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Make This Tree Of Life Pendant With Your Favorite Crystals

Beading December 8, 2017

Make This Tree Of Life Pendant With Your Favorite Crystals

I began collecting crystals in 2015 after learning about chakras and what happens when they become unaligned. I have a particularly difficult time keeping my heart chakra aligned, and therefore have collected several green crystals such as jade, ocean jasper, malachite, green aventurine, green calcite, unakite, and chrysocolla. I’ve incorporated some of these crystals into jewelry, such as rings and bracelets. What I haven’t done yet, however, is incorporate one of my larger stones into a pendant.

That’s where this Tree of Life pendant comes into play. I’ve been scouring the internet looking for easy beading tutorials and stumbled across this beauty. the Tree of Life is a powerful symbol representing the “as above, so below” idea that is part of many religions around the world. It connects the underworld to our world, and our world to the heavens. It’s a potent image, one that carries a lot of weight and at the same time, much comfort.

If you’re familiar with the Tree of Life and would like to incorporate this into your own wardrobe, you can follow along with the tutorial provided by the Beading Tutorials site. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have the following materials first: Artistic Wire (22 gauge as well as 24 gauge), a 51x49mm hoop (cast metal), a pendant of your choice (make sure it fits inside the hoop!), and some wire cutters and pliers.

What’s nice about this tutorial is that it isn’t too difficult for a beginner or intermediate beader. With the hoop you don’t have to create your own and worry about how the pendant will fit or how it will look (too thick, too thin, not sturdy enough, too big to handle with the pliers). You can instead jump straight into securing your pendant inside the hoop and then wrapping each section of the wire until it resembles the Tree of Life.

Beading Tutorials has a few pictures to complement their written tutorial, but the pictures are high quality and illustrate just what’s needed for each of the most important steps. Ensuring you have the proper materials will also go a long way to prevent frustration. You can of course experiment with different sized hoops, different colors of wire (try copper with blue or green crystals, gold with purple or black crystals, and silver with orange or pink crystals), and a variety of chains to attach the pendant to, but it’s best to follow the tutorial as closely as possible the first time so that you can get comfortable with the techniques before adding on another challenge.

Once you make the first one, you will most likely want to make more — they make excellent presents for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, and this jewelry isn’t necessarily feminine or masculine so can be presented to any gender. If you wrap the pendant and decide that you don’t want to incorporate it into a necklace, you can try it out as a bracelet, a keychain, or as a hair accessory.

If you’d like to read the whole tutorial, you can do so on the Beading Tutorials website. You can also find other jewelry tutorials, as well as a shop where you can purchase beads and other beading supplies.

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You Won’t Lose Your Marbles With This Wrapped Pendant Tutorial

Beading November 17, 2017

You Won't Lose Your Marbles With This Wrapped Pendant Tutorial

If you’re a crafter, chances are you have a bag, a box, or a drawer full of marbles that you don’t know how to use. They’re fun when you’re a kid, but when you’re grown, how do you incorporate them into anything other than a game? Well, Arty Zen Studios has the answer: you can turn these marbles into lovely pendants. A few simple wire wrapping techniques and supplies and your favorite marbles and a few hours of your day and you’ll have a whole set of jewelry to wear or give away to your friends and family members.

What I love about this project is that it isn’t expensive, it teaches you a new technique, and it’s so easy that you can easily make them as gifts for teachers, mothers, siblings, cousins, and co-workers. They’re delicate enough that people will love them, unique enough that people will notice, and inexpensive enough that they won’t break the bank. This is a great project to do when you need to get through a stash — make an assembly line and get to work.

To make your own marble pendants, you’ll need the following tools: a ruler, flush cutters, round nose, medium stepper, chain nose and flat nose pliers, a sharpie or marker, and a wire straightener. The pliers will usually come together in a kit and are well worth the investment, especially if you’re going to be making a lot of wire jewelry.

