Simple Bracelet tutorial


Okay.  Here we go.

stringing a bracelet tutorial
Laying out the piece…

I laid out my piece.  I am using gold plated findings and spacers with Tiger’s Eye.  These are the materials you are going to need.

If you want to learn how to make the figure eights for the clasp, click here.  The link will open another window.

What you are about to see was taught to me by a fellow jewelry maker when I was first starting out.  Her name is Krystal.  We met at a gathering back in 2005.  She told me this way a good way to secure the ends so that, if the wire breaks, you don’t lose any beads. Neat, huh?  I thought so.

On to the rest of the story.

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Almost there...
Almost there…

Remember what you did to thread the wire through at the beginning?  At the end, there are one or two differences…

Use the round nose pliers to keep from pulling all the wire through the crimp bead.  Use either flat or needle nose pliers to pull the end of the wire through to tighten the piece.  You may have to play with the wire to get it go through the beads at the end.  Be sure not to pull too much of the wire through or the crimp bead will come off, and you will have to do it again.

Until next time, God Bless, and keep crafting!

Of Flowers and Pearls…


…Or the Set That I thought had a Home Before it was Finished.

Pretty isn't it? I thought so. To bad it sat for months...
Pretty isn’t it? I thought so. To bad it sat for months…

A Little History…

In June, 2010, I went to my favorite craft store to see what goodies they had for sale.  They have a stand with four sides that’s about 3-feet-tall.  It has bins on almost every side.  That is where I found the lovely little piece of glass to your left.

I picked it up, felt the contours, turned it over and took another long look at all the colors.  I put it back on the shelf.  Why, you ask?  I hadn’t a clue what I was going to do to with it.  You see, as a rule of thumb, if I can’t picture a bead or pendant in something, I don’t buy it.  I walked around looking at other findings and strings of beads when I remembered something.  The last time I left a piece I liked in the store because I didn’t have clue, it wasn’t there when the inspiration finally hit me.  Needless to say, it went home with me where it sat on shelf after shelf, month after month, waiting patiently.

>>>Flash Forward>>>

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