This design tutorial expands upon the summer seashore theme. Creating your own gifts, jewelry and mementos gives you both more personalization options, as well as a deeper sense of connection to the relationships, emotional bonds, and memories we share. This easy crystal hairpin design is perfect for bridesmaids, friends, and younger girls alike.
For each barrette, you will need (a) plain bobby pin, (b) 3x 4mm bicone crystal beads (shown here in aquamarine satin), (c) 3x 6mm beads (you can use bicones or rounds; in this image, Czech crystals in light turquoise), (d) colored wire (gauge small enough to string beads), and (e) jewelry pliers (not shown).
Step 1: Twist the wire around the looped end of the bobby pin to create a secure connection for adding beads. Twist wire around several times to ensure durability.
Step 2: Slide coiled wire onto the “top” (bumpy/wavy) side of the barrette. Add the first 4mm bicone bead to the wire.
Step 3: Twist the wire around the hair pin to secure the bead. This step only requires one pass over the arm of the pin.
Step 4: Add the first 6mm bead, repeating the same steps used to secure the previous bead. Do not forget to secure it with a single loop before adding another bead.
Step 5: Repeat previous steps, alternating between the 4mm and 6mm beads, until the barrette is finished. Complete the end with several more loops, pulled tightly into a coil (same as Step 1). Use pliers to clip off excess wire and trim any sharp ends.
To further personalize, cut out a circle of printed paper in a coordinating color. Use decorative paper punches to cut out themed motif if desired (shown here, starfish).
Use a pen to write a personalized message, monogram, or to add details – like a person’s name, a special date, or an inspirational quote.
Coming up next: Bracelet tutorial.
And later… Table place and name cared tutorials!
Summer celebrations are about family, friendship, and the beauty of nature. Adopt a DIY lifestyle to infuse your life with both a greater sense of meaning, as well as a more sustainable, eco-friendly philosophy.
This design was created for Julie, the 100th person to like Lace Exoskeleton on Facebook! As someone who has inspired me throughout my artistic career, Julie has given me far more than I can express in words…
This set includes custom charms. The first charm – not in this image is a hand-embrodered crystal star. The second is our signature skeleton key to symbolize opening doors, expanding horizons. The third is a silver heart with crystal droplet in lagoon blue to symbolize the connections of love and friendship.
This exclusive, one-of-a-kind insert is designed as an “illusion” style invisible strand. It includes teal blue fishing line and crystals. We may produce this strand in the furture, although it has an unfortunate tendency to kink permanently when worn often. Our other designs do not have this issue.
This set included three clasps – a crystal beaded hook-up clasp in lagoon, and two heart tab hook-up clasps. This variety of clasps ensures the length of each strand is adjustable.
The center piece of this set – available upon request for custom orders – is a hand-embroidered star pendant.
Julie selected the lagoon color palette to compliment her fair skin tone. This is one of the best colors for people whop like green, but find that it brings out too much red in their skin tone. Shown here against a pale blue background, it shimmers with subtle green accents (Swarovski crystal luminous green).
Against a white background, the darker blue tones in the lagoon theme stand out. Each color palette in the Chain Reactions collection will assume a unique appearence depending upon your personal skin tone and coloration.
This necklace includes a custom insert strand. Longer and shorter strands are available for all of our designs upon request to ensure that your piece fits as both a necklace and a bracelet.
With love and best wishes, we at Lace Exoskeleton proudly proclaim that JULIE IS A STAR!