How to Make Simple Charms

In this photo tutorial I will show you how to make simple charms or pendants.

Here are the charms, aren’t they cute? I used rose quarts nuggets, that’s what I had handy in my jewelry supplies box today. I like rose quartz, it is the crystal of LOVE πŸ™‚

simple charms

Here is what you need:

  • stones or crystals (or anything that can be hung, preferably top drilled)
  • wire, I used artistic wire 22 gauge
  • assorted pliers

materials needed

First steps, please follow the numbered pictures. Cut the wire, you need approx 5″ to work with. Bend the wire and wrap as shown.

how to make simple charms

Last steps, please follow the pictures. Cut extra wire and continue wrapping the bail. Tuck in the ends by putting pressure with the pliers. You don’t want any wires to stick out!

tutorial

That’s it, you got it!
You can use any stones or crystals you like, silver, gold or copper wire, be creative and have fun!

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How to Make an Eye Pendant

In this post I will show you how to make an ORB. It is basically a cabochon eye, wrapped with wire and made it in a pendant. This is our finished piece of jewelry.

eye orbWhat you need:
– 24 gauge artistic wire (silver color copper wire)
– 2″ bangle or any other already made circular frame
– flush cutter and a set of pliers
– eye cabochon from any craft store

wire wrap eye

Step 1 – Cut 8 pieces of wire, 24″ long and fold them in half.
Step 2 – Attach the wires to the bangle, using 3 loops, as shown. Try to place them symmetrically. You will have 16 pieces of lose wires.
Step 3 – Twist every two of them together. You will have 8 bunches of wires now.
Step 4 – Twist again every two of them together. You will have 4 bunches of wires now.

step 3

Step 5 – Bring together all the wires, as shown. Be gentle. You will have a thick bunch of wires now.

step 5

Step 6 – Start wrapping the eye.
This is when the fun begins and your creativity kicks in. I can not suggest every move and twist, as it is up to you to play with the wire. As shown in the picture below, you place the eye in the middle of the bunch of wires and gently bring each wire on top of the eye and slide it on the other side of the pendant. My tip here is to use wires from opposite sites, so the eye will stay put from the beginning. Once you cover the eye with all 16 wires, turn the pendant and tuck in the wires on the back of the eye cabochon. The last picture shows you how it looks. Don’t worry, it looks a little messy at the beginning, but you will press the wires and they will look neat.

step 6

Ok…. so now the eye is secured, that means it doesn’t move πŸ™‚
Gently push the wires from the surface of the eye, to the sides. Try to make a cute design. Flip the pendant and do the same thing on the back. Be patient, it will come around!

Step 7 – Start wrapping the frame.
This is the last step. Wrap the frame all around. Use strings of wires about 20″ long, it is easier. When you need a new string, just make the loop! Wire is a very forgiving material. In the picture below I show how I made a bail, just by continuing wrapping another inch and then twisting and attaching it to the frame.

TIP – when cutting wires, do it very close to the base and use pliers to tuck the ends in. This way the pendant will not scratch the skin.

step 7

That’s it! 7 steps to make a very unique pendant. Add a chain or a cord and wear it in good health. This is a very cool pendant, you will get lots of compliments and it will remind you of your inner spiritual self, because:

EYE IS THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL

eye orb pendant

NOTE – This particular piece is sold out. However, I have many other “eye” design pendants in my online shop. Visit Magick Stone Shop NOW!

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Green Aventurine Tree of Life Pendant

green aventurine pendants

Aventurine is a translucent form of quartz that comes in various colors. Green Aventurine is known as a lucky stone and it is also called the β€œStone of Opportunity.”

Green Aventurine has a positive energy, so it is a great boost of chances in any situation. People like to wear a specimen in their pocket for bringing luck and prosperity.

Green Aventurine carries a strong connection to Mother Earth and increases the appreciation of nature.

Green Aventurine brings out this hope, that is why I decided to make a Tree of Life with small natural chips.

Initially, I was thinking to make just a small ornament, but I realized that my green aventurine chips that I had in my jewelry supplies box are of great quality, so I changed my mind: I will make a piece of jewelry. And one piece turned out to be two pieces… I loved making them!

tree of life pendant

I attached the pendants on long chains, they look awesome. My daughter already grabbed one πŸ™‚

Ohhhh… talking about trees and green aventurine… look what I made last year!

tree ornament

This particular pendant is sold out, but feel free to browse my store for other beautiful and one-of-a kind handmade pieces of jewelry. Visit now >>> Magick Stone Shop

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Recycled/Upcycled Art – How to Make Magnets from Soda Cans

I love to recycle/upcycle, as much as possible. In this article I will show you how I am using soda cans to create beautiful fridge magnets. Enjoy!

Ok… this is the magnet I made recently. The final product looks like this:

lizard magnet

… a cute lizard…

These are the parts that form my magnet: a frame, a magnet and the foil.

lizard magnets parts

The frame is one of those ‘wedding favor’ frames, you can buy them in bulk online. The magnet? You buy in self-adhesive sheets. Measure, cut and glue the magnet on the back of the frame.

lizard magnets foil

The aluminum foil is the center of attraction. This particular one came from a Sprite soda can. Cut the can carefully with scissors, you will get a rectangle. Measure to fit the frame.

work in progress

Now the fun part begins!

Draw the lizard on a piece of paper, cut it out and place the lizard on the colorful part of the soda foil. Draw the contour with marker. Then use an embossing tool or just a wooden stick or pencil (not very sharp), and press gently inside the contour, until you see the lizard taking shape on the other side. This is the basic embossing method.

Once the lizard is ready, pour some glue and let it set. I like to used a glue gun with hot glue because it cools fast.

Once the glue is set, you are sure that the lizard will always stay in place πŸ˜‰

Now you can decorate your lizard with some little paintings, like flowers. I use nail polish, it works best for tin foil! I also like to emboss the flowers, just a little, to add some more dimension.

So here you have it. Cool project, try it!

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Wire Art – Palm Tree Wall Decor

palm tree wire art

Wall Decor, 18″ x 24″ x 2″. As per these dimensions, you can see that this is a not a flat piece, it raises about 2″ from the surface. It is very hard to take a good picture of it, I tried with two different backgrounds, still doesn’t make justice. πŸ™‚

Anyway… like any other artist out there, I am inspired by Mother Nature. Palm trees always fascinated me. Here is a beautiful photo of a majestic palm-tree I took in the Caribbean.

palm tree

… let’s go back to my wire art πŸ™‚

My wire palm tree is a very happy tree. This is the message I am sending through this piece of art: happiness. My palm tree is dancing! Dance is a form of happiness, don’t you agree? Look how the bottom branches touch the trunk of the tree. It is a dancer pose! The tree is sliding its trunk to the left and to the right, like a belly dancer!

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