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.
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. 🙂
I’ve always been a fan of these half and half style bracelets. Perhaps it’s because you can cram so much into one small piece of jewelry: multiple strands of beads, interesting and artistic focals, and even a fancy hand forged clasp.
In today’s video I will show you how to make the faux ceramic bead and the textured round bead. If you are intrigued by the faux ceramic look it may be worth your while to do some experimenting with other liquid polymers and other coloring media such as oil paints.
In this video I don’t show you how to make the swirly lentil bead, because that’s truly a project in and of itself. But here are a few tutorials, some basic and some quite detailed, that show you how you can make your own. If you don’t want to bother just find a lovely purchased bead or one from your stash.
I have been admiring these tube bead bracelets for quite some time, in fact I made a Pinterest board just for them. You’ll notice the Pinterest board has a few pieces that may be necklaces instead of bracelets, they’re really just the same thing, only longer. And there are a few variations like the long tube on the very long strands, making an interesting and unusual necklace.
I also love the tubes that are sculpted with flared ends, and the ones that have holes pierced through them.
All the different textures shapes and the variation of color make this bracelet very rich and lush in appearance, hence the name, “baroque.” Dictionary.com defines baroque this way:
1. of or relating to a style of architecture and art originating in Italy in the early 17th century and variously prevalent in Europe and the New World for a century and a half, characterized by free and sculptural use of the classical orders and ornament, by forms in elevation and plan suggesting movement, and by dramatic effect in which architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts often worked to combined effect.
2. of or relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.
3. extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style: the baroque prose of the novel’s more lurid passages.
4. irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
There are so many variations you can do with this. I had a few ideas that I didn’t have time to get to, like adding Swarovski crystals or hot fix crystals all over, perhaps surrounded with coils and dots of clay. Also, you could make a long tube, decorate the whole thing, and then cut it into individual beads.
Once again, don’t be intimidated by the long list of tools and materials. If you’ve been working in polymer clay or jewelry for a while, you likely have most of them. And the ones that you don’t have you’ll certainly use in future projects. 🙂
This week brings the second part in how to make this bracelet. I really had a lot of fun using my scrapbooking dies and embossing folders to shape and decorate these copper pieces.
In today’s video I show you how to make a “tornado toggle” to finish up your bracelet closure. It’s really simple to do, a lot of fun and has great impact.
This closure with its embossed copper flower and tornado toggle would look fantastic as the focal point of a necklace. Simply have the chain go around the neck, and then perhaps punch another hole in the flower to add a dangle to keep it everything weighted and hanging nicely.
Yes, the list of supplies is long, but if you’ve been crafting for a while you may already have many of them. And if you plan to continue making jewelry you will find uses for them for a long time to come.
This week’s jewelry project is one that I have had in mind for quite a long time, but I wasn’t sure if it would work the way I thought it would.
I have cut the occasional piece of metal with my die cutting machine, but just wasn’t sure if the Big Kick would be up to the pressure (pun intended!) or if it plain wouldn’t work.
The embossing folders worked out far better than expected. I had pictured the plastic pieces losing to the metal and me ending up with ruined embossing folders, but the embossed metal actually came out quite nice.