Aug 242015
 

tweet pink earrings

When you start with earring findings as cute as these it doesn’t take much to make a really nice pair of earrings. Just add a few bead dangles and ear wires.

I can’t seem to find where I purchased these findings but here are some really cute chandelier findings at ArtBeads.com.

An ombré blend of crystals makes them especially interesting. Because most of the work is already done for you with the findings it’s just simply stringing beads on the head pins and making loops, so these earrings go together very quickly.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Tweet Pinks Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 chandelier style earring findings with five loops each
  • 2 ear wires
  • 8 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Fuchsia
  • 12 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Rose
  • 12 4 mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Crystal Clear
  • 10 head pins
  • 22 3mm beads

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Onto a headpin slide four 4mm Fuchsia crystals alternating with three 3mm spacer beads. Repeat once.
  2. Onto a headpin slide three Rose crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  3. Onto  a headpin slide three Crystal Clear crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  4. Use One Step Looper to make loops at the top of all headpins. Use chain nose pliers to open loops and add to chandelier findings, with Fuchsia dangles in the center and Crystal Clear dangles on the ends.
  5. Use chain nose pliers to open loops of head pins and add to complete earrings.
Aug 172015
 

rainbow hearts bracelet

Today’s bracelet goes together very quickly. The pearls are wire wrapped on, but the crystals are attached with jump rings. I got the idea when looking through my stash of Swarovski crystal hearts and realizing I had all the colors of the rainbow, and them some, so I made one!

I didn’t expect to love this bracelet as much as I do. Rainbows aren’t usually my thing but something about all those colors of crystal hearts just makes me happy. 🙂

And there’s the fact that it goes with anything you’re wearing.

The colors the Swarovski colors that I used from the lightest blue around counterclockwise are:

Aquamarine > Sapphire > Emerald > Fern Green > Topaz > Astral Pink > Rose > Siam > Amethyst > Cyclamen Opal

Of course, you can make this bracelet using any colors you like.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Rainbow Hearts Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 6-7 inch length chain
  • toggle clasp
  • 10 10mm Swarovski Crystal Hearts in colors of your choice
  • 11 6mm pearls
  • 11 head pins
  • 11 bead caps
  • 10 8mm jump rings

Tools:

Directions:

  1. First, count the links on your chain and determine the spacing of your beads. (See the video for how I figured out the spacing on my bracelet.)
  2. Onto each headpin slide a pearl and a bead cap. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cap.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert a link of your bracelet chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Use two pairs of chain nose pliers to open each jump ring wide enough to slide on a 10mm Swarovski crystal heart. Slide jump ring onto a link of your bracelet chain and close securely.
  4. Add clasp to end links of your bracelet chain.
Apr 132015
 

With wedding season coming up, I thought these pearls and crystals were the perfect thing for some dangly, sparkly special earrings.

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No wedding in your future?  Make them in any colors you like, how about all the colors of the rainbow? Or try a collection of various shades of a single color.

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As I mention in the video, this design is quite simple to customize to any taste. Just add more or less chain dangles and make them longer or shorter to suit.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Bridal Pearls & Crystals Earrings video over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 1 package Swarovski Crystal Bicone Pearl Combo – white
  • 6-10 3mm silver plated round beads
  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • 2 4mm silver plated jump rings
  • 10 silver plated head pins
  • 11-link-per-inch silver plated chain, approx 7 inches (18 cm)

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the 3mm silver beads, pearls and crystals into five pairs of groupings of 2-3 beads each. Each grouping will be one bead dangle.
  2. Slide a grouping of beads onto a head pin. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert end link of the chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Trim chain to length desired for longest dangle. Count the chain links and make a matching dangle for the second earring.
  4. Repeats steps 2-3 to make five pairs of chain dangles.
  5. Open a 4mm jump ring and slide on end links of one set of five chain dangles and the loop of an ear wire. Close jump ring securely. Repeat to finish second earring.
Sep 222014
 

When I saw these heart shaped jump rings, I knew they had the potential to become adorable earrings.

