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.

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Earring tutorial

I am so excited to share with you my first earring tutorial, I am going to make this a simple tutorial.

Ready? ūüôā It will be easy I promise!

What you’ll need…

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The pliers I got from Walmart, they are not the best¬†quality¬†but they work just fine for me. ¬†I have gone through several pairs of wire cutters but they aren’t terribly expensive. The beads, head pins, and earring hooks have come from either Hobby Lobby, Micheal’s or Ben Franklins.

Step 1) Take your head pin and one bead and slide it down to the bottom of the head pin. Please make sure your bead is not going to fall off. If it does, you will need to chose a bead with a smaller hole.

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Step 2) Take your flat nosed pliers, and get them close to your bead, then bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle.  IMG_2351

Step 3) Take your wire cutters, and measure out around 1/4 to a 1/2 down from your 90 degree bend, then cut off the excess wire. (don’t worry if you have a little more or a little less, just make sure you leave the same amount on the other earring)¬†IMG_2362

Step 4) Take your round nosed pliers, and start at the end of the wire you just cut and make a loop.  IMG_2354

It should look like this after you are finished.

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Step 5) Pick up your round nosed pliers, and your flat nosed pliers and place then on either side of the loop you just created. Take the pliers that are on the cut side of the loop, and push them away from you, this should have caused the wire loop to open. Do NOT pull the loop opened.

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Step 6) Slide on your earring hook, and close the loop you created. Make sure there is not a gap, you don’t want your new earrings to fall apart on you. ūüôā Be sure you check the loop on the earring hook as well for gaps, sometimes they are not closed all the way.¬†IMG_2361

Step 7) Repeat steps 1-6 for the other earring.

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Step 8) Enjoy your new earrings! And also if you want to take a pretty picture of them remember to remove the pliers from behind them. Whoops! haha

I hope this helps you to create your own earrings!

I of course did not come up with this idea, this is just my steps that I use when making my earrings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I’d love to hear from you! Better yet, I’d love to see the earrings you create!

I hope this is just the first of many tutorials that I can share with you. What would you like to see in the future?

I hope everyone was safe from the storms that came through today. My house is still standing, I just can kayak in my neighbors front yard again, to bad its dark out how. haha

Mary

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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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New bracelet

So raise your hand if you can swim in your front yard! haha It has rained here for 2 or 3 days straight it is seriously insane.Last night our rain gauge showed we have gotten over 5 inches of rain already, it stopped for a few hours but its right back at it now! Good thing my husband and I own kayaks!

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(Is it summer yet? I am dying to go back to the lake and kayak!)

It may not be perfect weather for being outside, but it is perfect weather to stay in side with some hot chocolate and work on jewelry. Which is just what I’ve been doing! ūüôā

Sadly where I make my jewelry does still look like a bomb went off so I will share with you my new bracelet instead!
I love it! It is based off a picture I found.

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(Not my photo, it was found here)

I loved it. So I thought I’d try and make my own. I did find a tutorial, but I didn’t like it. So I came up with my own. Here is what mine looks like so far.

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I really love how it looks. I hope to get it finished tonight. If I do maybe there will be another blog update before Wednesday! ūüôā Something to make up for posting this so late.

I just posted these earrings. They are light weight and absolutely beautiful when worn. I got many compliments when I worn mine out the other day!

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Well I am off to try and finish that bracelet. Have a good evening everyone and stay dry!

I’d love to hear from you, and questions or comments you have are more then welcomed!

Mary

Necklaces ‚ô•

Sadly I don’t have any new items to post for you guys this week. I really need to get some projects finished, and get some pictures taken, but in the time being here is a posts dedicated to necklaces! Enjoy!

Have you ever seen a beautiful necklace online, but wasn’t sure where it would lay? Here is a handy guide to help out!

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(Not my image, found using Google images)

I love necklaces, I usually always have a necklace on. ¬†For some reason even though I love necklaces, I have hard time coming up with ideas for them. But one of my goals this year is to come up with some new ideas. ¬†While I think up some new ideas, here is a look at some of the necklaces I’ve made in the past. Enjoy!

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I love this necklace, it was made with beautiful glass beads that were crochet with wire. This picture really doesn’t show how beautiful the colors really were.

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This was another of my favorites. This necklace is a one of a kind piece, I came up with the idea and wrapped the wire myself. It was surprisingly lightweight and very comfortable when worn.

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These nest pendant necklaces turned out very cute. And are also surprisingly light weight.

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I got addicted for a while to making these crochet wire necklaces. I loved how unique they look, even using the same beads no two every looked the same. The best part about these necklaces are that due to the fact that they are made with wire you are able to move the piece around and get it to a point were it feels like it was made for you.

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The tree pendant on the left was the first one I made. I instantly fell in love with it. The two on the right were custom orders that I love. I think the matching colored ribbon is really want makes them pop.

Next week I hope to share with where the creating happens. That is if it doesn’t look like a bomb went off! Check back next Wednesday to see!

Have a great day everyone

Mary

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!

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