Saturday, June 01, 2013

Anklet Blog Hop {June 1st, 2013}

I met Kashmira randomly through blog land recently! She needed some help with her blog hop button and I had some free time. She is also a Cali girl so I had to help!

Needless to say I knew nothing about creating anklets! This is definitely a challenge for me. Since I know nothing about making anklets I did a little research first. I checked out etsy and pinterest to see if anything sparked inspiration. But, I was still procrastinating!

I pulled out some vintage copper chain with tiny little bubblegum colored beads. I took Kashmira's advise and used delicate chain. I think that advise is key! Delicate chain drapes the ankle perfectly.

I had this vintage copper chain that is very delicate and thought it would be perfect. First measure your chain around your ankle. Since there was about an inch gap I started looking for the perfect focal...

I pulled out the largest bead cap I had and flattened it out a bit. It's a 19mm antiqued copper bead cap with a pretty design. Since it's lightweight it was perfect for me. (I couldn't even feel this piece on my ankle...I'm sure I will be wearing it all summer long!)

Then I picked an opaque white 4mm Swarovski crystal. And using a brass ball end headpin created a messy wire wrapped loop.

 I attached the messy wire wrapped drop to one end of the vintage chain (gently opening the loop). This dangle part happened because I needed to make the chain a bit smaller to fit my ankle. And I didn't want to cut the vintage chain!

Using a small oval jump ring I attached the chain (the dangle side) to one of the holes in the bead cap. Then I attached a small clasp to the other side of the bead cap using another oval jump ring. That's it! It was so much fun to make I think I will have to make more! Now, I'm off to see what the other participants created.

Thank you Kashmira for hosting the hop! I can't wait for the next anklet hop you host! 

Materials used:
Antiqued copper bead cap focal & brass headpin {}
Vintage copper chain w/ pastel beads {}
Swarovski crystal bead {
Jump rings and clasp {}

Name Blog
Kashmira Patel
Kaushambi ShahWill post on Kashmira's blog
Jean Wells
Mischelle Fanucchi
Shellie Grindie
Ginger Bishop
Monique U
Cynthia Machata
Kay Thomerson
Mimi Gardner
Anindita Basu
Rita (Toltec Jewels)
Gina Hockett
Tammie Everly
Jessica Murray
Dyanne Cantrell
Ema Kilroy
Emma Todd
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Cheri Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Michelle Buettner
Sandra McGriff
Stephanie Weiss
Shelley Graham Turner
Vickie Foley
Lynda Carson
Roxanne Mendoza
Dagi {me}

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Roxanne is a published jewelry designer living in California. She creates in her studio surrounded by the people and things she loves. You can find her designs at elements...mixed media...
"roxi designs to bring a little sunshine to your day"


Skye said...

Beautiful work :) Yay for squished beadcap designs! lol

Mimi Gardner said...

How delicate and pretty! Wonderful job!

Tammie Everly said...

How light and pretty, I would totally wear this :-). Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Love this pretty design, Roxanne! I'd wear it everyday!


Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I love your delicate and pretty design, Roxanne, that is a unique way to use a bead cap!

Jean A. Wells said...

Very pretty and inventive the way you solved the short chain problem. Love the bead links. Great job!

Cheri said...

Your ankle bracelet is very delicate and pretty! I love the bead cap as a focal, worked out great.

KayzKreationz said...

This is so pretty and dainty. I totally love your flattened bead cap as the focal and the vintage chain is perfect for it. Plus the little pops of color are great. Wonderful anklet.

Ginger Bishop said...

I really like yours. The colors would look excellent on a tan ankle. Glad you seem to be enjoying the hop as much as I did.

Kashmira said...

Love that rustic looking flower....very sweet. And the little colorful beads are so much fun :)

So glad you found me, helped me and joined in :)

kmorgan said...

Beautiful! Love the copper & delicate beadwork :)

Micheladas said...

Love it.

Freestyle Elements said...

Gorgeous anklet! Great job! Love the copper especially!

Gina H

AntiquityTravelers said...

LOVELY design! and really liking the copper in this

Anindita Basu said...

Roxi, I love your attention to details- the oval jump ring, the fine chain and the flattened out bead cap all blended so beautifully in your design. I also liked the way you gave the Etsy shop links from where you bought those unique goodies, so that we can go visit them too. Great job - Dita.

Libellula Jewelry said...

What a lightweight, inventive design! I'm sure you'll be enjoying it all Summer. :)

A Polymer Penchant said...

love all the details you worked into that delicate chain. So pretty

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Love how you re-purposed a bead cap into a focal, and created just the right focal for your delicate chain. So pretty with the little pastel beads & crystal dangle! Enjoy wearing your cool anklet this summer!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! (and I wish I had seen this blog hop sooner!)