Busy with Beading

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Beaded Bracelet

I didn’t expect how much I will get in to this beading idea. I started shopping for different designs of beads and connections so I was buried in jump rings and pins for last couple of weeks. Internet is full of instructions and projects from small to big pieces of jewelry. Most important is not to get lost and stay truth to your own idea and vision.

My first idea was to make a nice collection of items which are going to match so I can wear them together with original silver or golden pieces which I already have. Firstly I wanted to make a bracelet which is going to match this gorgeous ring which is made of black silver and has meddle eastern design which makes it to look like an antique. It is not easy to find similar beads to make sense out of it.

Old silver jewelryThis is the ring and I wonder if it makes same impression on you like it does on me? I do think it is quite beautiful.

Since I couldn’t find any beads in similar drop of the water shape I had to concentrate on the colors similarity.

I have selected some crystal beads and dark silver colored metal beads.

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Believe me or not but I took at least an hour in the store selecting right type of beads and matching them with the ring.Old silver jewelry

When planning the design you need to take under consideration length of the bracelet so it will not end up to short or to long, so first I have organized beads in different patterns and spaced them out to find my favourite combination with right length and width as I did want this bracelet to be visible on my hand against the ring.

I have started with putting on eye ended pins and closing eyes on the other end. Then I have added jump rings to connect them in between.

Old silver jewelryAfter that I have added dark green beads in between to add this green centre like in the ring.

Old silver jewelryThen I have started adding some white beads to put more blink in to the bracelet and connect with white crystals in the ring.

Old silver jewelryThose small beads were so difficult to make I had to be very careful to not damage them.

I fitted them in between to feel up the gaps. This gives even richer look.

Old silver jewelryOld silver jewelryHow do you like it? Does it look anything like the ring? I do think it matches. Love it, love it a lot!

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It was quote a challenge to narrow from 3 beads width to one in order to put the lock at the end, but I think this has turned up quite well too.

Busy beading weeks are still to come. I have got hang on the tools and connections and twisting those small eye shapes on the end of pins now I can work with my imagination and show you as many of interesting designs as possible. I hope you will like them and I promise to be creative and show something different from what you can find all over the internet.

Beaded Jewellery – Silver and Purple Bracelet

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Bracelet (19)I got my tool kit box such a long time ago! Sometimes I was even wondering if I should have invested in it at all. It was getting dusty in the storage room, but since we got back from Kurdistan I didn’t have time to work on any other more time-consuming projects, so I decided to pull out the box and see what interesting things could come out of it.

I had never done beading before but I was thinking it couldn’t be so difficult since other people are doing it as well and they are selling lovely pieces in quite successful businesses.

Well, I was wrong… beading is actually quite difficult and now I’m much more impressed with the designs and ideas which I have seen so far. Beaded Jewellery takes some time to make and first of all you need good piece imagination if you want to come up with something interesting and beat the competition.

I decided to start with something simple to get familiar with the tools and types of connections between beads.

My project was: a silver bracelet with a couple of charms (a silver frog and small silver pendant with a purple gem), a chain of purple beads and a chain of silver beads, both made of crystal.

Bracelet (4) Bracelet (6) Bracelet (5)I selected smaller-size jump rings and short double eye-pins.

There are 3 types of tools commonly used to create beaded jewellery. They look like on the photo below: from the left crimping tool, wire cutter and round nose pliers.

Bracelet (2)First we need to prepare the bigger size beads with double eye-pins. As you can see there is only one eye and we have to create a second one and close the loop with the tools. You need to grab one end and hold it tight and then, using the round nose pliers, grab the other end and strongly twist it around the nose. Depending on the size of your beads you may have to shorten the pin before with the wire cutter. In my situation the pin had the desired length.

Bracelet (7) Bracelet (8) Bracelet (9) Bracelet (10)It does take some practice to twist the wire and make a good shape of loop. With first few my hands were shaking and the wire was slipping out of the tools. I think it took me at least 5 minutes to make the first one but each next one went much smoother.

Now after creating several beads with pins and eyes we need to connect them between each other using jump rings. When you are trying to open them please don’t pull the ends to the left end right as you will deform the ring. To open it you need to pull it to yourself or away from yourself with one hand only, while the other one holding the ring should stay steady.

Bracelet (11)Now you can put two beads on it and close the ring making the same motion.

Then add another one, and another one to create a chain of the desired length.Bracelet (12) Bracelet (13) Bracelet (14)Now we need to work with the second chain. I used smaller size crystal balls and added little metal beads in the front and back of them. This time I decided on a different type of connection without jump rings.Bracelet (15)It was more difficult to work with as you had to add an eye-pin at the end of the chain before closing the previous eye-pin. There was very little room to work with and pliers were slipping from the pin but I managed and the result was as per plan.Bracelet (16) Bracelet (17)Now you need to add individual chains to the silver bracelet using jump rings. I used same locker which was already on the silver bracelet but you may need to add one if you are working with beads only.

Then I added my two charms and I could enjoy wearing this jewellery on the same day.Bracelet (18) Bracelet (19)