House of Gems challenged me to create my own jewelry with some of their gorgeous beads. I received some products to test out and wanted to share with you! The design, tutorial, and personal satisfaction are truly my own creation.
I have just completed a new adventure in DIY Fashion! Fashionistas, watch out! Actually, I will admit that I have always been very impressed by those who make jewelry and accessories. Personal expression is so cool. I see all those jewelry supply aisles in craft stores but I thought you might need tons of tools to even get started. But, it turns out, I was wrong and this bracelet only took me about an hour with no experience!
Gems or Beads of Choice
Spacer beads (those metal ones that aren’t gems or stones)
A clasp and closed wire circle if your clasp does not include one (mine did)
Pliers (not pictured)
I chose my beads from House of Gems and I have to tell you, I am in L-O-V-E. They had all the supplies I needed including clasps, charms, and even wire! Their wholesale prices were impressive! Actually, cheaper than my local craft store. I chose turquoise (the real thing!) and mixed in some howlite and maroon ceramic beads. I just really liked the color combination. It took me a few days to choose because the selection is one of their best features. I was a bit nervous because you know how colors can be drastically different from internet pictures, but I will say their pictures were spot on for me. I can really see how this can be an addicting hobby because I already have a wishlist, haha.
Ok, so let’s get to making!
Step 1- Layout your beads and spacers how you want them to be. (For the astute observers out there, you may notice I made a few changes later in the order of beads). Decide the length of your strand. My total length was 8 inches with an 1.5 inches for the clasp.Therefore, I designed for 6.5 inches of beads. Now, using the flexible wire, I threaded one string of beads on it. Many steps are made easier by stringing the beads while the flex wire is still on the spool (uncut).
Step 2- After the beads were on, I threaded the flex wire through a crimp bead, then through the closed hole that attaches to your clasp, and then back through the crimp bead. Pull the crimp bead up close to the clasp, and, using a special 4in1 tool or a set of pliers, flatten (a.k.a. crimp) the bead closed. Test the ends to make sure everything is secure. It should look like the picture above . You will have a tail on the flex wire. Slide the beads down towards the clasp and thread the tail back through 1 or 2 beads. Trim the excess tail.
Step 3- Now cut the flex wire from the spool. I cut mine around 9 inches for extra tail. Test on your wrist to be sure of fit. Repeat Step 2 on opposite side with the other clasp piece.
Now, you could stop there and it was really pretty, but I wanted something bold. I added the other two strands of beads simply by repeating the steps above and adding to the original clasp pieces. I then added a cute dragonfly charm I also got from House of Gems.
I already have ideas for my next jewelry making adventure. I have this old-school belief that every woman should own a set of pearls. And by pearls, I mean any round uniform strand similar to a pearl necklace. It is just so classic chic. I lost my old one and I know exactly what I want to use. Check out these blue goldstones. They got that whole mysterious and sparkly attraction. I am totally for that! Hey, does this mean I am becoming a fashionista? haha, probably not but I can now wear my creativity!