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I love the way the hearts move around, changing angles as you move. The Swarovski crystals are a nice touch of bling, but you can use any beads that suit your fancy.

You can watch Heart Dangle & Crystal Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • six 9mmx11mm heart shaped jump rings
  • six 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads
  • six head pins (or two head pins and four eye pins)
  • two ear wires
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. If using beads in different colors, arrange them in the order you would like, from top to bottom.
  2. Slide a bottom bead onto a head pin.
  3. Trim wire coming out of bead to 1/4-inch.
  4. Grasp end of wire with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop so it just crosses over itself.  Grasp loop with pliers to center over bead, making sure loop is closed securely. (It shouldn’t be crossing itself now.)
  5. Use wire cutters to trim head off a head pin and repeat step 4 to make a loop (or use an eye pin.)  Slide a middle bead onto the wire and repeat steps 3 and 4 to make another loop on opposite side of bead.
  6. Repeat step 5 using a top bead.
  7. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on loop of bottom bead and one loop of middle bead. Close jump ring securely.
  8. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on remaining loop of middle bead and a loop of top bead. Close jump ring securely.
  9. Open a heart shaped jump ring and slide on remaining loop of top bead and loop of ear wire. Close jump ring securely to complete one earring. Repeat to make second earring.
Jul 282014
 

I just love any project with the “how did they do that” factor.  This necklace fits that bill perfectly, with the illusion that the crystal beads are suspended on the wire.

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The secret is in the use of crimp covers, little doo-dads that disguise the flattened crimps and look like beads when closed.

Btw, yes, I did misspeak in the video, you only need two jump rings, not three. Also, I tried this on and think I’m going to add another 4-inch piece of chain to the other side. That’s the beauty of knowing how to make your own jewelry!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Materials:

  • 3 pieces colored beading wire, 19 strand or higher, cut to 28-inches, 25 inches & 23.5 inches
  • 15 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads, Indian Pink
  • 30 crimp covers
  • 36 2mm crimp beads
  • 2 bead cones
  • 2 3-inch pieces 22 gauge craft wire
  • 4-inch piece chunky chain
  • 2 jump rings
  • lobster clasp

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bead design board
  1. Arrange the 15 Swarovski crystal bicone beads on the design board with six beads in the outer channel, five in the center and four in the inner. Space them out filling in between the 12-inch marks on either side of the board. (For 24-inches of beaded wire.)
  2. Slide a crimp onto the longest piece of wire and use chain nose pliers to flatten bead near the center of the wire.
  3. Hold a crimp cover with pliers and place the flattened crimp inside, squeeze the pliers gently to close to crimp cover.
  4. Slide a Swarovski crystal bicone bead onto the wire, then add another crimp and flatten the crimp on the other side of the crystal. Cover the crimp the same way as in step three.
  5. Slide on another crimp, place the first crystal down in its place on the design board, then slide the newest crimp up next to the nearest crystal. Flatten in place with chain nose pliers and repeat steps 3 & 4.
  6. Continue in the same manner to add all 15 Swarovski crystals to the wires, each with a flatten crimp covered by a crimp cover on either side.
  7. Hold the three strands up to yourself in a mirror and determine the desired length and position of each strand. Tape both sets of ends in place, leaving at least 1.5-inches of wire sticking out from the tape.
  8. Choose the shorter wire in one group of three and slide on a crimp. Slide the wire back through the crimp until there is a 1/8-inch loop of wire remaining. Flatten crimp with chain nose pliers.  Repeat with other two wires in the bundle, making each loop the same length. Repeat with other set of three wires & remove tape.
  9. Grasp a 3-inch piece of craft wire at its center with chain nose pliers and make a 90° bend.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop to open and slide on three of six loops made in step 8. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. 
  10. Slide a bead cone onto wire to cover all crimps. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cone.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.   Slightly twist loop to open and slide on one end of a piece of chain. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  11. Repeat step 10 to add a bead cone and a jump ring to the other end of necklace.
  12. Add lobster clasp with a jump ring to end without chain.
Jul 212014
 

Sparkling Hearts Messy Wrapped Earrings 2

Sometimes it takes just a few simple materials and a basic technique to make something quite special. Orange isn’t my favorite color, but I love the look of these sparkling Swarovski Crystal Wild Hearts with their flashes of pink.

