Jul 112016
 

The flat spiral is the first bracelet I learned how to make, thanks to a friend taking the time to teach me, and what started my jewelry making hobby. Over the years, I’ve posted many pictures of the flat spiral bracelets I’ve made, still my favorite design for a quick and easy gift, but I’ve never posted a tutorial.

Like I said in my last craft post, I’ve toyed with making my own tutorials, but there are already so many out there with better production quality than I could manage. Maybe if I come up with more of my own designs I’ll have something new to add. Until then, Beading4perfectionists has a great tutorial for the flat spiral.

I still have several flat spiral bracelets left if anyone is looking for a quick gift. If you’d like to buy one, use the contact page and let me know.

I have other designs as well. If you’re local, let me know if you’d like to drop by and take a look.

Jun 272016
 

I made a bookmark for my mother-in-law for Christmas, but I forgot to take a picture of it. I’m not sure why, but I forget to take pictures of over half the things I make for her. I made it from frosted clear seed beads with pink and purple silver-lined seed bead hearts. She’s commented several times on how much she likes it, so I decided to make one for myself.

The little slip of paper I have been using for a bookmark is so worn it feels like cloth, so I’ve been needing a new one. All my other bookmarks are in use holding my place in non-fiction books. I have a habit of putting bookmarks to hold places I might need to reread for research. Using sticky notes would make more sense, but I never seem to have any when I need them. Besides, making sense is banned in this household.

Beaded BookmarkI decided to use square stitch over peyote stitch because it bends nicely where it sticks out of the top of the book. I find making my own patterns easier with square stitch anyway.

I was going to make it about the size of a normal bookmark, but instead made it the width and length I would have made a bracelet. So, if I ever decide to, I can turn it into a bracelet by adding a clasp.

All the beads are Czech round seed beads that I had in abundance. The pattern is simple and I felt a little lazy not coming up with something more creative, but I can always make another one. I have a few patterns I’ve been dying to try, I just need to get the right colors.  

The great thing about this project, you can make it as wide and long as you like. You can have a skinny bookmark as long as a book, a super wide, chunky bookmark or any combination. My bookmark is 20 seed beads wide and about 62 rows long because that’s the size I made the last square stitch bracelet. 

I’ve included some YouTube videos on the square stitch and how to decrease. I’ve thought about making my own videos, but there are already so many great instructional videos, I don’t think I could add anything to what’s already available.

I’m too shy anyway. 😛

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get in touch with me directly.

Nov 292014
 

Twisted Chain Bracelet

This was the first twisted chain piece I made. I gave it to my daughter along with the Twisted Chain Necklace for Christmas 2013.

Like the Twisted Chain Necklace, this bracelet was made from 8mm jump rings in a twisting pattern. It’s a little easier to see here than in the necklace picture.

I really enjoy making the twisted chain pieces and hope to make myself some in the year to come.

Nov 212014
 

I was looking for something different to do for my mother-in-law for Christmas 2013 and ran across this pattern. She loves butterflies, so I thought this would be perfect.

I found the pattern at Bead & Button for anyone interested in making this bracelet. I still have the purple one and hope to find it a home someday.

I had a hard time getting decent pictures. The beads are silver lined and my camera didn’t like the shine. Did the best I could. I’ve learned more photography tricks since I took these pictures, so hopefully I’ll get better pictures the next time I make this pattern.

Jan 132014
 

I wanted to make something a little different for my mother for Christmas and ran across a pattern for a chain bracelet I thought was pretty interesting. Since I used different size jump rings, I had to modify the pattern and here’s the result:

Chain Reaction

It’s difficult to see in the picture, but there are four different colors of aluminum jump rings. It’s actually not easy to see in person. I guess the colors were too similar. Here’s a close-up, so you can see the pattern and colors a little easier:

Chain Reaction Closeup

The jump ring colors were actually black, gunmetal grey, silver, and bronze.

I wasn’t completely satisfied with the finished product, but it was different and interesting.

Nov 192013
 

This hand woven right angle weave bracelet was created using jet black crystals embellished with bronze crystals and hematite seed beads on strong fireline. The look is dark, but dainty. While not necessarily a steampunk piece, it was made with steampunk in mind.

The toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Sold by Countrysidewalk.com

Nov 102013
 

This hand woven flat spiral bracelet was created as a gift for a graduate this year. Jet black crystals embellished with fire-polished silver crystals and hematite seed beads, this bracelet is understated with a little sparkle to catch the eye. Made with strong Fireline for lasting strength.

The toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Jet Black and Fire Polished Silver Crystal Bracelet

This bracelet isn’t currently for sale, but you can find similar designs on sale at Countrysidewalk.com

Jun 082011
 

Recently, I made a couple of bracelets with tutelage from Kimi of Aether Designs. One of them was for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day and she seemed to really like it. Thanks, Kimi!

And here they are! Bad phone pictures though…

Mother-in-Law's BraceletThis is the bracelet I made for my mother-in-law. She loves butterflies, so I based the colors off a light blue butterfly with dark fringe around the wings. I don’t know if that vision really comes through, but she liked it and that’s what matters most.

The holes in the center of the large bead in the middle (blue cats eye) were a little big and the seed beads kept sucking up inside the middle bead, so I was constantly fighting to keep the seed beads where they belonged. I still had a lot of fun making this piece.

My BraceletThis is the bracelet I made for myself. It sounded a little boring when I was trying to describe it, but I think it turned out very pretty. It matches just about anything, which I was going for.

I plan on making some more bracelets soon and I’d like to learn how to make different pieces. I never thought I’d like beading, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ll post pictures when I finally make it down to the bead shop so I can make more.

Aether Designs makes bracelets just like these in whatever colors you’d like, so if you like these bracelets order one from Aether Designs today.

I started more projects than I can possibly keep up with. More updates in Part 2 if I don’t spontaneously combust first.

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