Sunday, September 11, 2011

Good day in the morning, victory is mine!

Its nice when you are score a little victory. I finally found beads to mix well with some Chinese beads that my Mom gave me about 3 months ago. I have been searching this entire time for anything that would blend well and the colors were hard to find (which surprised me), as well as the right size. I found a string of blue and a string of pearl ones. I have been wanting to make them into a bracelet, so I was very happy.

One package of round Chinese beads is darker blue than the other set of round beads. These were used with the dark blue string and the lighter ones were mixed with the flat beads and the pearl string beads.

Happened to find a tool organizer for my jewerly items too, so that came in helpful. Rolls up too, so a space saver is an added bonus. I used the round nose pliers, wire cutters, clamp plier, and needle nose pliers.

The other supplies I used are the more flexable thicker wire and clamps and lobster clip. 

-Now all you have to do to is take a wire clamp and then slide the lobster clip, wrap the wire back threw the clamp and use the clamp pliers to secure the loop.
-Then take the beads in the order than you want to see on the wire. In my case it was dark blue, light blue, and then Chinese beads, repeat. Do this until the length is reached. ( *tip* Measure your wrist before hand, or a previous bracelet to get the right length.)
-Doing the end is the hardest part (for me at least) because you have to keep the beads tight so that they don't show wire when its wrapped around your wrist. You slide a clamp on the wire, once you put a jump ring threw you can use the needle nose pliers to thread the wire back threw the clamp and the first few beads.
-Using the needle nose pliers to keep it pulled tight; you will need to take the clamp pliers to clamp it down and secure the end. ( *tip* Another way to do this is to use a smaller clamp to secure the bead tightness and then do another one to do the loop at the end. This makes it easier to ensure tightness of the beads.)

I seem to be getting better at doing these bracelet since it only took me a half hour to do both. I feel that was pretty decent given the last time took me 2 hours to do one and it was driving me nuts! 

Kind of think the white pearl one is my favorite of the two. Which one do you like more? Do you like either one? Since I seem to like the pearl beads better I made a set of earrings to do with them. They are VERY simple. Just wanted something to mix together. The supplies are even easier to get together. Yippy.

-You take the earring fitting and attach a length of chain. I did 3 inch chain.
-Take head pin and string one bead on and round it off
-Attach to the bottom of the chain.
-Repeat step 2 and attach to the next chain link 3 spaces up.
-Repeat this process until you have 3 spaces before the chain ends.
-Repeat all steps for the other earring.

I think they came together pretty well.

1 comment:

  1. Clear, concise and easy to read. Thanks for a nice blog post!
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