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Make necklaces out of materials you have and meet Jennifer of Expertly Dyed

May 3, 2012

Bella darlings,

You are going to love this post! It’s awesome! Leave comments and give me some feedback. Are you gonna make this?

xo, Nicole

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Hey everyone! I’m glad to be back as a guest blogger for Nicole, diva of all things crafty and earth-friendly.  I have for you a stash buster–and the best part is, the sky is the limit in terms of creativity. Also, you’ll probably have all of the materials available in your home, so no need to go out and buy stuff–that means, you can get started making your necklaces now instead of waiting until the weekend! Feel free to make as many necklaces as you want, and feel free to sell them too.

 

What you’ll need:

*Stash yarn/ribbon I’m using some of DGY’s handspun sari in blue, http://store.darngoodyarn.com/search?q=Lux+Adventure and her white sari ribbon:  http://store.darngoodyarn.com/search?q=white+ribbon

*Wooden spoon (or a rock/potato could work too) and rubber band

Haha, that’s right, a wooden spoon! :D Now, on to the tutorial!

 

 

1. Choose which color of yarn you want to start. It’s best to make necklaces with singles, but you can do this same process with plied yarns too. Tie one end to the spoon as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Now, give the spoon a whirl to add extra twist to your yarn. Heh, I know that sounds crazy, but you’ll see how the necklace starts to take shape in a couple of steps. Your yarn should have enough twist such that it begins to twist on itself without having tension, as you can see in the following photo.

 

 

 

 

3. Wind the yarn onto the neck of the spoon, and hold in place with the rubber band.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Continue steps 2 & 3 until it you have “enough” over-twisted yarn. I think I had around 6 yards for this necklace..I was too lazy to actually measure it.

 

5. Find a chair/niddy noddy/spouse or child, and wrap your over-twisted yarn around like this: Tie it in a square knot and trim the ends slightly. Having a shabby yarn like mine will help conceal your knot.

 

 

 

 

6. Remove your mini skein from the chair (or niddy noddy, etc.), use your rubber band to loosely tie around the skein. Let go of the other end and let the skein twist on itself. You should get something that looks like this.

 

 

 

 

7. Find a pretty ribbon to “match” your necklace, then cut 2 even pieces. I didn’t worry about the length, since I wanted to have a slightly adjustable length to my necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Thread one of the ribbon strips through the skein and remove the rubber band. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot. Repeat on the other side (note: this is the easiest way to add a ribbon tie, but feel free to try a different method).

 

 

 

 

9. Ta-da! You have made an eco-friendly, super-cute, stash-buster necklace in about 5 minutes. Neat-o, am I right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would call this a basic necklace-beauty in simplicity, really-that also makes the perfect canvas for additional embellishments. You can add on pendants, thread beads onto the yarn as you’re over-twisting it, etc., but I’ll show you how I added a little extra to mine.

 

10. I have gotten really good at making stitch markers for knitters, and since it’s merely a stone’s throw from jewelry-making, I decided to make a custom pendant. Also, I have a bunch of extra beads.

 

 

 

 

11. I just used some copper-coated wire and 2 different gauges to make wrapped shell connector beads. I grouped them on a short piece of copper chain with jump ring, and threaded it onto the necklace. If I made more pendants, I could change them out according to my mood or outfit.

 

This project has a lot of potential, so if you expand on my original,idea, I would love to see the results. Here’s how to contact me:

 

Twitter: @JenniferBeamer2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Expertly-Dyed-Art-by-Science/186805184674246

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Website: http://www.expertlydyed.com

E-mail: jennifer@expertlydyed.com

 

Now, for a few things you probably don’t know about me:

 

1) I am a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won (and so is mynhusband). Our grandmaster fed me a kimchi radish once, which is apparently a great honor in Korean society.

 

2) It took me about 12 years to finally figure out how to style my curly hair–if only I knew how to do that in junior high school.

 

3) I am completely addicted to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’ve played for 73 hours…on my second character. :D

 

4) In high school, I weighed 200 pounds. I took up healthy eating and lost the weight–in total, about 65 pounds. Let me tell you, I developed quite the personality during my “fat” years.

 

5) I was a figure skater from age 2-15. I know a lot of show tunes because of the ice shows I participated in.

 

Thanks for reading, ya’ll! <3 Much love to Nicole too.

Jennifer Beamer

 

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