DIY

How to make your own jump rings.

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.

20 gauge wire

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.

Wire and cutter

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.

Handmade

Please see more at my shop.

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Great weight loss “tool”.

I’d like to share a weight loss secret. Here she is:

My new weight loss “tool”.

#1 Go to your local #SPCA or rescue shelter.

#2 Fill out an application for a puppy. 🐕

#3 Start scouting out good walking spots in your neighborhood.

#4 Find and welcome your new family member.

#5 Start walking! 🚶

Unless you want your house destroyed by a tasmanian devil, walk puppy 3, count ’em, three times per day.

Puppy after walk

It works!  Even with trading off walking duties, my shorts and skirts are threatening to fall off! I’m looking forward to wearing some of my smaller winter weather clothes soon!

Simple, easy, fun weight loss

Rosary bracelet tutorial

Many people lay their beads out on a beading board. I usually design things in my head.

Materials

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.

Time to add the charms.

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.

Cross added.

Add the cross using tools. Round the end of the wire with round nose pliers. Slip cross on and finish with flat nose pliers.

Add Mary medal.

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.

See the final photos at my shop.