Materials for the project include wire, marbles, and a cord for the necklace. The tutorial suggests using 20 and 22 gauge metal-plated wire. You can use gold, silver, copper, etc. Just be sure that the wire is thick enough to be a sturdy enclosure for the marble, but light enough that you can bend it with the pliers.

You’ll need to cut bits of wire and mark them with the sharpie. Bind them together and then bend into the shape of a spiderweb. This is when you’ll add the marble. Be sure and position it so that it is in the middle and not off to the side, as this will create problems later. Keep the marble centered as you bend the wire over and around it, forming the cage. After that, you will twirl each piece of wire into a spiral — there should be six total. This will create the elegant top of the casing. Then you’ll create a loop with the last two strands of wire, which you can affix to a cord for the necklace.

You can adjust the wire as you go, which makes this a forgiving project for beginners. Don’t worry about the spacing since it can be altered later. Concentrate on ensuring the marble is centered in the “spiderweb” and that the spirals are made so that the excess wire can be trimmed to avoid scratching the wearer.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want more jewelry tips, you can bookmark Arty Zen Studios or follow them on Facebook. There’s also an Etsy shop if you’d care to peruse their beautiful creations. You can find the tutorial for this pendant on the blog at Arty Zen Studios.

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Use A Bead Spinner To Make These Cuff Bracelets

Beading, Crafts November 17, 2017

Use A Bead Spinner To Make These Cuff Bracelets

I remember when technology was not as advanced as it is now — I had to string tiny beads one or two at a time and hope I didn’t move too much in case they popped off whatever I was making. However, now that we are in the 21st century, there is such a thing as a bead spinner. The bead spinner is a simple device (sometimes wooden) that allows you to string tiny beads in mere seconds. Amazing, right? Just think of all the possibilities!

Instead of spending hours on one cuff bracelet, you can make 3-5 in that time. The bead spinner cuts time so you can concentrate on more important aspects of the bracelet, such as color, size, and accents. The Art Bead Scene has a post about making these beautiful cuffs that also includes a video tutorial if you’re interested in how to use the bead spinner to speed up your creation process.

If you’re wanting to make one of these gorgeous cuffs for yourself or a friend, you’ll need to purchase the following items (or locate them in your stash): memory wire (the tutorial recommends 3-5 loops unless you want a smaller or larger size than the original), seed beads (peanut beads and seed beads work the best — try different color combinations such as metallic and earth tones, or royal tones with black), a decorative headpin (optional), a charm (optional — you can purchase pewter, steel, or whatever metal-plated charm suits your color scheme), and a few jump rings. You’ll also need to have pliers (round and chain nose), wire cutters (the tutorial recommends that you use the specific memory wire cutters as the material is different and more difficult to work with if you are using regular wire cutters), and a bead spinner (The Art Bead Scene recommends the Spin-N-Bead).

Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials, you’ll need an area in which to work. First form a loop at the end of the memory wire so that the beads won’t slide off while you’re assembling. Then put your seed beads in the spinner and insert the memory wire. Watch the video beforehand so you know what to expect. This should take just a few minutes. Decide where you want your headpin, bead accents and charm(s) and then attach them to the cuff using the jump rings. And there you are — a fashionable cuff bracelet to wear and show off at parties, work, and during the holidays.

These bracelets would make great gifts for friends during special occasions such as holidays, weddings, and anniversaries. They would also be appreciated by teachers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and nieces (of course, there are also men who enjoy cuff bracelet jewelry, particularly younger men — maybe your brother, nephew, or son would enjoy one!).

If you would like to watch the video tutorial for the bead spinner or walk through the instructions for the cuff bracelet, you can find them both on the Art Bead Scene blog. It’s also worth bookmarking The Art Bead Scene (they’ve moved to Art Bead Scene Studio) for their monthly challenges, free project tutorials, and inspirational photography.

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Free Beading Patterns from The Craft Chair

Beading June 21, 2017

Free Beading Patterns from The Craft Chair

Summer is the perfect time to take a new craft for a spin, and what’s more summer camp appropriate than beading patterns? These four free beading patterns from The Craft Chair (that’s us!) make excellent projects for quiet summer afternoon activities, with minimal effort and materials.

