Beadalon 7 # JW03SR-0
Silver 4mm round solid ring #314B-166
Silver fancy bail #327B-035
Silver (thin) head pin #312B-013
Silver lobster clasp #315B-007
Silver extension chain #324B-010
4 silver #2 crimp beads #JFC2S-1.5G
4 silver crimp covers #349B-010
Optional: 12mm acrylic dome, paper image & dimensional glaze or resin

2 Katiedids 35mm rectangle #356B-514
12 rose 6/0 Toho seed beads
2 silver (thick) head pins #312B-113            
2 silver round/oval hinge earrings #308B-150/154
Optional: patterned paper & dimensional glaze or resin

Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Mighty crimping tool

Combine scrapbooking paper or photos with Katiedids™ Creative Components and Beadalon SilveRose™ beading wire for stylish jewelry that's easy to make.

For the Necklace:
1. Spread a thin layer of dimensional glaze on the back of the acrylic dome and press the dome onto the paper image. Set it aside to dry.
2. Pass a thin head pin outward through the upper hole on the Katiedids circle component. Make a wrapped loop to attach it to the loop on the bail.
3. Cut three 16" lengths of SilveRose beading wire and string the bail onto the center of the wires.
4. On one side of the pendant, string a seed bead onto each wire. Hold the wires together and pass them through a solid ring. Repeat the pattern five more times.
5. Repeat Step 4 on the other side of the pendant so the necklace is symmetrical. Adjust the beads so the pendant is in the center.
6. Attach a crimp bead and crimp cover to each end of the beaded section to hold it in place.
7. At one end of the necklace, hold the wires together and pass them through a crimp bead and the small ring on the lobster clasp, and back through the crimp bead. Crimp it, then attach a crimp cover.
8. For the other end of the necklace, pass through a crimp bead, the first link on the extension chain, and back through the crimp bead. Crimp it, then attach a crimp cover.
9. Use wire cutters to cut a 6" length of SilveRose beading wire. Choose 18 seeds that are uniform in size/shape (this is called culling). String the seeds onto the wire and pass the wire end through at least half of the beads again to form a circle.
10. Pull the circle tight, test to make sure it fits inside the channel on the circle component and then cut off any extra wire.
11. Trim away any extra paper on the image under the acrylic dome, then glue the acrylic dome and the beaded circle into the pendant; let it dry.

For the earrings:
1. If desired, cut a piece of patterned paper or photo to fit inside the Katiedids rectangle.
2. Use dimensional glaze to glue paper in place, let it dry.
3. String six beads (or as many as desired) onto a head pin.
4. Pass the head pin through the upper hole on the rectangle and make a wrapped loop to attach it to the loop on an earring.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 to make a matching earring.

• To settle the beads into the channels, turn the component upside down on a forgiving surface and press down. Or, you can use nylon jaw pliers to gently press them into place. 
• Seed beads can be irregular, so cull them to make sure they're uniform in size and shape.

Making Wrapped Loops:

Bend the wire in a right angle

Use round nose wires to make a loop

Wrap the extra wire around the base of the loop