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This braided bracelet is full of wild style! The texture and neutral colors are perfect for any urban jungle setting. You'll love wearing it to work, parties and anywhere in between.
These wonderful Hide-a-Crimp magnetic clasps give your designs a sleek look that is easy to open and close! Once you try them you won't be able to get enough.
Decrease Brick Stitch
The decrease brick stitch is made by decreasing the number of beads in each new row, resulting in a pointed shape.For a PDF Diagram of Brick Stitch techniques, click here.
This exquisite bracelet gleams with Swarovski crystals and pearls with a Tahitian look. Let it catch the light on your wrist as you pair it with a trendy outfit. For an equally beautiful design featuring purple shades, see our instructions for the Tanzanite Temptation bracelet. Before beginning this design, decide what method of multi-strand stringing is easiest for you. On something like this bracelet, you can do both strands simultaneously or string one, and when that is complete, string the second. These instructions string two strands at once, but either way is fine.
- BrandSwarovski, TierraCast
Now you can combine your love of seed beads and leather by creating seed bead sliders for your leather designs, like Teri did in her Bolder Boulder necklace. The seed bead sliders will allow you to bring your favorite colors to more designs and they look great paired with bold Regaliz components. Follow these steps to learn how easy it is to rock this look!
- BrandTOHO, KO Thread, Regaliz
A ladder stitch is a common pattern used to create the first row of beads in other techniques like a brick stitch or herringbone stitch. Once you create a ladder, you can then move on to other stitches.
This delicate rosary, made to fit around the wrist, makes a wonderful gift for first a communion or other religious holiday. You can also adjust the design and components quantities to create a tradtional rosary that will fit around the neck. Its soft peach pearls combined with a hint of sparkle create a lasting look of devotion.
This tutorial will show you how to build a soutache design around a cabochon. When creating a soutache design around a cabochon, a backing is glued to the cabochon first. A row of soutache cord is then stitched to the backing. The next rows of soutache are then stitched to the first. Learn the details of this process here and then create a fabulous soutache design that incorporates this process with the techniques showcased in the Soutache Basics Part 1 and Soutache Basics Part 2 tutorials.
These wrap bracelets continue to be popular. You can make them as long as you like or just one wrap around the wrist. You can use chain instead of beads for a different look or try bigger beads for a quick project. Find fun wrap bracelet inspiration in our Learning Center, like our Gaelic Weave Bracelet or Mommy and Me project, Dragonfly Roundup.
There are two basic methods for finishing memory wire. The first is with a simple loop, the second is with a memory wire end.
Once you have the basics down on how to create a Kumihimo braid you will more than likely want to try adding some beads to the braid. This involves a little more prep time before you get started but the results are well worth it. When planning your design, keep in mind that the finished results will differ depending on colors, size of beads and number of beaded strands. Also note that the size of stringing material will be determined by the hole size in the beads you want to use. Here we will show you how to create an 8 warp basic round Kumihimo braid using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands.
First determine the length of braid you want. As a general rule cut three times the desired length of stringing material. This should accommodate most designs, even with beads.
Next you will need to determine how many beads are needed. We are using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Refer to our chart on Kumihimo math.
The TierraCast D ring clasps are great for use with leather and multi-strand projects, but they can also be used with seed beads. Folding seed bead designs over the slots in the D rings give projects a seamless and professional finish. You can use this technique to fold peyote stitch designs over any kind of clasp. This tutorial will show you how!
Making your own wire hoops will allow you to truly customize your style. They look great smooth or hammered. This tutorial will teach you how to make hoops in both styles. Learn these simple techniques to start adding hoops to your earring projects!
Kumihimo is a form of Japanese braiding using various types of stringing material, often combined with beads to make exceptional jewelry. The term Kumihimo in Japanese means the gathering of threads. This technique involves using different types of looms to achieve different types of braids. The possibilities are endless and can be customized to suit everybody, so find your Kumihimo supplies and get started!
When doing Kumihimo you will learn that using a different number of strands, as well as different colors, will change the overall look. Different types of stringing material can also change the look, as well as adding beads to all or some of the strands. Keep in mind that you may not want to use a stringing material that stretches.
In Kumihimo, each thread in one single "slit" is referred to as a warp. Here we will be using the round Kumihimo disk with 32 slits to create an 8 warp basic round braid. A good rule of thumb when measuring stringing material is to multiply the length you want by three. This will accommodate most designs unless you are using larger beads, in which case you may need to adjust the length. Once you have mastered the basic round braid, learn how to add beads to Kumihimo.
The twisted herringbone stitch is a great way to add dimension to your projects. These instructions will show you how this stitch is done! As you can see, the pattern of the beads will affect how the bracelet looks when finished. Both bracelets feature the Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend, but look very different because of the way the beads are added. When you line up the colors by columns, as we do in our example, it creates a look of spiraling stripes. Adding the beads at random also creates an interesting effect.
The wrapped loop is a staple of wire working. It is useful to finish earrings, make links for a chain, or dangle a pendant from a necklace. In this example we will demonstrate how to make a link for a bracelet like the Swarovski Bracelet with Sterling Silver Cross found in our ideas section. To make a wrapped loop you will need wire cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
Kick your shoes off and show off your foot fashion for summer! This delightful ankle bracelet features just enough color to liven up an outfit.
Wire bangles are all the rage and you can create custom style by adding beads into the mix. This tutorial will show you how to incorporate beads, specifically druzy beads, into your wire-wrapped bracelet designs.
Snap fasteners are an excellent choice for finishing leather or suede designs. They are easy to open and close and give your jewelry a professional touch. It's easy to set snaps in leather or in suede. Follow these instructions to learn how! You will need snap fasteners, a snap setter, an anvil and a rotary hole punch.
For this tutorial, we used Tandy Leather tools and a Leather Bracelet.
Rows of brilliant Swarovski crystals form a trendy bangle-style bracelet in this sparkly "Daffodil Cotillion" design. The cheerful green and yellow color scheme and checkered pattern gives this bracelet a glamorous yet approachable look.
- BrandBeadalon, Swarovski
These earrings are incredibly simple to make and will work for any woman from teens to grandmas!
This simple necklace features a wonderful leather foundation for the dazzling Swarovski Cosmic Ring on display at the center. Did you receive the kit for necklace in your order? You'll find the instructions to make the kit here. If you missed out on this free gift with purchase or want to make more, we've provided a shopping list so you can recreate it on your own!
- BrandSwarovski, Leather Cord USA
This lovely "Spring Lotus" design flaunts three brilliant Swarovski crystals and is created from wrapped wire, allowing you to customize the ring size for the ideal fit. Perfect for bridal jewelry, this design can incorporate different crystals to match the wedding colors. Use this design to make thoughtful gifts for bridesmaids or a colorful accent for the bride.
Add a festive mood to your attire with these lovely earrings. The cool sparkle of sterling silver and deep blue crystal is mellowed by hints of gold from dangling snowflakes. Use these earrings as a quick way to dress up an outfit for a winter event.