Feb 072017
 

sweet spring tulip bracelet cover

This project is yet another one that was inspired by the materials. The soft pink and green pressed glass beads along with the frosted white crackle beads make for a delicate and feminine bracelet. 

Although stringing beads is fairly simple, it can take some time to plan the arrangement so it suits your particular aesthetic.

In the video there are several screen shots taken with my phone showing the stages of planning this design. I share with you my thinking on each one and why I did it the way I did.

If you have a smart phone it really is a great tool for helping you figure layouts, remember what you decided and then reference the photos when it’s time to put it together.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Sweet Spring Tulip Bracelet-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Aug 012016
 

summer berries bracelet

Here’s yet another way to use memory wire. I love how this design looks like a stack of bangles, but is so easy to wear and take on & off.

When I was first figuring out how to put this bracelet together I thought I had a very clever idea for using memory wire bead ends to make a neat finish (rather than just loops) on the wire that all the memory wire loops go through.

I glued a memory wire bead end onto each of the two pieces of 20 gauge wire, let the glue cure and them proceeded with adding the memory wire loops and spacers. Then I trimmed the wire, added a dab of epoxy and the other memory wire bead end…

… and wondered how on earth to hold that little tiny bead in place while the glue finished curing!

Short of sitting there for an hour holding it with my fingers, of course. :-/

And so, I went back to just making a loop on both ends of those pieces of wire. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them, as that really would be a much nicer finish.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Summer Berries Bracelet-Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Apr 182016
 

imperial jasper bracelet (1)

This bracelet design is similar to ones I’ve done before, combining single strands of larger beads with smaller ones on multiple strands. It’s easy to do, and an interesting look. It’s also a great trick for stretching a few special beads to make an entire piece of jewelry. 😀

The silver stardust beads bring out some of the silvery gray color in the jasper beads. I’d considered using black beads as an accent, but thought they were too stark.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Imperial Jasper Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 292016
 

fuchsia florals bracelet

This bracelet design started with the beads. I bought these overlapping lentils a while ago and have just never found the right design for them.

But then I pulled out all my “pending” strands of beads and saw them next to these floral metal slider components with similar colors and said, “Score!”

Sometimes inspiration comes by putting together things you never expected to combine. 🙂

Because the beads do all the work this bracelet goes together very quickly. Rather than fiddling with clasps and such I just strung everything onto two strands of jewelry elastic.

I apologize that I wasn’t able to find links to any of the elements I used except for the Stretch Magic elastic cord and the Super Glue Gel.

Instead of being frustrated, use it as an opportunity to make your own unique combinations!

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Fuchsia Florals Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 082016
 

azure & ice bracelet

With all its glass, crystal and pearls, this week’s bracelet is quite fancy and elegant. The bead caps also serve to make it more elaborate.

You could get a more earthy look by using rustic looking beads, perhaps even try bead chips instead of the pearls. I just love the idea of clustering together a whole bunch of a smaller element to make them into something very different.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Azure & Ice Bracelet video over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 6 10x13mm lampwork glass beads
  • 14 bead caps
  • 64 4x7mm potato pearls
  • 64 ball head pins
  • 2 10mm pearls
  • 1 10x13mm crystal roundel
  • 6 7x9mm crystal roundels
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • clasp
  • 1 1/2-inch length chain
  • bead stringing wire

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Slide a pearl onto each ball head pin and use either round nose pliers or 1-Step Looper  to make simple loop dangles.
  2. Onto bead stringing wire add: 3 7x9mm crystal roundels > bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > loops of 16 pearl dangles > bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > loops of 16 pearl dangles > bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > 10mm pearl > bead cap > 10x13mm crystal roundel > bead cap > 10mm pearl >bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > loops of 16 pearl dangles > bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > loops of 16 pearl dangles > bead cap >lampwork bead >bead cap > 3 7x9mm crystal roundels.
  3. Check length of bracelet. It should be 1/2-inch longer than your usual preferred length of bracelet. Add or remove beads as needed to make it this length.
  4. To finish end: Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp, a wire protector and the end link of length of chain. Slide wire back through crimp and flatten with One Step Crimper. Use crimping pliers to pick up a crimp cover and close over flattened crimp.
  5. Repeat on other end of bracelet adding clasp instead of length of chain.
Jan 182016
 

desert mesa bracelet

There are lots of different sources I use for my beads and jewelry findings, but the most convenient is my least favorite. The local craft stores such as Joann’s, Michael’s and A.C. Moore have plenty to choose from, but the quality isn’t always the best.