To make these keychain cuties, you’ll need the following: pony beads (any color – feel free to use your favorite sports team colors, school colors, or be inspired by nature), cord, a keychain, and scissors. You might want to use a plastic yarn needle but it’s optional.

If you want to try out the simplest beading pattern first, we recommend the Beaded Owl, which uses four colors (black, orange, light brown, and dark brown – but remember, these are merely suggestions) and has eight rows of beads. It’s incredibly simple and won’t take too long to complete.

Then, if you’re up for  more of a challenge, you could try the Beaded Crocodile, which has a snout, arms, legs, and a tail, but only uses two colors. This one might take a little longer than the Beaded Owl, but once you master how to add on the arms and legs it’s easy going.

Finally, when you’re ready for the ultimate challenge, you can try something with wings – either the Beaded Bee (two colors and one set of wings) or the Beaded Dragonfly (three colors and two sets of wings). While the bee has standard colors of black and yellow, the dragonfly can be made of any color or special bead (glitter, wood, clear, etc.) you can find.

If these look like a great summer activity for you and your friends, kids, and summer camp counselors, you can print these out and give them a whirl.

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Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

Beading May 29, 2017

Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

Looking for an easy craft project with minimal cost and endless variety? How about a beading project that results in something you can use to add sparkle to your clothes, keys, luggage, decor, or holiday decorations? This Beaded Dragonfly is the perfect project to try out beading, and it’s easy to switch color and size, whether you want to make a matching set for napkin holders or whether you want a large one as a luggage tag or one to wrap around your wrist as a bracelet.

The pattern is a diagram available from Hand Made for free, and if you want to try making different shapes and sizes, the pattern is very easy to alter. You could turn the dragonfly into a bee, a butterfly, or a spider and make an array of critters to adorn whatever you wish.

The materials you’ll need are as follows: thread or cord (stretchy plastic, hemp, embroidery thread, etc.), beads (make sure the string and beads are of similar gauge to prevent losing beads or not being able to slide them on – and you can use any type of bead, whether it’s glass, wood, plastic, or other materials like paper mache), scissors, and whatever you want to use as a clip or chain if you’re adding these dazzling dragonflies to something.

Of course if you want more beading opportunities there are free patterns available for other creatures as well – try looking through Pinterest or craft sites for ideas. Once you begin beading it’s easy to pick up new patterns or alter the ones you have to create your own unique projects.

If you’re interested in adding a few of these beauties to your collection (as keychains, luggage tags, or jewelry), you can take a look at the free pattern and photo inspiration at Hand Made, as well as our own pattern below.

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Inspirational Beading Tutorial: Daisy Chevron Chain

Beading May 29, 2017

Inspirational Beading Tutorial Daisy Chevron Chain

What looks more summery than a daisy chain? With this Daisy Chevron Beading Tutorial, you can create daisy chains for every summer occasion, whether you’re using them as napkin rings for a dinner party, or a piece of jewelry to wear by the pool (necklace, bracelet, even a ring or anklet), or a host of other options like candle decorations, bookmarks, keychains, etc.

While the chevron pattern is pretty easy to follow and a good beginner project, you might want to practice making the actual daisies for a little while before you jump into the combination of patterns. There are plenty of photos in the tutorial to help you figure out how the daisies are made and once you catch on, adding the chevron is a piece of cake.

To make your daisy chains, you’ll need a similar gauge string (cord, hemp, ribbon, plastic, leather, etc.) and bead (plastic, glass, paper, wood, etc.), plus scissors and some tape to hold the chain while you’re working. You’ll want to clear an area of a table or the floor to put all these things together.

One of the most fun parts of making these daisy chains is, of course, making it unique. You can try different patterns, colors, ombres, bead and string sizes, and textures to make these daisy chains special to you (they also make cute gifts or party favors!).

Want to try making your own daisy chains? Follow along with the free photo tutorial provided by Inspirational Beading. Happy beading!

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