Making Jewelry With Macrame Cord

Wednesday, August 19

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This is what I have been working on for the last several days. Jewelry made with 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord. The cord I use for purses and belts. It makes up larger so it doesn’t take many knots to create something.

8 or 9 Square Knots and you have a pair of earrings. They are very lightweight. I wore a pair for an hour and totally forgot I had them on.

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This next pair I created from 3 strips of cord and added some wooden circle beads.

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Here’s a bangle bracelet made with just square knots and larger wood circle beads.

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Necklace was created with a length of square knots and chain links on both sides with a silver clasp at the top. Large wood circle beads hang from the cord. They move freely across the knots. Ribbon crimps and jump rings connect the cord to the chain links. It measures 22″.

Supplies used for necklace, bracelet and earrings:

  • 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • ribbon crimps
  • jump rings
  • chain links
  • silver clasp
  • wood beads
  • earrings hooks

Chain Link Necklace and Bracelet in Blue

Wednesday, October 15

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I tend to work with earthtones a lot and rarely work with blue. Wonder why is that? Not sure. It’s a pretty color. Warm. But given a choice, I reach for peach or brown everytime.

I didn’t make all of these in one sitting. My hands ache a bit when wirewrapping so I made the bracelet one day and then later decided I had enough leftover beads to make a necklace and earrings.

Beads used: Navy Swarovski pearls, which I already had, plus two strands of blue beads purchased at the Bead Show. Sky blue round glass and gemstone nuggets (don’t know what they are called).

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We Only Just Got To Know Ya

Thursday, July 31

Today is the last day of Wirework Month. It wasn’t so bad. I made some items which fell into the oh-so-beautiful category and a few that just plain FELL. Into the so-so-yawn category. :D

Throughout the month, my wirewrapping skills improved 1000% so I think that is something I can gloat about. I will continue to make things throwing a bit of wire here and there since I have lots of wireworking supplies to use up.

My favorite? If I had to pick one project I really enjoyed making this month, it would have to be working with the black onyx and gold gemstones. It turned out to be quite versatile. A bracelet which doubles as a necklace. A necklace add-on which doubles as an ankle bracelet.

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All in all, I learned not to fear the unknown of working with wire. I hope you picked up a new trick or two along the way.

Charm Bracelet: Animal Planet On A Chain

Wednesday, July 30

Oh, my aching hands. Wirewrapping over 50 items will do that.

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I had been wanting to make something with these beads for months. A friend sent me craft supplies she thought I could use in the jewelry I make. Ladybugs, butterflies, birds (both metal and plastic) and cat faces. I added them with the fish, turtles and elephants I already had and started making a charm bracelet.

As far as making it colorful, that happened by accident. My original plan was to add just a hint of color and focus on the metal beads. The butterflies were light lavender and the plastic birds were light aqua. After I decided to jazz it up, I searched my bead stash and came up with enough lavender, purple, turquoise and aqua beads to soften the metal look.

The bracelet base is a double strand of dark gray chain links connected with a sterling silver toggle clasp.

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I decided not to wirewrap the pieces directly to the chain. Except for the black fish, each item is separately wirewrapped. Everything is attached to the chain links with jump rings. I am so glad I did because I changed and moved things around many times. Trying for balance of size, shape and color.

I knew I would get confused on where to place everything so I took a picture before beginning.

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A lot of good that photo did me, LOL, because once I got to the green glass cat, I started making changes. The cat got ditched. Too large and my wirewrapping was horrible. The holes went ear-to-ear and I haven’t perfected wirewrapping going side to side. I will stick with bottom to top. The Tigers Eye elephant also got shelved. The brown stuck out like a sore thumb. I almost removed the ivory turtle but left it in to balance that side of the bracelet.

After attaching all the animals and birds, I started filling in the empty spaces. That’s when the color explosion happened. I kept adding glass beads until I was satisfied.

I hate to admit it but I spent roughly 10 hours working on this bracelet. I was on a mission!! I took several breaks but kept at it until it was finished. I like to think, I kept going with the fear my newly mastered wirewrapping skills would regress. :D

I also made earrings. I had set aside several pieces I wanted to use and made them after completing the bracelet.

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I took quite a few pictures trying to get different views to show you. So, what do you think?

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Blue and Orange Necklace Made From Wire Caged Beads

Sunday, July 20

Time sure flies when the creative juices are flowing.

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The six wire caged beads I made on Thursday were calling out to me.

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I wanted to make something with them while they were fresh on my mind. When I finally finished and looked at the clock, I had been at it for over three hours. I never stopped to sip from my ever present lemon flavored ice water or to take a health break.

At first I made a bracelet but could only fit five of the cages within 7″ without making it too long. One cage was leftover. What to do? What to do with the one left? I have two ears so earrings were out of the question. Keychain? That was my next option. What about a pendant? One wire cage on a necklace was just too skimpy.

