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Well I was super excited to hit 700 fans, but you guys blew that out of the water, and within 24 hours (give or take) I have now hit 800 fans! I can’t thank you guys enough for that. 🙂

Here is what I’ve been working on this week. Its not a lot, but I am happy with how they turned out. 🙂 I really love the green set. I should have all of this posted on FB tonight.

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I really love this color green. It is very vibrant. This set is very lightweight, and very comfortable.

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I am in a lightweight earring kick. I love the fact that when I am wearing my earrings I can’t feel them. These two new pairs are perfect.

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This is the start of a new bracelet, I really can’t wait to see what it looks like when its finished. It’s seems to be very light, and comfortable. Hopefully it wont be to much longer until its finished.

Mary

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Bracelet part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally part 2 to my bracelet tutorial. This bracelet is very time consuming, which is why this post wasn’t out last week. I tried as hard as I could to get the bracelet finished, and it just wasn’t happening. It was a crazy week. But enough of that, here is what you’ve been waiting on!

I did manage to take a picture of my bracelet while I was working on it.

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 IMG_2403 Now that you’ve taken your loops all the way up to your clasp. Here comes the fun part. Weaving in your tail.

The best way to do this is to go back through your loops and create half hitch knots. I tried very hard to get a picture of this but I said wasn’t able to do it and it make sense. And I was unable to find a video to show you how to do this, so I am going to explain it the best that I can.

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First take your needle back down through several of your beads in one loop. Then you are going to take your needle, then you are going to take your needle under the loop and create a loop around the work. Take your needle and past it through the loop and pull this will cause the thread to go down between the beads and will keep your work together.

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I drew this horrible picture to try and explain the knot better. The black like is your beads, the blue line is your needle and thread. This picture is what it should look like right before you pull the thread tight.

Keep doing this after every couple of beads. You do not need to go back through a lot of loops, just create half hitch knots until you feel like your tail is not going to come loose. I usually create 5-6 half hitch knots and then cut off the excess thread. Then take a lighter or a thread burner and melt the thread. Be careful not to get the beads to hot this could cause all your hard work to fall apart. (Believe me Its horrible when it happens)

And now if I haven’t completely confused you this is what your finished bracelet should look like!

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These are two bracelets I did a while back.

I hope this helped, if you have any questions, or want to show me your work please comment here, facebook, or email me. Maryslittlecreations@ymail.com

I’d love to hear from you!

Mary

Bracelet tutorial part 1

Earlier this week I promised I’d do a bracelet tutorial, its a little late in the day, but never the less here it is! 🙂

This tutorial will be broken up in to two parts, due to the fact it takes so long to finish the bracelet. You’ll see why it takes a while soon. But don’t worry it is still an easy, and fun bracelet to make.

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I did NOT come up with the idea for this bracelet, sadly I cannot remember who did. If you know who did, please let me know I’d love to give credit where credit is due.

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Supplies, these are just what I used, you can use a different clasp. I’ve seen several cute ones made with buttons.

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To get started, cut off at least a foot and a half of fireline. It takes a lot of thread to make this bracelet.

Step 1) If you are using a clasp like mine thread an 8/0 seed bead first, then your flower. Then slide them both down to the end of your piece of fireline.

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Step 2) Tie both strands of fire line together so that the clasp doesn’t fall off.

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Step 3) Now string your 8/0 seed beads until the bracelet can fit around your wrist. You may want to make it a little on the big side so that after you add your loops the bracelet is not to tight. Also make sure you end with an even number of beads. (if you don’t, don’t worry this bracelet is very forgiving)

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Step 4) Take your 11/0 seed beads and create a loop big enough to fit around your clasp.  Take your needle down through the first two 8/0 seed beads.

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Step 5) Thread 6 11/0 seed beads, 1 8/0 seed beads, and 6 more 11/0 seed beads.

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Step 6) Take your needle and bring it down through the top of the two 8/0 seed beads you exited in the last step.

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Repeat steps 5 and 6 using the same to 8/0 seed beads 6-8 more times. This is how full mine looks after 6 loops. (You can do as many or as few loops as you’d like. I usually like mine to look pretty full.)

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Step 7) After creating as many loops as  you want, move to the next two 8/0 seed beads. Just like before take your needle down through the beads, then repeat step 5 and 6 until you’re happy with the fullness.

Step 8) Repeat steps 5 through 7 until you have used all of the 8/0 seed beads.

Next week I will explain how to finish off the bracelet. Have fun with this bracelet, play around with different number of looks. This bracelet is very forgiving, but is beautiful when finished.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I didn’t make something clear. I will be more than happy to help.