How To Make A Beaded Bracelet – 10 Simple Steps

How To Make A Beaded Bracelet – 10 Simple Steps

How To Make A Beaded Bracelet in 10 Simple Steps.  Why would you want to do this?

For just a minute, imagine a nice clothing store that features handbags, accessories, and jewelry that perfectly coordinate with each ensemble.  Years ago, I was the assistant manager of a store which did that very thing.  Shoppers could pull an outfit from a variety of collection pieces, all perfectly coordinating, and then, choose purses, scarves, and jewelry from that same line.

It made putting an outfit together so simple!  There was also a sister store in the same mall, which specialized in Petites.  I loved that store!  Unfortunately, the stores closed many years ago.

An outfit isn’t really finished until jewelry is added though, is it?  It’s like the decorative icing on a cake, the garnish on a great dish.  A piece or two of the perfect jewelry in the perfect color takes an outfit from ‘nice dress’ to wow!  I can’t tell you how many times someone has commented on how the jewelry I was wearing was perfect with the outfit.

One of my frustrations has always been loving bracelets and never being able to find one that fits my small wrists.  Every time I would let my arm down, a bracelet would slip off of my hand.  It was too annoying to deal with that constantly.  Finally, a few years ago, I found little bracelets that had elastic string through them that actually fit.

After taking one jewelry class, I realized custom bracelets would be so easy to make!  Finally, bracelets that would actually fit could be a reality and I’m not talking elasticized bracelets either!  We are talking grown-up bracelets!

Maybe you are that ‘perfect‘ size and the market’s bracelets fit you perfectly but you would like something a little more custom and perfectly coordinated.  Maybe you are a plus size and they don’t fit you correctly, or maybe, like me, the market’s ‘perfect’ size is too big and falls off your hand.

Well, it’s easy to make your own perfectly sized bracelets in any color, metal, or style you want!   With a few basic tools and supplies, you can make custom bracelets you’ll love!

I was inspired this last week when I had my hair colored and styled.  (Tiffany makes it a beautiful red-violet and I love it!)  Mi Salon Spa here in Northern Kentucky has a little boutique, too.  This cute little high-low dress had been tempting me.   Tiffany coaxed me into trying it on in the fitting room.  Sold!

I found some glass beads at the fabric and craft store which match the color of the high-low dress and the idea for a necklace and a matching bracelet was born.  The dress has a black pattern, so, I chose silver spacers with black antiquing and toggle clasps.  (I have wanted a bracelet with a toggle clasp forever!)

There are many other ways, but using the simple techniques that follow, you can make your own  ‘perfectly sized‘ custom bracelet!

How To Make A Beaded Bracelet

Supplies:

bead stringing wire

beads of your choice

spacer beads

toggle clasp or lobster claw clasp

crimp sleeve

crimp cover

 

Tools:

*Chain nose pliars

*Wire cutter

*Bead Crimp Tool

Ruler

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Kate Richbourg has a video on  YouTube, which shows how to string beads and will be very helpful if any instructions here are not clear. – Stringing Fundamentals with Kate Richbourg.

The first thing you need to do is measure your wrist, just below your wrist bone .  Mine is a whopping 5-1/2″.  (Most bracelets are 7″.  That’s an extra 1-1/2 inches.  You see why they fall off of my hands!)

#1  Using a ruler, measure 10″, which will allow plenty of extra wire to work with on each end, and with your wire cutter, cut a piece of the nylon coated beading wire.

#2  Thread one end of the wire through the crimp sleeve and through the ring on the end of the toggle clasp.  Then, thread it back through the crimp sleeve, leaving a 1/2 – 3/4″ tail on one end.

The loop you have created should measure about 1/4″.  You don’t want this too tight.  The loop allows free movement of the wire.

#3  With the bead crimp tool, using the ‘C’ shaped notch, squeeze the pliar firmly over the crimp tube.  The notch should completely cover the sleeve, the sleeve should not be visibly protruding on either side.

There are different sized bead crimp pliars.  Be sure when you buy these that they are the right size for the beads or sleeves you are using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4  Place the crimped sleeve in the rounded notch of the pliarsHow To Make A Beaded Bracelet - 10 Simple Steps on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com and squeeze again firmly.  The sleeve should be placed in the notch sideways, not laying flat.

