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DIY Post: Industrial Bird Feeder

This fun and easy bird feeder can add an industrial look to any front porch.

Supplies:
Poultry Wire (1/4 inch)
Jewelry Wire
Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain
Bird Seed

STEP ONE:
Start with a 6×6 inch piece of Poultry Wire.  Fold the one edge into itself to create a cone.  Use your wire cutters to cut the edge where the two meet.

STEP TWO:

Use a piece of jewelry wire to “sew” the seam together creating a finished cone.  You will notice at the top of the cone, that one edge is finished and the other is unfinished and sitting higher.  Cut that with your wire snips to make a smooth edge.

STEP THREE:

Add a chain to each side, fill with bird seed and hang to your heart’s content.
Once you get the technique down you can make them in any size!  Group them together at varying heights and create a mobile look that will have the birds coming for days!

Enjoy!

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}

DIY Post: Beach Stone Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite pastimes in summer is talking walks along Lake Erie.  Whether with friends, family or on my own, I get wrapped up in the beauty of the water and the items it washes ashore.  From beach glass to special rocks, I’m always picking things up and taking them home with me.  The beach glass sits in a mason jar in my kitchen and the rocks often find themselves in my flower pots.

 

 

On a recent trip to Fairport Harbor with my family, I picked up these pretty stones and couldn’t wait to do something special with them.  Here is a little how to for displaying your pretty beach finds.

Supplies:
Jewelry Craft Pliers
Multi-use Wire Snips
Craft Wire
Premade Necklace Chain – try Etsy Supplies or your local craft store
Findings – Jump Rings
Pretty Stones
Cut an 8 inch piece of wire and make a small loop.

STEP ONE:
Twist about three times giving the loop a tail.  This will add strength and stability to the loop.

STEP TWO:
Determine which side of the stone you want to have in the front and place that wire loop in the back.

STEP THREE:
Wrap the wire around the stone as tight as possible, crossing the two tails over one another and adding a dab of super glue for extra security.  Once your stone is secure, snip any excess wire.

FINAL PRODUCT:
Add the beach stone charm to the necklace chain using a jump ring and Voila!  A pretty, and natural, necklace to wear all summer long

Special thanks to my friend Adam Taseff (www.twitter.com/arterxcreative) for taking these pretty photos!

xoxo, Shelley

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}