Monday, June 11, 2018

Shamballa ribbon bracelet for summer!


I love love love this bracelet that I made several years ago, and I still wear it a lot.  But with all the gorgeous summer colors that are available right now in suede cord, cup chainand ribbons, I think it's worth revisiting and maybe making some more!

Instructions for this unique take on the Shamballa bracelet are at the link!



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Monday, June 04, 2018

Chandelier-style optical lens pendant necklace - part two


Last week, I showed you how to make an optical lens pendant that matches the popular chandelier-style earrings you see everywhere this Spring and Summer.  This week we'll finish up the project by making a simple but elegant necklace to go with it!

Materials for necklace: 
Beads of your choice for the necklace strand.  I used:
52 - 8x4mm fire-polished Czech crystal rondelles
6 - 4mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
9 - 8mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
Size 8/0 seed beads
2 - 2mm sterling silver rounds
sterling silver bead caps
Pendant bail with loop
sterling silver cones
24 inches beading wire, .019 inch diameter
crimp tubes
6 inches 18 gauge sterling silver wire
3 inches sterling silver chain
jump rings
Lobster claw
Head pin

Tools:
2 alligator clips
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
File
Measuring tape
Small paint brush
Hole punch, 1 ½ inch (optional)

Creating the necklace:

1. Push the pendant slide to the center of your beading wire.  Place an alligator clip on one side to secure it.

2. String the first half of your necklace in any way that pleases you for approximately 8 inches.  The pattern I used is as follows: Bead cap, 5 rondelles alternating with seed beads, another bead cap; 4mm round, 8mm round, 4mm round; bead cap, 21 rondelles alternating with seed beads, bead cap; 3 – 8mm rounds.  Finish with an alligator clip to hold the end.


3. Remove the first alligator clip and string the other side.  Add a clip to that end.  Add a jump ring to the pendant slide.

4. Cut the 18 gauge wire into 2 pieces.  Make a small turned loop in one end of each piece with the round nose pliers.  Slide a crimp tube onto each end of the beading wire.  Pass the wire through the loop and back down through the crimp and a couple of beads.  Pull it snug, crimp the tube, and cut off the excess beading wire.  Bury the ends in the next bead.



5. Slide a cone onto each 18 gauge wire and push it down to cover the crimp.  Create a wrapped loop at the top.  Wrap one of them around the end of the chain.

6. At the other end of the chain, add a wrapped loop dangle that you create on a head pin.

7. At the other end of the necklace, add a jump ring and the lobster claw clasp.


8. Add the pendant to the jump ring attached to the pendant slide.


Part one - making the pendant


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Friday, June 01, 2018

heART beats from other blogs!


Earthly Bounty necklace with video tutorial (shown above)

Rainbow embroidery sampler - imagine doing this with beads!

Red India earrings - video tutorial teaches how to use special shaping pliers

Desert Rose beaded necklace video tutorial

Desert Traveler necklace video tutorial (shown below)

Layered tassel earrings tutorial




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Monday, May 28, 2018

Chandelier-style optical lens pendant necklace - part one


With chandelier earrings being so popular right now, there are more interesting filigree findings available than ever before.  By cutting one of them in half with my trusty wire cutters, I now had the means to create a necklace that would match the style of many of my earrings.

This week I'll show you how to make the pendant, and next week, we'll put it together into a necklace!

Materials for pendant:
Optical lens (email beadingarts at gmail dot com)
Picture
Plain white paper
Clear fixative spray
Polymer medium or jeweler's resin
Silver filigree piece
3 – 2 inch head pins
5 - 4mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
1 - 8mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
6 - 2mm sterling silver rounds
3 sterling silver daisy spacers

Materials for necklace: shown next week
Beads of your choice for the necklace strand.  I used:
52 - 8x4mm fire-polished Czech crystal rondelles
6 - 4mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
9 - 8mm fire-polished Czech crystal rounds
Size 8/0 seed beads
2 - 2mm sterling silver rounds
8 sterling silver bead caps
Pendant bail with loop
2 sterling silver cones
24 inches beading wire, .019 inch diameter
2 crimp tubes
6 inches 18 gauge sterling silver wire
3 inches sterling silver chain
2 jump rings
Lobster claw
Head pin

Tools:
2 alligator clips
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
File
Measuring tape
Small paint brush
Hole punch, 1 ½ inch (optional)


Creating the pendant:



1. Choose a picture that will fit the 1 ½ inch size of the optical lens, or manipulate one with photo imaging software.  Print out on quality white printer paper.  Spray the picture lightly with fixative and let it dry.

2. Assemble all the beads, tools, and other materials that you will be using.  Choose beads that will enhance your picture.

3. Cut out picture with a 1-1/2 inch hole punch or scissors. Cut out a 1-1/2 inch-circle from plain white paper too.


4. Apply a thin coating of polymer medium to the back of the optical test lens, brushing from the center outward to the rim. Quickly center and stick the picture down with the picture facing the glass, burnishing with your finger from the center outward to the rim.  Set it aside to dry 



5. Snip your filigree piece into the shape you want.  Create three dangles as shown  on the headpins, and attach them to the filigree with wrapped loops.

6  Apply a thin coat of polymer medium to the back of the picture and stick the filigree piece with the dangling beads in place at the bottom of the lens.  Let it dry.  Apply another thin coat of polymer medium and cover with the plain white paper circle. Let it dry and coat the back of this circle with a final thin layer of polymer medium or resin.


Next week: Part two - the necklace


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