Quiet Lion Creations by Allison Beth Cooling

5.24.2015

crystal mandala headpiece

 

The perfect accessory for all my gypsies, this crystal beaded headband is so intensely sparkly, yet so quick to make. The key?! Beaded chain. Saves you seriously hours of connecting beads 'cuz it's premade. Like who doesn't like that?!

Anyway, most of the materials I'm using here are all jewelry making supplies by Pandahall. You can find their whole array of beads and more on Pandahall.com. I love the bright red of the crystals (which definitely look like Swarovskis to me - they were sparklier than I expected!) and the contrast between silver and that cherry red. It's an unusual color for me, but I loved it! It especially looks great with brown hair, like on my wonderful model Olivia. If you had blonde hair, I'd go with a lighter color crystal like a pale blue or even clear. If you've got black hair, any color is game. Redheads - olive green or even black would be super cool.

I'll also show you how to apply a metallic tattoo to this mother of pearl focal bead. That mandala pattern totally makes the design. Metallic tattoos are so on trend - why not use them for jewelry making too?!
Let's start!



Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are pliers (you should really use flat nose, but I'm being lazy), clear gloss glaze, E6000 glue, a small metallic tattoo, 4mm silver jump rings (mine by Cousin), a mother of pearl shell pendant, crystal flatback cabochons from Pandahall (specifically these 2.7mm Crystal Nail Art Flatbacks), Pandahall beaded chain (specifically this Red Glass Crystal Bead Chain).



Step 2: To apply the metallic tattoo to the mother of pearl, simply cut out your tattoo from the sheet. Place face down in the middle of the pendant, and press firmly. Dab water on top of the paper backing, let sit for about 30 seconds, then gently peel it off. Wait until dry, then coat with clear gloss glaze. Let that dry. Then, glue on crystals with the E6000 glue.



Step 3: Take the beaded chain, and cut a piece the same circumference as your head. Attach a 4mm jumpring to the pendant, then attach one side of the beaded chain to this ring. Attach the other end to the other side of the pendant.

With about a 3" piece of beaded chain, attach it to the jump rings again to form an arc. This will hang below the pendant (on your forehead).



Step 4: With about a 6" piece of chain, attach one end to the jumpring again. Attach the other end about 4" down from the pendant. Repeat with the other side. This will add two arcs to the headpiece.

You can keep going here, as I did, and add more arcs if you'd like. I added one more on each side, which I felt filled out my piece. Try out different combos and see what your favorite look is!



The key here is getting the lengths correct - it should fit just around the top of your head, snugly, without being too tight or too loose that it pulls down. It's lightweight enough that it won't drag down.

This design works best with straightened or slightly wavy hair, so that it lays flat. Style it with a simple black top or tee, jeans and flats (or even wedges) for a chic, beachy vibe.

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post or reuse without crediting me!
Model credit: Olivia Czupta


5.19.2015

Angélique ombre bracelets

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Simple elegance.

These dainty, lightweight stacking bracelets feature ombre Swarovski bicones and luxe metal cable chain. And the best part? I'm gonna tell you exactly how to make your own. Perfect for beginners, this easy tutorial is gonna have you hooked on making these. Trust me.

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The Swarovski crystals I used can be found at any craft store. To achieve the ombre effect, you'll need 7 different shades of the same color, so keep this in mind when buying. I'm using Cousin brand Elegance metals chain (14k gold plated and sterling silver) which can also be found at Michaels or any major craft store.

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You can make multiple bracelets out of one packet of this chain (about two per pack). Make sure to grab the Elegance Metals clasps and jump rings as well, to match the metal quality.

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These would be great grown-up friendship bracelets. You could even do birthstone color schemes for your friends, to totally customize them.

They can totally be worn everyday too - the metal won't tarnish, and they are delicate enough too.

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I've chosen to go with a silver/blue and gold/brown combo here. I love neutrals (the brown scheme) and think the cool blues and silver look ultra-modern. I wouldn't necessarily wear these both together, but made them to go with separate outfits.

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The total crafting time is about 10 minutes per bracelet. Less if you're more experienced. I think they are totally worth it, don't you agree? Let's begin!

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Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are pliers (roundnose and wire cutters), Cousin brand 24 gauge gold wire, Cousin brand Elegance Metals 14k gold plated cable chain, Cousin Elegance Metals 4mm gold jump rings, a gold spring clasp, Swarovski 4mm bicones (you can find these at any craft stores - pick 7 colors of the same hue. These come in packets sometimes with like colors).



Step 2: Lay out your ombre arrangement of your seven colors. I chose a brown scheme here to go with the gold metal. They are specifically: Topaz, Light Smoked Topaz, Smoked Topaz, Mocca, Smoky Quartz, Sand Opal, Greige.

(To make a 7" bracelet) - Cut about a 3" piece of your cable chain. Repeat. Cut a 4" piece or so of your wire. Create a wrapped loop at one end, catching in your cable chain.



Step 3: String on all your crystals in order. Create a wrapped loop at your other end, catching the end of the other 3" piece of chain in that loop. Attach a jump ring and clasp to the open ends of the chain. To make a larger bracelet, use longer amounts of chain.



Simple enough, right? If you guys follow this tutorial to make some bracelets of your own, post a picture of the finished product on Instagram and tag me @quietlioncreations. I'll repost your creations!

I'll leave you with some more inspo photos to finish. Craft on!

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All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not repost or reuse without crediting me and linking back to my blog!