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The End


I haven’t updated this site in quite a while and I haven’t been up for creating new craft tutorials, so the time has come to retire this blog once and for all.

I decided to move in a different direction as far as blogging. You can now find me at A Creative Yarn, where I will write about completing projects that I’ve long neglected, learning more about things like embroidery and photography, and living a more creative life.  Hope to see you over there!



Project #13: Double Indemnity Anklet


originally posted October 2011

I’m a huge classic movie fan, and as you may have already deduced, I also love to craft. The idea to blog about my favorite classic movies is something that’s always been at the back of my mind, but this is a craft blog and classic movies don’t really fit in with the craft theme. Or do they?

Actually, I think they do. I’ve decided to challenge myself by coming up with craft projects that somehow tie into my favorite classic movies – a little something that I like to call Movie and a Craft Project. The first project is called the Double Indemnity Anklet which ties into the movie, Double Indemnity.

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Double Indemnity is a classic example of film noir, and I love this genre. It stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. The movie takes place in California in 1938. A time when men wore hats and women weren’t called women, they were called dames. MacMurray plays Walter Neff, an insurance salesman who drops in on a gentleman who needs his car insurance renewed. As it turns out the man isn’t home, but instead he meets the guy’s wife, Phyllis, played by Stanwyck, who happens to be dressed in nothing but a towel.

Of course, this piques Neff’s interest and so he decides to stick around and speak with Phyllis about the insurance. He winds up flirting with her, seeing how far he can take it, comments several times on the anklet she’s wearing and gets shut down by Phyllis who sees him to the door. However, within 24 hours, Walter finds himself in cahoots with Phyllis to off her husband for a little insurance money.

Walter gets in over his head and digs himself into a hole that he can’t get out of, nor does he try. In the end though, things go array. To paraphrase Walter Neff, he did it for the money and for a woman, but in the end he didn’t get the woman or the money. Double Indemnity is a gritty, seedy, little gem of a movie, with Barbara Stanwyck playing the ultimate femme fatale.

The project I came up with is this anklet. It seemed an obvious choice to me seeing as Walter was so fixated on the anklet Phyllis was wearing. I made mine in red and aqua for that vintage feel. I picked up the red beads and the chain at Michael’s. In case you’re wondering, those red beads are 6 x 3 mm dog bone beads from Halcraft. The package says they are dyed bamboo coral. The rest of the materials I had on hand.

So, here is how to make this anklet…

Materials needed:    

6 mm round beads
6×3 mm dog bone beads
20-gauge craft wire
4 mm jump rings
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers

To figure out what size your anklet should be either measure one you already own, or take a tape measure and measure the circumference of your ankle and add a half-inch to an inch extra to the length, depending on how big you like your anklets.


1. Make 3 center beaded links. Cut three 2-inch lengths of craft wire and make the beaded links as shown in Step 2 of the Simple Loop Tutorial. For the 2 outer links, thread 3 dog bone beads, the 6 mm bead, and 3 more dog bone beads. For the center link first thread on a 6 mm bead, 3 dog bone beads, and then another 6 mm bead.

2. Connect the links together with jump rings. This should measure a little over 4 inches.

3. Determine how much more length you need to finish your anklet and cut a piece of chain to that length. Cut that chain in half and attach the clasp components to one end of each piece of chain.

4. Connect the chain to each end of the beaded links with jump rings.

5. Next, to make a small bead dangle for the clasp, take a headpin and thread on a 6 mm bead, then 3 dog bone beads. Make a simple loop as in Step 1 of the Simple Loop Tutorial. Connect 3 jump rings together and attach one end to your bead dangle, and then connect the other end to the chain close to the clasp.

And now your anklet is complete!

If you haven’t seen Double Indemnity, I highly recommend it. Go out and rent it, buy the supplies to make this anklet, pop up some popcorn, and make this project during the movie.


So, what’s up with this blog anyway???


By now some of you may be wondering what’s the deal with this blog. New readers are probably wondering why all of my posts up until now begin with the phrase “originally posted…”and you long-time readers are probably wondering why I’ve moved this blog yet again! Clearly an explanation is in order, so here goes…

Back in 2009 when I first started this blog, I used Blogger as my platform. After a couple of years I grew tired of the limited capabilities that Blogger had to offer and the unpredictability of that particular platform. I wanted to try out a self-hosted site. I really had no business going in that direction since I am the least tech savvy person I know, but I decided to go for it anyway.

In the late summer of 2011, I launched my new site. There was very little confusion in the move, and I managed to transfer most of the subscribers right along with me to the self-hosted site. Soon I was posting fairly regularly, adding new project posts and other crafty tidbits.

Now, lets fast forward to sometime after Christmas of 2011 and into 2012. I took a break from blogging for a month. It was during that break that something very bad happened. Some jerk HACKED my site. At first, I couldn’t believe it. Then, I had no idea what to do. I contacted my web hosting company to see if they could help. They couldn’t – or wouldn’t. I explained that I was deficient in all things related to running a self-hosted site, which probably irritated them. They told me what I should do, but since I don’t speak techno babble I had no idea what they were talking about. This all relates back to me having no business trying to run a self-hosted site.

Anyhoo, I decided to delete the site as soon as possible to avoid causing any kind of problems for readers visiting my site. I did lose quite a few posts in the process, but I was able to transfer most of the original posts from the old Blogger site. I actually cherry picked the more relevant posts from that  Blogger site and chose not to transfer every single blog post. I did lose some of the newer posts from the self-hosted site. However, I do have  a handful of projects and posts that were saved and will be added here in the near future.

The whole hacking incident really threw me for a loop and for a moment I decided not to bother with the blog anymore. I’ve stopped crafting and haven’t been writing either. In fact, this is the first thing I’ve written in months. I’m feeling a bit rusty and trying to get back into the swing of things. A few months ago, I began getting emails from people requesting instructions for many of the projects I’ve posted in the past, so I decided I should at least create a new blog and re-post the projects and the more helpful crafty posts. I hope to create new projects in the future, but for now I’m going to continue adding old posts and projects and then go from there.

So, in a nutshell, that’s the story of The Craft Floozy.