When the Plastic Canvas Challenge gauntlet was first thrown, I leafed through countless Etsy searches and Pins. My mission? To find a great vintage jewelry design that I could recreate in plastic canvas. As a huge fan of old jewelry, I thought of it as the perfect way for me to embrace the “granny” in this traditional “granny craft.”
Finally, it hit me: Rhinestone cup chain is spaced out as regularly as the holes in plastic canvas, so there should be some way to use the two together… right? To my delight, I discovered that 2.5mm cup chain and 7 mesh plastic canvas go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Supplies needed to make your own black Rhinestone Bow Bracelet & Necklace:
- 7 Mesh Plastic Canvas
- 2.5mm Rhinestone Cup Chain
- Basic Craft Scissors
- Wire Cutters (I used the one in this Jewelry Tools Set)
- Rhinestone Slider Beads (I used 10x14mm rectangles)
- Stretchy Cord (.8mm black recommended)
- Hematite Stamped Oval Chain (or your choice of jewelry making chain)
- Gunmetal Jewelry Findings
Making the Rhinestone Bows:
For both pieces of jewelry, the rhinestone bow was made the same way. I’ll give you the exact measurements for my project, but feel free to use a different rhinestone focal – or even replace that with something like grosgrain ribbon – and adapt the sizes accordingly. First, cut a 29 x 3 square piece of black 7 mesh plastic canvas.
Using your wire cutters, cut (6) 8-stone lengths of black cup chain. This will give you enough stones so that the top and sides of the bow will be covered.
Working from the back and starting from the end, push the rhinestone cup chain through the plastic mesh. (I just used my fingernails.) It was tough to get a good picture of this step! The photo below shows one row finished and the second row in process, with 3 stones pushed in:
As you go, you will notice that the end stones go through the mesh and stick out a little. You will also see that the plastic mesh starts to bend when the cup chain is added. These will both work to our advantage in the bow design.
Now it’s time to add the center rhinestone. I tried .8mm black stretchy cord, nylon monofilament and flexible beading wire for this part. The photos below show the monofilament (like fishing line) because that showed up best in photos. It was a little easier to work with, but the black stretchy cord gave a nicer finished look.
Step 1: Cut two pieces of cord (about 6 inches each) and slide on the rhinestone slider bead. Thread the 2 cords from the left through the top and bottom squares of your plastic canvas piece:
To finish the rhinestone bow bracelet, I used stretchy cord and rhinestone slider beads…
Overall, this was a pretty quick and easy project. I kind of feel like I “cheated” on the Plastic Canvas Challenge, because I definitely didn’t put in as much time as a few of our other bloggers did. But I have to say that I loved using this material in a different way – and I love the way the rhinestone bow bracelet and necklace turned out!