Mar 212017
 

bangle illusion cover

The first time I encountered directions for making a memory wire bracelet I thought it was a fairly basic piece of jewelry and one that you would only make once. Since then, however, I have been fascinated to discover all the different ways you can use memory wire and even all the different configurations you can have for just a single long length.

Here are a few of the memory wire videos on my YouTube channel.

Today’s project is the longest memory wire bracelet I’ve made. It gives the look of a stack of seven bangles. To get this design right takes a little bit of planning, but most of your time will be spent stringing all those beads. Because three of the “bangles” are duplicated I needed quite a few beads and necessitated a trip to the craft store to fill out what was already in my stash. Always a fun necessity!

In the tools and materials I have links for as many of the products I used as I can find online. But I strongly suggest that you first raid your stash and see what you already have that you can use. Then, like me, you can fill in the corners with a fun trip to the bead store. ūüôā

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Bangle Illusion Memory Wire Bracelet-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Dec 302016
 

ff q&a supplies & stringing

It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t done any question and answers videos in quite some time. Sorry about that!

Even though I try to answer most questions in the comments sections of the videos, it’s always nice to answer them in a video for everyone to see because if one person has a question it’s likely more people have the same one.

In today’s Q & A I answer questions about where to find the supplies that I show in videos, how to finish up crimped bead stringing and why sometimes jewelry designers weave the end of the wire back through a few of their final beads.

Here are links to some of the supplies I like to use in bead stringing:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Q&A-Where to Find Jewelry Supplies, How To Finish Bead Stringing-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Dec 072015
 

brushed metal & pave necklace

This week’s necklace was inspired by one I saw a news anchor wearing. I liked it so much that I paused the video, took a screenshot and saved it for future reference. (Doesn’t everybody watch the news on a¬†laptop?) ūüėÄ

I love the idea of the metal beads being the focus where they are usually accents. The metal beads and just a few paves really add some great sparkle.

I got the pave beads at my local craft store but below are links to the brushed metal puff beads from Fire Mountain Gems.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Brushed Metal and Pave Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 5 12 to 14 mm crystal pave¬†beads
  • 14 12mm brushed round beads in assorted metals
  • 40 bugle beads
  • 20 4 mm crystal beads
  • monofilament stringing wire
  • two¬†bead tips
  • 3 inch piece of chain
  • jump ring
  • lobster clasp

Tools

  • wire cutters
  • chain¬†nose pliers
  • E6000 glue
  • awl

Directions

  1. String the end of monofilament wire through a bead tip from the back of the hinge to the inside. Tie enough knots on top of each other so the knot does not slip through bead tip. Add a drop of E6000 glue and close the bead tip.
  2. Onto monofilament wire string of pattern of a bugle bead, a 4 mm crystal bead, a bugle bead and either a brushed metal or pave bead. Repeat until all beads are used, ending with a bugle bead, a 4 mm crystal bead and a bugle bead.
  3. Repeat step one to finish other end of monofilament with a bead tip. Use the awl to help with placement of the knots.
  4. Attach length of chain to one bead tip loop and lobster clasp with a jump ring to the other to complete necklace.
Dec 042015
 

bead stringing wire

Bead stringing wire is a¬†basic staple in our jewelry making, our beads and jewelry literally hang from it! So it’s important to know just what it is you’re using to get the nicest¬†looking and strongest piece of jewelry that you can.

In the video I’ll tell you about the different sizes and types¬†of bead stringing wire.¬†Below are a few options at Amazon, but you can often find bead stringing wire at¬†your local craft store.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Bead Stringing Wire video over at YouTube.

Sep 072015
 

wild hearts crystal earrings

Top drilled beads often present a problem as to how to hang them. We can wire wrap which takes a bit of time and the skill and know-how. You could just simply use a jump ring which isn’t a particularly elegant or secure method.

Today I thought I would try something different and use bead stringing wire and seed beads. I like the way the little pearly white beads accent the crystal heart. Just a few other beads that play off the crystals, some crimping, ear¬†wires and you’re¬†done.