Sparkling Hearts Messy Wrapped Earrings

Simple “messy wraps” wire wrapping enhance the crystal charms without overwhelming them.

Watch the video and see how easy it is to make a pair for yourself. I even explain how to quickly make your own ear wires!

Happy creating. 🙂

Materials:

  • 2 17mm Swarovski Crystal Wild Hearts pendants in color Astral Pink
  • 2 2-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 12-inch pieces 22 or 24 gauge wire

Tools:

  • chasing hammer
  • bench block or anvil
  • wire cutters
  • bail making pliers with 7mm mandrel
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • file or cup burr
  1. Center a crystal heart on a 12-inch piece of wire. Wrap one wire end around top of bead and go back through bead hole. Pull snug but be careful not to crack your crystal. (If using finer gauge wire, you may be able to wrap through the heart a third time.)
  2. Cross wires above heart and bend each slightly with chain nose pliers so they are parallel.
  3. Treating the two wires as one, grasp with round nose pliers and make a loop. Hold the loop with chain nose pliers and messy wrap the remaining wires around the wire above the heart.
  4. Trim excess wires and tuck in ends, filing sharp ends if necessary. Repeat to make second wire wrapped heart crystal.
  5. To make ear wires grasp end of 2-inch wire with round nose pliers and make a small loop.  Repeat on other 2-inch wire.
  6. Holding both loops together and treating both wires as one, place them on the 7mm section of the bail making pliers, loops facing away from 7mm section. Close pliers to hold and wrap wires around until they almost touch the loops. Remove wires from pliers and adjust shape with your fingers as desired. Use chain nose pliers to make a small bend 1/4-inch from each end.
  7. Use a cup burr or file to smooth the wire ends of ear wires.
  8. Use chain nose pliers to open each ear wire loop and insert a wire wrapped crystal heart. Close loops securely and enjoy your new earrings!
Jun 232014
 

Sometimes all it takes for inspiration is a lovely grouping of colors.  As soon as I saw Swarovski’s “Sea Breeze” assortment of 6mm bicone crystals, I knew what I wanted to do.

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(Click on either photo for a closer look.)

I have no idea of the name of the pendant shape. It was a free goodie tucked in with an order from Art Beads and I wasn’t able to find it in any Swarovski catalog.  If you know, please let us know!

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The chain is actual antique brass… it’s cuckoo clock chain from my friends who repair clocks.

You can watch the Sea Breeze Crystal Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • desired length 4-links-per-inch necklace chain with clasp (mine is 30 inches long)
  • approx. 6-inches 7-link-per-inch chain, separated into links that are 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 links long
  • 1 package 15-6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in color assortment “Sea Breeze”
  • 15 daisy spacers for bicones (optional)
  • 18mm x 10mm Swarovski crystal pendant
  • 2 bead caps for pendant (optional)
  • 15 head pins
  • 1 3-inch piece 20 gauge wire

Tools:

  • two pair chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Slide onto a head pin: 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone bead and a daisy spacer.
  2. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits daisy spacer.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert end link of one of the short pieces of chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to add a 6mm crystal to one end of each of the smaller pieces of chain.
  4. Find center link of necklace chain. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to add a 6mm crystal to every other link on each side of center link.  (Five crystals on each side.)
  5. Grasp 3-inch piece of wire near the center with chain nose pliers; make a 90° bend. Grasp bend with round nose pliers about halfway up the round nose and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a larger loop than usual.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Slightly twist loop open and insert other end links of each of the five short pieces of chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  6. Slide on a bead cap, if using, 18mm x 10 mm Swarovski crystal pendant and another bead cap.
  7. Repeat step 2 to make a wrapped loop attached to center link of necklace.
Feb 102014
 

Just in time for Valentine’s day here’s a great sparkly, dangly pair of earrings. With hearts! ….and crystals… and gold. How much better can it get?  

