Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to Make Wire Circle Earrings

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I'm loving the wire earrings I'm seeing everywhere, so I decided to make my own version. Using Swarovski beads bring these circle earrings a little extra sparkle. If you're new to working with wire this is a great project to try since it's fairly easy.

How to Make Wire Circle Earrings

So grab some wire, a few beads and findings and let's get started.

How to Make Wire Circle Earrings


You will need:
24 gauge silver wire
6mm bicone beads
10mm pear shaped pendant bead
jump rings
earwires
How to Make Wire Circle Earrings


1- Wrap wire around a circular object six times {I used a king sized Sharpie}. Cut wire from spool leaving a couple inches of excess.
2 - Stretch and space out wire so there are five different sizes of circles and the short end of the wire is at a right angle pointing up.
3 - Add 5 pink beads and move them along he wire until they are on the second largest loop of wire.
4 - Wrap the longer end of wire one around the top of the loops.
5 - Add the pear pendant to this wire.
6 - Wrap the wire on each side of the pendant 3 times around the top of the loops. Clip excess wire
7 - Insert jump ring to the top of the loops.
8 - With another jump ring, attach an earwire to the jump ring at the top of the loops.
9 - Repeat for other earring.

How to Make Wire Circle Earrings

There you have it, a beautiful set of wire circle earrings.



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Friday, April 29, 2016

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

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I remember when I was a kid my mom made some fruit syrup. It was not something she did often, but I remember just loving it. So now that I'm the mom, I love to make strawberry syrup, raspberry syrup and I've even made blueberry syrup. I know there are ways to make it fresh, but I prefer to can a few batches each year. That way there's not a lot of prep work the morning you want to eat it. I don't know about you but mornings are always a bit crazy around here.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
It's been a while since I've shared a canning post. Mostly because I generally can the same things each year and I've already shared it all. You can see them in the canning tab of my header.

If you're new to canning I'd recommend getting the Ball Blue Book of Preserving Cookbook. It's  inexpensive, has the latest canning info plus tons of recipes. That's where I got this recipe from. {It's at the bottom of the post for your reference} You can also find Ball recipes online.

Let's get started:

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Begin by washing, stemming and cutting up 2 1/2 quarts of strawberries {about 3 pounds}. Place them in a pot with 1 1/2 c. water. Add a strip of lemon peel and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Strain the strawberries through a jelly roll bag, or several layers of cheesecloth.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
I usually let it sit for a bit while I start the next step.  Combine 1 1/2 c. water and 2 1/2 c. sugar. Bring it to a boil until it reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Then add corn syrup and strawberry juice and boil another 5 minutes.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Stir in lemon juice and skim foam from top of syrup.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Pour into jars, add lids and rings

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
 
 and process for 10 minutes {adjusting for altitude} in waterbath canner.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Now whenever you want strawberry syrup for your pancakes or waffles, simply open a jar and warm it up. Since it's a bit thin, I like to add 2 T. cornstarch to each pint and bring it to a boil for one minute before serving.

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Strawberry Syrup Recipe

adapted from Ball Blue Book of Preserving

2 1/2 quarts strawberries
3 cups water, divided
1 2-inch strip of lemon peel
2 1/2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. corn syrup
2 T. lemon juice

Wash, stem and cut up strawberries. Add to a pot with 1 1/2 c. water and lemon peel. Boil 5 minutes. Strain through a jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth.

Combine sugar and 1 1/2 c. water in a pot. Boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in corn syrup and strawberry juice. Boil an additional 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and remove skim from top of syrup. Pour in pint jars. Add lids and rings. Process 10 minutes in waterbath canner. {Adjust time according to your altitude.}

If a thicker syrup is desired, add 2 T. cornstarch for each pint jar, bring to a boil for one minute, then serve. {Do not add the cornstarch before canning}


How to Make Strawberry Syrup
This syrup is fruity and super yummy. I love it on top of freshly made waffles.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pearl Multi-strand Jewelry Set - Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet

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I've said this before, but there's just something about pearls that I love. They are timeless and classy. Today's projects are a multi-strand pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet. One of the things I wanted to do with this set was to use different sizes of pearls to create some interest in the strands.
How to Make a Pearl Multi-strands Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings

 Let's start with the necklace. This is my favorite piece of the three.

How to Make a Pearl Multi-strand Necklace

You will need:
rice pearls
round pearls
beading wire
crimp tubes
jump rings
toggle clasp

How to Make a Pearl Multi-strands Necklace
Instructions for Necklace:
1 - Cut three pieces of beading wire, 30" 25" and 22".  The finished lengths are 28", 23", and 20"
2 - Fold over a small section of wire and secure with a crimp tube.
3 - String on your pearls in the pattern desired. For the smallest strand I did all rice pearls. The middle strand I did a pattern of four rice pearls, one round pearl. The longest strand I did six rice pearls and then a round pearl, alternating the sizes of the round pearl.
4 - Add a crimp tube, fold over wire and insert back through the crimp tube and several beads. Crimp in place.
5 - Connect each strand with a jump ring and toggle on each end.

How to Make a Pearl Multi-strand Bracelet


You will need:
rice pearls
round pearls
beading wire
crimp tubes
jump rings
toggle clasp

How to Make a Pearl Multi-strands Bracelet
Instructions for Bracelet:
1 - Cut 3 strands of beading wire 8-9" long.  {Use a few inches longer than finished bracelet needs to be}
2 - Fold over a small section of wire and secure with a crimp tube.
3 - String on pearls in desired pattern.
4 - Add a crimp tube, fold over wire and insert back through the crimp tube and several beads. Crimp in place.
5 - Connect each strand with a jump ring and toggle on each end.

 

How to Make Pearl Multi-strand Earrings


You will need:
rice pearls
round pearls
beading wire
crimp tubes
jump rings
earwires

How to Make a Pearl Multi-strands Earrings
Instructions for earrings:
1 - Cut 2 strands of beading wire 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" long.
2 - Fold over a small section of wire and secure with a crimp tube.
3 - String on pearls in desired pattern.
4 - Add a crimp tube, fold over wire and insert back through the crimp tube and several beads. Crimp in place.
5 - Connect both ends of each strand with a jump ring and earwire.
6 - Repeat for other earring.

 All three pieces use the same technique and are easy to make. I hope you enjoy making yourself a timeless piece of jewelry.

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