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Making a Bracelet with Baby Jewel Loom

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--> This week's Facebook Live Video was all about the Baby Jewel Loom! It was super fun to have Julianna Avelar join us from the West Coast. And a special shout out to Candie Cooper for sending her beading friends over our way!

The Baby Jewel Loom is an economical, portable, easy-to-use beading loom that is also really versatile. Back in April, we showed how to make a pendant out of Artistic Wire on the Loom, but we've been getting questions about what else you can make with it. Is the space large enough to make a bracelet? The answer is a resounding YES and in the video I'll show you how to do it.

The weaving area of the Baby Jewel Loom is 6 inches. When you maximize the space on the Loom, you can get a long enough loomed piece that you can add a Slide Connector Clasp with an extension chain to get a bracelet plen…

He came......He saw.....

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Wow! I know I learned a LOT from Wyatt's Facebook Live Video this week! Did you know how easy it would be to cut your own charms out of copper sheet with the Beadalon Jeweler's Saw? Wyatt has such an amazing way of breaking down a seemingly daunting technique and making it accessible to everyone. It's reason #426 why I'm so lucky to work with him!

In the video, Wyatt gives some great tips for cutting, turning corners and what to listen for to know you're doing it right. The most important take away for me is that this is a technique that is going to take a little practice, but with time, you can get it no problem.

Since he doesn't have a Jeweler's Bench in the office, he made a holding device using a vice with the wedge part from the Ring Clamp. That's just one of the amazing tips that he gave during the broadcast. He also wrote up some extras for us to keep in mind while we're working:



Make sure the down-stroke on the saw is as perfectly perpendicu…

Easy, Sparkly Bracelet

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I made one of my all time favorite projects for this week's Facebook Live Video. It's a simple bracelet made with Memory Wire, Bead Bumpers and a Manga Tube Clasp.

Supplies:
Memory Wire
Bead Bumpers
Manga Tube Clasp
Beads - I used 31x 5040 Swarovski 8mm Rondelles

Tools:
Memory Wire Shears
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

Use Memory Wire Shears to cut 1 1/2 loops of Memory Wire.Use the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers to turn half of a loop on the end of the Memory Wire.Use Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers to carefully flatten the loop.Thread half of the the Magna Tube Clasp onto the Memory Wire large hole first and nestle the loop in the hole. (make sure the polarities of the magnet are correct so that the large holes are facing each other.Add a Bead Bumper to the Memory Wire.String on your beads - I use 31 x 8mm 5040 Swarovski Rondelles (I called them Briolettes in the video, oops!).Add another Bead Bumper and the second half of the Manga Tube Clasp, small hole first.Use C…

Razzle Dazzle Spriral

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I don't know about you, but I have a TON of top drilled beads in my stash....bicones, hearts, drops, daggers, you name it. I love how they look, but short of wire wrapping each one, I didn't have many techniques in my beading arsenal to use them. That's why I was so happy when Wyatt showed me this way to use top drilled beads to make a fun spiral design. In this week's Facebook Live Video, Wyatt took us step by step through making a bracelet that is truly razzle dazzle!

Materials:

JW15T-0 19 Strand .018 Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
Clasp of your choice - I like this one Lobster Clasp 315B-030
JFC1S-1.5G Size 1 Crimp Bead
JFC2S-1.5G Size 2 Crimp Bead
12 (or more) top drilled beads - Wyatt used 8mm 6301 Swarovski Bicones
about 30 4 or 5 mm center drilled beads

Instructions:

Cut a 3 ft piece of .018 19 Strand Beadalon Wire. Fold it at about 8.5 inches.Attach a clasp in the fold using a Crimp Bead or Tube.String about 2.5 inches of center drilled beads on both Wires.Lock the la…

DIY Ear Wires

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Make your own earrings, even if you don't have those premade hooks! Last week during our Facebook Live, Wyatt demonstrated how simple it is to make consistent ear wires using Artistic Wire Findings Forms. They are fixed peg jigs that allow you to make your own findings. It is recommended to used 20-24 gauge Artistic Wire, Beadalon German Style or any other soft-medium tempered wire.





Another essential tool when making ear wires is to use the Wire Rounder Tips with the Battery Operated Bead Reamer to make sure those ends don't poke too hard!

Artistic Wire Findings Forms are also available in different shapes to make different components like toggle clasps, connectors, ear wires and even holiday shapes (perfect for Halloween since we're officially in Fall season). These are some creative jewelry pieces Sara Ellis did to get in the spirit!



Need more tutorials on how to use them? Don't forget to check our YouTube channel for more info!

Raindrop Bracelet with Iron Color Artistic Wire and the 3D Bracelet Jig

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This week's Facebook Live Video showcased one of our newest colors of Artistic Wire - Iron Color. Available in gauges from 14-28, this Wire has a special finish that gives it a funky, industrial look that I think is perfect for heading into the Fall. I wanted to make a fun, fast project, so I used the 3D Bracelet Jig with all of the additional sizes of pegs.

Did you know that you can buy not only an additional set of 30 pegs in the size that comes with the Tool, but we also have pegs in 2 mm,4 mm, 4.5 mm and 5 mm? A few of our lovely viewers commented that they had the tool, but hadn't played around with it much. I can totally relate to that sentiment as a professional level hoarder of craft supplies! I hope that today's project inspires you to dust off that 3D Bracelet Jig and start winding some wire.
The Cascade Bracelet, designed by Wyatt White, is the perfect jumping off point for all kinds of designs. That's one of the reasons that I love the 3D Bracelet Jig. It h…

The Endless Strand of Summer

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Yummo! Chocolate Pearls combine two of my favorite guilty pleasures and in this week's Facebook Live, Wyatt demonstrated how to create an endless strand of knotted pearls with some beautiful ones. What a perfect, fashionable, goes with anything project. He hasn't done this technique in a while, but he definitely hasn't lost his touch - it's just like riding a bicycle!


Materials:
Two strands of pearls
Carded Silk Cord to fit the holes of the pearls
Beadalon Bead Stringing Glue

Tools:
Beadalon Knotter Tool
Battery Operated Bead Reamer

Instructions:
1. Pre-stretch the Silk Cord.
2. Ream out 8 of the Pearls so that a double strand of the Silk will fit through. Be sure to ream under water and ream one side, then the other. Watch this YouTube Video if you need a reaming reminder.
3. Tie a triple knot in the end of the Silk Cord. String the 8 reamed out pearls onto the Silk, then the remaining pearls. Wyatt used two strands for his necklace.
4. Tie an overhand knot about 6 inches…