The two channels, created by crimping in the ‘C’ notch the first time, will fold in on each other.  Be sure you crimp this securely.  The crimped ends hold your bracelet together.

 

 

#5  Using wire cutters, cut the short end of the wire as close to the sleeve as possible.

#6  Add a crimp cover by placing the crimp cover in the rounded notch of the crimp pliar and over the crimp tube, completely covering it.  Carefully squeeze the pliar making sure the cover completely closes over the crimp tube.

 

 

 

 

#7  Lay your beads and spacers out on a bead board in your desired pattern, (Bead boards are really inexpensive at the craft or fabric stores.) or lay them out on a piece of felt, velvet, or any plain fabric.  The spacers are good to use with the glass beads, keeping them from grating against each other.

My pattern was very simple, spacer, bead, spacer, bead, etc.  The beautiful beads are the stars of the bracelet, understated and elegant.  Don’t you love it already?

#8  String your chosen beads the length of your wrist measurement.  The toggle or clasp used will add another 1/2″ to the final length.  Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and check the fit.How To Make A Beaded Bracelet - 10 Simple Steps on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I placed a pattern of beads on the wire measuring  5-1/2″.  When I placed it on my wrist, I felt it needed another bead and spacer to lay the way I wanted it to lay.  (Isn’t it nice to be in control?)  Depending on the size of the bead, the inside measurement which lays against your wrist, may be different than the total length.  You can adjust that by adding beads.

Your bracelet should have enough give to easily lay in a rounded shape.  If you pull the beads too tight, it will be stiff and not lay right.

#9  When the beads are where you want them, place another crimp sleeve on the wire.  Add the other end of the toggle clasp and slide the wire back through the crimp sleeve.  (Remember, just like before, the loop you have created should be about 1/4″. )  Pull up any excess wire.  You want the crimp sleeve to be close to the last bead.

#10  Crimp the sleeve, trim the excess wire, and add a crimp cover by repeating steps #3, #4,#5, and #6.

That’s all there is to it!  In less than an hour, you can have a custom made bracelet that fits perfectly!  Even though I have always been intimidated by jewelry making, I have come to the conclusion that this is not rocket science and anyone can do it!  Have you ever thought of making your own jewelry?

My Secret:

On the first attempt at this bracelet, I wanted to use the wire guards on the wire loops.  That required adding a jump ring.   It just added too much extra silver length and I didn’t like it.  The beads were the star of this show!How To Make A Beaded Bracelet - 10 Simple Steps on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

So, after crimping the sleeve, pushing the beads up, and looking at it, I decided against adding the wire guard.  I cut the wire, disassembled and began over.

 

 

 

And, this is the final beaded bracelet.  It has a toggle clasp!  I love it!

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Holy Cow Cake Recipe

Holy Cow Cake Recipe

What is a ‘Holy Cow Cake’?  Well, until this past week, I had never even heard of it!  It certainly piqued my interest when it was one of the options offered by a caterer.

Jon-Michael and Emily have reserved The Barn at Cedar Grove, which is amazing and located three hours south of here in south central Kentucky, for their fall wedding next year.  This week, we visited Amy at the restored tobacco barn to go over some of the details and ask for her recommendations for local vendors.  Amy is amazing!

She recommended some local caterers.  The first on our list, Longhunters in Greensburg, Kentucky, was where we stopped for a chat with Justine to see what they had to offer.  Longhunters is such a quaint little coffee and tea shop.  We had lunch and looked over options on their catering menu.

Holy Cow Cake was one of the dessert options.  It caught my eye and I had to look it up and find out exactly what it was.  There are several versions of this using cake mixes from yellow, German chocolate, to a variety of other chocolate cakes.  Holy Cow Cake on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

For this recipe, you will need a cake mix and the eggs, oil, and liquid for making it.  I used a chocolate fudge cake mix.  In addition to the ingredients listed on the cake mix box, you will need a 12-ounce jar of caramel topping, sweetened condensed milk, an 8-ounce package of cream cheese, an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip, and Butterfinger candy bars.  (I also added flour to the cake mix.)

 

 

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Remember when cake mixes weighed 18 – ounces?  Have you noticed all the boxes have been down-sized?   Yet the prices seem to continue to rise.  Well, I read about a way to achieve that 18 – ounce cake mix by adding all-purpose flour to a cake mix.  The resulting cake is a little firmer and a little less crumbly and will work in those old recipes calling for the 18-ounce mix.  

