The Magical Key Necklace has moved! You can now find it in our tutorials section here:
This tutorial is by Cat.
In this project you’ll learn how to weave a beaded wire fairy catcher pendant!
You will need from your box:
– Pendant hoop from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Star Bead from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Round Glass Beads from Blueberry Cove Beads
– Black Beading Wire
– Seed Beads Fairytale
– Necklace Cord
This tutorial is by Brooke.
When my first Blueberry Cove box arrived, I was delighted to see it was a fairy theme. I am a lover of all things mystical and magical in the forest so it seemed as though this box was handpicked for me. I spread out the goodies and got right to work. The first things that came together simply and easily were these pairs of earrings. You can make enough to wear and share in an hour or two.
Extra supplies and tools:
Silver hoop earrings
White waxed linen cord
2 Decorative headpins
Needle nose pliers
Silver Jump rings
A small bit of moss
For the Mushroom Earrings:
1. Add mushroom beads to the decorative headpins and make a twisted loop at the top.
2. Slide is bit of moss onto the earring hoop, followed by the Mushroom and then finish with a little more moss.
3. Tie moss in place with a small piece of waxed linen thread. Trim ends of thread short.
For the Magical Night Earrings:
1. Add jump rings to star beads.
2. Add jump rings to butterfly connectors at the top and the bottom. Add a star bead to the bottom jump ring as you close it.
3. Add a small iridescent bead to a 3 inch piece of waxed linen thread. Knot the end. Repeat on the other end. Do this with 3 more pieces of waxed linen thread so you have a total of 4.
4. Slide butterfly connector onto earring and knot a beaded piece of thread on either side of the butterfly.
Brooke Bock is a school teacher by day and an artist all other times. Her work is often found in Stampington titles such as Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire Jewelry and GreenCraft. Follow her artistic pursuits on www.artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/artisticendeavors101/.
This tutorial is by Debra.
Use the unicorn charms and opal hearts from your Fairyland box to make these wonderful earrings!
From the box:
2 Unicorn charms
6 opal heart beads
Flat nose and round nose pliers
6 head pins – 26 or 30mm
6 jump rings – 4 or 5mm
(or more if necessary)
4 pieces of chain – 1 inch or less
2 pieces of chain – 1 ¼ inch
2 earring hooks
To begin, to put each of the opal hearts on head pins. Place one opal heart on one head pin. Create a simple loop at the top of the heart using your flat nose and round nose pliers. Trim the excess head pin wire with your wire cutters. Repeat for each of the remaining opal hearts. Set aside.
Option: you can add a jump ring to the end of the piece of chain and then add the opal heart with loop to the jump ring and chain.
If you have not already done so – cut your chain to the required lengths.
Attach each of the looped opal hearts to a piece of chain.
Attach a jump ring to opposite end of the piece of chain. Attach one open jump ring with chain and heart to the loop at the bottom of one Unicorn charm. Close the jump ring. Repeat with each of the remaining pieces of chain with attached opal hearts. Place the longest heart chain in the middle with a short heart chain on either side.
Now that all the chain pieces have an opal heart attached all you have to do is attach the top loop on the Unicorn charm to the loop on one earring hook.
Repeat for the second earring.
That’s it! Enjoy your new pair of Unicorn Earrings!
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Tutorial by Melinda
As soon as I saw the lovely shells and wooden beads in my Blueberry Cove Ocean Voyage box, I knew I wanted to make a necklace that would remind me of fishing nets.
This lightweight necklace is stronger than it appears, and can be made very quickly. Even if you don’t crochet, the chain stitch is very easy to learn. It’s really just a matter of tying a loop around the hook, reaching through the loop and pulling some thread through. Every so often you pull a bead up, trapping it into the loop. It truly is that simple.
I used a fine grade of paper yarn for this project, but you can just as easily use heavy thread, fine twine, or fine gauge wire. If you do decide to use paper yarn, I should tell you that it comes with the warning that you’re not supposed to get it wet. Of course as soon as I heard that I had to get mine wet, to see what would happen. Would it disintegrate? Shrink? Stretch? The answer? Not much really. I took one of my paper necklaces into the shower with me and lathered it up with shampoo. What happened? Well, not much. The stitches became a little less stiff, making it look even more like a fisherman’s net.
