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Beach Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

FEATURING:

MODELS: KARLEE DEWAN AND GRAZIELLA LIVOLSI

CLOTHING: GENERATION BLISS

JEWELRY/STYLING: QUIET LION

2020 has brought us many things these past months, including the hit Netflix show Tiger King. I’d say this shoot was less Joe Exotic and more Exotic Chic, where a rugged backdrop meets silk, sparkling jewels and sleek sophistication. Crystals in the wild, celestial sparkles in the sunlight and the added edge of a moto jacket pair together perfectly for any summer night.

I used a mix of hardware-inspired chains, locks and clasps for Karlee’s look, and went with daintier, more feminine layers for Gracie. Playing with asymmetry is always a favorite technique – who said charm necklaces had to be perfectly balanced? Mix lariats, chokers, mid-length necklaces and drops for the perfect *slightly subtle* statement.

Special thanks to these queens for modeling!









DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets

DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

These cute DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets combine metal beads, gemstones and shells for the ultimate summer accessory! They are an update to the classic knotted friendship bracelet, and are perfect for beginners – no tools required.

DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

I’ve created three different versions, in different metal tones. I love the bohemian mood that mixed metals bring, but if you want a simpler look, create your stack in matching metals.

DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

I chose gemstones in earthy colors – rose quartz, pale yellow jade and labradorite, for a softer look. If you prefer a bolder pop of color, you can use dyed agate or jade beads. These usually have a lot more of an intense color, and will make your piece stand out!

DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1

Gather materials. You will need cut cowrie shells (medium size), a 6mm jumpring, 24g wire (gold, silver or rose gold), 4mm metal ball beads (gold, silver or rose gold), 6mm gemstone round beads (I used rose quartz, labradorite, yellow jade), 0.8mm Chinese knotting cord in beige (nylon, not elastic).

Step 2

Cut an approx 3′ length of cord. Create a knot about 4″ from the end, and leave the end loose. Slide on a 4mm metal bead, then knot this bead into place. Slide on a 6mm gemstone, and knot into place. Keep alternating beads and knotting, until the strand fits very snugly around your wrist. My total length was approx. 6.15″.

Step 3

Cut an approx. 3.5′ length of cord. Repeat knotting like in Step 2, but using only 4mm metal beads. Knot until the length is the same as your strand from Step 2.

Step 3

Knot both ends of the strands together, as shown. Cut the shorter strand off after each knot, thread-burning the edge with a lighter to seal. You should have an <almost finished!> bracelet like the image at top.

Step 4

Cut a 8″ piece of cord, and create a sliding square knot sinnet that’s about 3-4 knots long, catching both strands in this sinnet so that it functions correct. Don’t tie super tight, but make snug knots so that the bracelet holds tight when worn, but can still be adjusted. Create a knot about 3″ after the sliding sinnet on each strand, then cut off excess cord. Thread-burn the end with a lighter to seal.

Cut a 4″ piece of wire. With the wire, create a wrapped loop on top of your cowrie shell.

Step 5

Use the 6mm jumpring to attach the cowrie charm to the beaded strand, right in the middle of your bracelet.

These look even better stacked, if you ask me, so be sure to make extras in different color schemes!

You can also replace the cowrie shell with any other bohemian-type charm. Coins and celestial motifs are some of my favorites!

DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations
DIY Boho Beach Knotted Bracelets


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

These DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets just radiate sparkle and shine! They are chic, yet not overly dressy, making them great for everyday wearing. Super stackable and complimentary to most other bracelets, you definitely need to make one (or multiple) to add to your jewelry wardrobe!

The secret here is metallic embroidery floss, which gives the pieces that upscale look. Move over friendship bracelets of the past!! These adult-friendly pieces use floss in a new, sophisticated way.

What’s really great about these pieces is that there are NO PLIERS REQUIRED, so they are great for beginner jewelry makers. The only tools I used were scissors and a beading needle – and once you get the hang of the square knot technique, they whip up really fast. I created mine as a 3-wrap bracelet, but you can choose to make yours any amount of wraps you want. They also double as chokers/necklaces, depending on how long you make your piece. A 2-in-1 accessory…..yes, please!