 

In this case, I thought the extra flour making a firmer cake would hold up better with the extra milk and caramel.

In order to make a cake that tastes a little more homemade, I also use milk instead of water.  We did not have extra large eggs on this occasion, so I added one extra ‘large’ egg.  (I usually use ‘extra large’ eggs for baking.)

Holy Cow Cake

(1) 15.25-oz. box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

6 Tblsp. all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

Extra large eggs

Heat the oven to 360°.  Follow the instructions for the box cake, except add and whisk 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour into the cake mix and substitute milk for the water.  Use the suggested amount of vegetable oil and use extra large eggs. (I didn’t have extra large so I added 1 egg.)Holy Cow Cake Recipe on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Mix on medium for 2 minutes and transfer to prepared 9″ x 13″ pan.  (Grease the bottom of the pan or line the pan with non-stick foil.)* See Below

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 Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

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While the cake is baking, mix a can of sweetened condensed milk and a 12 oz. jar of caramel sauce together in a bowl.  Set aside.

Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes in the cake with a wooden spoon handle or a chopstick.Holy Cow Cake Recipe on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Pour the condensed milk and caramel mixture over the top of the warm chocolate cake.  Allow the cake to cool completely.  The milk and caramel mixture will be absorbed into the cake.  (I forgot to add a layer of the crushed Butterfingers here.  Although this cake was good anyway, I think that would have been a nice extra layer.)

Topping

8-oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened

8-oz. Cool Whip

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Beat the softened cream cheese and the vanilla with a mixer until smooth.  Add the Cool Whip a little at a time, beating until completely combined.Holy Cow Cake Recipe on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Spread evenly over the top of the cake.

 

 

 

 

Place the Butterfinger candy bars in a plastic freezer bag and pound with a rolling pin or meat mallet to break into small pieces.  Spread across the top of the cake.Holy Cow Cake Recipe on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

  

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Lining the pan with the Reynold’s Non-stick foil made it so easy to remove from the pan!   Cutting the cake into perfect squares was a breeze!Holy Cow Cake Recipe on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comHoly Cow Cake!  This cake was really pretty simple to make and the results, a really moist, delicious, caramel flavored chocolate fudge cake topped with a taste of Butterfinger.

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Easy DIY Necklace Ideas

Easy DIY Necklace Ideas

Remember when choker necklaces were in style?  Well, they are back again and Sophie wanted some from the store.  We looked at the ones available at a department store.  They weren’t really that interesting.  They didn’t fit her correctly.  We decided to come up with our own easy DIY necklace ideas.

A quick trip to the fabric and craft store gave us a multitude of options.  It was hard for Sophie to narrow her choices but we finally decided on a few charms, choker with a buckle, (It looks like a tiny belt!), and some findings to add to ribbon which I already had in my stash at home.

We spent a little more than the cost of the 4 choker necklaces in the store but we had enough supplies to make several necklaces.  Sophie created her choker necklace while we drove to another store!  Taking the choker with the buckle, she added an arrow slide to it and voila!  No tools were needed and she has a few other slides, which she can trade out for a different look.  She chose the arrow slide and had an instant necklace which coordinated perfectly with her outfit!

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That was only one necklace.  The remaining necklace ideas we were planning needed a little more effort.  To get started making necklaces, there are a few tools you will need.  These are not very expensive and I wish I had bought these tools many years ago.  The jump ring on one of my favorite earrings broke somehow.  If I had known how simple it was to fix it, the earrings would have been repaired years ago!

Will’s girlfriend, Alex, and I took a jewelry making class at Michaels a couple of years ago and my eyes were opened.  If you can’t do that, you can find so many tutorials on the web today; knowledge is just a click away.  Don’t be intimidated!  You won’t believe how easy it is to make these little necklaces and they will fit you or your little girl perfectly!

I am not a professional at this.  Anyone can do it.  The more you practice, the better you will get!  Anyway, with just a few tools, you can make and repair all kinds of jewelry!  The following list is a good place to start.

Jewelry PliersEasy DIY Necklace Ideas on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Chain-nose pliers, which are flat on the inside and round on the outside, are for holding small findings and pieces.  These are the pliers needed to open and close jump rings.

Curved chain-nose pliers are just like the regular chain-nose pliers but there is a bend in the nose to allow you to reach tighter spots.  

