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. 🙂

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

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

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.

Jan 312017

If you’ve been watching my Friday findings videos for any time at all you’ve probably realized that I love not only discovering new jewelry findings that I haven’t used before, but also figuring out unique and different ways of using them.

storms & sunshine bracelet cover

I love the sleek look of these magnetic clasps, and I also love the fact that they are easy to fasten because of the magnetic closure,  but secure because of the design. These findings were designed to accept the cut ends of leather cording, making what could be rather masculine bracelets, certainly on trend with all of the dyed and interesting different types of leather cord available now.

I decided to try something different with these and used multiple lengths of hemp cord. Stringing a few small beads onto several of the cords adds a decorative touch without being overwhelming.

Probably the trickiest part of this project is getting the cords glued neatly into the findings. I tried a couple different ways and in the video I show you what worked best for me.

This is a fun project because it only uses three jewelry components: the clasp, the cord and the beads. For tools all you need are glue, a toothpick and some scissors.

I call the bracelet “Storms and Sunshine” because the gray & blue cords make me think of stormy skies, but the brass beads are bright and sunny. Perhaps a bit too poetic? But better than “Magnetic Clasp Bracelet With Multiple Strands of Hemp Cord and Brass Beads,” methinks. 🙂

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Storms & Sunshine Bracelet Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jan 242017

In last week’s video I showed you how to make two of the focal beads for this half-and-half bracelet. The other half consists of strung beads, which, as I mentioned in the video, it’s a good idea to choose first. It’s easier to choose your purchased beads or from among your stash and then match the polymer clay beads to those rather than the other way around.

faux ceramic bracelet cover pt 2

In this week’s video I will show you how to make a really pretty decorative copper hook clasp and then how to use waxed linen twine to string your whole bracelet together.

This is a nice project for using up small amounts of special beads, as each of our four strands is only about 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. You do have to make sure, though, that the beads you choose will allow a strand of waxed linen to go through them.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Faux Ceramic Bead Bracelet Part 2-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

If you missed it, watch  the Faux Ceramic Bead Bracelet Part 1-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial.

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.

Jul 252016

xoxo bracelet

Some folks love to create complex bead weaving designs, often using only little tiny seed beads. They build amazingly intricate patterns and scenes that leave me in awe of their skill and in fear for their eyesight.

bead weaving

from Ibolya’s Etsy shop Ibics

Like the stunning example above from this Pinterest board on Free Form Bead Weaving. (Click on the link to see more jaw dropping designs.)

This is NOT the type of bead weaving I do.

I got over making bigger things out of many, many tiny things back in my counted cross stitch days. 🙂

The bracelet I show you today is made with 6mm pearl beads. If you want to use larger beads, you can, but you may have to adjust the number of seed beads in between in order to get the spacing to look right.

I really wanted to do this using 6mm Swarovski bicones, as they nest together nicely in the clusters of four, but I didn’t have the colors I felt like using. Guess it’s time for some Swarovski shopping!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating

Watch the XOXO Bracelet-Bead Weaving Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 182016

lime twist bracelet

It must be summertime, with beachy cocktails on the brain, if this is the best title I can come up with for this bracelet. 🙂

This beadweaving technique is one of the most basic, and often a starting point for more complicated designs. I love it because with a change of bead shapes & sizes you get a completely different look.

lime twist bracelet

My ladder weave bracelet is done exactly the same way. Can you see the pattern?

lime twist bracelet

Also, this Ladder & Chain bracelet is a variation, with a few added elements, but similar construction.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Lime Twist Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 132016

summer's green

When I was trying to think of a name for this bracelet, what popped into my mind was what I thought was the beginning of a poem, something about summer and green and gold. (Have you noticed that I’ve been trying to be more lyrical in my project names lately?)

Naturally, I turned to the Google machine for help, and naturally, found I was way off. Here’s the Robert Frost poem I’d been thinking of:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

A beautiful poem, but after all that, I’m still sticking with “Summer’s Green & Gold” for the bracelet. 🙂

In the video I give some tips for designing with chunky/irregular shaped beads. I love the combination of the different shades of green with all the bright gold filled beads and findings. It really does make me think of a day in early summer.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Summer’s Green & Gold Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 232016

red boho memory wire bracelet

I’m always intrigued by different and unusual shapes of beads. So for today’s memory wire bracelet I decided to try using these long curved tube beads. Using them makes the bracelet much lighter than other multiple wrap projects.

Memory wire bracelets are nice to put together, most of the work is in the planning and then it’s just a simple matter of stringing.

I finished the ends of this memory wire bracelet differently than I have in the past using bead ends. Watch my Friday Findings-Memory Wire Bead Ends video for details.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Red Boho Memory Wire Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 212016

rings around it bracelet

It’s always fun to go through your supplies and discover new ways to combine things. I’ve had these hammered stainless steel links for quite a while and thought they could use some dressing up.

You could make this same design but turn it sideways with just 2 or 3 links and have a pair of earrings. Or connect more links together for a necklace.

So many ideas, so little time!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Rings Around It Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.