Lets make some jewelry

Im a little addicted to jewelry that goes bling bling, yet i rather have it hanging on the wall in my bedroom, than actually wear it. My daughter is completely the opposite. She makes it a goal to wear every piece at the same time.  Rather than buy her a bulk of dollarstore accessories, we are going to make them ourselves.

Dough Pendants

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Dough Faces from Art Attack

Dough Faces from Art Attack

This is a fabulous tutorial showing you how to add the facial details, at a level kids will understand.

We used this concept, but added a hole in the top around  the forehead so we can string it on a necklace. Another option would be to make the face about an an inch thick (and smaller in diameter) and stick a paperclip into the top so only the loop of the paper clip is showing, to use as a hook.

Here are a few other Salt Dough recipes:

Creative Clay :: Toddler Moms Modeling Dough Recepies
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda (1 LB.. package)
1 1/4 cups cold water

Stir starch and soda together. Mix in cold water and stir over heat until mixture has consistency of mashed potatoes. Turn onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool enough to handle. Then knead. Use immediately or store in an air-tight container. This dough has a smooth consistency. It is good for ornaments, modeling, or pottery. It can be rolled thin and cut with cookie cutters. Dries at room temperature in 3 days. Or dry in a 200 degree oven

This dough is a smoother clay like material and the heating helps bond the ingredients together. If you simply mix you may get cracks in your decorations when they dry.

Jewelry Dough :: Toddler Moms Modeling Dough Recepies
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
1/3 cup warm water

Mix ingredients together. Add warm water gradually until the mixture can be kneaded into a stiff dough. If the dough is sticky, dust with dry flour.

Yarn Bracelet :: Kids Craft Weekly.

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issue 57

Photo from Kids Craft Weekly :: issue 57

You can also use long pieces of scrap fabric, ribbons or even coloured plastic bags.

In addition…. I recommend subscribing to the Kids Craft newsletter by visiting the Kids Craft Weekly website, or check out the past issues. For more fun, check out the Kids Craft Weekly Flickr photo pool!

The next tutorial i found might be for the older children, as you do have to roll the paper really tight to create the bead.

Paper Beads :: Being Natasha Fialkov

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paper bead tutorial

From Being Natasha Fialkov :: paper bead tutorial

I used to make beads like this for hours in my parents basement (yah its true i didnt get out much. just to creative–not pathetic) I was into using household material back then too, using flour glue instead of the expensive kinds. But any glue will work (see the last post on differnt glue types)

another trick is to coat each bead with resin (as natasha shows you) or wrap with beads and wire once dried… to add a little something extra. wow im ready to craft RIGHT NOW!! I think my daughter and i will do this one tonight…

i have to add… i just discovered the Art Attack website and im in love. So many activities, such amazing lessons. Saying “I love it” just doesnt express my emotions enough!


One response to “Lets make some jewelry

  1. thanks for mentioning me! your blog is lovely-licious!

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