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Upcycled Jewelry – 35 Beautiful Ways to Reuse Everyday Objects

Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More - Linda Peterson

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When I heard my friend Linda Peterson had a new book coming out I knew it would be awesome! Everything she dreams up in her creative studio is awesome and her new book Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More lives up to my grandest expectations. This book is packed with 35 beautiful ways to reuse everyday objects and with the turn of each page, I kept saying to myself “wow!” “awesome” “cool”. The chapters are divided into Simple and Chic, Big and Bold and Handbags and Accessories.

Linda definitely has me looking at discards completely differently. Did you know that you can transform a plastic CD spacer into sea glass earrings? How about a bicycle inner tube loop de loop ring? Or a soda-tab crochet purse? I want to try them all!

How can I possibly pick my favorites from this book! I’m in love with them all! But these plastic CD spacer faux sea glass earrings are the BEST!

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(c) 2014 Cico Books

I’m really into crochet right now so this purse caught my eye. My first concern was who would ever drink all those sodas (they are SO bad for you) but when I learned you can actually buy soda tabs, I gave this project a thumbs up!

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(c) 2014 Cico Books

I’m really into crochet right now so this purse caught my eye. (My first concern is who would ever drink all those sodas (they are SO bad for you) but when I learned you can actually buy soda tabs, I gave this project a thumbs up!

Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a preview copy of this book and the Amazon link is my affiliate link. The opinions and post are my own and Linda is a dear friend and an amazing designer :)

Visit Linda on her blog for more DIY inspiration and to enter her giveaway! Watch the book promo video on YouTube! And, visit our other creative crafty friends on the Upcycled Jewelry Blog Hop for more upcycled creative fun!


 

 

How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson

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Linda Peterson shares a technique to help you tie the perfect, no-twist bow every time and add a little country chic touch to a mason jar full of garden flowers.  A quick and simple way to bring a little of the outside in or to brighten someone’s day!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super easy Perfect Bow Tying YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Mason jar
Fabric or fabric ribbon – 36″
Scissors

Linda Mason Jar 1 How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson You will need approximately 36” of fabric or ribbon depending on the size bow you want.Wrap fabric around neck of jar and loop ends, just as you would to tie your shoelaces.  Adjust the fabric so that the right side is facing you.  You should have a short tail on the left side and a slightly longer tail on the right.
Linda Mason Jar 2 How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson Create a loop on the left by folding the fabric behind and holding it with your thumb and forefinger.  (Don’t twist or fold over the top as this will cause your bow to twist and not lay flat when it’s finished.)
Linda Mason Jar 3 How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson Create a loop on the right side by taking the right tail under the left loop, up towards the top and through the hole you created by your thumb and forefinger. Pull loop through.
Linda Mason Jar 4 How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson Adjust the knot and the loop, by pulling and arranging the fabric until the bow formed , looks nice and is flat.  Also make the bow loops the appropriate size for the jar or vase you are using.
Linda Mason Jar 5 How to Tie a Fabric Bow by Linda Peterson Cut the tails to the desired size.Insert your flowers and enjoy your garden indoors!

Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson

Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson

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Linda Peterson loves decorating her artwork with butterflies.  For Linda they have a hidden inner meaning of “taking flight”… “exploration” …”letting go” ….  “taking on wings” and just flying by the seat of your pants. Grab your wire and your pliers, because Linda Peterson is creating a beautiful bent wire “wings to fly” butterfly pendant.  Featured on Cool2Craft

Watch Linda’s super cool Butterfly Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

20 gauge annealed steel wire (from hardware store) or colored wire of choice
26 gauge copper wire – tarnished
1 jump ring
Swarovski bi-cone crystals in size of choice (we used 2mm and 4mm)
Ball chain and closure
Wire cutters
Pliers

 Linda Butterfly 1 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson Working off the spool, create a coil with pliers.
Linda Butterfly 2 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson Make a bend approximately ½” from coil.  Begin bending wire by massaging it with thumb.
Linda Butterfly 3 e1340804538610 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson Complete the bend by bringing the end of the wire towards the point of the coil.
Linda Butterfly 4 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson Snip off wire spool approximately 2” from the point of the coil. Create a coil at the end of the wire, bringing it up towards the previous coil.
Linda Butterfly 5 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson Wrap a piece of 26 gauge wire around the area where the two wires meet. Pull to secure. Snip off excess wire.
Wings Pinterest Linda Peterson Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson The 26 gauge wire can also be looped decoratively inside the wings.  You may even choose to add some crystal beads for embellishment. For the body, add crystals to a length of 26 gauge wire. Loop both ends to secure. Secure to body with 26 gauge wire.Add a jump ring at the top and attach to ball chain.Ready to WEAR!