This design is so open to interpretation, any kind of top drilled beads will work and any kind of smaller beads that accent it would work, so have fun playing with your designs.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Wild Hearts Crystal Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 2 12mm Swarovski Crystal Wild Heart¬†pendants
  • 32 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 8mm beads
  • 4¬†4mm spacer beads
  • 2¬†6mm beads
  • 2¬†crimps
  • 2¬†crimp covers
  • 2¬†wire protectors
  • 2¬†ear¬†wires
  • 2¬†4 1/2 inch pieces bead stringing wire

Tools

  1. Onto the bead stringing wire string eight seed beads, a crystal heart and another eight seed beads.
  2. Bring the ends of the wire together and string onto both wires an 8 mm bead, a 4 mm spacer, a 6 mm bead, a 4 mm spacer and a crimp.
  3. Onto one wire slide the wire guardian then slide this end of wire back through the crimp.
  4. Pull up both wires tight leaving space for a crimp cover. Use crimping pliers to flatten crimp then cover with the crimp cover.
  5. Open loop of an ear wire and attach wire guardian to complete the earring.
Sep 082014
 

Here’s another necklace I’ll be teaching soon at my local Joann’s. ¬†We’ll be focusing on the basics of bead stringing. ¬†

bead-stringing-necklace

As I mention in the video, the stringing of beads is the easy part.  Just use the wire like a needle & thread and slide on your beads.  The real work is in the arranging, designing and of course, making sure you have secure closures.

bead-stringing-close-up

We start out by using quite inexpensive beads (would you believe most of those purple ones are¬†plastic?) but you can still get a pretty piece of jewelry. ¬†Plus it’s good to learn on something that won’t break your heart if the closures let go. ¬†ūüôā

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

YOu can watch Bead Stringing 101- Beaded Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 7‚ÄĚ strand assorted 10mm-15mm beads in colors of your choice
  • 1 strand 4mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7‚ÄĚ strand
  • 1 strand 6mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7‚ÄĚ strand
  • 1 hank clear large glass seed beads
  • 1 spool bead stringing wire (.018, 49 strand)
  • silver plated lobster clasp
  • 3 – 6mm silver plated jump rings
  • 4- 2x3mm silver plated crimp beads
  • 4mm silver plated round spacer beads (the package I got had 16)
  • optional (4-6 inch piece of chunky chain)

Tools:

  • crimping pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bead design board
  • Bead Bugs¬†Bead Stoppers
  • tape measure¬†

To make necklace:

  1. Open assorted bead strand onto longest channel in bead design board.
  2. Open each strand of crystal beads, silver plated beads and large seed beads into a separate compartment in bead design board.
  3. Remove 3-5 beads from Jesse James assortment to use in second strand. Arrange these in another channel in board.
  4. Arrange crystal beads and silver plated beads around focal beads in a pleasing design.
  5. Use large glass seed beads to fill in length of necklace, especially going around the back.
  6. Leaving bead stringing wire on the spool, string beads onto wire. When length and arrangement are to your satisfaction, cut off the wire, leaving 3 inches extra wire on each end.
  7. Make sure to secure each end with a Bead Bug.
  8. Repeat stringing, cutting and clamping for second strand of beads. It should be slightly shorter than the first strand.
  9. Remove bead stopper from one end of longer bead strand. Slide on a crimp tube and a soldered jump ring.
  10. Slide wire back through crimp tube, pull snug to jump ring. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp, first using round portion then ‚ÄúU‚ÄĚ shaped portion of pliers.
  11. Test hold of crimp by pulling on jump ring. Once it is secure trim excess wire.
  12. Repeat steps 9-11 to add one end of shorter strand to same jump ring.
  13. Repeat steps 9-12 to add two remaining wire ends to another jump ring.
  14. Use wire cutters to make a split in a jump ring. Use this jump ring to attach lobster clasp to one of the soldered jump rings.
  15. Optional:  To add length to your necklace and make it adjustable, use a split jump ring to attach a piece of chain to the other soldered jump ring.