I don’t know about you, but I hate when I’m in a creative mood (rarely) and don’t have an element to finish my piece.
So, I think it’s imperative to learn how to make your own findings, ear wires and pendants.
OK, #1 Grab some wire. Above is 20 gauge, which is pretty thick, but it’s what I had on hand. You might want to use 22 or 24 gauge. I get the wire above from Michaels and, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s PINK !!!
2 – Wrap the wire around a pencil several times, shown below: , then slide off.
#3 Cut the wire at the same spot. You may have to pull back and only cut one or two at a time, as I did.
And voila! We have jump rings! They’re really nice for adding that rustic, organic, one of a kind feel to your pieces. That’s why people come to #Etsy, I think.
Many people lay their beads out on a beading board. I usually design things in my head.
Here’s the beginning of a rosary bracelet. Memory wire, which I ‘string’ the beads onto. We need 53 Hail Mary beads, 6 Our Father beads, and I’m using some tiny silver flower shaped spacer beads surrounding each one. Start with spacer bead and 10 Mater (Hail Mary) beads.
Above is the fully ‘strung’ bracelet. The pattern is 10 Mater, 1 Pater (Our Father) bead, 10, 1, 10, 1, 10, 1, 10, 1, 3 (Mater), 1. Don’t forget to add spacers surrounding each, if desired.
Add the cross using tools. Round the end of the wire with round nose pliers. Slip cross on and finish with flat nose pliers.
Go back to the beginning of the bracelet, where the first beads were added. Push all beads tight to cross. Cut about an inch from first bead. Add Madonna medal, which is a locket here.