Showing posts with label beads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beads. Show all posts

Simply Organized Craft Supplies

Hi! My name is Ellen and I am a craft-a-holic. Lucky for me, I have an entire room in our house dedicated to my obsession. Even though it doesn't always look like it, I try very hard to keep my tools and supplies organized so they are easy to access when the creative bug bites.

For the most part, I'm able to keep my supplies organized by craft type (i.e. sewing, drawing, beading, etc.). But sometimes it can be hard to contain all of the little bits and pieces I have collected over the years. My secret? I use small lidded organizers to compartmentalize all my notions.

Most beaders are probably already acquainted with using this type of container for storing their supplies. I have three of these Darice organizers for my beads so I can keep all my gems and findings sorted by type.

Quick tips for keeping your beads and findings neatly contained.

I also like to use ArtBin Storage Containers. My small clay cutters and tools fit neatly into a single box instead of rattling around in the bottom of my clay cubbie, just waiting to jump out and slice my finger. My polymer clay is separated by color and brand into multiple boxes. (Oh yeah, there are four more boxes of clay that didn't get invited to the photo shoot!)

Quick tips for keeping your polymer clay and sculpting tools neatly contained.
 
For sewing, I wrangled all of my snaps, rivets, buckles and clasps into a single bin making it so much easier to see all of my sewing closures in one spot without having to open a bunch of little baggies and packages.

Quick tips for keeping your sewing notions neatly contained.

How do you store and organize your craft supplies?




Tutorial: Beaded Ladder Bracelet

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.Back in November, hubby and I enjoyed an afternoon browsing the shops in Tubac, an artist community just a bit south of Tucson. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it. Lots of neat shops and plenty of tasty restaurants.

We left empty handed that day, but I did get some inspiration for a project. Almost every shop that carried jewelry had a display of beaded ladder bracelets in a variety of eye catching colors. With a few basic supplies and a little bit of time, you'll be surprised how easy it is to create your own beaded bracelets.

Materials




Directions


Begin by measuring your wrist. Mine is about 6 inches around.
Fold your cord in half and tightly tie an overhand knot to create a loop that is large enough for your button to pass through.
Secure the loop under your clipboard clip.
Fold your thread in half and tie it in a knot close to the cord knot. wrap the thread around the cord a few times and tie another knot to secure the thread.
Use a small binder clip to secure the cord at the bottom of your clipboard.

Once you get the hang of this beading technique, you may not need the bottom of the cord secured, but as you are getting started it helps your work remain untangled.
Insert the ends of the thread through the needle.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide one bead onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the bead from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord.
Pull the thread tightly to secure the first bead.
Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide two beads onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the two beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
I bet you're starting to see the pattern here.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide on three beads.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the three beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
Continue adding "rungs" of three beads onto your ladder bracelet until the beaded length measures the same as the length abound your wrist.
Finally, add a rung of two beads and then a rung of one bead to complete the beaded section.
Tie the thread and knot it around both cords. wrap it around the cords a few times then knot it again.

To conceal your thread ends, string them back and forth through a few rungs of your beaded ladder, wrapping around the cords on either side. Carefully trim off the remaining thread.
Tightly tie an overhand knot in the cords as closely to your wrapped thread as possible.
Slide a button onto the cords.
Tightly tie an overhand knot close to the button to secure it into place.

Trim the cord close to the knot.

If you want to ensure that the final knot never unties (Trust me, you do!) add a few drops of G-S Hypo cement around the knot and let the glue dry completely.
Your bracelet is ready to wear!

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.

If you really want to get fancy, you can use your favorite findings to secure the ends instead of a loop and button. I really like magnetic clasps for bracelets because sometimes it's tricky to grab those little lobster claws.

How to make a wrapped, beaded ladder bracelet.

Another option when securing the thread before and after beading, instead of wrapping the thread around both cords at once, you can do a fishtail braid. Just wrap the thread in figure eights around one cord and then the other.


Get really fancy and make a wrap bracelet.  For a double wrap, you'll need 36-40 inches of cord and about 20 feet of thread.


Happy Beading!




Tutorial: Wire Angel Ornaments

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidaysI want to begin this post by saying thank you to my friend Cathy. She occasionally sends me pins on Pinterest that might make good blog tutorials. A few months ago she sent me this wire angel pin. At the time. I wasn't quite ready to start thinking about ornaments, so I saved the idea on my holiday board so I could revisit it later.

Well, Christmas is about a month away and I have been in the ornament making mood! So I found some pretty beads and wire and set to work.

Materials



Directions


Print out the ornament template. Each square on the grid should be 1/4 inch.

Cut a piece of wire that's 18 inches long. Use your round nosed pliers to form a small circle on one end of the wire.

The circle is the angel's hand.
Line up the wire hand with the hand on the template. Bend the wire so that it is the same shape as the wing.
Once you reach the bottom of the skirt, bend the wire. It is easiest to use your round nosed pliers to bend it here.
Continue bending the wire in the shape of the template.
Trim the wire so there is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch past the first hand.
Use your round nosed pliers to form a second small circle hand. I like to interlock he hands to give the ornament a little extra stability.
Choose a bead for the head of the angel.
Pull the ends of the ribbon up through the body of the wire angel. Then push the ends back down through the ribbon loop.
The ribbon should look like this.
Slide the bead down the ribbon and knot the ends of the ribbon together.
Of course, every angel needs a halo.

Cut a 3-4 inch piece of wire and use the round nosed pliers to make a spiral that is about the size of a dime.
Bend the halo wire about 1/2 inch from the end.
Apply a tiny bit of glue to the tip of the halo wire.
Slide the glued end of the halo into the top of the bead. Let the glue dry completely.
After the glue is dry, your angel is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

If one wire angel ornament is nice, a whole flock of colorful Christmas angels is even better!

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidays

Happy Holidays!