I made these bracelets to test the strength of the Stretch Magic against the power of me. These beads are much larger and heavier than the 8 mm beads I’ve been mostly using. So far, so good (they’ve been through the wash (!), slept with me, run with me, and more… still hanging in there.
The one on the left is made of lapis/malachite beads with sterling silver beads.
The one on the right is made of lapis and turquoise beads interspersed with silver-plated spacer beads.
9/10/17: This one is deceased
now. The Stretch Magic seems
quite stretched out. You can
see it between the beads. It
lasted 3 months. Could be
the wear and tear I deliberately
put it through.
It’s a good time to re-design
it and then give it another
torture trial. I’m thinking copper
beads this time.
What “torture” am I talking about? See, I figure that, if I make one of these to sell, it would be good to know how much wear and tear it can stand up to, and for how long. I wore that bracelet straight through for 3 months (Okay, I took it off three times). I wore it in the shower. I wore it to bed. I let other people touch it (and you probably know how people start pulling on your bracelets if you let them touch them), so, yeah, it’s been pulled at quite a bit. Through it all, the knot held. That’s good to know. The next torture series will be to put it on every day and take it off every night. I will probably take it off at the gym and put it back on again before I leave.
Meanwhile, I can say that the other bracelets I’ve been wearing (most for about 4 months) are going strong. Some of these bracelets are made with 8mm beads, and some with 6mm beads. Most of them are made with 1mm Stretch Magic, but the ones with pearls are made with .7mm Stretch Magic. I’m rather certain that the weight of the beads has something to do with the longevity of the stretch. That makes sense to me.
So what can I do? Most of the stones I work with have holes too small to accommodate anything larger than a 1mm cord.
Hopefully, the smaller beads will turn out to last much longer, and, then, I’ll just have to figure out how I want to use larger beads.
On with the adventure!
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, bracelets, CRYSTALS, design, Designing jewelry, Elastic bracelets, jewelry pictures, STONES, stretch bracelets
Tagged bracelets, elastic bracelet, lapis, lapis lazuli, malachite, sterling silver
So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )
Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.
Mom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three. Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has. It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).
See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, bracelets, COPPER, design, Designing jewelry, my pictures
Tagged beads, bracelets, COPPER, designs, DIY, elements, healing, jewelry, my work, projects, PROTECTION, TECHNIQUES, work-in-progress
It’s snowing to beat the band! Not big pretty fluffy snow, just relentless little bitty snowflakes. My New York City street is covered. Just as well! I want to make something today.
I got Abby Hook’s book Wire Jewelry Master Class in the mail yesterday. Stayed up looking through it, reading the really clear instructions, thinking about what I’m willing to do, what I might do right away, and what I’ll probably never do, even though I wish I could bring myself to do it. Then, of course, thinking about how I could get away with not doing what she says to do and still get a similar look. Then thinking about what she shows, and what I probably will actually do. Woo! Tired myself out just looking! Then woke up this morning and started again.
I’m very happy with this book, excited to have it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the book included the two tutorials (KrissKross ring and Kriss Kross bracelet) I had bought from Abby back when jewelrylessons.com was in business and before my computer crashed and died, taking with it my precious hoard of tutorials. I bought several of Abby’s tutorials, but these are the ones I’d really like to have back. The book does have another tutorial that I had bought, which now looks like something I might like to do. Oh well. Never mind! There is so much information in this book! Then, there are all the pretty pictures. This may be the best jewelry-making book I’ve ever bought.
I actually saw my prehnite/amethyst/silver bracelet in bright sunlight yesterday. I hadn’t realized that the colors were actually so brilliant! Now, I want to make a similar necklace with the prehnite and amethyst left over from the bracelet. I haven’t had a new necklace in quite some time. This will be simple. I think I’ll make some figure eight connectors, as I’m out of jump rings, and I’ll make a stab at making my own S-hook clasp, to jazz it up a little.
Posted in Archives, Beads and Wire, Books, CLASP TUTORIALS, INSTRUCTIONS, JEWELRY LESSONS, TECHNIQUES, TUTORIAL SOURCES, wire weaving, wire wrapped jewelry, wire wrapping, wirework, woven wire
Tagged Books, bracelets, DIY, elements, INSTRUCTIONS, jewelry, my work, necklaces, projects, TECHNIQUES, tutorials, work-in-progress
I found this on AllFreeJewelryMaking.com. You have to download their free 18 PROJECTS EVERY CRAFTER WANTS ebook to get the tutorial, but, hey! It’s free!