From Your Box:
33 Shell Beads
100 Wooden Beads
Additional Tools and Materials:
Copper Foldover Crimp Ends
Copper Jump Rings
Crochet Hook: size F or G
Fine Twine or 28 gauge wire
1. Put 25 wooden beads onto the wire (fig. 1.) Chain 5, then pull up one bead, trapping it into the stitch. Add a bead in this manner, every 3rd stitch, until you have used up all the beads (fig. 2)Chain 5 and tie off. Make 4 identical strands (each one will have 80 stitches.)
2. Put 11 shell beads onto the wire. Chain 10, then pull up one shell, trapping it into the stitch as above. Add a shell every 6th stitch until you have used up all the shells. Chain 10 and tie off. Make 3 identical strands (each will have 80 stitches.)
3. Use a toothpick to put a dot of glue onto the inisde of the foldover crimp end.
4. While the glue is still wet, gather the crocheted strands and lay them out. Take one end of each of the 7 strands and twist all 7 of them together (fig. 3.) Trim the ends and put them into the glued crimp end.
5. Use pliers to fold the flaps of the crimp end over each other, Press them together tightly (fig. 4 and 5.)Wipe off any excess glue. Do the same thing for the other end of the strands.
You’re all finished!
Melinda Barnett lives in Stanwood, WA with her husband, three horses, and two big spotted dogs. More of her work can be seen at BeesOnPie.blogspot.com. She welcomes email at [email protected]
What’s the first thing one might need for an ocean voyage? A map, of course! Looking at my map of the United States, I decided that Galveston Bay looked like a lovely place to launch my trip (mainly because the names fit my wooden sailboat cutout.) I love making jewelry using fragments of maps. It renews my sense of adventure.
I decided that, since this necklace was going to be a bit casual, white braided cord would be the perfect thing to pair with my map-clad focal piece. The connector is actually a tiny pulley from a box of model shipbuilding supplies someone gave me, and the lovely little blue crystal bead was leftover from my Welcome To India box!
The finished necklace measures 19 ½ inches. To make it longer or shorter, you can easily adjust the size of the cord.
Supplies From Your Box:
Cord End Caps
White Wooden Sailboat Cutout
Additional Tools and Supples:
Jump Rings: (6) antique brass twisted 9mm, (6) antique brass twisted 6mm, (1) 8mm oval
Stronghold Adhesive: E6000
Mod Podge: Ultra Matte
One-Step Looper Tool
Head Pin: antique brass, ball-end
Connector (I used a pulley from a model ship building set)
Blue Crystal Bead
1. Cut (2) 8” lengths of white cord.
2. Put a fairly generous amount of adhesive onto the ends of the cord and glue them into the end caps. Allow adhesive to dry completely (over night.)
3. Attach clasp and jump ring to end caps.
4. Use (3) large and (4) small twisted jump rings to attach the two free end caps to one another.
5. Find a section of map to use for your image. Place the sailboat over that section and trace around it with a pen or pencil.
6. Cut out the circle.
7. Paint the front of the wooden sailboat with Mod Podge. Press the map circle onto the glue firmly and clean up any excess glue.
8. Put the circle face down onto a flat surface and put something heavy on it, like a coffee cup or a book. Allow it to dry for a few hours.
9. Once the glue is dry. Carefully remove the excess paper from the image, using a craft knife. (I’ve found it helps to begin from the back, tracing the outlines carefully with the blade.)
10. Carefully file away any remaining excess paper with a small jewelry file. Use a round file to clean the excess paper around the top hole.
11. Seal the front with several coats of Mod Podge and allow to dry.
12. Make the bottom charm using a head pin, small blue crystal bead, and a looper tool.
13. Use jump rings to attach the top of the sailboat to the center of the chain, and also to attach the pulley connector to the bottom of the sailboat and the crystal bead dangle to the bottom of the pulley.
This tutorial has been written by Melinda Barnett, and is inspired by our India box!
