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. 🙂
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.
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.
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’m still currently in love with super duo designs. If you follow my Pinterest boards you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been pinning a lot of these designs. I’ve made a bunch of bracelets, too. Some I’ve taken apart because I wasn’t thrilled with them and a couple I’m really happy with.
a few of the superduo projects I’ve made recently
I think the fascination is because of the multitude of possibilities in the way they fit together, it makes sense if you know that I also was very much into pieced quilting designs for quite a few years. But now my house is full of quilts and it takes too long to finish one so I only make them for special occasion gifts.
This bracelet will take you a LOT less time to make than a quilt, even with making several samples to decide which colors. When you watch the video you may notice that even though I made all those samples I still did end up trying out a different color, not liking it, pulling out a whole bunch of bead weaving and redoing it.
That’s what I get for being picky!
One thing I did not show you in the video, (because I was so disgusted with myself and just wanted to get the recording done) was that one of my superduo beads had a clogged hole. It was one of the last ones, I was nearly finished with the bracelet and when I went to clear it out with an awl the bead broke. Grrrrrrr….
second hole was clogged, this will be taken apart entirely
In order to finish the video I actually glued the thread across the tip of the bead and kept it face down so you couldn’t see the broken bead for the rest of the video. But now I’m coming clean. 😀
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. 🙂
When I first saw these bezels at my local craft store I knew immediately what I wanted to do with them. The first thing was to pop out the acrylic rhinestones. Then I stuck one bezel in the oven with a load of polymer clay to make sure that they truly were metal and not acrylic, as sometimes is the case.
It took a bit of experimenting to get the look I wanted, but I’m quite pleased with how these came out. If I had to do it over the only thing I would change would be to use less green and more blue.
Have you noticed that I’ve been on a blue/turquoise kick lately? I can’t seem to stop using it. Don’t worry, that will probably pass and then I’ll be on to a different color obsession. 🙂
Of course, this technique can be used to make any sort of jewelry or even home dec. As you saw in the video, I was able to pop my newly created cabochons out of the bezels after adding the resin-those that were not super glued in first.
So you could make cabochons to use to decorate other objects, but I wouldn’t recommend putting the resin back in the oven. Sometimes it turns amber even at low polymer clay temperatures.
This stunning statement bracelet goes together far more easily than you might think. The key is to find a set of cling stamps that works for you. (The one I used is called “Asian Influences” by Inkadinkado.)
You can create any kind of scene you like, just be sure to lay it out on your template and practice it first. As I mentioned in the video, don’t be afraid to stop and redo it if you find you aren’t happy with it. After all, it’s only clay and can be rolled through the pasta machine as many times as needed.
Also, be sure to let the Gilders paste dry completely for 12 hours before doing any buffing. If a little of the paste comes off while you’re buffing that was just excess. But if you buff before the 12 hours a lot more will come off than you want to.
And if any of you know what the Asian characters on the sign on the left say I would be very interested in finding out. Google translate, although usually helpful, didn’t have anything coherent to say this time. 🙂
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.
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.
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!