Archive for May, 2010

Recycled Ring Pop Treasure Case

Posted in Tutorials on May 26, 2010 by Angie

Just a quick kid craft today, using some recycled items. Create one for a child, or assist them in making their own.

• Plastic bubble container    from gumball machine
• Leftover ring from
candy Ring Pop

• Craft felt
• Hot glue or epoxy


May’s Monthly “Fabulous Find”

Posted in Fabulous Find, Tutorials on May 25, 2010 by Angie

May’s Fabulous Find is not so much a great bargain as simply a great product find. It is a Plaid™ product – Mod Podge Dimensional Magic! I have seen other glazing products both on television and online, but they have been hard to locate in my area. Then I stumbled upon this great product in my local Hobby Lobby store with the clay products (Sculpey, etc.).

Used to glaze multiple mediums with a slightly dimensional texture, or to seal small items or pictures onto your surface, collage-style, Dimensional Magic is a very versatile product. You can use it in everything from jewelry-making to photography.  I purchased a pendant bezel with the goal of using the product to make a pendant with a photo sealed inside the frame. The packaging also shows another great idea. The glaze was used to add texture to a greeting card simply by applying it over select images on the card (in this case, small flowers).

Dimensional Magic is the consistency of water – very fluid – so you have to exercise care in using it. Also, directions indicate that you should NOT shake the product as it will cause air bubbles to form in your project.  Below, you can see a quick photo sampling of the super-easy steps involved in using the glaze.  A 2-oz. container would make several projects. It goes a long way! There is a small amount of shrinking as it dries, but you can add more later and it will re-dry very well!  Drying time is 24 – 48 hours. Try it out! You’ll have lots of fun.

Ribbon Bracelet Tutorial

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 by Angie

The end of April marked a joyous family occasion for us. A cousin’s wedding. And, in preparation for the ceremony, we assisted her in looking for jewelry to accent the bride’s (and bridesmaid’s) dresses.

It would seem that, as of late, ribbon-accented jewelry is showing a big trend. When looking at baubles at some of the larger department stores we kept coming across very chunky, beaded necklaces and bracelets that showcased both satin and grosgrain ribbons.

This photo tutorial shows my own effort at accenting a pearl bracelet with ribbon. I used a heavy duty thread to assemble mine, but you could no doubt use jewelry wire or even elastics to string your own masterpiece.

Drop a line and share a link if you create your own. I’d love to see someone get super adventurous with their choice of ribbon/beads!


Beads (enough for your choice of bracelet or necklace in your desired length)
Ribbon (at least twice the length of your desired bauble)
Jewelry string, wire or elastic

Left, cut one end of your ribbon at an angle so that it will not fray so easy in the future.  Right, thread a needle and tie one end of your clasp on before inserting needle into the end of the ribbon leaving approximately 1/4″ of ribbon overhanging the point of entry.

Left, next add a bead on the needle and pull it up to meet the ribbon as shown in center panel.  Right, insert needle back into ribbon so that it wraps around one side of the bead.

Continue to alternate adding a bead or inserting needle into ribbon as shown, left. Weave the ribbon back and forth around right side of one bead, then left side of the next until you reach your desired necklace or bracelet length, trim the ribbon at an angle, and then attach the other end of your clasp. You should have a lovely piece of jewelry. If your supplies are not too expensive, you could even occasionally change things up by switching ribbons periodically.

Jewelry crafts this coming week!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 by Angie

I’ll be posting some new jewelry craft tutorials this coming week. Please stop back later for a look-see!

In the meantime, check out this AMAZING bead tutorial using Shrinky Dinks plastic! “Just Something I Made” is a blog favorite for us at Stumptious Fiber Arts, and worth bookmarking by all!  Enjoy!