Dreamcatcher Bracelet

Create this dreamcatcher inspired, chakra style bracelet! This DIY only uses two supplies – a link and some thread!

Dreamcatcher Inspired Chakra Style Bracelet DIY

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

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Beaded Bracelet

Create this cute beaded bracelet with your left-over beads! Its the perfect stash-busting project.

Beaded Bracelet DIY

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

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Tutorial – Beaded Diamond Bracelet

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

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
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Superglue
-Tape

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial



How to:
1. Cut two 50cm lengths of S-Lon and knot them together, approx 15cm from one end.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

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.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

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.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

4. Pull the ends tight until the bead sits up near the knot.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

5. Now with two beads at the same time, take one thread left to right and the other right to left

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

6. Pull tight so these beads sit up against the first

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

7. Repeat the process with three beads and then four beads

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

8. Then go back to three, then two and one. Tie another knot just after the last bead.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

9. Knot the ends to match the other side. Cross the ends together ready to tie the sliding knot.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

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.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

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!

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

If you make your own version of this diamond beaded bracelet or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook!! Happy Making!

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Tutorial – Brass Wire Bangle

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

You will need:

-Thick brass wire, minimum of 1.2mm to 1.5mm
-Thin brass wire, 0.4mm to 0.6mm
-Household wire cutters
-Chainnose pliers
-Nail File

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

How to:

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

3.Repeat on the other side

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

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.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

9. Create a final wrapped section just before the hook. Adjust the bangle to fit.

Brass Wire Bangle DIY

Let me know if you use this tutorial to make your bangle, by commenting with a link or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! Happy Making!

 

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Lapis Lazuil – September Birthstone

Lapis Lazuil – September Birthstone

Lapis Lazuli September Birthstone
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.

http://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/discover/mauritshuis/masterpieces-from-the-mauritshuis/girl-with-a-pearl-earring-670/
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.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/194368114/lapis-carnelian-stacker-gemstone?ref=shop_home_active_22

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Square Sliding Knot

Square Sliding Knot
My first blog tutorial, how exciting! Loads of people have been asking about these knots, as seen on the already ubiquitous Shamballa bracelets, and how to do them. Whilst nothing beats having someone showing you in person, I did feel there was a lack of clear step by step instructions out there, so decided to do my own.
This tutorial is purely about creating the sliding knot itself, so the actual bracelet design isn’t very exciting, but you get the idea! It does seem a bit long, but I wanted to include an image for each step so it was fairly self explanatory.
First thing to realise is that this knot uses one piece of cord for the bracelet and another to create the knot itself. I have used black for the main bracelet and for the knot I have tied a blue and red cord together, so there is a different colour for each side to make it easier to see, but normally this is just one piece of cord. Written steps are at the end of the images.
Square Sliding Knot Tutorial
1. Lay out the bracelet, making sure you have knotted the ends – this both stops the finished knots from sliding off completely and helps you identify which are the main cords.
2.Tie your knot cord on using either a overhand or reef knot around the bracelet cord. Then take the right hand (in this case blue) cord and lay it across the bracelet, leaving a loop.
3.Take the left hand (in this case red) cord and bring it down crossing over the right cord
4. Take the left cord under the main bracelet cords (make sure you go under both bits).
5. Then bring the left cord up through the loop you left in the right hand cord
6. Pull both ends together, checking it looks like the picture.
7. This is now one half of a square knot done.
8. We now repeat steps 2-5 on the other side. So bring lay the left hand cord across the bracelet, leaving a loop.
Square Sliding Knot Tutorial
9.Bring the right hand cord over the left
10.Take the right hand cord under the main bracelet cords and up through the loop in the left hand cord.
11. Pull to tighten. This is now one complete square knot!
12.Repeat steps 2-11 to make four more complete square knots
13.Tie an overhand knot or reef knot. Try to do this on the same side as the one you did at the beginning making it your ‘working’ side.
14.To hide the ends, take then back under the last couple of square knots(if too tight, take a bradawl, knitting needle or even a kebab skewer to loosen) and cut off the excess.
15.Dab superglue on the ends and the reef/overhand knot. Be careful not to get any on the main bracelet, but if you do, keep pulling the main ends to free them.
16.Turn it round do the working side is on the inside touching your wrist. And that’s it!
Square Sliding Knot Tutorial
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