Dress Up with Cufflinks

The term cufflinks was coined in the 1600s, when men used links of chain with a button on one end to secure the cuffs of their sleeves. Cufflinks may not ever see a return to their mid 1900s popularity, when millions of pairs were sold annually by jewelry and accessory companies such as Swank, Inc., but they have been trending upwards in recent years now that more men’s shirts have cuff slits to accommodate them. Cufflinks aren’t reserved for men — women will appreciate the endless styles that are available, which range from subdued to funky (the millefiori cufflinks in this collection are a unisex style).


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Weekly Feature – Ribbon Amulet

Tips Before Starting

Before jumping into this project, there are a few tips I’ve collected while making a number of these. First, there are different ways you can go about the sewing of the pouch. You can use a sewing machine, sew by hand, or use fabric glue. I pulled out my sewing machine, and I created an assembly line. This allowed me to construct a number of pouches at one time. This saves time for a number of reasons. First, if you are like me and don’t keep your machine out all the time, you save the time it takes to set up your sewing equipment. Secondly, when you feel like making a Ribbon Amulet, you just have to pick up a pouch and start beading.

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Polyester Chain & Bead Lanyard

This easy to make lanyard necklace is so light-weight you’ll forget that you are wearing that school or work badge all day.

You’ll need:

*30 inches of dark green polyester chain
**1 – Swivel clip
**1 – Plastic card holder
5 inches of 20-gauge dead soft sterling wire
1 amber-colored square-shaped lampwork bead
2 – 6mm smoky quartz colored bicone crystals
Wire cutters
Flat-nosed pliers
Round-nosed pliers
Jeweler’s file

* Polyester chain from Beadalon
**Swivel clip and card holder from Fire Mountain Gems & Beads

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Halloween Clip Art Available

If you are looking for some Halloween clip art for your crafting needs, check out the About.com Clip Art site for images like the witch on a broom with moon pictured. You can use clip art for all kinds of crafting, but you can also use it for mixed-media jewelry making as well.

Resin, of course, is the first technique that comes to my mind when I look at something like this. You could use the basic instructions from my Halloween Resin Cabochons project. The stickers I used were not made of paper, but if you were to print up clip art like this on an ink jet printer, then you’d first want to seal the edges of the paper with something like Modge Podge to prevent the ink from bleeding when you put it in the resin. For a mold, consider using an old (not to be used again) ice cube tray.

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