This bracelet takes a little bit of time to make, but it is oh-so worth it. You can choose to stop at just the center section and still have a wavy shaped bracelet, but adding the beaded borders along the sides is the crowning touch.
Either way be sure to watch the video for my tips on choosing beads that will work best in this project, not all will give you the effect you are looking for.
There have been several projects that I have made that required holding the end of a piece of jewelry, usually a bracelet, with a bit of tension.
Usually that was accomplished with some sort of rigged up system involving scotch tape and a binder clip, lol.
So when the folks at SpeedyJig contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their jigs, I jumped at the chance!
I requested that they send me the XL jig because I wanted to be able to use it to make longer items such as triple wrap bracelets or necklaces. The first thing I did was attempt to follow their instructions and use the included materials to make a paracord bracelet.
I found the instructions a little tricky to follow, although in all fairness if I had read a little bit more slowly and carefully it might’ve been fine. A couple of additional explanations would’ve been helpful.
I also used this jig to making a wavy Chan Luu wrap style bracelet and found it to be incredibly helpful to be able to adjust the tension throughout the process. Check back next Tuesday for that video!
Btw, if you are thinking about making paracord jewelry there are LOTS of different types of clasps you can put on your survival bracelet. Some of them include compasses, fire starters, whistles, adjustable slides or other useful things. Scroll through the link in the list below for many fascinating options.
These work up SO quickly! Don’t tell them, but each of my guys will be getting one for their upcoming birthdays.
Hooray for quick & easy (and useful… and possibly life saving…) gifts for guys!
The fun thing about working with resin is that you can put just about anything into it.
Of course, you have to be careful that:
the objects you embed in resin are waterproof, and
they won’t cause chemical reactions which may make your resin not set.
But other than those considerations you are only limited by your imagination!
In today’s video I’m playing with the idea of using transparencies within resin and embedding objects to complete a scene.
Those of you who are my patrons will be able to access the images I used in the videos. (FYI, I’ve purchase a license that allows me to share them with you, but it does not allow for use in items that will be sold.)
Some of the other things I considered adding to my scenes:
Sculpted polymer clay items such as leaves, branches or flowers
Natural items such as stones, seeds, twigs and plants
Broken bits and pieces of meaningful jewelry
Just a whole bunch of steampunk gears!
I’m sure you could go on with lots more ideas yourselves. Feel free to share your thoughts on what you would like to embed in resin to make it personal.
When I opened this month’s Dollar Bead Box and started arranging and rearranging all of the goodies inside it got me to thinking about how my system of organizing keeps me from doing that sort of play at any other time.
It also makes me think of stories I’ve heard about other artists who tend to leave things piled about their work desks and will often discover new and interesting combinations just because of the variety of things that end up in contact with each other.
Being a very organized person and someone regimented in my methods, the thought of doing this rather stresses me out!
In today’s video I consider a few different ways we can organize and sort collections in order to best make use of them.
Here are links to some of the items I showed in the video: