Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Are they simple, complicated, or just plain fun?

What do you think when you hear the words “stretchy bracelets and glittery bits”? Are they just for kids; part of a simple, crafting exercise; or a party favour? Just plain fun; or a quick way to inject more colour into your life? Either simple or sophisticated, it’s your choice, and you be the judge!

I’m not normally tempted to make stretchy bracelets and glittery bits, but should I be? I design fast and easy projects (see the BeadFX “Inspirations Gallery”), so why avoid making something so incredibly simple? I need to try this!

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Joy – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

My vow is to make at least one of these bracelets in the next few weeks. How can I possibly write a blog post about something that I’ve never made, and don’t really know that much about? The internet, of course! It’s the answer to everything! Plus, I work in a bead store, and people kept asking me how to make them, so I had to do a little research. You know, because that’s just what I do!!!

Fairy Magic – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

You Tube is probably the first place to check out (tons of videos), but I like this blog post from The Spruce. There’s just something about simple written instructions, that seem to sink into my brain easier!

They use another type of stretch cord, but you could substitute any of the ones found on our website. Their example is made with seed beads, but I’m more likely to substitute other stones and beads. Stay away from bugle beads, and anything else that’s likely to cut through the elastic.

Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits
Purity – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

I wonder how many bracelets I will make, and what they’ll look like? Single, double, or wrapped? Semi-precious stones, Czech fire polish, or hand made lampwork, polymer clay, or ceramic beads? Should I throw in a few metal beads? What type of bead should I use to hide the knot (or do you really need to hide it?)? A surgeon’s knot for safety, and then a drop of either G-S Hypo Cement (I love the precision applicator!), or E6000 to prevent slippage.

Make a colourful armload of these stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Stack them, layer them, and just plain enjoy them!! No design headaches and dilemmas allowed! Make them, wear them, and when you’re tired of them, cut them apart and re-make into something else! This is the summer of simple, uncomplicated colour and fun!

Beading conundrum: Where will this lead me?

To bead or not to bead, that is the question! Spring is finally here, but beading seems to be on the back burner. Will this last?

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Warmer temperatures, lead me to believe that we have turned a corner, but I’m still wary! No garden to dig, but lots of spring cleaning to do! I’m reorganizing my craft/sewing room/studio. Sad to say, goodies from years ago are tempting me to stray from the beading path. I hope that I’ll be able to stand my ground. Fibre is such a tactile temptation, but then so are my paints and papers. Where will my muse take me? What will I do? Stay tuned, as all will be revealed, in future weeks!

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Pam and I represented BeadFX, at the Art Waves show last weekend (for the second year in a row). A small show, and far more painting and craft related, than many of our other shows. An interesting experience!

We tempt artists and crafters to look at our products in a whole new way! You know that beading is just one of the many things we do? We stuff our rafters with knotting, metalwork, metal clay, mixed media, stamping, leather, and wirework supplies. In addition, the lampwork torches burn brightly, during classes and on Monday nights, during Happy Hour Torching. These ladies (and a few gentlemen), loved our samples, demos, mini- classes, and workshop information. It was a valuable exercise! Ice Resin was the hot item last year, and this year it’s Artist’s Concrete! On a personal note, I set a budget for myself, and only spent money on perfectly smooth wooden circles (for a mystery project), brushes, and new paints! Okay, I also bought a canvas roll up type of thing for brushes, but I promise that’s all!!!

It’s been a busy week! Monday, I played with fire, by torch enamelling some metal beads (check out Ann Shewan’s upcoming class). Yesterday, I watched a demo on a new (to me) type of resin and molding material. More on the beads next week, and I’ll report on the rest, when I get a chance to play with the products. Thanks Marg! I just love new stuff!!!

On Sunday, I left the house at an ungodly hour, and met up with the family in Burlington (they were there for a hockey tournament, and staying at a hotel by the lake). I had a short but lovely visit, and even managed to pick up a few gnarly pieces of driftwood (far more than those shown), on a very rocky beach. Great photography props, perhaps a future exercise in sculptural bead weaving, and a few suitable for jewellery purposes. They’ll need to age, until the ideas percolate!

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I plan to do a little beading on the Easter weekend! But then what about painting, stitching, and playing with that new resin? I want to make time for that as well. Not to mention, fitting in another beachcombing trip! Be safe, enjoy the weekend, and make sure that you take a little time to get up close and personal with your beads!