Friday, June 15, 2012

Guest Post: Starfish Beach Necklace!

Happy Friday! 
Today I'm so excited to be featuring Amy, from One Artsy Mama. Amy is not only super creative but, she is also totally sweet and real. Having her guest post is such a treat....enjoy! Angela
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Hey there, Angela's friends and followers!
I'm Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am thrilled to be here today to share my latest summery creation with you!

My little family is made up of myself, my best friend/hubby, and our almost-4-year-old Little Crafter...and we all have one thing in common.
WE LOVE THE BEACH!!!
In fact, the other day, LC was listening to a song called "Happy Place" and he told me, "Mommy, my happy place is the BEACH!"  Mine too.  I also happen to love making jewelry, and I wanted a fun summery piece that would remind me of our vacation even when my toes aren't in the sand.  Here's what I came up with.

STARFISH BEACH NECKLACE



Materials:
- starfish charm
- blue or turqouise bead
- small metal stamping disc
- jump rings and clasp
- head pin
- 18" chain
- metal stamps, stamping block, hammer
- Sharpie marker
- jewelry tools: needlenose pliers, flat pliers, wire cutters


STEP 1: First, I used my metal stamping tools to imprint "MB" on my circle to represent our favorite vacation spot, Myrtle Beach.  For a full tutorial on how to do that, go here!

 STEP 2: Use a Sharpie and a polishing cloth to create an oxidized look.



STEP 3: Put your bead on a head pin, form a wire loop, and add a jump ring so you can put it on your chain. 



 Here's how:  place the bead on the head pin, bend the wire 90 degrees, trim, and use pliers to form a loop.



STEP 4: Thread the stamped disc, the charm {mine came from Michaels}, and the bead onto your chain.  If your chain doesn't already have a clasp, you'll need to add one using your pliers.


 Ta-da!  Now I have a reminder of the beach that can go with me wherever I am this summer!

I found this quote on Pinterest and it's so true...in fact, I made my dad {who's also a beach-lover} this sign for Father's Day.  I think I may need one too.

What about you?  Where do you love to spend your summer days?  I hope you have a summer full of sand, sun, snowballs, and everything you love best.  If you get a chance, I'd be thrilled for you to visit me at One Artsy Mama.  I throw a party every Friday where you can link up your own projects and I can visit you back!

Happy Crafting!


3 comments:

  1. You make it all look so easy, lol. I really love this. I have a thing about starfish.

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  2. Thanks, Terry! And thanks so much for having me here, Angela!

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  3. Love it...I spent today at the beach!

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