This is a wonderful anklet because not only is it colorful and lovely, but it also makes a little jingle with every step, evoking both the sights and sounds of India! Although the pattern looks complicated, this is a very easy technique and the basic bracelet can be finished in a few hours. The design can also easily be made smaller and worn as a bracelet.
Most anklets in this style measure 10 inches in total length. Before you begin I suggest putting a 10-inch string around your ankle to see where it will fall. You can then adjust the length of your own anklet, depending on the size of your ankle and your preference regarding where the bead dangles will end up.
Supplies From The Box:
(34) frosted pink beads
(9) Bi-color orange glass crackle beads
(17) Faux pearls
(34) Small blue crystal beads
(2) Filigree strand reducers/connector pieces
(3) green faceted beads
String (for measuring your ankle)
Hook-style clasp (Simpson Studios on Etsy)
(40) 3mm brass jump rings
(2) 6mm twisted antique brass jump rings (Yadana Beads on Etsy)
(4) 8mm green stone beads
(1) vintage green glass piece with gold cap
(3) square gold filigree pieces
(7) antique brass, ball-end head pins (Yadana Beads on Etsy)
(3) 3mm bright gold plated round metal beads
(6) 4mm filigree bead caps
20” piece of rolo chain (Sun and Moon Craft Kits on Etsy)
(12) 8mm gold rice-shaped (football, marquise or horse eye) beads
Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose (2 pairs)
One-step looper tool (not necessary, but it makes things so much easier)
Flush cutter tool
Measuring tape or ruler
Attach 3mm jump rings to the ends of the filigree connector pieces. Attach two more jump rings to each of the center sections (there are two center sections in each end piece – see fig. 1.) Attach each end of the hook-style clasp to the jump rings at the end, using twisted 6mm jump rings.
For the next step, set a ruler or measuring tape down on a flat surface, and put the ends of the hook-style clasp at each end of the total length of your anklet. Cut 4 pieces of rolo chain exactly as long as the gap between the two end pieces (see fig. 2.)
Attach the chain segments to one end of the bracelet with jump rings (see fig. 3.)
Put a small blue crystal bead onto a headpin, followed by a bi-color orange crackle glass bead. Put the end of the headpin through the chain, in the third link from the end piece. Add a frosted pink bead. Put the end of the headpin through the 5th link in the next chain. (There will be a little more slack in the two center sections than there is in the two end sections. See fig. 4.) Add a pearl next, and put the end of the headpin through the 5th link in the next chain. Add a pink frosted bead, and put the end of the headpin through the 3rd link in the next chain. Finish by adding a small blue crystal. Use a one-step looper tool to finish the end of the headpin in a small loop (if you don’t have this tool you can create a loop using round nose pliers).
For the next headpin, the beads will be exactly the same, with one exception: the bi-color orange bead will be replaced with a rice-shaped gold bead. These two beads will alternate throughout the pattern. For the rest of the bracelet, the head pins will go through the 4th link from the last head pin (see fig. 5.) When you get to the end of the chain sections, trim any excess or uneven links and attach the chains to the second end piece so it looks just like the other end (as seen in fig. 8.
Use jump rings to attach bells: one onto each end, and one onto every other bottom loop (see fig. 6.)
To make the cone and bead dangles, put a headpin through a small round gold bead. Follow with an 8mm green stone bead, a rice-shaped bead, a cone-shaped bead cap and a second round bead. Finish with a loop at the top. (See fig. 7.) Make 4.
Attach these cone and bead dangles to the bracelet, alternating them with filigree pieces. Where the 5th dangle would be, attach a green glass piece (see fig. 8.)
Attach filigree pieces. Make dangles using green glass faceted beads, filigree bead caps, and headpins (see fig. 9.)
Attach green beads to filigree pieces (fig. 10.)
Congratulations, your anklet is finished!
Melinda Barnett is a frequent contributor to several Stampington publications, including Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire magazines. More of her work can be seen at BeesOnPie.blogspot.com.
Welcome to a new feature on the Blueberry Cove Beads blog! Each month we’ll be bringing you some tutorials inspired by our monthly box, brought to you by some wonderful makers. Here is our first project, from our Nautical box.
