Make this dazzling bracelet in minutes!

I want to show you how to make either of these fabulous bracelets in just minutes!  The foundation or base for these is Ultra Suede. If the Ultra Suede you buy at the local fabric store seems sort of thin and flimsy – you can try laminating two pieces together using some fusible interfacing. Or you can just get it from us. 😉 Accessories – Narrow Ultra Suede Cuff Strip – Jet Black (1) Let’s do the Black bracelet first. Once you see how the snap closure is done, you’ll know how to do the Pink one too.   The …

Wiring a Briolette

Running a bit late today – the drains stopped draining and getting that sorted out shot my morning all to heck and back. Heather asked me about wiring up briolettes – so I thought I would show you that. In a nutshell – think of it as doing two wrapped loops, like making a link! If you are hanging any bead with a vertical hole – you run your headpin or wire through the hole and make a wrapped loop at the top, but if you are hanging a bead with a horizontal hole – either side to side or …

Further thoughts of Wiring a Pendant

Once you get going on wiring up beads into pendants, it’s hard to stop! You can soon have one for every day of the month! (See the previous two Monday posts.) Sterling silver spacers are great, but sometimes, you might want to add a touch of sparkle! For that, a small crystal bicone is fabulous. Generally, 4 mm, 5 mm or 6 mm are about the sizes you will need for this. Try different sizes and colours until you find the one you like the most. This 6 mm aqua bicone is striking, but perhaps a little large. This 4 …

Wiring a Pendant – Transforming a Bead

You may have considered using a bead that you can see needs to hang vertically – but the hole seems to run in the other direction. What to do? Here’s how you can simply use a headpin and a few spacer beads to wire up a handsome pendant. You can even keep a selection of these handy and swap them on and off a single chain. You will need a headpin, some spacer beads, and, of course, your bead to hang vertically. Last week, we discussed using spacer beads to ensure that the headpin doesn’t pull through the hole of …

What to do – when the Headpin is too small for the hole

You’re wiring up a pendant, and the only headpins you have have too small a head for the hole – they just slide right through the bead! Use a spacer bead with a smaller hole to stop the headpin going through the hole in the bead! Add one more more spacer beads – I find you can create a very nice look by stacking them – and you can handily stop the headpin from pulling through the hole. I have a little bin that I put all the little left over spacers from projects into – so that I always …

Dangly Earrings: Using up the Leftover

Some of the best stuff starts as a way to use up left-overs. Think jambalya, trifle, quilts. Well – these dramatic earrings started as a way to use up leftover ends of beading wire, and turned into earrings in their own right! You’ll need some smallish beads – crystals or what-have-you – leftovers are good here too, those left-over ends from when you cut off the Softflex or whatever beading wire you are using. We are going to be folding them in half – so 8 inch pieces will give us 4 inch earrings. If you want to make them …

Hatpins

About a million years ago, I used to watch, in horrified fascination, as my grandmother used to skewer her head with a pearl tipped hatpin as she got ready to go out. I resolved that I was never going to wear hats, as I would not be able to take the pain of sticking them to my head with pointy needles! Eventually, I figured out that the pins don’t actually go into your skull – but I never really picked up the hat habit. However, hatpins aren’t merely relics of a bygone age. Hats are back in vogue, and you …

Happy as a ClamShell Tip

Here’s a clamshell tip for you – how to use clamshell tips to finish your jewelry! A clamshell tip is a folding pair of half domes, with a loop, that you use to create a nice, clean, finished end on your jewelry. They have been around for a long time, and you will see them a lot on old pearl necklaces, for instance. However, they are very versatile and you can use them in lots of places you want a nice, tidy end. What you can’t see in these pictures, and is the secret to using them, is that at …