So… I took apart my nicely made bracelet and started over.

I made a necklace instead.

Using different sized glass beads in orange and blue, I spaced the caged beads about 2 1/2 inches apart. Seed beads and silver plated spacers were used as fillers. I finished off the top with silver chain links.

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I wanted more color so I made a 2-strand necklace of seed beads. One orange and one blue to pick up the colors of the larger glass beads. 

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Looking it over I thought something was still missing. How about more chain links? So I added a separate length of chain.

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Now I was satisfied. My necklace had layers. Three separate necklaces which could be worn all together or worn as one or two.

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Supplies used for this project:

  • 6 wire cages made from 20 gauge wire
  • blue and orange glass beads; different shapes and sizes
  • silver plated oval spacers
  • 8/0 seed beads in orange and blue
  • chain links, silver plated
  • lobster claw clasps, silver plated
  • 10mm jump rings, silver plated
  • heart charms, silver plated
  • 4mm sterling silver round beads
  • silver plated wire guards
  • silver plated crimps
  • Beadalon #18 stringing wire

Bracelet To Go With Onyx & Gold Earrings

Wednesday, July 16

Finished this bracelet yesterday. I LOVE it!! Hubby loves it!! He has asked that I keep this set, including the earrings.

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I used the same supplies as I used to make the earrings with two exceptions. I added bead caps to a couple of the Onyx beads. Just to change the look a bit and not have all of them the same. And I added a few daisy spacers when wirewrapping the flat oval Jasper beads. Again, to add variety.

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Bracelet measures 8″ and has a gold plated lobster claw clasp.

A perfect match to the earrings.

Dangling Earrings in Onyx and Gold; Hearts & Crystals

Tuesday, July 15

Wirewrapping IS getting easier. I don’t even dread it anymore. Though it takes longer to make, you can go off in many directions as you can see from the earrings I made last night.

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Dangles with two tiers of gemstones plus crystal charms using links of chain and jump rings. 

I rarely make earrings so I surprised myself in making them FIRST. When I do make earrings it is usually because I have beads leftover, just enough to make a pair. But this time, I had an idea for a dramatic pair and kept changing, rearranging the pieces until it matched the image in my head.

Now, I have to work on the bracelet. The base is finished. Next I will wirewrap the beads and then decide if I want a full look or sparsely filled look. I would like for the bracelet to match the fullness of the earrings if I have enough pieces.

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Supplies used in this project:

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  • Chain link coils, gold plated
  • Black Onyx beads, oval shape
  • Jasper beads, flat oval shape and smaller round ones
  • Topaz Crystal Dual Channel Connector, gold plated
  • Jet Crystal Hearts, gold plated
  • Jet Crystal Round Channels, gold plated
  • 3mm gold filled round beads
  • Jump rings, gold plated, 6mm, 18 ga and 4mm, 21 ga
  • Fish hooks, gold plated
  • Headpins, 3″, 21 ga, gold plated

Art Glass Bracelet and Others In The Works

Tuesday, July 8

To make this bracelet, I used up quite a few of my art glass beads purchased from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads sometime last year.

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Made this bracelet like a charm bracelet only without the charms. I wirewrapped each bead and added small round gold beads and bead caps. If the bead hole was small and the headpin did not slip out, I didn’t add a small gold bead as a stopper.

The colors of the beads are mostly purple, lavender and green with a few in yellow and orange.

For the bracelet base I used a 7″ length of chain. I pried off the closed rings connecting the links together.

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I attached wirewrapped beads onto 7mm split rings and reattached these split rings to the chain sides. Bracelet measures 8″. Took me about 3 hours to make.

I made these loopy loops using my other wire making jig called The Thing-A-Ma-Gig. I bought it several months ago but am just now using it. It has metal pegs that you place in holes spaced out over a metal square base. I don’t quite like what it has produced so far but will continue trying to make things using it. I am sure with more practice my designs will improve.

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The wire is 12 gauge, thick but manageable. I have an idea for making this into a necklace using a chain or beads to connect with the bottom portion. But for now, that is all it is, an idea. I tend to work with brown a lot, that being one of my favorite colors. I will add beige or orange to brighten it. I want to harden the wire before getting started.

This morning I threw this bracelet together from a box of beads I had been staring at but had done nothing with yet.

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Several months ago I purchased five bead listings from a lady on Etsy. She was practically giving her beads away. She called the listings Stash #1, Stash #2 and so on. It was a mixture of just about everything one accumulates over years of beading. When I first got the box in the mail, I sorted everything by color and type. Wood, metal, seed beads, larger beads, etc. Then weeded out any that were damaged or unusable. Now I just need to finish it.