Hodgepodge Hardware as Jewelry? – more design tips for Hodgepodge Hardware

Happy Labor Day MondayYa’ll!  

Hodgepodge Hardware as Jewelry? – more design tips for Hodgepodge Hardware are coming your way!  So grab a drink (your choice), warm up the printer (you are going to want these directions and links for your files) and snag your gift list and other note taking equipment and join me for a look at Hodgepodge Hardware couture accessories.

Vanilla Hodge Podge

In an earlier post (found here) I shared a tip or two about using and altering Stampin’ Up’s Hodgepodge Hardware.  I thought today I would add a few more twists to the usual.  

Now while many crafters refer to the addition of Hodgepodge Hardware(hereafter referred to as HH for simplicities sake :D)  and other embellishments as adding jewelry to a card… today I’ll show you how some clever crafters have created actual jewelry you can wear!

Using bits and pieces from HH and other SU accessories you can fill your jewelry box and your gift list quite nicely and still keep your budget intact.  Since the hodgepodge comes with 10 pieces each of the different sized frames you have quite a few potential jewelry pieces hiding in this lovely box.  Not to mention the brads and other pieces that you can use to  make earrings and bracelets.  So whether you go Silvertone or Vanilla (and don’t forget that with the coloring tips in my earlier post you have at least 48 other color possibilities for your creations!)  you have some fun jewelry making (and wearing) in your future.  And here you thought this blog only talked about paper! 

Last January SU shared with it’s demo’s a very cool necklace created using the designer label pieces from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit.   While I think this was an idea that had been around it was the first time I had come across it and the first time I saw such excellent directions.   And since presentation is everything I’ve included those directions for you as well.

Be Happy Necklace as worn


To Create Necklace:

1.       Stamp Fresh Cuts background image in Chocolate Chip ink on Naturals Ivory card stock (1-1/2″ x 2″). Sponge Chocolate Chip ink around edges of card stock using sponge daubers.

2.       Stamp leaves silhouette image in Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss ink over background image.

3.       Ink “Be” portion of “Be yourself” stamp using Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker, and stamp word over background image.

4.       Stamp “Happy” in Riding Hood Red ink over background image.

5.       Stamp flower image in Riding Hood Red ink on Naturals Ivory card stock (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″), and cut out. Adhere to Naturals Ivory card stock over background image. Attach Styled Silver brad to center of flower.

6.       Adhere Naturals Ivory card stock behind designer label holder.

7.       Cover Naturals Ivory card stock with Crystal Effects and Micro beads. Allow to dry.

8.       Slide pearl, crystal beads, felt flower, and filigree piece onto jewelry wire, and loop jewelry wire through bottom end of label holder. Twist wire end to secure.

9.       Tie Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon through top end of label holder, then slide label holder onto bead chain. Slide filigree piece onto bead chain.

 Be Happy NecklaceBe Happy Necklace inside

To Create Card and necklace presentation:

1.       To create inside pocket, punch notch in top of Chocolate Chip textured card stock (2″ x 2″) using 1/2″ Circle punch. Adhere side and bottom edges of card stock inside front of Riding Hood Red card.

2.       Sand edges of Bella Rose Designer Series paper, and adhere to Riding Hood Red card.

3.       Punch holes in card approximately 1″ from top of card at 1″ and 3-1/8″ from left edge using 1/4″ Circle punch. Feed necklace chain through holes, and close clasp. Tuck chain inside pocket.

4.       Stamp Fresh Cuts background image in Chocolate Chip ink on Naturals Ivory card stock (3-3/8″ x 3-1/8″), and sponge Chocolate Chip ink around edges of card stock. Adhere to Chocolate Chip textured card stock (3-1/2″ x 3-1/4″). Sew around edges.

5.       Punch holes through all card stock layers 1/2″ from top of card stock at 3/4″ and 2-3/4″ from left edge using 1/8″ Circle punch. Cut slits from top of card stock to holes.

6.       Stamp “For you” in Chocolate Chip ink on Kraft card stock, and punch out using Round Tab punch. Fold tab in half, and adhere to back side of Chocolate Chip textured card stock so greeting shows.

7.       Adhere piece to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, lining up holes in piece with holes in card. Slide necklace chain through slits so chain feeds through holes in piece as well as holes in card.

Secure necklace to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Be sure to place the Dimensionals beneath metal portions of necklace to aid in removal of necklace from card. To further secure, tie loose chain together inside card using linen thread. 


Pretty cool huh?!  Now that you’ve seen what SU suggests you do with these goodies here’s a few more ideas and variations from crafty bloggers all over.

More Links to Hodgepodge Hardware Jewelry:

http://christynelson.net/blog/2009/02/learn-how-to-make-pendant-with.html – Pendant using oval HH

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=112302766511&ref=mf – similar necklace using Lovely Letters stamp set

http://www.thestamper.com/the_stamper/2009/08/hodgepodge-hardware-jewelry.html – Another Lovely Letters and using Crystal Effects to make it shine.

http://www.2stampis2b.com/2009/03/trendy-trees-necklace-earrings-gift-set_27.html – Check out the Earrings made from brads and Felt Flower Fusion

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=hodgepodge+hardware+jewelry&cat=&x=16&y=2 – Splitcoaststampers Gallery of HH Jewelry

I hope you have enjoyed this view of  HH crafting “couture” (does one use the term couture for jewelry?  Hmmm….I guess if I have to ask I’m really not in that league -oh darn- lol!).    Stay tuned for more fun and non traditional ways to use that stash!

 Oh yeah – if you have cats as I do before you cover this stuff or anything else with Crystal effects check for cat hairs on your target area!  Trust me on this you’ll be happier with the results :D!   And really cats don’t like to wear this kind of jewelry!  Don’t ask how I know this okay??

Hugs and Blessings – Jean








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