Use simple jewellery making techniques to make this delicate summer seed bead bracelet. With three stands of seed beads, bugle beads and chain, this seed bead bracelet is lightweight and easy to wear all summer long! Read more
Create this dreamcatcher inspired, chakra style bracelet! This DIY only uses two supplies – a link and some thread!
I’ve had seen various dream-catcher DIY crafts around since summer and wanted to translate that into jewellery, but never quite got around to creating anything. I had kind of forgotten about it until my fave show, Once Upon a Time, had a story involving dreamcatchers. Yes, another Once inspired make. I know, my geek is showing. Lets just make the pretty jewellery shall we? Read more
Create this cute beaded bracelet with your left-over beads! Its the perfect stash-busting project.
If like me, you have been making jewellery a while, you probably have lots of left over beads from other projects. Mixing beads of different colours and shapes together can look really great; the trick is to have a common colour palette or tone and then use some smaller beads that complement them to bring it all together. Read more
This sweet and simple beaded bracelet use just a few seed beads and some thread and is finished with a sliding knot.
You will need:
-1.5m of S-Lon Thread
-16x Size 6 or 7 seed beads
1. Cut two 50cm lengths of S-Lon and knot them together, approx 15cm from one end.
2. Stick the shorter ends down to your work surface with some tape. Cut the longer ends at an angle, to make threading the beads onto the thread easier.
3. Take one bead and using the longer ends of thread, take one through the bead left to right and the other right to left.
4. Pull the ends tight until the bead sits up near the knot.
5. Now with two beads at the same time, take one thread left to right and the other right to left
6. Pull tight so these beads sit up against the first
7. Repeat the process with three beads and then four beads
8. Then go back to three, then two and one. Tie another knot just after the last bead.
9. Knot the ends to match the other side. Cross the ends together ready to tie the sliding knot.
10. Take another 50cm length of S-Lon and tie a series of square knots around the two main threads. A step by step of how to tie a square sliding knot is available here.
11. Trim off any excess thread and finish with a tiny dab of superglue. Seed beads come in so many amazing colours and the S-Lon has a gorgeous selection too, so why not make an wrist-full!
You will need:
-Thick brass wire, minimum of 1.2mm to 1.5mm
-Thin brass wire, 0.4mm to 0.6mm
-Household wire cutters
1.Cut 40cm of the thicker wire. Bend in half and use something like a Sharpie pen or similar at this mid-way point to create a smooth curved teardrop shape.
2.Take the chainnose pliers and grip one side of the wire just below the point where the two wires cross and bend it straight up.
3.Repeat on the other side
4.Cut a short (20cm approx) length of the thinner wire. Create a right angle bend about 1cm from one end. Hold this short end along the length of the thicker wire and begin tightly wrapping around the bangle, moving towards your hand.
5.Wrap about 5 times before tucking the end under the wrapped section, pulling tightly and cutting off the excess. Use youe pliers to make sure there are no sharp ends poking out
6.Use a cylindrical object (I’m using my craft storage stacker!) that is slightly smaller than your wrist to form the shape of the bracelet.
7. Measure the bangle around your wrist allowing an extra 1.5cm to create the hook. Cut off any excess wire (use household pliers on thicker wire so not to dent your nice jewellery pliers!). Use another piece of thinner wire to create another wrapped section approx halfway around the bangle.
8. Use the chainnose pliers to bend the end of the bangle back on themselves, creating the hook. You might want to use a nail file to smooth the ends.
9. Create a final wrapped section just before the hook. Adjust the bangle to fit.
Septembers modern birthstone Lapis Lazuli is a rich, opaque royal blue with speckles of gold. So it might surprise you to hear that technically, it isn’t a gemstone, but a mineral. Gemmologists consider a stone to be semi-precious or gem quality when it consists of a single type stone; but Lapis is made up of several, mainly lazurite, calcite and pyrite.That it is still considered a gemstone, says something about not only how rare it is, but how beautiful and coveted it is.
Many famous paintings use Lapis Lazuli as a pigment in the oil paint, where artists would crush lapis lazuli into a powder and mix with oil to produce the colour ultramarine. In the early 19th century a synthetic version became available, largely ending the use of Lapis as a pigment. One of the most recognisable paintings to use Lapis is ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer. The amazing blue colour on the turban comes from Lapis! You might have seen the 2003 film staring Scarlett Johansson as the ‘girl’ which tells a fictional tale about the creation of the painting.
The Sar-e-Sang mine in Badakhstan, Afghanistan has been producing Lapis for the past 6000 years, making it the longest working mine in the gem world. Just getting to the mine is dangerous. In 1862 an earthquake destroyed the road to the Sar-e-Sang mine and hasn’t been properly repaired. The mine itself is in the steep sided and often narrow Kotcha Valley, surrounded by high jagged peaks. The mine can only be worked between December and May because of the cold temperatures and lying snow.
I love opaque gemstones and have a thing for pyrite, so its no surprise I love lapis, and use in my own jewellery. In this bracelet, I’ve teamed 4mm lapis beads with haematite and carnelian.