Beads Of Love Card Tutorial

We know that Valentines Day has passed but we still think that this card is sweet enough to share.  A super simple idea that we found on CraftGossip.  If you’ve got an extra couple of beads laying around this card is a wonderful way to personalize a gift to that special someone…and if they happen to be a beader they might even recycle the beads into another project!  Check out the tutorial here

Project instructions from 30 Minute Necklaces

We recently found  Lark Crafts , a great craft blog that covers all things crafty.  They have a great beading section with lots of goodies, the most recent being this free necklace tutorial from 30 Minute Necklaces.  We love this book as it is filled with a wide range of styles of projects that you can create in under 30 min.   We carry this book as well as the accompanying 30 Minute Earring here in the store.

Check out the free tutorial here

Wrap Bracelet

This is one of  those designs, you know the ones that you see for sale for upwards of $50 to $60 and sometimes even more – and you think “well I could make that.”   And you know what…you really can!  We love this design for many reasons but the number one is the ability to whip out a large number relatively quickly, each with a different flavor depending on which beads you choose (as seen in the bracelets shown above.)  There are a number of different ways to create this bracelet and you can use a loom if you would like but if you don’t have one this tutorial is the way to go!

Supplies:
leather or cotton cord
I strand of round or semi round beads for the fluorite bracelet on the top or two strands of czech glass for the bracelet on the bottom.
Big eye needle
Hypo cement or another beading glue
Beading thread

Some notes:
The number of beads that you will use depends on the length of bracelet you will want to make, obviously the longer you will make it the more beads you will need.  The length of cord and string  will also depend on the length of the finished bracelet.  Also important to keep in mind is that  the hole size of the beads will determine the type of bead string you will need.  In general stone beads often tend to have much smaller holes than glass beads.

Directions:
1. For the double wrap bracelet we used 2 x 2 foot pieces of cotton cord and about 4 feet of ceylon micro thread – in this tutorial we will refer to the ceylon as the thread
2. Attach the end of the ceylon one of the pieces of cord about 1.5 inches from the end using a square knot

3. Using your big eye needle, add the first bead to the thread and then bring the needle back through the bead creating a loop on the other side of the bead as shown

4. Slide the second piece of cord through the loop and pull the thread tight bringing both pieces of cord snug up to the bead on each side

5. This is the step in which you can decide how many times you want to run the thread back through your bead.  For a looser bracelet you may not want to run it back through and may simply just wrap the thread under and around the first piece of cord and continue adding beads.  For a tighter bracelet you can weave the thread through the bead and around the cord a few more times.

6. Each time you add another bead you will repeat this process.  The bracelet will begin a bit loose and you will need to keep the tension in it, but by the time you add about 4/5 beads it will start to keep its shape better.

7. Keep adding beads until you reach the desired length.  Remember to account for the clasp at the ends which will add length.  If you find yourself running out of thread simply tie it off to one of the pieces of cord and start a new piece.  we had to do this twice on the blue bracelet and it is hardly noticeable.
8.  We finished off the bracelet by adding cord endings to all four ends of the cord and attached a jump ring to one side and a S hook to the other.  Secure all your knots with the beading glue.

9. Wear and love your new bracelet!

Each time we do a tutorial we try our best to give you the instructions you might need for the project.  However, if you ever find yourself needing a little more guidance we are always here to help out and have copies of the tutorial in the store as well!

Wire Wrapped Gold Square Earrings

We saw these earrings a while back and something about them spoke to us.  Don’t know if it is the messy wire wrap – the I am not even trying to look good and I do…kinda like California casual.  Or perhaps they remind us of the dream catchers we had hanging over our beds as a kid.  At any rate they are fun and easy!

Supplies:
aprox. 1 foot 22 gauge half hard gold filled wire (we used square wire but that is really up to you)
aprox. 3 feet 24 gauge dead soft gold filled wire (we used round)
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
side cutters

Directions:
1. Cut the foot of 22 gauge wire into two 6 inch pieces (each piece  will make one earring)
2. Aprox. 3/4 inch from the end of the wire turn a loop and wrap the wire around once or twice

3. Bend the wire in a 90 degrees and measure out 1/2 inch

4. Bend the wire another 90 degrees this time measuring out 1 inch segments.  Continue until you have creates your square frame.  Finish up with another wire wrap under the original one and cut off excess wire.

5. Cut your 24 gauge wire into two  1.5 foot pieces.  Put one aside for the second earring
6.  make a small hook at the very end of your piece of wire to start your wire wrap on the earring frame.  Once you have the wire attached wrap around the frame two or three times.

7. wrap your wire around the frame in the following pattern.  Don’t worry if your wraps look messy as you will be able to go back and fix them at the end of the project.  The only thing that you really need to worry about is pulling too tight on the frame which will cause it to loose its square shape.  (If you look at the picture at the top you will see that this is what we did to the one on the right)

Repeat the same process for the second earring.  If you like you can switch up the design for a bit of asymmetry.  This really is one of those it’s-not-supposed-to-be-perfect projects so just have fun!

Wire Wrapped Stone Bracelet

This is one of the most replicated pieces of jewelry in the store due to the simplicity of technique
and beauty of design.  The original bracelet was made using pearls but for this one we decided to
bling it up a bit and add gemstones instead.


Supplies:
2 x 13 inch lengths of 2mm leather cord
around 14 gemstone beads (amount will depend on the size of beads you choose)
3 feet of 26 gauge gold wire
C Lon for finishing
4 gold beads for cord ending decoration

Directions:
1.  To begin starting about 3 inches from the end of the cord, wrap the wire around both pieces of
leather about 5 or 6 times.
2.  Add your first bead and wrap the wire around the cording 4 times
3.  Continue this step until the bracelet is as long as you would like it to be.
(we did this using 14 beads)
4,  After adding the last bead, bind the wire by wrapping it around both pieces of cord about
6 times (just like how you started)
5.  Holding your leather pieces together with a clamp (see above image) attach all 4 pieces
together using a square knot series. (If you are unfamiliar with this knot stop in and ask
and we will help you out!)
6.  Add a large holed bead to the ends of each piece of cord and tie a knot to secure
7.  Wear and love your new bracelet!

Upcycled Necklace Tutorial

As many of you know already, we love recycled (or upcycled) jewelry.  Yes we are a bead store and our aim is to sell beads, but we also aim to inspire creativity in all different shapes and forms!  We found this tutorial from Swoodson Says the other day and think that it is chic, easy, and very in style right now.  Check out the full tutorial here