That’s why I was so happy to find the string of oval beads I used in this Desert Mesa bracelet. One of the beads was chipped and some on the string have funky inclusions, but I rather like them anyhow.

They were labeled “Assorted Stone Beads,” so I can’t tell you exactly what they are except that they are quite interesting and look great combined with warm colored agates and antique gold findings. 🙂

The best way to shop for jewelry making is to support your local bead store. Sadly, the only ones near me are too far to stop by regularly.

Instead I do I lot of my shopping for jewelry supplies online, here are a few of my favorites:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Desert Mesa Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 3 20x15mm oval stone beads
  • 6 14mm links of chain
  • 24 assorted 6mm beads
  • 24 head pins
  • 3 4.5-inch pieces 24 gauge wire
  • 1-inch length of chain
  • clasp
  • jump rings

Tools:

Directions:

Note: Be sure your loops are large enough to fit around the 14mm links of chain you have chosen. This is why I recommend the One Step BIG Looper, as it makes 3mm loops.

  1. Use chain nose pliers to grasp a 4.5-inch piece of wire 1.5-inches from one end.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  2. Slide a 20x15mm oval bead onto wire and repeat step 1 to make another wrapped loop, this time grasping wire just above bead before bending with chain nose pliers.
  3. To make bead dangles slide each of your 6mm beads onto a head pin and make a loop with either round nose pliers or the One Step Big Looper.
  4. Use chain nose pliers to open a 14mm link of chain and attach 3 bead dangles, your clasp, 3 bead dangles and the loop of one of your stone oval beads.
  5. Open another chain link and slide onto loop on other end of your stone oval. Add three bead dangles to each side, then add another chain link.
  6. Open the chain link just added and add 3 bead dangles to each side, plus the loop of another oval dangle.
  7. Repeat the pattern of two chain links between each of the three stone ovals. Each chain link should have 3 beads dangles on each side.
  8. Finish by adding the final chain link to the loop of the third oval bead, 3 dangles, your 1-inch length of chain and 3 dangles.

 

 

 

 

Dec 212015
 

amethyst copper bracelet

This week’s bracelet design is a fairly basic one. Amethyst teardrop beads are strung onto eye pins to make bead connectors for the main part of the bracelet. They are then linked together by a single link of chain, or an oval jump ring, with several copper bead dangles hanging from each link of chain.

There are so many variations that you could do with this and totally change the look and feel by changing up the choice of beads and colors. I love the idea of making the dangles in freshwater pearls with perhaps peridot or a pretty pink crystal used for the main beads. It would be quite spring-like.

I hope you like this design in that you give it a try! Here are a few of the supplies are used in making this bracelet.

By the way when I first started this design I used some fairly inexpensive head pins and 75% of them broke in the making of the loops. Argh. This proves to me once again that cheap materials don’t save you much. Buy the best quality you can afford. You’ll be glad you did with the amount of time and aggravation it saves you.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Amethyst & Copper Dangles Bracelet  Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 8-12 4mm-8mm beads for main part of bracelet, amount varies depending on the size of beads
  • one eye pin for each bead
  • beads for dangles (4x number used for main part of bracelet)
  • one head pin for each dangle
  • chain with 4-5 mm oval links or oval jump rings
  • clasp

Tools

  • chain nose pliers
  • 1-Step Looper or:
    • round nose pliers &
    • wire cutters

Directions

  1. Slide each of your main beads onto an eye pin. Use round nose pliers to make a loop or use the One Step Looper. Connect all of these bead links together with an oval link of chain or jump ring between each one until bracelet is long enough to go around wrist.
  2. Slide beads for dangles onto head pins. Use round nose pliers or One Step Looper to make loops. Attach four, or as many as you’d like, to each link of chain on bracelet.
  3. Use a jump ring or a link of chain to attach clasp to one and. Attach four additional links of chain or jump rings to other end.
  4. Make additional bead dangles by sliding beads onto head pins and making loops, Attach a few of these to the four links of chain at the other end of the bracelet.
Oct 122015
 

loop & button bracelet

I just love how quickly you can put together this bracelet. The only thing that takes any time at all is stringing on the seed beads that you need for the loop.

