Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I did not take this class. In fact, I don't think the class has been held yet. Now, this is a pretty standard price for a class. It usually varies from $100-250, depending on materials needed and difficulty.
This was my first try at this cuff, and I think it was pretty successful. There were a couple things I would do differently if I were to do it again, but that comes when you are self-taught. Thus the reason I used copper and aluminum wires before trying this with sterling silver or gold filled wire.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I made these with silver plated copper wire and green bicone crystals.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Step 1: String three crystal beads onto your fishing line, making sure they are in the center of the line.
Step 6: When you reach your last two beads, string them on either side of the line, then you will need to do the cross stitch your line on the very bottom bead/center bead. Then pull tight.
When you pull it tight, your bead should look like the picture below. What we did in the previous steps was basically made four sides of a box, and then pulled it all together to close the box.
Step 7: Almost done! You need to get both ends of the line together, so... take one end of your line and string it through the three beads on the top to get it to come out where the other line is.
Once you've strung the line through the three beads, it should look like this. (Click on the picture for more detail) Note: Each end of the line is coming out of a different bead, they are just beads that are right next to eachother.
Step 8: Tie a square knot-that's left over right, then right over left. With your extra line, take both ends and string them through the beads to hide the knot and reinforce the shape of your bead. Then just cut the extra line, and you're done! It's that easy.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So, why use a wrapped loop?
1. Style-It gives your jewelry a different look than just a plain loop.
2. Durability- You've got to make sure your eye loop is completely closed and won't come apart, but sometimes little baby hands help yank them apart anyway. There are times when I only use a regular loop, but other times when I NEED a wrapped loop.
Without further adieu...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Step 3: With your 13 other pieces of wire, you need to take your round nose pliers and make half of a loop at one end of each piece.
Step 4: Next, you want to use your chain nose pliers to bend/squish the loop together.
Step 5: Using your cutters, you will need to cut most of the loop off so that you just have a small bend at the end instead of a big one.
Step 6: a. On one of your wrapped loop wires, put on a jump ring first, then a bead. Then you need to make the loop at the end of that wire as shown in steps three through five.
Okay...I really need your feedback. I want to know if this tutorial makes sense. It's one thing to show someone how to make something in person, but completely different to write it out and hope you get it. The most frustrating thing for me is not understand directions. Just ask my mom about that. So... Do you understand it? Do I need more pictures? Do I need better pictures? Do I need better instructions? Do you think that this tutorial would make it easy to make the necklace? PLEASE TELL ME!
Monday, March 1, 2010
$20-sure beats an $80 pricetag.