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Gem Bracelet

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

gem braceletA pretty accessory for young girls, this bracelet is an easy enough craft for kindergarteners. It uses easy to get, inexpensive material and ids love to be able to show off their bracelet that they have make on their own. They can also become beautiful party favors for kids’ birthday parties or can be exchanged by kids as friendship bracelets.

Things You Will Need:

  • Empty Cardboard Tube that Fits Kid’s Hand
  • Gem Glue
  • Gemstones
  • Metallic Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors

Method:

  • Mark a straight line on one side of the cardboard tube.
  • Cut down the line using scissors.
  • Cut the tube in 1-inchrings.
  • Wrap the rings with pipe cleaners beginning from its one end.
  • Make sure that the end of the pipe cleaner is inside and that cardboard is fully covered with the pipe cleaner.
  • Now glue gemstones in any desired design to decorate the bracelets.
  • Let the glue dry and bracelets are ready to wear.

Rhinestone Jewelry Care

Friday, January 4th, 2008
by Ann

Rhinestone jewelry

  • Do not just jumble your rhinestone jewelry together in a jewelry box. The pieces will rub against one another causing scratches in the metal, scratches in the rhinestones, and even causing the stones to drop out. It is best to store your jewelry in the box in which it came.
  • If storing a pin and earring set in the same box, then fasten the pin and earrings to the cotton insert to eliminate the possibility of them rubbing together.
  • Never expose your rhinestone jewelry to high humid environment! or the metal part of your rhinestone jewelry will become dull and yellowish or worst scenario is- it will turn rusty !
  • If you want to keep your rhinestone jewelry in wooden materials like drawers etc ,take note of materials like Oak, it has certain chemicals that react adversely with the metals in costume jewelry.
  • Always put on your rhinestone jewelry mains before leaving the house. Never have your jewelry on while applying cosmetics, perfume, and hair spray etc,
  • Rhinestone Jewellry is very sensitive to costume accessories, sprays. Special care should be taken to maintain the same
  • Never wear your jewelry against skin with perfume or perfumed lotions. The metal will react to the chemicals causing it to tarnish. Always clean your rhinestone jewelry after every use.

Trendy Fashion Jewelry

Friday, January 4th, 2008
  • Turquoise jewelry

Turquoise jewelryTurquoise jewelry is making a comeback in all parts of the fashion world. Runway models sport the ancient stone especially as large chunky beads, earrings or large rings, everyday working women can be seen on subways and walking around town accessories with turquoise jewelry. Turquoise may have deep rooted history as an ancient spiritual stone, but it is hot and in fashion now.

If you are flipping through magazines looking for the latest celebrity fashion must haves, you will see all the stars wearing the Mystic Fire Topaz Ring and Toe Ring. Mystic fire topaz may look like a galactic ring from outer space but its rainbow kaleidoscope of colors is actually a neutral topaz stone that has been altered by a coloring process of metal coding with atoms. Pretty fascinating- as the stars will tell you, nothing like it exist in nature –and for some reason, not a lot in L.A. does either.

  • A Silver Link Bracelet

Silver Link BraceletA Silver Link Bracelet is the piece to wear with just about everything. If you are looking for hot style and fashion, the silver link bracelet never goes out of style. Silver never goes out of fashion because it goes with everything and adds a little bit of shine as well.

The fashion jewelry trend sees a strong growth in colored Stone Jewelry Set in gold or silver to enhance every day wear to evening attire. Colored stone jewelry has a growing demand from tourmaline, yellow and purple sapphires to garnets. Peridot green and vitrine remain ever popular to the fashion industry, as well as antique reproduction jewel

Wedding Craft - Ring Bearer Pillow

Friday, January 4th, 2008
by Sck

Ring Bearer pillowWedding craft projects come in handy when you are planning a frugal wedding but can still give you an opportunity to arrange creative and unique bridal accessories.

This project requires little sewing skills and looks quite graceful. It can become a beautiful wedding memory keepsake and can be passed on as a family heirloom. It is advisable to use high-quality material for the pillow and make it specially beautiful and creative. Smooth and soft texture makes it look more delicate and cute and the idea to tie wedding ring onto it loosely using the ribbon strands will avoid the chaos that the lost ring causes, at the time it is needed.

Things You Will Need

  • ¼ inch and ½ inch Decorative Satin Ribbon and Lace
  • 8 to 10 inch square of White or Off-White Fabric (Silk, Satin, Brocade or Same Fabric as the Bridal Dress)
  • Embroidery Needles
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Glue
  • Lace Ruffle
  • Lucky Charms
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needles
  • Thread to Sew
  • Two to Three Polyester Batting Squares (Same as Fabric Square in Size)

Method

  • Do any embroidery and needlework on the right side of the fabric square.
  • Sew on lucky charms, small ribbon and lace to the fabric face.
  • Sew on the straight edge of the lace ruffle along the fabric edge, on all four sides, wrong sides together.
  • Now, put the wrong sides of both the fabric pieces together and sew them to form the pillow on three sides.
  • Turn the pillow inside out (from the open side) and stuff it with polyester batting.
  • Fold the edge of the open side towards the pillow back for about half an inch and stitch it close using slipstitch.
  • Glue on the ¼ inch satin or silk ribbon to the center of the pillow top.
  • Stitch the ribbon to the pillow at the center point.
  • Glue on a ribbon bow made from the same ribbon over the stitching to hide it.
  • The two ribbon strands can be used to loosely tie the wedding rings to the pillows

How To Maintain Jewelery

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

 jewelery careYour passion for jewels is portrayed in not only acquiring the best and beautiful ones but also in taking care of them. Maintaining your jewels will help in retaining the beauty and quality of them for ages. Here are a few tips to maintain your jewels.

  • Choose a spacious container or a jewel case that has a lot of compartments to store your jewels than storing them all together to avoid scratches.
  • The jewel case should preferably have its compartments made in a soft fabric like velvet, satin or silk to retain the novel look of the jewels as wells as to avoid scratches.
  • See to it that you fasten the clasps and hooks of the necklaces and chains so that they do not get entangled
  • For storing pearls, use velvet or a cotton cloth and avoid plastic or other material lest they will dry them out.
  • Never use a tissue to store your jewellery as you may mistake it for trash.
  • Avoid storing jewels in a freezer as gemstones can get discoloured.
  • Store gemstones and pearls separately from other gold, silver or platinum jewellery.
  • Store gems of different materials in different containers.
  • Do not pull at gemstones and pearls while removing as they are prone to loosen with time and may fall off
  • Change the thread of your pearl necklace or string with a jeweler once in a few years
  • Avoid wearing jewels while engaging in house work, sports or gardening as jewels are sensitive to chemicals and objects that they come into contact
  • Clean your jewels periodically and do not allow dirt to get accumulated.
  • Special jewel baths may not be good for cleaning gems like porous gems (pearls, turquoise, opal, lapis etc) as they may ruin them

Always adhere to a mild soap in lukewarm water to clean your jewels. Last but not the least when you get dressed for an occasion resort to wearing your jewels at the end of your make up as jewels are sensitive to the chemicals in sprays, perfumes, creams etc.




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