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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Blueberries & Grapes! - Now With Tutorial! on: September 27, 2005 08:44:53 PM
This is my little bracelet that reminds me of chubby blueberries and tiny grapes.....

What do you kids think?

And as per usual, if you want a tutorial - just ask....I just can't be bothered to do it if no one want's one.... Smiley

So here is an image that you can save that has some more directions:

I can't get the text to come out very well, but if you really want it, I'll email it to you...

1: Add light blue bead to silver wire and make a loop at each end.
2: Attach a jump ring to a wire loop on the light blue bead
3: Put a head pins into 4 smaller dark blue beads and make a loop at the top of each
4: Attach the dark blue beads on the head pins to the jump ring that's attached to the light blue bead (all 4)
5: Attach another wired light blue bead to the jump ring
6: Keep repeating.

Here's a closeup to help you figure it out....

If you want more info, let me know....I'm glad some people like it!
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / For the grown up w/written tutuorial on: August 16, 2005 08:46:34 PM
I've always found this necklace I made kinda boring, but it's nice.....I think if you substituted the beads that I used, you could come up with something a lot more fun. Sure enough, this one ended up with my friends mom.

3 strands of Softflex Wire
Mid Size beads (black in my pic)
Small-Medium Bicone Beads
Silver Seed Beads

All you need to do is crimp the 3 wires on to a clasp or jump ring, and then add one of your largest beads (all 3 strands go through the one bead)
String a seed bead on to each strand.
String a bicone on to each strand.
String another seed bead on to each strand
Add another large bead (again all 3 strands go through this one)

Then repeat.

That's all.

43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Ice Cube Necklace w/ written Tutorial on: August 16, 2005 08:01:20 PM
This is the simplest necklace in the world. I left it very plain because I thought the beads we so pretty all on their own.

What 'cha think guys..?

This is strung on 2 strands of "Surflon" wire (it's a really chubby plastic coated steel wire for fishing, but you could use just about anything).
The sqaure beads are drilled from corner to corner rather than side to side. I think I got them at Arton Beads in Toronto.
Then I used another medium sized clear bead (round)

So, both strands should be attached to a jump ring or clasp,
I used two thumb widths to space the the first bead (very techinical measurements)
String on 1 crimp bead,
1 Square bead
Crimp again.
2 thumb widths
Round bead
Then repeat.
I like to stagger the beads on each strand, so that the beads on each strand don't end up in exactly the same place.

For the earrings, I just used head pins and threw the beads on. I also added a crimp above the beads to keep them in place (although gravity would have done the trick).

That's it kids.
String away.
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Cracked Green & Blue Glass on: August 16, 2005 07:59:10 PM
This is a piece I made a couple of years ago for a friend at work who had a wild blue & green dress. I just felt that she needed a bracelet to go with.

Just simple glass beads attached to jump rings with head pins & seed beads.

45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Too Small Button Down-Ideas? on: August 14, 2005 10:25:23 AM
 Hi Kids -
I thought I'd query the crafty crew to see if anyone has any good ideas for how I can make and AWESOME shirt that is too small for me fit.

It is a standard button down with short sleeves and it's about 3 sizes too small. It is white, with a blue print on it. The graphic is none other than the Fonz. I absolute cannot part with this shirt...Can anyone think of how I could reconstruct it so I can slide it on my back once again?

46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sterling Chain w/ Shell Buttons on: August 13, 2005 02:16:46 PM
This is the latest & greatest. Made for my boyfriends mother, it's sterling chian with shell buttons. Simple, but nice (I think anyway)

47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A finished Skipping Bag on: July 19, 2005 09:06:36 PM
Thanks so much for the skipping bag tutorial (and all the others....) I thought I would post the skipping bag that I made on Sunday.

Thank you!



  (I even managed to sew in a zipper pocket!) Cheesy
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green Fringe Necklace on: June 26, 2005 04:23:57 PM
I'm so pleased that people have looked at my bracelet, I'm going to post a neckalce too.

49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Green/Blue Bracelet w/ Sprials - Pic & Tutorial on: June 26, 2005 11:10:39 AM
Based on an old Bead & Button issue... I'd be more than happy to share how I made it.

Well, since some people seem to like it, I can give a verbal description for now (I'll also assume that people have a little knowledge of basic beading....but if not Bead and Button & Bead Style have great insturctions of the basics in the back of every issue)

I used:
flat rectangular beads (they were nice because they were 2-tone blue and green). Flat works best for this project because it sits nicely.
A vial of silver lined chinese seed beads
head pins
a whole lot of jump rings

Make a chain using your jump rings (I find it's cheaper than buying the chain). You want to use ones that are about a 1/4" in diameter, maybe a little smaller.

Take a head pin and put on 1 seed bead. Add your flat rectangular bead. Add another seed.

Use your round nose pliers to start the spiral.

Before you keep going with the spiral, put the head pin through one of the rings on the jump ring chain. Then use your flat-head pliers to finish the spiral. Once you've made as much of a spiral as you can, fold it over the jump ring flat against your rectangular bead. This will hold it on to the chain.

Keep doing the above steps. 2 sets of sprials/beads should go on to every other jump ring in the chain. Be sure to avoid attaching them on the same side of the chain.

Hopefully the directions make sense (I think they will if you keep looking back at the picture...)
50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green/Blue Spiral Bracelet on: June 26, 2005 11:02:10 AM
Hopefully, I can get the picture to come up.
This is based on an idea from a Bead and Button issue from last year, but I changed it a little bit.
A very simple design (and if you want to know how to do it, I'd be more than pleased to share).
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