Follow below for my easy step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have these finished in no time at all. Let’s go!

Step 1

Gather materials. You will need 6x4mm metallic crystal rondelle beads (gold, silver and clear are some good basic options), metallic embroidery floss, 0.5mm nylon knotting cord (not stretchy cord!), a small 2-hole button (I used shell ones similar to these, but you can use metal buttons as well) and Gem-Tac. You will also need a flexible beading needle and of course, scissors!

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2

Cut a length of nylon thread that is about 6x the circumference of your wrist, plus adding 6″. My wrist is a little under 6.25″ and I cut a piece that was about 4′ long. If your wrist is 7.5″, cut a piece 51″ long. Fold in half. Thread on your button, bring to the fold, and knot it in place, leaving the same amount of loose thread on each side. Thread on your crystal rondelles, using the beading needle. For my wrap bracelet, I used 68 beads. You will want to adjust the amount depending on your wrist size, but the beads can easily be added later on if needed as well, so 68 might be a good place to start. To keep the beads from falling off, secure the very end of the 2 threads together with a piece of tape, acting as a stopper. Let the beads fall to the bottom of the cord.

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 3

Cut a piece of metallic embroidery floss – this length again will vary a bit depending on your wrist size. I cut a 10′ piece, and my final bracelet was just about 17.5″ long (beaded part). If your wrist is a little larger than 6.25″, cut an extra 1-2 feet or so, but remember, it’s better to over-estimate the length, instead of under-estimating.

Fold the floss in half, and thread the halfway point under the top of the cord. Bring the left side over the middle cord. Bring the right side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the left side, creating a loop. Pull both sides evenly, tight up against the middle cord.

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4

Bring the right side now OVER the middle cord, and the left side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the right side, creating another loop. Pull both sides evenly up tight against the middle cord. You have created the first square knot in the sinnet!

Bring the left side OVER the middle cord. Bring the right side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the left side, creating a loop. Pull both sides evenly, tight up against the middle cord.

Bring a bead up against these knots. Bring the right side now OVER the middle cord, and the left side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the right side, creating another loop. Pull both sides evenly up against the bead. Don’t pull TOO tight though, you want the bead to be secure with thread on both sides, not popping out of line.

Bring the left side OVER the middle cord. Bring the right side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the left side, creating a loop. Pull both sides evenly, tight up against the middle cord. This locks the bead in place.

Step 5

Bring another bead up against these knots. Bring the right side now OVER the middle cord, and the left side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the right side, creating another loop. Pull both sides evenly up against the bead. Don’t pull TOO tight though, you want the bead to be secure with thread on both sides, not popping out of line.

Bring the left side OVER the middle cord. Bring the right side UNDER the middle cord, then up over the left side, creating a loop. Pull both sides evenly, tight up against the middle cord. This locks the bead in place.

-Keep repeating this step over and over again, beading down the strand. You always want to be alternating which cord goes OVER the middle cords, to keep the square knot sinnet flat. If you accidentally don’t alternate, you will see a twisting in the sinnet…not good for this type of design!

If you need to add any more beads to the cord, simply pull off the bottom tape, string on beads, and re-apply tape. At the very end, tie off the floss with a regular knot (tightly to secure!) and cut excess cord. I always reinforce the knots with a dab of Gem-Tac.

With the middle cords, tie an overhand knot right at the base of the beaded strand. Tie two more, creating 2 loops for the button to be placed in, like a closure. Make sure the knot spacing can snugly fit the button in – not too loose, not too tight.

DIY Metallic Crystal Wrap Bracelets

Wrap and wear! You can create these in any amount of wraps, any colors, and really, any bead styles. I love a good monochromatic look, but if you want to get fancy, play around with NEONS for a pop of color!

Like I said before, these also can be worn as chokers…..or even double-wrap necklaces, depending on how long your strand is.


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.