Bracelet With Angel Charm For A Friend

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Want to see what I made for a friend? She loves angels. I had three angel charms to choose from and thought of adding them all. But less won out.

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She doesn’t wear many bracelets since she said her wrist size is larger than most store bought ones. I made this an inch longer than the normal size. Hope it fits. And if not, no worries. It doubles as a necklace. Add the extra length of chain. I used the exact same toggles.

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I’m mailing it tomorrow. She should have it by week’s end. Hope she likes it!!

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26 Months To Finish This!! No Way!!

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Way!!

I couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. I looked back at my posting when I finished the necklace. April 15, 2008.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/sneaking-beads/

No clue why I never finished the bracelet. Guess I wasn’t inspired.

Until now. My new stuff. My word charms did the trick.

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I have more of these peyote tube sections started. Have enough to make a 2nd bracelet. Hope it doesn’t take another 2 years!!

Working with Chain Links

My latest creations made with chain links.

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What a perfect way to use up leftover beads. Even imperfect beads. Or beads you haven’t a clue what to do with. I like creating these. Can be used as a key chain or purse charm. Dangle from a belt or jeans belt loop. I am also thinking you could hang them from a rear view mirror.

I made three of them… two with gold findings and one with silver… before I got bored. I gave the silver one away to a friend.

Here are the gold ones, well gold plated. With a bit of everything else tossed in… wood, metal, brass, copper, glass, gemstones, jute. Different shapes and sizes of beads.

1st one.

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2nd one.

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And I made this necklace. I saw this blue beetle in Michael’s last year. No bright ideas popped up at the time. I just liked the looks of it. And then I saw the turquoise stones on sale a few months later. I knew eventually the beetle would meet up with the stones. (I think that’s a beetle. I don’t do well in the garden.)

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I am working on a necklace and earrings set. Peach and pink. Earrings are finished. Still working on the necklace. It hasn’t passed my approval inspection yet. 😀

And I still have to show you the bracelet I worked on for 4 days. After I get some decent photos. Pictures coming soon.

Making a Halloween Necklace

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Usually Halloween comes and goes without much fanfare around my house. I do love the combo black and orange colors though but prefer to look rather than make. “Usually.”

This year I decided to make a necklace. Nothing fancy. Something fast and simple. I probably won’t wear it. Will either give it away or just save it to drag out each Oct 31st.

Mostly I used supplies on hand but did go out and buy the Halloween charms a few days ago from Michaels. The other supplies came from King Kountry (macrame cord), Munro Crafts (earring hoops & glue), Michaels (large jump rings & black plastic beads) and Fire Mountain Gems & Beads (small jump rings).

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I first opened the earring hoops and hooked nine of them together. Then applied glue to each hoop to keep them from pulling open. I decided to use these hoops since they are lightweight.

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Next, I started tying square knots using the hoop as filler and just tying knots around it. I made 5 black circles and 4 orange ones. Black on each end.

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After finishing all the circles, I added a strap made with square knots to the black end circles. The closure is a square knot button in the back. Cord slides through the SK button and ties in a bow.

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I doubled all the Halloween charms and dangled them from jump rings. Added the black plastic beads as an accent.

Necklace can be worn two ways. Charms on one side are different from the charms on the back.

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It was easy. Go ahead and make one for yourself.

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I decided to list this necklace in my Etsy Shop.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33057774

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. 😀

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