The combination of blue, white, and antique brass in this month’s nautical themed bead box is the perfect palette to play with knots and textures. In this three-strand necklace we’ll mix several elements from the collection to create a wonderful summer necklace that is perfect for a walk on the beach or a day of sailing. The quantity of beads and materials you’ll need will vary depending on how long you make your necklace. You’ll need about 4 grams of seed beads, some beading thread, and a clasp in addition to the materials in your Blueberry Cove bead box.
From your nautical box:
brown synthetic suede 5mm cord
white braided PU cord
antique bronze clasp or link component
3mm Coconut beads
10mm blue and white acrylic resin round beads
25mm anchor or compass pendant
14mm copper patina end caps
size 10 blue white-hearts (or seed beads of your choice)
size D nylon beading thread
6mm jump rings
adhesive such as E-6000 or Super New Glue
1. Begin by tying overhand knots in your suede cord, leaving about a 2 inch (5cm) gap at the end and between each knot. Trim the cord 2 inches from the last knot once it has reached the desired length for your necklace.
2. Cut a piece of white plaited cord to match the length of your knotted cord. Set the plaited cord aside for now.
3. Cut a length of beading thread that is twice the length of your knotted suede cord, plus 16 inches (40cm). Center a beading needle on the thread and tie the ends together with an overhand knot, leaving at least a 1 inch (2.5cm) tail. Add a bead stop if desired to stop the beads from sliding of the thread.
4. Lay the knotted suede across your workspace. String seed beads onto your beading thread, and lay the strand along your knotted cord as you work. Add a coconut bead, striped resin round, and a coconut bead about halfway between each knot. Continue stringing beads past the last knot until the beads are about 1cm shorter than your knotted cord.
5. Center the seed bead strand on the thread. Bring one end of the suede and plaited leather cords together, using a clip or bead stop if desired, and tie the tail of the beading thread around the end of both cords. Wrap the tail around the knot 3 times, and finish with another overhand knot to secure. Trim any excess thread.
6. Bring the opposite ends of the cords together. Cinch up the seed bead strand and tie an overhand knot at the base of the last seed bead. Knot and wrap the tail thread around the cord ends as before, making sure that there is no slack thread. Trim the tail.
7. Dab a bit of adhesive to one end of the cords and press into an end cap. Repeat on the other cord end and allow to dry.
8. Thread a needle on a 12 inch (30cm) length of beading thread. Pick up 1 seed bead and stitch up through it again to lock it in place, leaving a 4 inch (10cm) tail. Pick up 1 coconut bead, 20 seed beads, 1 coconut bead, and your pendant.
9. Lay all three necklace strands over the 20 seed beads. Carefully stitch through the 1st coconut bead and a few seed beads. Pull snug to bring all of the beads into a loop. Pass through all of the beads and exit from the first coconut bead again.
10. Pick up 20 seed beads and stitch through the 2nd coconut bead to form another loop. Weave all remaining thread into the loops and trim.
11. Attach a clasp to the end caps with jump rings to finish the necklace.
Variations: If your cords are 26 inches (66cm) or longer, you can attach a knot link component to the end caps with jump rings in place of a clasp.
You can also attach your pendant to one or more cords using a jump ring, rather than a beaded bail.
This tutorial is by Mortira.
Mortira is the author of Ancient Worlds Modern Beads, and the creator of Inspirational Beading, a blog for beaders and jewelry designers.
December marks our first birthday! Seems hard to believe we’ve already put together and sent out 12 different themed boxes of surprise beading goodness :o) To celebrate, we’ve commisioned 2 beads by wonderful polymer clay bead artist Jo Anne St James. We gave her our logo, and asked her to turn it into a focal bead, and she’s done a great job (we’re sure you’ll agree!).
One of these beads will be hiding inside one of our monthly boxes in December. The other we’re giving away in a draw. All you have to do is sign up to the competition using the box below, and then leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favourite bead colour combo.
If you have found this post through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, it goes without saying that this contest is being run with no affiliation to any of the above companies, and they are not liable for anything relating to this contest.
