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« on: June 23, 2004 03:51:42 PM »

Okay this is my first time trying this and I'm sure it's been done a lot better but here goes...
I start by picking my beads.  For this bracelet I chose little Buddhas and flowers
I put a bead on an eye pin (I usually buy them at Michaels but you can get them wholesale for a lot less)

now here's the part where I kind of just wing it.  A lot of people do it like this:

and then make it into a loop and cut off the excess.  I can't really do that.  It always ends up looking like a big mess.  I usually cut the pin down to where I think it should be and then make my loop from there.  My loops are pretty much never perfect but usually no one is looking that closely anyway.

Then I add a jump ring.

When I started making jewelry I didn't use the rings and my necklaces tended to sort of kink and not lay right but it could just be the way I do the pins that makes me need the jump rings.  Usually I leave the loop from the pin open enough to add the ring and then pinch it closed with the pliers.  If you have to open the jump ring, hold the ring with pliers and move one part of it toward you and the other away, if that makes sense.  Then close it the same way.  That way it won't end up squished. 
So I just keep adding beads on pins and rings until it is long enough for either a bracelet or a necklace.  Then I take whatever kind of clasp I'm going to use and attach it to the last bead with a ring. On the other end I put a slightly bigger ring for the clasp to hook on to. Here's what I end up with

Ta da!
I hope this was clear.  If not, let me know and I'll try to clarify.  I'm a much better shower than a teller. 

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004 05:25:42 AM »

thats so cute

ive never seen buddha beads before Cheesy

i can see matching earrings happening...

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004 06:36:39 AM »

I know, I love them.  They were in a bag of mixed beads at a bead show.  The bag was 99 cents! 

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004 08:59:34 AM »

Those beads are great! Very nice links you've made too
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2005 11:52:32 AM »

wow, i dont know how i missed this post! i love your bracelet, and your tutorial is very clear as well! thanks Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2005 12:07:08 AM »

If anyone can give me some of those little Buddhas, I'll swap for something cool!

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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2005 03:00:39 PM »

I thought your tutorial was very easy to follow. Now I can make some different jewelry for next christmas!
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2005 11:53:18 PM »

I am in love with those Buddha beads. And your bracelet is adorable. Good job! *Gives thumbs up*

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2005 12:03:03 PM »

those are really cool! also, where did you get your icon?
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2005 05:44:40 PM »

im on a mission to find those buddha beads! i need them..willing to swap or buy them!

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