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Now that I’ve gotten used to Swarovski crystals, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else.  You just can’t beat their quality, sparkle and shine.

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These earring aren’t for those of you who like them small and simple.  These are long, with lotsa swingy dangles & jangles. I love ’em. 🙂

If you want a less complicated version, feel free to leave off any of the elements and simplify.

Whatever you create, make sure it’s something you love. Happy Creating!

You can watch Sparkle & Gold Crystal Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 10mm Swarovski crystal hearts, amethyst
  • 2 11mm x 7mm Swarovski crystal teardrops, amethyst
  • 2 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones, crystal clear
  • 2 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, crystal clear
  • 2 20mm square fused links, gold plated
  • 2 10mm round fused rings, gold plated
  • 2 2-inch pieces 26 gauge gold filled wire
  • 2 7mm jump rings
  • 2 decorative head pins
  • 2 plain head pins
  • 2 ear wires

Tools:

  • two pair chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Slide an amethyst teardrop and a 6mm crystal onto a decorative headpin.
  2. Make a wrapped loop by using chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits last bead.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.
  3. Twist slightly to the side to open loop and insert square link. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers.
  4.  Use second pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  5. Wire wrap heart crystal by sliding piece of 26 gauge gold filled wire into hole of bead, leaving 1/4 inch sticking out on one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Where wires cross bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole.
  6. Grasp both wires with chain nose pliers and bend longer remaining wire at 90° angle. Use round nose pliers to make a loop with longer wire. Hold loop with chain nose pliers and use second pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wires below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
  7. Open a jump ring and slide on: loop of wire wrapped crystal heart, square link and 10mm round ring. Close jump ring securely.
  8. Slide a 4mm crystal bicone onto a plain head pin and repeat steps 2 and 4 to make a wrapped loop dangle.
  9. Open the loop and an ear wire and insert 10mm ring and loop of 4mm bicone unit.
  10. Repeat to make second earring.
Nov 292013
 

Dear readers, yesterday was our Thanksgiving celebration here in the U.S. and I took the day off to spend with family and friends. But I want to be sure to let you know that I am so very thankful for YOU.

You, my dear readers, whether I hear from you or not, are the reason for this blog. I write to inspire and encourage you.  Thank you all for your kind encouragement, comments and participation in this blog. 🙂

Now, doesn’t it seem like time to make some dangly and sparkly pretties for the holidays?

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Not to ornament the tree, but to decorate us!

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I had these Swarovski crystal hearts in my stash and thought they would be lovely dangling from lengths of silver chain.

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Learn all the details of how to make them in the video over at YouTube.

Swarovski Crystal Heart Earrings Video Tutorial

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • 2 silver plated or sterling silver ear wires
  • 3 1/2  -4 inches silver plated chain, approximately 15 links per inch
  • 2 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads, Siam red
  • 4 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads, crystal clear
  • 6 10mm Swarovski crystal hearts, 2 in Siam red, 4 in clear
  • 18 inches 24 gauge sterling silver or sterling silver filled wire
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • nylon jaw pliers, to straighten wire as necessary

Instructions:

1. Separate chain into two 1-inch lengths, two 1/2-inch lengths and two 1/4-inch lengths.

2. To wire wrap heart beads start with a 13 inch piece of wire.  This should be enough to do all six hearts.

Slide 24 gauge wire into hole of a Swarovski crystal heart, leaving ½ inch sticking out on one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Where wires cross bend ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole. Trim shorter wire to 1/8 inch from bend.

Bend longer remaining wire at 90° angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop. Use pliers to slightly open loop and slide on end link of a piece of chain.

