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. ūüôā

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¬į 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¬į 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.

 

 

 

 

Sep 142015
 

loopy dangles earrings

In my opinion it’s always fun to use our supplies in new and unexpected ways. Today’s earrings do just that. Seed beads are strung onto Nymo Nylon Beading thread and then several loops of these beads are dangled from¬†bead cones.

I think it’s a fun and interesting look,¬†especially if you like dangly¬†earrings. Just add a few accents to the top and you’re done. If you haven’t seen my Bead Spinner video be sure to check that out, it can¬†save you a lot of time.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Loopy Dangles Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 120 inches bead thread, such as¬†Nymo Nylon Beading thread
  • seed beads, about 40 inches strung
  • 2¬†bead cones
  • 4¬†4mm accent beads
  • 2¬†8mm crystal cubes
  • 2¬†ear wires
  • 2 eye¬†pins

Tools

  • Bead Spinner
  • strong adhesive glue such as superglue or E6000
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • 1-Step Looper¬†(optional)
  1. Leaving the bead stringing thread on the spool, string 20 inches of beads.
  2. Separate out four inches of beads and cut thread so the four inches of beads are on a 12 to 14 inch length of thread.
  3. Repeat until you you have five lengths of thread with 4 inches of beads on each.
  4. Gather all the thread ends and tie into a knot around the loop of an eye pin. Tie again to secure and dab with strong glue. Allow glue to dry thoroughly before trimming the thread ends.
  5. String eye pin through a bead cone, a 4mm bead,  an 8mm cube and a 4mm bead.
  6. Using round nose pliers or One Step Loopers make a loop above last 4mm bead. Use chain nose pliers to open loop and attach ear wire.
  7. Repeat to make second earring.

 

Aug 032015
 

donut & dangles necklace

Although this mosaic turquoise donut¬†looks great all by itself it’s accented by all the dangles on top. The rustic cord just adds to the Southwestern vibe.

Even though you have to wire wrap 2 dozen dangles, this project goes fairly quickly because you can wrap them all independently and not have to hold them on to something.

I think this necklace is great for wearing in the summertime, something about turquoise and summer go together in my opinion.

You can find Mosaic Turquoise in different colors and sizes over at Fire Mountain Gems.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Donut and Dangles Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Hold both pieces of cord together treating as one. Fold in half and poke loop at center through hole in donut. Bring all four cords back through the loop and pull to tighten.
  2. Make wire wrapped loops with head pins and beads, making sure loops are large enough to fit over four strands of cord.
  3. Slide all wire wrapped dangles over all four strands of cord, shaking down to make them all nest together above the donut. Tie four cords in an overhand knot above dangles to hold in place.
  4. Add knots and and accent beads to cord as desired. Add jump ring to clasp and tie on one end of cords. Tie short length of chain to other end of cords,  knotting and trimming cord ends to finish.
Mar 022015
 

Have you found that sometimes the simplest of supplies can make a project with great impact?

turquoise & silver dangle earrings

I love the simplicity of a single color bead, today it’s turquoise, in a single repeating motif, just simple dangles on silver plated headpins on a silver plated chain.

The trickiest part, as I mention in the video, is working with this tiny chain. You can make it easier on your eyes and use larger chain, putting a dangle on either side of each chain link.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Turquoise and Silver Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

 Materials:

  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • 2 4mm silver plated jump rings
  • 20 silver plated head pins
  • 2 11-link pieces 12-link-per-inch silver plated chain
  • 20 4mm turquoise beads

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters.
  1. Slide a turquoise bead onto a head pin. Trim wire above bead to 3/8-inch. Grasp wire with tips of round nose pliers and twist to form a simple loop.
  2. Repeat to make simple loop dangles on other head pins.
  3. Use chain nose pliers to open a simple loop by twisting it to one side. Place loop into a link of chain. Close loop securely. Repeat to place a bead dangles on all but one end chain link of each chain piece.
  4. Open a jump ring and slide on the last link of chain and an ear wire. Close jump ring securely. Repeat to make second earring.

What combination of colors would you use to make these earrings?

Happy creating!

Oct 202014
 

citrine nuggets bracelet

Consider this bracelet excellent practice for making wire wrapped loops. You’ll need at least 40 to make it so¬†full.

