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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. ūüôā

Here is what I’ve been working on this week. Its not a lot, but I am happy with how they turned out. ūüôā 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 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! ūüôā

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.

Bracelets, bracelets, bracelets

I hope you are having a good week so far! I would be if it weren’t for the cold weather and snow lingering around. On Thursday last week, we got 7-8 inches of snow in 4 hours it was insane. I was not happy, but I was out numbered in my house hold as you can see, my husband and dog loved it.

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I am so ready for warm weather so I can work on my¬†jewelry¬†out ¬†on my gazebo. Its the ¬†perfect place to get¬†inspiration¬†when I am stuck. sigh hopefully I can use it soon. But never mind about that, lets get onto the real reason you’re reading this blog. Jewelry! Or more specifically bracelets!

Last week I posted a work in progress, it was a bracelet using tila beads and seed beads. I love it before I finished it, but now that its done I love it even more!

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Like I said last week, this was my first time using tila beads, but it will NOT be the last! I love them! If I didn’t already have a million other ideas going on in my head right now, I’d be making another one of these bracelets in a different color. ¬†The good thing about being crafty is that you think of new ideas all then time, the bad thing about being crafty is if you are working on another project and you have an idea it is extremely hard not to stop one project and start another, at least it is for me.

Well I said last week you might get an early post this week, but I didn’t have time to finish it. So I am giving you two posts today! Stay tuned for my next blog update about custom orders! ūüôā

Mary

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Earring love

Did you have a good New Years? I did, just a quiet evening at home. It was really nice. Well enough of that, now on to the jewelry.

I love earrings, I also love-making earrings. On my jewelry page¬†¬†I tend to have lots of earrings a just a few bracelets, and necklaces. (something I am working hard to change, New Years resolution maybe?) But here are some of my absolute favorites that I’ve made over the years.

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If you haven’t checked my Facebook page yet, you really should. There is a great sale going on right now! (January 2nd to January 9th 2013)

Bracelet in progress ‚ô•

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! I did, it was great to spend time with family. ūüôā

I love the color purple. It is one of my favorite colors. So it only makes since that I make purple jewelry. hehe Funny thing is, hardly any jewelry I make is purple, I guess I am trying to keep myself from wanting to keep it. ūüėõ But anyways on to the jewelry!

I have recently become¬†obsessed¬†with netting, I just love it. I’ve made 3 other bracelets like this one. But this one maybe my favorite!

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It is made with 11/0 seed beads, the purple color is actually a¬†beautiful¬†light purple with a rainbow finish. I really love how the light¬†reflects¬†off of it and brings out all the ¬†colors. I’ve still got away to go with it, but I really love how its coming along!