We hope you enjoyed your July box, which had an Oriental theme. Several of the beads inside the box have particular meanings, so we thought a blog post would be the best way to fill you in on everything:
The endless knot
There were 4 of these connectors in the box. It is a symbolic knot and known as one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. It can also be found in Chinese art and is used in Chinese knots.
It has been described as “an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.”
The Longevity Lock
The lock began as a silk thread of five colours, known as the Longevity Thread, first documented in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). Every household hung this thread on their upper door post to ward off bad luck during the Dragon Boat Festival. As time passed the thread began to be worn on the arms of women and children during the Dragon Boat Festival and also during the Summer Solstice to keep away evil and prolong life.
It then became adopted by the court, and the emperor would award longevity threads to ministers to wear during the festival. At this time they became more complex, with pearls and other added decoration. This custom started to die away in the Ming Dynasty, and gradually it was regarded as an ornament worn by children to bring luck and longevity.
The early longevity locks were mostly made of silver into the shape of Yuanbao (shoe-shaped gold or silver ingot used as money in feudal society) which was used to symbolize wealth and honor. There were also longevity locks in the shape of circular bucket, arris and fire-cracker, etc, with inscriptions of Chinese characters on the front side, such as “Chang Ming Fu Gui (longevity, fortune and honour)” and “Chang Ming Bai Sui (long life of 100 years)”. On the back side, pictures of Kylin (Chinese unicorn), or characters of “Long (dragon)”, “Hu (tiger )” and “Shou (longevity)” are sometimes carved on the back. The cords which are used to hang the lock can be as simple as a red ribbon or as complex as a golden or silver chain or a bunch of pearls or precious stones.
Every box had one fortune cat bell. The cat is known as Maneki-Neko, and originates from Japan. If you’ve ever been to an Oriental restaurant or shop you may have seen a cat in the window.
They can be different colours, with either the left, right or both paws raised.
These have different meanings:
Calico: Traditional color combination, considered to be the luckiest
White: Happiness, purity, and positive things to come
Gold: Wealth and prosperity
Black: Wards off evil spirits
Red: Success in love and relationships
Green: Good health
Right Paw raised: invites money and good fortune (usually to businesses)
Left Paw raised: invites customers or people
(Some suggest the right & left paws both invite business-related prosperity, but that the left paw is for businesses of the night, such as bars, geisha houses & restaurants. Use of lucky cats in homes is more recent)
Both Paws raised: invites protection of home or business.
These carved agate beads have a very particular symbol on them. The creature carved on to them is called Pixiu or Pi Yao (from the Chinese pinyin, meaning to ward off evil spirits). It is a Chinese mythical creature resembling a winged lion. It is an auspicious creature, possessing mystical power to draw wealth from all directions. if you’re going through a bad year, Pixiu may be able to help!
The myth of Pixiu tells that the creature violated a law of heaven, so the Jade Emperor punished it by restricting the Pixiu’s diet to gold. Thus, pixiu can only absorb gold, but cannot expel it. This is the origin of Pixiu’s status as a symbol of the acquisition and preservation of wealth. It is also a fierce creature; the large fangs visible in the creature’s mouth are used to attack demons and evil spirits, draining their essence and converting it to wealth.
During China’s history, Pixiu were commonly displayed in ancient architecture to ward off bad luck and to harness auspicious Qi. You can see statues of a Pixiu on the four corners of the roofs of houses—usually houses of important people such as the emperor. The Pixiu is lined 5th, behind the dragon, phoenix, winged horse and sea horse. In ancient China, statues of Pixiu were also used as tomb guardians.
The Pixiu is also a symbol often used in Feng Shui, to ward off bad luck and attract wealth and success.
The other beads inside the box had oriental connections but had less specific meanings; the pink and white blossoms common to Japanese paintings; a dragon pendant; a cloissone enamel pendant, a technique commonly used in China from the 14th century; the strand of round green beads are jade, often found in oriental jewellery.
We hope you enjoyed this box, we loved putting it together and learning about all the meanings behind the symbols!