 


Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

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Get more designs and value from your vintage metal findings by colorizing them with nail polish. Linda Peterson of Sweet Antiq’s shows you how to create a faux enamel effect on metal jewelry findings. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s Super cool Faux Enamel Jewelry YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Nail polish in various colors
Nail polish in light pearl color or may use a clear glitter varnish
Sweet Antiq’s metal jewelry findings
Aleene’s  Clear Varnish Spray
Toothpick
Wax Paper
Glitter of choice (optional)

Faux Enamel Jewelry 1 Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Make sure that the surface of your finding is clear of any oily residue.  Wipe with alcohol if needed.Mix 2 to 3 parts pearl polish to 1 part color on wax paper with a tooth pick.
Faux Enamel Jewelry 2 Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson Use toothpick to paint on polish to colorize metal.  Allow to dry.
Faux Enamel Jewelry 3 Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson If necessary you may want to put on another coat of paint – this is totally optional.Go over surface with clear glitter varnish.  Lightly sprinkle with glitter if desired. Let drySpray entire finding with Aleene’s Clear Varnish sealer and let dry.

Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson

Outdoor Chandelier by Linda Peterson

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Add a touch of ambiance to your outdoor living space.  It’s simple yet so eclectic. Linda Peterson shows you how to turn chicken wire, chain and a few beads into a stunning candle chandelier. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s Super cool Outdoor Chandelier YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Chicken wire – approximately 9 squares by 4 squares deep
Aluminum armature wire 1/8” diameter or use a similar wire
22 gauge silver  finish wire
Miscellaneous beads and drop dangles
Chain of choice
Candle in glass votive
Pliers
Wire snips
Gloves (optional – to protect fingers and hands)

Outdoor Chandelier 1 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Cut desired size of chicken wire, leaving wire ends extending. Place a length of aluminum armature wire 1″ longer than the width at the top, center the wire to that ends extend ½” on each side.  Fold ends of chicken wire over aluminum wire to create a finished edge.
Outdoor Chandelier 2 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Bend wire to form a cylinder, matching up the pattern.  Secure by twisting ends together.  Snip off any extra wire.
Outdoor Chandelier 3 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Use a pair of wire cutters to cut the wire ends from bottom of chandelier.
Outdoor Chandelier 4 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Turn the chandelier upside down and bend octagons in half – folding towards the middle.
Outdoor Chandelier 5 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Cut a length of 22 gauge silver wire and secure the end to the bottom of the cylinder. Continue wrapping wire in a clockwise fashion to form a circle at the bottom. Secure by wrapping end and snip off excess wire.
Outdoor Chandelier 6 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Secure an additional piece of wire to bottom and create a criss-cross across the bottom of the cylinder.  Wrap ends and cut off excess wire.
Outdoor Chandelier 7 Outdoor Candle Chandelier by Linda Peterson Turn right side up, attach three lengths of chain.Allow to hang while embellishing with coils, additional chain, droplets and the like.Place candle in center and enjoy!

 


Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson

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Animal prints are always on trend and fashion forward.  Take a virtual safari with Linda Peterson as she shows you how to make these lightweight fun earrings with Cloud Clay® air dry clay and markers.  Featured Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Animal Print Earring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Cloud Clay® Terra Cotta or white
Alcohol markers – terra Cotta, dark brown
Aleene’s Collage Pauge – glossy
Head pins
Two 2mm round spacer beads – antique finish
2 bead caps – antique finish
2 rondel or snowflake spacer beads
Small length of chain – antique finish
2 earring wires – antique finish
Paint brush
Round nose pliers

WORLD 1 300x168 Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson Roll a small amount of clay in your palm to create a ball.
 WORLD 2 300x168 Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson Shape into a cube if desired.
 WORLD 3 300x168 Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson  Draw small random shape circles onto bead to replicate a giraffe print.
 WORLD 4 300x168 Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson Poke a hole in bead with toothpick. Set aside to air dry.
 WORLD 6 300x168 Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson Thread a 2mm spacer, bead cap, safari bead, snowflake spacer and 2mm spacer onto a head pin.  Finish with loop using round nose pliers.Apply a coat of Aleene’s Collage Pauge Glossy and let dry.  Repeat if more shine desired.Attach to chain.Attach chain to earring wire.

Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson

Red White and Blue Embellished Candle Votive by Linda Peterson

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If you’re planning to entertain, this embellished candle votive will add a spark of festivity to your table top. Linda Peterson shows you how to create a fabric yo-yo and embellish a candle votive. It’s quick, EASY and FUN! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Red, White and Blue Votive Candle YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
Fabric in color of choice
Needle and thread
Scissors
Candle votive
Button
Clear tape

HINT – As a big time saver, purchase your yo-yo’s at your local fabric or craft store.