Hold loop in non-dominant hand with chain nose pliers and use dominant hand to wrap remaining wire around 1/8 inch of wire above heart bead.  Trim excess wire and use chain nose pliers to tuck in end, if necessary. Repeat for remaining Swarovski crystal hearts. Don’t forget to slide on chain before wrapping loops!

3. To wire wrap bicones cut a 5-inch piece of 24 gauge wire.

Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire 5/8-inch from end.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.

Slide on a 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone, a 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone and a 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone.

Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire right where it exits last bead.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Position the wire farther up the pliers this time to make a slightly larger loop, this will be needed to accommodate all three chains. Reposition pliers to finish loop.

Slide on remaining ends of 1/2-inch length of chain, 1-inch length of chain and 1/4-inch length of chain. Hold loop with chain nose pliers and wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.

Repeat with remaining Swarovski crystal bicones and remaining lengths of chain.

4. Open out loop in each ear wire and slide on remaining loop with Swarovski crystal bicones.  Close loops to complete your earrings.

Oct 312013
 

Happy Halloween all!  I’ve got a HUGE bowl of candy on my kitchen table, wish I could share it with you. 🙂

Instead, here’s some eye candy for your enjoyment.  Plus a video.

These natural amethyst gemstones and the bead caps came in a mystery bag from Fire Mountain Gems several months ago.  I just had to add a few crystals and spacers, plus the finishing findings for a nice bracelet.

(BTW, if you like rooting around in a pile of beads for buried treasure, you might enjoy the Boss’ Bead Bag Bead Mix from FMG.  I paid $7 for mine and had a blast digging & sorting. Nope, they’re not paying me to tell you this, I just think it’s great fun.)

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As I mention in the video, in a design like this most of the work is about arranging your beads in a way you like and getting the correct length.  Putting it together is just a matter of stringing on the beads and finishing the ends.

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The fun thing about making your own jewelry is that you can use special items like crystals and gemstones, but pay far less than you would retail.

Watch Purple Crystal & Gemstone Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Happy Creating!

Materials:

  • 15 inches bead stringing wire
  • 3 15mm x 20mm natural amethyst gemstone beads
  • 6 bead caps for gemstone beads
  • 6 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads (I used 4 in crystal clear and 2 in violet)
  • 4 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads (2 in violet and 2 in violet opal)
  • 8 4mm round silver spacer beads (2 of mine are in a star dust finish, the rest are silver plated)
  • 4 2mm round silver spacer beads
  • lobster clasp
  • jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • 2 pair chain nose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters
  • Bead Stoppers

Instructions:

1.  Attach a bead stopper to one end of bead stringing wire.  On other end string beads in the following order:

a.  4mm violet opal bicone – 4mm round silver spacer – 4 mm violet bicone –  4mm round silver spacer

b.  bead cap facing away from bead just strung – 15mm x 20 mm natural amethyst bead – bead cap facing toward bead just strung

c.  2 mm round silver spacer – 6mm crystal clear bicone –  4mm round silver spacer – 6mm violet bicone –  4mm round silver spacer – 6mm crystal clear bicone  – 2mm round silver spacer

Repeat b and c, then repeat b once more.

d. 4mm round silver spacer – 4mm violet bicone – 4mm round silver spacer – 4mm violet opal bicone

This will give you 6.5 inches of strung beads and a 7.5 inch finished bracelet.

2. Onto one end of wire slide a crimp bead.  Slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other end.  Slide lobster clasp onto wire protector.

3. Slide end of wire back through crimp bead and flatten crimp using crimping pliers and/or chain nose pliers.  If your crimp cover is small, fold flattened crimp in half.  (See video for details on crimping and folding.)

4.  Holding crimp cover with chain nose pliers, slide cover over flattened crimp and squeeze gently to close cover.

5.  Use chain nose pliers to gently squeeze ends of wire protector together.  It should now be a teardrop shape rather than a horseshoe shape.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 on other end of wire, substituting a jump ring for the lobster clasp. When finishing this second end, make sure to allow for a little slack in the wire (1/8 inch is fine) to allow the bracelet to bend and drape gracefully.

Wear and enjoy!