Monday, November 26, 2012

Made to WOW! Grey and Yellow Gemstone Jewelry

You all know how crazy I am about sparkles... This gemstone necklace is one of my favorite jewelry designs in my shop with the mixed grey and yellow bead combination and silver components.

Handmade gemstone necklace jewelry in grey and yellow
 What do you think? Do you like it?

Sun-touched yellow creates a WOW effect when combined with matte shade of grey. This original jewelry set makes a huge statement whether you are wearing a simple white shirt or jeans. The necklace dresses casual and dressy outfits, leopard and flower prints with luxe gemstones.
 The focal pendant is yellow quartz in sunny hues hangs from textured double chain. Round shaped quartz faceted beads are wire wrapped to each other delicately.

To read more about this gemstone necklace and earrings, you can visit my Etsy shop by clicking here...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sparkling Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

Do you every find yourself other people's shopping carts to see what they got? And then, get inspired and buy the same item from the store. I did find myself doing that while shopping at a bead store yesterday. I spotted these silver bangle bracelets in someone else's bead tray and then next thing I did was to buy several of them...

Today, I am going to show you how to make these sparkling bangle bracelets. If you are still looking for gift/s for Christmas or new years, you can try to make them. They are very simple and once you learn the technique, it is very easy to apply to make other jewelry.

You will need a strand of beads of your choice, wire (26 or 24 gauge works great), a bangle and cutters. The beads I choose are faceted quartz gemstones in different shades of black. The faceted beads creates lots of sparkles and light... If you decide to make one of these bracelets, I highly recommend using faceted beads rather than smooth beads.

Begin with cutting a long piece of wire that should be enough to cover the entire bracelet. Hold the bracelet and 1 inch of the wire in one hand. Secondly, lay the wire over the flat surface of the bracelet and start anchoring the wire by bringing the wire behind the bangle and pull it up through the middle of the bangle.

Next, string a single bead onto the wire and bring the wire over the top of the bracelet. The bead should be resting on the outer edge. Holding the bead in place, bring the wire down behind the bangle and back through the middle. Between each bead, wrap a single round of wire to create a small space between beads and secure them better onto the bracelet.

Continue the pattern by repeating the steps 3 and 4 until you have completely covered the bangle. Once you are done, wrap the wire around the bracelet three times. Then, cut the end of the wire using the wire cutter. 

Optional: Use a drop of glue to help preventing the ends of the wires from snagging.

To create a more dramatic effect, wear these sparkling bracelets together. They are so much fun! You can apply this technique to make earrings and necklaces as well using smaller size circles. Try choosing circles with flat surfaces to anchor the beads on. Otherwise, beads will turn inwards and will not be visible.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial by A Cup of Sparkle. Always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions..

Monday, November 19, 2012

Personalized Handmade Keychains for Holidays

More personalized keychains are available at A Cup of Sparkle now... You can choose from 1,2, 3, 4 or 5 freshwater pearls representing children or grandchildren in these wire mother birds nests; pink pearls for girls and blue pearls for boys. These timeless sweet keychains are sure to make your friend, mother or grandmother smile this holiday season!

Personalized keychains makes great gifts for holidays for moms.
Specials to holidays, all the A Cup of Sparkle jewelry and accessories comes in new jewelry bags in lovely Christmas colors; green and red! They are perfect for presenting these cute birds nests. Happy holiday shopping and make sure to visit A Cup of Sparkle this Black Friday for Thanksgiving specials.

Handmade jewelry bags for holidays by A Cup of Sparkle

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sparkly Nail Polish Ideas for Holidays

Just one more way to add red and green to your look this holiday season: sparkly nail polishes! I collected some of my favorite, easy to make nail arts for you. You can check out my nail polish board on Pinterest to get more ideas...

1- Sparkly red and green on white background,  2- Peppermint candy,  3- Christmas lights,  4-  Blood red glitter,  5- Christmas red and green

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