Thursday, May 3, 2012

Personalized Mother's Day Presents

Personalized Mother's Day Present
Flipping for dipping. Dipped jewelry keeps catching my eye recently. I absolutely love the contrast of wood and shine and wanted to do a project with the kids for special mothers in our lives. After trial and error, we've decided that painting to achieve the dipped look, vs actual dipping, worked best. If you'd like to know how we made these, please continue below.

Above: Satin Band Mother's Necklace (front)

See front and back examples of these personalized dipped beads.

Above: various hairstyles:
1) Tape beads. 2) Paint. 3) Once dry, add eyes. 4) Thread.
(See photos below)

Wooden beads
(Wooden bracelet, optional)
Wooden skewers
Paint Brushes
Masking Tape
Satin or Leather band for necklace or bracelet
To make the above Mother's Day necklace:
1) Choose an equal number beads as children.
2) Using masking tape, mask off the face area of the bead by
wrapping a piece of tape around the bead and pressing firmly.
(See diagrams above: For short hair, simply wrap the tape around the bead.
For long hair, angle the tape in two directions in order to achieve a V-shape for the hair.)
3) Thread the beads onto the wooden skewer and elevate so that the paint will not rest on your work surface. I used two rolls of wide masking tape and taped the skewers in place so that they wouldn't fall while we were painting.
4) Paint the exposed surface of the bead. With the beads on a skewer,
spinning the beads on the skewers to paint them evenly works smoothly.
5) Once the paint is dry, remove tape and add eyes.
6) Once dry, string the beads on desired necklace material.
For this project, I used satin for a long necklace; tied knots between each bead and finished it with a bow for long necklaces.

For bracelets, I used a waxed linen and tied these with adjustable slip knots (instructions here).
If these are for a Mother who doesn't like to wear costume jewelry,
why not make these into a key chain?

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  1. what a sweet and simple idea!

    1. Thanks, Julia. I'm so glad. I love that this is both a beautiful little piece and a small treasure from the kids...

  2. I'm going to do this for my mother and put all of her grandchildren on it...along with an announcement of a new grandchild. She'll love it! Thank you!

    1. An adorable idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Mother's Day week.

  3. i am an only child and mom doesn't have any grandchildren, so it's just me. guess i'll be doing a pendant :) sweet idea, thank you!

    1. I think it would be so sweet. Thank you for coming by.

  4. What kind of paint did you use and did you use any kind of clear sealer on them ? Thanks! (This is adorable and I want to make one for the Mom of the 2 kids I nanny for this Mom's Day.) Can 'nanny" be used as a verb?????? :)

  5. Great idea, really sweet! Nice meeting you through your blog, I'll be following you especially as I am a mom of 2 and also living in Sweden, we have something in common :) Glad Påsk!

    1. Oh, dear! I'm finding this one year later! Thank you so much for the nice note and one year later, it's great to know that I recognize your name! Thanks so much for coming by and continuing to do so! Happy Happy Wishes!

  6. OMG! I love your idea! Can't wait do it with my children for my mum:) lovely as always:)

    1. Tiku! .... I'm so sorry to miss this nice note! It's always such a real pleasure that you come by! xo

  7. very nice idea, waiting for my first mothers day ;)

  8. What size do you think will be best to use ?

    1. Hi Mama Z NYZ, My answer would depend on the ages creating these and personal preference. if working with little kids and small hands , I would use larger beads(1 inch +) : adults and big kids can handle smaller beads 1/2-3/4 inch. Thanks so much for coming by. It'a always lovely to hear from you.


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