Monday

TUTORIAL: FISHBONE EARRINGS





I love fishbone chain. I first discovered fishbone chain in a NYC bead store years ago. I love incorporating it into my work in different ways.







They come in different shapes, sizes and colors. I don't tend to work in silver, so I have gold and black chain. You can see that some of the chain is textured, some are larger and more far apart.






For these earrings, I'm using this chain I picked up in Korea.




MATERIALS NEEDED:




First step, I took 8 seed beads and strung it on a short piece of wire.






I placed one of the ends on top of the other, pinched it with my pliers and twisted.






I snipped off of one of the end, then made a loop with the remaining end.







Now we're ready to assemble the rest of the earring.







Slip your beads unto their respective headpins. Snip off the excess lengths and make and close your loops.






Open your jumpring and place all your beads unto it.






Close your jumpring and you're all set!








Thank you for reading!

Thursday

EARRING SHOWCASE




It's been an incredibly long time since I've posted one of these. (Here are some past ones.) Hello Whimsy is very tutorial heavy blog and I thought it would be fun to bring this section back.

I've been on a pretty creative high right now--especially after struggling through some ruts. I hope you enjoy!



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Please let me know your favorite piece!

xo





Tuesday

TUTORIAL: BRACELETS






I picked up these beautiful beads from CJS & wanted to share how I made these delicate bracelets.




MATERIALS USED:




Skeleton wise for the bracelet: Clasp / Jump Ring / Chain / Jump Ring / End tail for the clasp





To start, I used this very scientific method of measuring out chain lengths:






I'm using very long clasp ends, so I accounted for them in my wrist-measuring. I mostly eyeball, but it's helpful to either go off an existing bracelet you own or borrowing a friend.


I snipped the length of chain, then connected the clasp end via a jump ring. This way the beads won't fall off when slipped on.






This is my design for this bracelet.








For the star bead, I used a headpin to make a loop.








When I was done, I took my second jump ring to finish it off, then the clasp.








Then I was done! Super simple, very easy, a great way to utilize these beads. It's fun coming up with different color combinations.









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