Kind of like the Poltergeist girl looking at the TV while she slowly said “They’re back!” That’s how I feel writing this blog…I’m sloooowwwwlllyyyyy getting back into the blog world after being out for a couple of weeks. It doesn’t mean my absence was out of lack of inspiration, it was actually quite the opposite. You see I’ve been experimenting with different mediums of art, including paper mache (not “paper macho” as bad as my autocorrect thinks this blog should be about). I’ve also been traveling with my kids during our Spring Break week (I promise I’ll do a blog post about this but not until my husband does his 52 adventures blog post first. I’ve also been busy volunteering at school, cooking or ordering in, helping with homework, cleaning, doing laundry and trying not to be a witch (or something that rhymes with it) while I’m doing all that and then some.
So to get back into the swing of things, here’s my take on how to make your own jewelry with Home Depot findings and & Sh%* You Have!Where I got my stuff from.
Bolts, Washers & Nuts plus anything else you may find worthy of your neck. :)
Michaels or any other hobby store.
Jump rings – used to unite two bolts or “rings” together. Buy thick and large enough depending on the size hardware you are using. They need to be heavy enough to hold the weight.
Jewelry closures – Make sure to buy them large enough to be able to fit your hardware though. These make the move of charms from one piece of jewelry to another very easy.
Last but not least….charms! Some of the hobby stores sell them in packs of three or 5 for a small amount.
The selection of charms at some of the hobby stores I go to is great. Visit several ones since they carry different brands. I like to pick random pieces that have nothing to do with one another. Actually, let’s be honest; I do this without really trying…it’s my ADD. I usually get home and wonder what the heck I was thinking grabbing all this random stuff that makes no sense. Then, on a more clear and focused day, I’ll sit quietly and make sense of it all. So don’t get discouraged you may actually find you can make more than one piece of jewelry with your hobby store findings.
Grab your jewelry junk drawer and pour it out on a table or somewhere you can go picking pieces apart. Some things are dear to me and other stuff is just plain junk. I love to break thin necklaces to tangle along with the hardware. Using the jump rings you can attach anything together.