RED1 Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson Cut a circle from the fabric. Working on the wrong side of fabric, fold edges inward about 1/8”.  Use a running stitch to stitch along outside of circle.
RED2 Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson Gently pull thread and gather to form your yo-yo.Knot thread and cut excess thread off with scissors.
RED3 Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson Wrap a contrasting piece of frayed fabric around the votive, tape in place.
Apply glue dot to back of yo-yo and button.
RED4 Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson Press yo-yo over taped area on votive.
RED5 Embellished Red, White and Blue Candle Votive by Linda Peterson Press button over yo-yo.

 


Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson

Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson

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Take a little piece of the beach home with you. Linda Peterson shows you how to emboss metal and create a keepsake box to stash your vacation memorabilia. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Metal Embossed Keepsake Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Tacky Glue
ArtEmboss Metal sheet- silver
Alcohol markers in brown, green, blue or other colors of choice
Craft foam any color
Ball point pen
Acrylic Paint – black
Scissors
Ruler
Paint brush
Paper towels

beach 1 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Cut the craft foam to the desired size.  Cut a rectangle out of the center to create the frame.
beach 2 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Place the frame onto the colored (back side) of metal sheet.
beach 3 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Cut edges on a diagonal and fold metal edged over.  Flatten with the side of an ink pen.
beach 4 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Draw a diagonal line on the inside of frame,  cut along the lines and fold metal edges over.
BEACH 5 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Draw pattern onto front of frame with ball point pen.
beach 6 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Add color with markers.
beach 7 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Add a light coat of black paint to top of frame, getting it down into the creases.  Wipe away as much as desired.
beach 8 Metal Embossed Keepsake Box by Linda Peterson Arrange material, and frame onto top of box.  Glue to secure.  Add any additional embellishments as desired.

All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson

All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson

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This is the perfect project for that hard-to-shop-for man in your life. Linda Peterson shows you how to transfer an image to tissue paper and then create an art canvas that Dad is sure to remember for years to come. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Memory Art Canvas YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Canvas in desired size
Tissue paper or rice paper
Freezer paper
Iron
Heat resistant worksurface
Photograph and photo editing software
Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage
Matte gel medium
Paint brush
Assorted acrylic paints in colors of choice (for distressing effect and stamping)
Newspaper or other decorative paper
Foam alphabet stamps

 DAD1 All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson To prepare the tissue or rice paper iron onto shiny side of freezer paper. To prepare for printer, cut into 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet. Use a photo editing program to manipulate your desired photograph to size. Please note our disclaimer here: ** use your discretion when putting freezer paper into your printer. Since this is not standard paper, we do not assume any liability as it is possible for the freezer paper to get jammed in your printer, causing damage – not likely, but might happen.**Print photo onto paper.
DAD2 All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson Leaving printed paper on freezer paper, brush two coats of matte gel medium over photograph and allow to dry between each coat.
DAD3 All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson Gently remove printed paper from freezer paper taking care not to rip the printed paper.
DAD4 All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson For a decorative edge, tear edges of printed paper.
DAD5 All About Dad Memory Art Canvas by Linda Peterson Prepare canvas background by decoupaging newspaper or other decorative papers. Let dry and distress with paint if desired.  Decoupage printed paper onto canvas and let dry. Stamp any words onto canvas. Apply sealer coat of Collage Pauge over the top of the canvas and let dry.

 


Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson

Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson

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Upcycling junk that you would normally throw away is not only fun, it’s great for the environment too, keeping loads of unwanted objects out of landfills. In this episode, Linda Peterson shows you how to create a mini-birdhouse from a bottle cap! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Bottlecap Birdcage YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Bottlecaps
20 gauge annealed steel wire (from hardware store)
26 gauge wire black
Wooden block
Permanent marker – black
Needle tool or nail
Hammer
Wire cutters

Optional:

Moss
Flowers
Miscellaneous beads and broken jewelry bits
Bird charm
Duct tape
Glitter glue

BIRDCAGE 1 e1334352707395 Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson Color bottlecap black with permanent marker.Punch eight holes with a hammer and needle tool, evenly spaced into bottle cap. Start with 12 o’clock position, then punch a hole directly opposite at 6, 3 and 9 then 2, 4, 8 and 10. Use a wooden block to protect your work surfaces.
BIRDCAGE 2 e1334352717391 Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson Cut 4 pieces of annealed wire approximately 2-½” to 3” long. Bend into a U shape.
BIRDCAGE 3 e1334352727919 Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson At the 12 o’clock position insert the end of the wire. Bend end of wire under bottle cap. Place opposite end into the 6 o’clock position and bend wire to secure. Repeat this with remaining wires.
BIRDCAGE 4 e1334352738456 Bottlecap Birdcage by Linda Peterson Cut a piece of 26 gauge black wire to 4”. Wrap around top, securing the wires at the top. Add floral moss and flower, beads, charms and additional wire embellishments as desired.