Other than the time it takes to make all your bead dangles, this is a fairly simple bracelet. The truly fun part is shopping and digging in your stash to choose the assortment of beads.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Citrine Nugget Bracelet Video Tutorial over at Youtube.

Materials:

  • 12 12-16mm citrine nuggets
  • 12 small metal bird shaped beads
  • 16 other beads
  • assorted seed beads and spacer beads
  • 40 head pins
  • 22 gauge wire (if you have any top drilled beads)
  • 7 inches seed beads or small beads (less than 3mm)
  • 8 6mm bicone beads
  • 10 inches bead stringing wire
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • clasp
  • jump ring
  • 2-inch piece chain

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • fine point sharpie
  • sliding gauge
  1. Use sliding gauge to determine size of your seed beads or small beads. Slide gauge out to slightly larger measurement and mark that point on your round nose pliers with a sharpie.
  2. Slide citrine nuggets, bird beads and other beads onto head pins along with assorted seed and spacer beads to make 40 bead dangles.
  3. For each bead dangle use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead. ¬†Bend wire at 90¬į angle. ¬†Grasp bend with round nose pliers at sharpie marked point and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.¬† Reposition pliers to finish loop. Hold loop with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90¬į bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  4. If you have any top drilled beads ¬†cut a 3-inch piece of 22 gauge wire.¬†Slide wire into hole of bead, leaving ¬Ĺ inch sticking out on one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole. Trim shorter wire to 1/8 inch from bend. Bend longer remaining wire at 90¬į angle. Use round nose pliers to make a loop at sharpie marked point. Wrap remaining wire around bends and down to cover bead hole. This can be done with neat, tight wraps, or in ‚Äúmessy wraps.‚ÄĚ
  5. Sort your bead dangles into seven approximately equal piles.
  6. Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Add one end of your chain to the wire protector. Slide the wire end back through the crimp and bring crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Test to make sure crimp is holding and trim excess stringing wire. Cover crimp with a crimp cover by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimp and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape cover into a round bead shape if necessary.
  7. Slide onto stringing wire a 6mm bicone bead, enough seed beads to equal 1-inch with the bicone and one pile of wire wrapped bead dangles. Repeat until you have added 7 sections of beads & bead dangles. Finish with another 6mm bicone.
  8. Repeat step 6 to add a crimp and wire protector to the end of stringing wire.
  9. Use a jump ring to attach clasp to the wire protector.
May 192014
 

Here’s a bracelet to match the Hammered Paddle Headpin Earrings from a couple weeks ago.

crystal & floral bead bracelet still (1)

The spring colors in this bracelet make me happy!

crystal & floral bead bracelet still (2)

If you need practice making wire wrapped loops, this project is for you. ūüôā

The concept is fairly simple: make wire wrapped connectors of largish (10mm or so) beads, connect them with jump rings and hang several wire wrapped smaller crystals (4mm) on each  jump ring.

crystal & floral bead bracelet still (3)

I needed a little more length and so added five pairs of jump rings to one end, thus making it longer and adjustable. ¬†There were four stray crystals left on the table (couldn’t have that) so I add three to the end of the chain and one next to the clasp.

For details on how to do the wire wrapping, check out the video. Happy creating!

You can watch the Crystal Dangles & Roses Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 6-8 10mm ceramic beads
  • 15-24 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads
  • 15-24 head pins
  • 3mm silver plated beads (optional)
  • 6mm silver plated jump rings
  • silver plated lobster clasp
  • 20 gauge silver filled wire

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Directions:

Use 20 gauge wire to make wrapped loops on each end of 10mm ceramic beads. Wrap enough beads to make the desired length of bracelet less one inch.

Slide each 4mm Swarovski crystal onto a head pin and make a wrapped loop. ¬†(If desired add a 3mm silver plated bead first.) Make enough of these for three to go between each ceramic bead. ¬†Wrap extras if you’d like some near the clasp or at the end of the chain.

Open a jump ring and slide on loops of two ceramic bead units and three wrapped crystals. Close jump ring securely.

Repeat to connect all ceramic beads together with crystal on jump rings in between.  Use a jump ring to add lobster clasp to one end (and crystal, if you like) and several jump rings to the other end.