Feb 092018

There have been several projects that I have made that required holding the end of a piece of jewelry, usually a bracelet, with a bit of tension.

Usually that was accomplished with some sort of rigged up system involving scotch tape and a binder clip, lol.

ff speedyjig

So when the folks at SpeedyJig contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their jigs, I jumped at the chance!

I requested that they send me the XL jig because I wanted to be able to use it to make longer items such as triple wrap bracelets or necklaces. The first thing I did was attempt to follow their instructions and use the included materials to make a paracord bracelet.

I found the instructions a little tricky to follow, although in all fairness if I had read a little bit more slowly and carefully it might’ve been fine. A couple of additional explanations would’ve been helpful.

With the help of a YouTube video and also an online instructable I was able to complete the project.

I also used this jig to making a wavy Chan Luu wrap style bracelet and found it to be incredibly helpful to be able to adjust the tension throughout the process. Check back next Tuesday for that video!

Btw, if you are thinking about making paracord jewelry there are LOTS of different types of clasps you can put on your survival bracelet. Some of them include compasses, fire starters, whistles, adjustable slides or other useful things. Scroll through the link in the list below for many fascinating options.

These work up SO quickly! Don’t tell them, but each of my guys will be getting one for their upcoming birthdays.

Hooray for quick & easy (and useful… and possibly life saving…) gifts for guys!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use a SpeedyJig to Make Jewelry & Paracord Bracelets-Friday Findings video on YouTube.

Jun 202016

firestarter necklace

The folks at Wazoo Survival Gear sent me a really cool necklace to review. Most of the time when I’m making jewelry the only consideration is how it looks.

This necklace, however, is quite functional, possibly even life-saving. (And it looks good, too! My husband, who never wears jewelry, is very happily wearing his about.)

Here is the company’s description of their product:

Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Necklace – Modern Day Flint and Steel Adapted Into a Classy Two-part Pendant Combined with Rich Cowhide Leather and Tied with Classic Mountaineering Knots

A few things they’d like you to know:

  • This bushcraft necklace is handmade in the USA
  • It has 97+ 5 Star reviews on Amazon
  • Here’s a helpful video tutorial for how to use your necklace.

The Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Necklace would be a great gift for the guys in your life, especially anyone who spends time in the outdoors, hiking, camping & such.

If you’d like to create your own fire starter necklace designs, here are a couple different versions of the firesteel toggle.

Hope you find the review helpful!

Watch the Firestarter Necklace-Product Review at YouTube.