Oct 312017
 

Inspiration comes from so many places: nature, the work of other artists, color palettes and the like.

I’m often inspired by materials, especially when somebody has put them together in a way I wouldn’t have thought of.

fall harvest bracelet cover

This wire wrapped bracelet, full of Czech glass beads, was inspired by a strand of beads in a recent Dollar Bead Box called “Fall Harvest Mix.” 

This bracelet is fun to wear, as several of the beads are drilled off center, making it easy to fidget and fiddle with them!

Something about the matte finish of the beads made me think of candy corn, so I had to run out yesterday to get some just for this photo shoot.

Do you love or hate candy corn? I love it until I’ve eaten too much, then I hate it… and myself, lol.

You may find these videos useful in making this bracelet:

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fall Harvest Bracelet-Wrapped Loop Beaded Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jan 092013
 

It’s always fun to find new and different ways of using your supplies.  This bracelet uses eye pins, with an extra twist, to make the links of a charm bracelet.

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The best part of making your own jewelry is that you make it with your choice of metal finishes, beads, charms and, of course, any and all colors you desire!

Happy creating.  🙂

Materials:

  • seven eye pins
  • seven head pins
  • seven beads
  • clasp
  • two jump rings
  • 1-inch piece chain (optional)
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Grasp eye of eye pin in flat part of round nose pliers; bend remaining wire into 90-degree angle. Position eye of eye pin between jaws of round nose pliers; wrap wire around one round jaw to create a second loop at a 90-degree angle to first loop.
  2. Trim wire to 1 inch long from loops.
  3. Bend cut end of each eye pin to 90 degrees ¼-inch from end. Use round nose pliers to create loop with ¼ inch of wire. Repeat to make total of seven links.
  4. Slide a bead onto a head pin. To make head pin into a dangle, grasp wire with chain nose pliers just where it exits bead and bend wire end at 90-degree angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and begin to form a loop. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop. Trim wire where wires cross with wire cutters. Repeat to make seven bead dangles.
  5. Connect single loop of an eye pin to top of double loop of another. Repeat to connect all eye pins together.
  6. Connect each bead dangle to a remaining loop of each eye pin link.
  7. Use jump rings to attach lobster clasp to one end and chain to other end to complete bracelet.

 

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.