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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sunshine and Happiness in a Bracelet

No colour says happy quite the way that yellow does. It's like a ray of sunshine that brightens up your day. Throw a daisy in to the mix and it's sure to make you smile.

This cheery yellow bracelet is happiness personified: a crisp yellow daisy and a chain of golden yellow dangles that dance playfully against your wrist - it's like a breath of fresh air.

It looks time consuming to make all those bead charms, right? Wrong! This bracelet is actually quite quick to put together. By using a pre-strung strand of beaded chain, you don't have to prepare the charm dangles - all the hard work has already been done for you.

Here's what you'll need:
5cm (2") curved floral tube bead
Traditions Shell and Leaf Drop strand (Hobby Lobby)
2 15mm yellow lampwork flower beads (use a substitute if you can't find these)
22g gunmetal Artistic Wire
2 10x12mm brass cone bead caps
2 brass head pins
5 4mm brass jump rings
Velour tubing (to fit inside tube bead)

You'll also need flush cutters, flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers and scissors.

Insert the velour tubing into the tube bead. Leave an overhang of 10mm (3/8") at one end and then cut the other end with a 10mm overhang. Remove the tubing from the tube bead.

Cut an 11cm (4.5") piece of wire. Insert it into the velour tubing, allowing it to extend beyond the tubing 10mm (3/8"). String a cone bead cap on the wire.

Bend the wire at a 90° angle.

Turn a simple loop.

String the tube bead back on the velour tubing.

String the second cone bead cap. Check that it sits firmly down on the tube bead without any movement. If necessary, trim the tubing to fit. Bend the wire at a 90° angle, trim to 10mm (3/8") and turn a simple loop.

Open the loop and string on one end of the bead strand.

Place the bracelet on your wrist and check for fit, taking into account the length the toggle clasp will take up. Once you have determined the length you need to trim the strand to, trim it and then separate it into two equal lengths. Attach the ring of the toggle clasp to the last link of the strand by opening the last link as you would a jump ring. Close it again securely.

Open the other loop of the tube bead and attach the other piece of the bead strand. Connect three jump rings together and attach them to the last link of the strand, then attach the bar part of the clasp to the last jump ring.

If you have enough of the strand left over, use it to make a pair of matching earrings.

String a flower bead on a head pin and bend it at a 90° angle.

Trim the end to 10mm (3/8") and turn a simple loop.

Open the centre link of the remaining piece of the bead strand and separate the strand into two equal lengths. Set one aside for the second earring. Open a jump ring and hook on the end link of the strands and the loop of the flower bead.

Open the loop of the earring wire and attach the top link of the bead strand.

Make a second earring with the remaining components.

Now you've made your bracelet (and matching earrings!), go out into the world and spread sunshine and happiness!

'Til next time.........




            




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Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Sparkly Thoughts to Kick Off the New Year

This year, just like every other year in recent memory, has flown past. There's not too much time to look back and reflect on the year gone by or to look ahead to what the New Year might bring, so no New Year's resolutions for me. But I have put together some words to live by to help get the New Year off to a sparkly start.

Sparkle is the new black!


Never let your tiara slip.


Because it's what's on the inside that matters.


Bloom and be the very best you, you can be.


And remember, you can never have enough jewellery..... especially when it's handmade!

May your New Year be shiny and bright! See you in 2017.




            




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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cascading Star Loop Earrings - Mixed Metal add an unexpected twist

If you're looking for some festive earrings that are a little out of the ordinary, then these Cascading Star Loop earrings might be just what you're looking for. Instead of adding red to gold and silver, add a sprinkling of copper beads for a less traditional look. It will add warmth and contrast to the design whilst retaining the glitz of gold and silver. The clusters of stars will add the Christmassey feel to the earrings.

Tip: This project uses memory wire to form the circular sections giving uniformity and stability to the design but if you find it difficult to turn small loops on pieces of memory wire, you can use wire instead. Choose the heaviest gauge wire that will fit through the Delicas.

Here’s what you’ll need:
·           Two 11mm silver embossed stars
·           Four 6mm engraved gold stars
·           Six 5mm gold stars
·           Two silver 3 to 1 end connectors
·           Thirty-six #10Galvanized Pink Blush Delica beads
·           Sixty-four #11Galvanized Silver Delica beads
·           Silver ring size memory wire
·           Two ballend earring wires
·           Two silver ball end head pins
·           Twelve 4mm jump rings

Tools: memory wire shears, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters

Tip: Always use memory wire shears to cut the steel memory wire. Using your regular wire cutters will permanently damage them.

Cut three rings from the memory wire.

Using the very tip of the round nose pliers, make a small inward facing loop on one end of each of the three coils of memory wire. The easiest way to do this is to rotate your wrist whilst using your thumb and forefinger to push the wire against the jaws of the pliers. You will need to repeat this two or three times to complete the loop. This will help you form a fully closed loop.

Repeat on each of the three coils.

String the Delicas and star beads onto the three coils using the photo as a guide for the stringing order.

Trim each coil leaving just enough wire beyond the beads to form a small loop. To work out where to cut the wire, measure the distance between the loop you formed and the cut end. This is how much wire you need to form a matching loop. 

The three coils should now look like this.

String a silver star onto a head pin. Bend the wire at a 90° angle and trim it to 10mm (3/8”).

Turn a simple loop.

Open the loop and hook it onto the middle of the three loops on the connector.

Connect the smallest and medium coils by hooking a jump ring to one end of the small coil and the beaded section of the medium coil. Connect on the other side in the same way.

Connect the medium coil to the largest coil in the same manner.

Connect the large coil to the end connector with jump rings.

Open the loop of the ball end earring wire and slip then top loop of the end connector onto the earring wire. Make sure that it is facing the front.

Make a second earring with the remaining components.

It's not too late to start making Christmas earrings and if you need more inspiration, check out my Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings ebook series. You are sure to find something perfect to get you in the festive mood. 

'Til next time....




            




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Thursday, December 8, 2016

White as Snow Christmas Earrings - With Video Tutorial


December is racing along but it's not too late to make some fabulous Christmas earrings to dress up your festive outfits. Today I have another bonus Christmas Earrings project for you that is NOT in the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Vol 5. Watch me as I make these gorgeous White as Snow earrings and then follow the step-by-steps below.



Finished length: 5.6cm (2 ¼”)
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Degree of Difficulty: easy


Here's what you'll need:
·           Two 14mm frosted white acrylic star beads
·           Two 14mm off white glass pearls
·           Two 16mm silver bead cages
·           Two 9x6mm AB clear teardrops
·           Two silver head pins
·           Two silver eye pins

String the tear drop onto the head pin. Grip the head pin with the chain nose pliers and bend it above the pliers at a 90° angle.

Position the round nose pliers in the neck of the wire and form a loop. Make sure that the wire crosses over the front of the loop.

Wrap the tail of the head pin around the neck two or three times and then trim away the excess.

Open the coils of the bead cage using both hands.

Insert the bead into the cage. 

If the bead holes don’t line up with the cage ends, work them around by inserting the tip of the eye pin in one end and manoeuvring it into position. String the caged bead and the star (from the bottom).

Bend the wire above the point of the star at a 90° angle. 

Turn a simple loop.

Open the bottom loop of the eye pin and hook it through the wrapped loop.

Attach the earring to the earring wire and close the loop. Make a second earring to match and you're done. Wow....Christmas earrings in under 10 minutes!

You'll find more great earring designs like these in the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings ebook series. Vol 5 is available for purchase now and can be downloaded immediately after your purchase is complete.

'Til next time.....




            




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