CIJ Blog – DIY And Tutorial Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

March is National Craft Month! The Christmas in July team thought it would be fun to celebrate by promoting DIY items and Tutorials on the #EtsyCIJ blog!

We want to showcase your DIY and Tutorials, so please send them to us here.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says DIY Crafts, such as knitting, sewing, embroidery and needlepoint are fantastic ways to create something homemade. We love this embroidery craft kit called “Sweet Treats”. It comes with everything in it needed to make this picture and, when finished, it can be a pillow or picture! Crafts are fun and can be very therapeutic!

Sweet Treats Needlepoint Craft Kit

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said this a snail mail set which includes a blank card and plenty of bits and pieces to decorate with! It is Easter themed with Easter being at the end of March. I am sure a friend would love to receive your own handmade card in the mail!

Easter Snail Mail DIY Kit

These are just a sample of what our team members have in terms of DIY and the Tutorials will be coming soon!

Here are the Tutorials!

Re – Purposed Jelly Jar

Recycled Bird Water Feeder

Fairy Door

Stamped Metal Bar Tags

Fabric Button Earrings

#CIJParty – Making A Skinny Copper Dangle Bangle

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good evening! Thank you for joining us for the seventh class today. Lindsay from ShrimpSaladCircus – is a talented lovely lady who has many talents! She has a wide variety of interests. She shares her life and tutorials on her ShrimpSaladCircus blog. Lindsay shares with us how to make a skinny copper dangle bangle.

  • Introduction
    Merry Christmas in July, friends! I’m Lindsay, the crazy cat lady behind Shrimp Salad Circus! Today I want to show you how to create a simple, rustic hammered copper bracelet in just a few easy steps. Once you’ve got the basic idea down, you can make a ton of variations!
  • Materials Used
    Thick copper wire
    Wire cutter pliers
    Heavy Hammer
    Bench block (or very dense, hard surface)
    Bracelet mandrel
  • Tutorial Directions
    SS2Cut a length of the copper wire. You can use a bangle you already own as a guide to know how much to cut.With an end centered over the bench block, hammer it like crazy on both sides until it’s almost completely flat. Hammer the very ends super flat, and then less and less toward the center. Only hammer the first half-inch, and then repeat on the other end.
  • Then

    I used a steel bracelet mandrel to shape the wire into a bracelet. They come in round or oval, but I prefer oval because it fits the natural curve of the wrist. Keep one of your hammered ends center under the mandrel, and then slowly twist the wire around the entire way.

  • Next

    Beginning just after the first hammered end, lightly tap the wire onto the mandrel. Try not to re-hammer the ends, or they could become brittle and snap off. Make your way all the way around once, and then you can repeat the process as many times as you like to achieve the level of hammered finish you want. I share a picture in this post of the difference between “lightly hammered” and “hammered like crazy.”

    Making A Skinny Copper Dangle Bangle on ShrimpSaladCircus

  • Conclusion
    That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve hammered it onto the mandrel, you can slide it off and wear it! Now that you know how to make a basic bangle, you can add twists, bends, beads, and charms! Take a peek at this tutorial to see how I used the basic bangle template to create this earthy beauty:SS5
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Thanks for stopping by for Lindsay’s making a skinny copper dangle bangle! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.