Although originally designed for the changing style of a teen's wardrobe, this piece could easily be worn by a mother or grandmother showing off the kids and grandkids. It could even be used as a purse embellishment or key chain. The idea of using small lobster clasps to hold the alphabet and sports charms came when the boyfriend changed and she still wanted to wear the jewelry. Just switch out the picture and change the letters--well, you get the idea!
Cut a length of ribbon, approximately 2-1/4 inches long.
Add a dab of adhesive along the edge of one end.
Place the ribbon clamp over the ribbon edge and line up the sides. Compress the clamp with flat-nose pliers or chain-nose pliers.
Repeat for the other end of the ribbon.
Using a pair of tweezers, pick up a crystal. Apply a dab of adhesive to the back of the crystal using a toothpick and place the crystal on the top of the clamp.
Repeat Step 5, adding crystals to the top and bottom clamp in any pattern you'd like.
Thread a comfortable length of silk onto a needle and stitch the loop of the picture frame to the ribbon. By only stitching through the loop, you make it possible to change the picture later.
Add a jumpring to the loop on the bottom ribbon clamp. Add the top loop of the seven-ring station. Close the jumpring.
Add a jumpring to several of the sports charms. Add a self-closing clasp and close the jumpring.
Attach the alphabet and sports charms to the seven-ring station.
Add a jumpring to the loop on the top ribbon clamp. Add a large lobster claw clasp; close the jumpring.
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