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.

Sep 012014
 

I’m always amazed at how much a little bit of wire wrapping can dress up beads and jewelry.  The ceramic beads in this bracelet were just kinda “meh” by themselves, but look quite nice wrapped in little wire cages.

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In this project you’ll learn how easy it is to make caged beads.  These can be used for any kind of project where you use beads: earrings, necklaces or home dec.  Also, if you want more wraps around the beads, just cut your wire a bit longer to begin with.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Caged in Copper Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 7 – 10mm x 15mm oval beads
  • 10 – 6mm bicone beads
  • 28 inches 20 gauge dead soft wire, cut into 4-inch pieces
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 10 inches bead stringing wire

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Use chain nose pliers to make a loop in the end of a 4-inch piece of wire.  Continue looping wire loosely around making a spiral until 2-inches of wire remains.
  2. Make a loop on other end of wire and make a spiral as in step one. This spiral should face in the opposite direction so when the spirals meet in the center you have an “S” shape.
  3. Use pliers to gently pull out both spirals into a cone shape. Fold entire unit in half to make a wire cage.
  4. Slide a bead into cage, lining up loops with ends of bead holes.  Use your fingers to shape cage to bead.
  5. Repeat to make a cage for each of the seven beads.
  6. Slide a crimp bead onto 10-inch bead stringing wire. Slide wire through round part of toggle clasp and back through clasp. Flatten crimp with chain nose pliers.  Trim excess wire with wire cutters.
  7. Slide on a 6mm bicone and a caged bead, making sure wire goes through loops of 20 gauge wire, then through the bead and back out through other  loop of 20 gauge wire.
  8. Repeat step 7 to add all caged beads to bracelet. Slide on last three bicones, a crimp and bar of toggle clasp. Slide bead stringing wire back through crimp, flatten with chain nose pliers and trim excess wire.

 

Apr 102014
 

Who says jewelry has to be all one thing or another? This fun bracelet is half beaded and half dangly charm bracelet. It’s also a fun way to use your stash.

half n half bead & charm bracelet still

My furry little friend, Cheech, makes a cameo appearance helping me out with those cat & bird charms. 🙂

You can watch the Half Bead-Half Charm Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • 3-4 inches chunky chain
  • 3-8 charms
  • head pins and/or jump rings as needed to attach charms
  • 5-10 approximately 10mm beads
  • 6-11 spacer beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp bead covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • bead stringing wire

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • ruler

Instructions:

  1. Determine desired finished length of bracelet, subtract 1-inch for the clasp. Divide this number by two and string beads and spacers onto the beading wire to that length.
  2. On one end of the wire string a crimp bead and a wire protector. Slide an end link of chain into the wire protector and slide the wire back through the crimp bead. Use chain nose pliers to flatten the crimp and cover with a crimp bead cover. Use crimping pliers to gently close the crimp cover.
  3. Repeat step two on other end of beads, adding round end of toggle clasp instead of a link of chain.
  4. Check fit of bracelet on wrist and remove links of chain to make bracelet the  correct length. Use a jump ring to attach bar end of toggle clasp to last length of chain.
  5. Attach charms to chain with jump rings.
  6. If necessary, slide charms onto head pins. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead.  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.  Slightly twist loop open and insert link of chain that you want charm to dangle from. 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.
Jul 252013
 

This is one of those beading patterns I’ve seen done in myriad ways,  yet it’s always interesting.

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My challenge to you is to use whatever beads you have on hand and give it a try.

ladder beaded bracelet video tutorial

The video show you just hows to do it.  Believe me, it’s way easier than it looks.

Watch on YouTube: Ladder Weave Beaded Bracelet Video Tutorial

I don’t have a detailed materials list, because it really depends on what beads you use, but in general you’ll need:

  • beads of your choice (bugle beads, seed beads, long tube beads, round beads all will work)
  • bead stringing wire
  • toggle clasp
  • crimps
  • 1 small metal spacer bead
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers or chain nose pliers
Jul 162013
 

Hey all!  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  My dad passed away last month and after a difficult two weeks I just arrived back home to Mass from New Mexico last Friday night.  After decompressing a bit over the weekend, I finally got in some crafting.

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The free tutorial for this bracelet was posted over the Art Jewelry Elements blog a while back.

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Here’s my desk after working on it.  Not too much of a mess.  Just wait until I get back into polymer clay. haha

Why am I posting a photo of my worktable?  Well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. You can read all about it over at Julia’s.

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This was  fun, self-indulgent kind of project.  I made it just cuz I liked it and I wanted to, so there.  ===grin=== The focal bead is way too big for practical wear, but I am kind of happy with how it looks.

So, here’s to craft therapy, guaranteed to always make one feel better.

Happy creating!

Oct 192012
 

Every time I go down the bead aisle at my craft store these Pandora-style large hole glass beads catch my attention.

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The crystal bicones set them off nicely, imo.  I like this look better than having them all crowded together.

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Now that it’s done, I’m reminded that pale pink really isn’t my color.  Guess I’ll just have to go get a different strand and try again.  >:)

Happy Creating!

Materials:

  • 9 large-hole glass beads
  • 11 10mm glass bicone beads
  • 6-8 small glass beads
  • toggle clasp
  • beading wire
  • 2 split rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • split ring tool
  • wire cutters
  • chain nose pliers
  • hemostats (or other bead stop)

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 14-inch piece of beading wire. Clamp hemostats or affix bead stop to one end of wire. String bicone beads alternating with glass beads onto wire. Add 3/4 inch of small glass beads to one end of wire.
  2. Add or remove beads to adjust strand length to equal 3/4 inch less than desired bracelet length.
  3. Use split ring tool to add a split ring to each piece of toggle clasp.
  4. To attach toggle clasp pieces to ends of bracelet, string a crimp bead onto wire; then string wire through split ring. (Be sure to attach toggle bar to end of bracelet with 3/4 inch of small glass beads.) Slide wire back through crimp bead and flatten bead with chain nose pliers. Slide end of wire through a few beads on bracelet. Cut off excess wire.
  5. Repeat to attach other piece of toggle clasp to other end of bracelet. Don’t pull too tightly on wire when crimping or bracelet will be stiff and not drape nicely.