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Quick and easy: My kind of project

March 31, 2011, 15:55 pm  Posted by Carol Barnao
 

Still a beginner beader and jewelry “assembler,” I’m attracted to projects that have the words “easy,” “quick,” and “step-by-step.” That’s when my brain says, “Ok. Maybe this might really be for the person who can’t even crimp a piece of wire without it looking like it was done with their teeth!”

So I will provide you with links to my favorite project videos and books that say, “No, really. You CAN do this. No in-depth skill or 5-hour block required!”

The following is an adorable video of how to put together earrings from a necklace. A great and simple idea that made me say, “Duh. I should have thought of that!”

A really easy way to make bracelets and necklaces that don’t require clasps is to use a cord that stretches, like Stretch Magic. (The size you buy is determined on how big the hole is in your bead.) The key is to know how to tie knots that won’t come undone. Depending on the weight, you can use the overhand knot, square knot, or surgeons knot. Make sure to pre-stretch the cord and after you tie your knot, put a dab of clear nail polish or jewelry glue, like e6000 on the knot to secure it more. Here’s a video that helps clarify tying knots:

For step-by-step instructions to refer to, here are some of my favorite books to check out: 30 Minute Necklaces, 30 Minute Earrings, Simply Charms, and Steel Wire Jewelry.

beginner jewelry books

Here are some titles that any beginner can pick up and end up with some beautiful pieces.

If you’re new to jewelry making, I hope I’ve inspired you to start experimenting with new jewelry-making techniques.

 
 
 
 
  • Sarah

    This rocks.

    Also, I read “The size you buy is determined on how big the hole is in your bead” as “the size you buy is determined on how big the hole is in your head.”

    This makes for a vastly different understanding.

  • knot a problem

    You are like the jewelry making mastah! ::hi5::

  • Csfolks

    Thanks for sharing the video, that really helped me see how easy it is to do!

  • MichelleReynolds77

    I hear ya – I’m all about easy, too! These ideas sound great! (FYI – I was on vacation last week and away from a computer)