Choose any beads you like for this bracelet and you can have it done in under 10 minutes. A great idea for a quick gift!

I’m blessed as I inherited both my grandmother’s and my mother-in-law’s button hoards. 🙂 If you don’t have a button jar to rummage through here are a few assortments you can buy:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Loop & Button Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 6 23 mm clay oval beads
  • 7 6 mm gemstone beads
  • 14 6 mm bead caps
  • button
  • seed beads
  • two crimps
  • two crimp covers
  • bead stringing wire

Tools

  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers

Directions

  1. Onto bead stringing wire string a pattern of: a bead cap, 6mm gemstone bead, bead cap and a clay oval bead.
  2. Repeat pattern using all beads, finishing with a bead cap, 6mm gemstone bead and a bead cap.
  3. On one end of the bead stringing wire slide a crimp and enough seed beads to make a loop that will go over the button. Slide wire back through the crimp and flatten. Cover with a crimp cover.
  4. On other end of bracelet slide a crimp, the loop of the button and slide the wire back through the crimp. Pull the wire up snug then back off to leave about 1/8 inch of slack. Flatten crimp and cover with a crimp cover to complete bracelet.

 

 

Jul 062015
 

Sparkleberries Cuff Bracelet.JPG

Today’s bracelet in juicy, summer colors is quick & easy and uses only minimal supplies: beads, spacer bars, memory wire, wire cutters & round nose pliers.

I love the rather unexpected combination of sparkling crystals with these bright beads, but I can also see this looking great in several shades of turquoise. Really, any of your favorite colors would work great!

Btw, after wearing this bracelet  made the way I show in the video, I decided I didn’t like those beads dangling off the ends. Instead I remade it, beginning and ending with a spacer bar and having 6 beads between each spacer bar.

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

You can watch the Sparkleberries Cuff Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

These directions reflect how I made the first version, the one I show in the video.

Materials:

  • 3 8.5-inches pieces bracelet memory wire
  • 78 6mm beads
  • 6 3 hole spacer bars

Tools:

  • memory wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  1. Use round nose pliers to make a loop on one end of each piece of memory wire.
  2. Onto a piece of memory wire slide 3 beads, one hole of a spacer bar, 4 beads and another spacer bar. If spacer bars have 2 different sides, make sure all are facing in the same direction.
  3. Repeat stringing on 4 beads and a spacer bar until all spacer bars are used. String on 3 beads, trim memory wire to 1/2-inch from last bead. Use round nose pliers to make a loop with remaining wire.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using remaining memory wire and going through remaining holes of spacer bars.
  5. If you like you can add charm or bead dangles to the loops of memory wire.

Alternatively, you can add a spacer bar at the beginning, then have 6 beads between each spacer and end with a spacer bar. This will use 90 beads.

 

 

Feb 232015
 

pink & purple chain bracelet (1)

Sometimes it’s fun to dig through the bead stash and pull out bits & pieces of chain, some orphan beads & put them all together in a pretty piece of jewelry.

pink & purple chain bracelet (2)

The gold chain and charms tie in all the differing components of this bracelet to make a varied and interesting whole.

What bits & pieces are in your bead collection that might work together?

Happy creating and enjoy the video!

You can watch the Pink & Purple Chain Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 10 8-10mm beads
  • 12 6mm beads
  • 5 charms & 5 jump rings
  • (or make your own charm dangles by adding assorted metal beads to headpins)
  • 3 different styles of chain 6-7 inches of each (or use a variety of small bits and pieces)
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 12 headpins
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 split rings

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

See the video for detailed instructions.