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Home > Tutorials > Fourth of July Jewellery

Celebrating 4th of July in Style

 

by Lilla
 

The ultimate American holiday is just around the corner, and we’ve decided to celebrate it by playing with the hottest trend in the jewelry making world – yes, it’s a Kumihimo extravaganza (“…here, there, everywhere…”).  These pieces would also be fabulous any time of the year!

Mix organic and industrial elements to turn this festive date into an unforgettable and vibrant event with lots of personal style.

 

Stretch Bracelet - Beginner

If you are looking for something that won’t take much time but that still screams fun and stylish, make yourself a quick stretch bracelet combining natural red silk agate glass drops and  red azuro peacock daggers both from our wide selection of Czech glass beads.

 

Alternate both style of glass drops stringing them in groups of three at a time.

String on stretch cord, and secure the bracelet by tying a single overhand knot followed by a double knot topped by a dab of stringing glue and let it sit before your trim any excess cord. 

As a final touch, make simple wrapped dangles using crystal pearls from our latest SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection – add 2 lapis and 2 dark lapis crystal pearls attached to the bracelet symmetrically through the jump ring.

 

Nautical Necklace - Intermediate

Heading to a day by the shore or by a lake with a group of socialites?

 

Show up wearing a casual chic necklace made with only a few elements. After an hour of braiding 1.5mm white and navy blue rattail cords from our Dazzle-It selection, keep your Kumihimo cord as the focal point of your design.

Cross the middle section, wrapping 14 gauge red colored wire around it – use nylon jaw pliers to make it tight without scratching its surface.  Add a dramatic crystal red magma navette pendant and bail of your choice, using 4 of our XL round jump rings - a perfect accent for such a minimalist look.

Finish your kumihimo cord with our special findings.

This necklace will give you lots of options for outfits, you can go shorts and tee, cotton pants and tunic or just simply a traditional airy white linen dress – all of that will be a nice canvas for your subtle but chic Kumihimo minimalist July 4 piece.

 

Funky Necklace - Intermediate

The next design still highlights a substantial Kumihimo style necklace, created by mixing two different sizes of rattail cords from our fabulous selection of colors by Dazzle-It – 1.5mm white and 3mm vibrant red. Finish your kumihimo cord with our special findings.

 

Blue accents dominate a sensuous dangle section created combining natural agate slabs and German silver star blanks from our Metal Complex line, bedazzled with denim blue flat back stones by Swarovski ( sizes ss12 and ss 16) randomly glued on top using Quick Grip glue.  If you use the no-hole blanks, you'll need to punch holes yourself using our Metal Complex punches.

Another color of Czech peacock dagger drops – red Azuro – shares the spotlight with a new shape from our vast selection of Czech peacock glass beads – short strung sections of hexagon black Azuro spaced with metallic blue bicone beads.

The third design element of the middle section of the necklace was added last – a stretch cord strung only with red Azuro peacock daggers and wrapped around the braided section, adding texture and dimension.


Long Earrings - Beginner

 

A pair of crystallized shoulder dusters earrings will be the final touch for a trendy and current vibe to your ensemble.

 

Materials used: Earring hookshexagon black Azuro beads, German silver star blanks from our Metal Complex line, bedazzled with denim blue flat back stones by Swarovski ( sizes ss12 and ss 16) randomly glued on top using Quick Grip glue, metallic blue bicone beads, Swarovski "Artemis" cone beads in Crystal and Dark Indigo. 

The bottom section uses 14 gauge red colored wire and jump rings, while the upper section is strung on flexible beading wire using Wire Guardians