Round-nose pliers are for making wire loops. Because of the cone-shape of the jaws, these are not good for holding findings.

Crimping pliers with nylon jaws are great for crimping metal and avoiding marring or scratching.  They are also great for straightening wire.

 

You can find pliers at local craft stores or Amazon has jewelry tools, findings, and also sets of beginner jewelry tools  (We are an affiliate of Amazon.  If you purchase through this link, we will receive a small percentage at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

Easy DIY Necklace Ideas

In the ribbon stash at home, we had black velvet ribbon, which would work perfectly for a choker necklace. (There is a turquoise grosgrain that will be perfect, too.) We had purchased a bag of metal ribbon ends, which could be crimped onto the ends of the ribbon.  I measured Sophie’s neck and subtracted the length of the catch and the clasp in the back.  The crimped ends would overlap the ribbon.  There was no need to subtract that measurement.Easy DIY Necklace Ideas on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The crimping pliers with the nylon jaws worked perfectly to tighten these down, catching the ends of the ribbon in the process.  A jump ring was used to connect the flat catch on the left and the lobster claw clasp on the right.

I was apparently so excited, I forgot to put the slide on before adding the second metal ribbon end.  Uh-oh! The slide would not slip over the ribbon ends.  Sophie now has a plain black velvet choker in addition to the one I made using a slide.  (Remember to slide on any slides before finishing off the second end!)

Jump rings are used to make chains and for attaching findings to jewelry.  These can be purchased or you can make your own. Jump rings are not soldered shut.  They can be opened and using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, (Two curved chain-nose pliers or a combination of chain-nose pliers and curved chain-nose pliers can be used.), that opening is opened more to attach two or more pieces or components of chain, beads, or charms together.  Then, the jump ring is closed.

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There is a proper way to close the jump ring.  With the opening of the jump ring facing up, grasp the jump ring on one side of the opening with the pliers.  (Grasp a large part of the ring with the pliers instead of just using the tips.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the other set of pliers, grasp the opposite side of the jump ring.

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Twist one side of the wire ring away from you and the other toward you.

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(Always twist open from front to back not side to side.  If you place the pliers on the ring as shown in the picture, you should be doing this correctly.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attach any components to the jump ring and twist the ring in opposite directions.

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Repeat the same twisting motion with the pliers.  Continue twisting back and forth and wiggling until the ends meet.  Don’t try to crimp it down with your pliers.  That will weaken the jump ring.  Twisting back and forth will work.
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We had some leftover chain from the octopus necklace we made for Sophie’s pirate costume last Halloween.  Sophie loves the octopus necklace!  Click here ► to see the picture in the post A Few Tips For A great Halloween Night.  So, we made this little elephant necklace, too.  To make this, you only need to know how to open and close jump rings!  How easy is that?Easy DIY Necklace Ideas on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Sophie picked out these charms at the fabric and craft store.   (We are an affiliate of Amazon.  If you purchase through this link, we will receive a small percentage at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)  We are planning to make earrings, too.  What a great time we had making necklaces!  I’m sure we will be making more of these this summer.  Maybe these easy DIY necklace ideas will inspire you to create some with your daughter, granddaughter, or maybe just for yourself!

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How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Looking for some additional ways to use our lavender flowers, I came across several pictures of lavender lemonade!  Lavender makes such a pretty drink!  So, I did some research on how to make the lavender syrup.  The lavender color of the syrup is enhanced with the addition of a few blueberries.

The simple syrup is so easy to make.  This recipe uses fresh lavender buds but dried lavender buds could be used, too.  (You can purchase these from Amazon by clicking on the link.  We will receive a small portion of any sale at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our website.)  You would probably want to substitute 1 teaspoon of the dried lavender.  This recipe makes lemonade with just a hint of lavender.  You can add more but there is a fine line between a lovely subtle hint of lavender and a taste reminiscent of a fine milled soap!How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

With the addition of the lavender and the blueberries, it makes this drink extra special.  Anyone can do this.  Just imagine this lovely lavender lemonade at a tea party or for a bridal shower.

 

 

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Pour 1 cup fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.

Mix in 1/2 cup lavender syrup.*

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Add 2 cups of club soda and stir well.

Pour into glasses filled with ice.

                                                                Garnish with lemon slices, lavender sprigs, or lavender ice cubes.**

 

If you want to increase the quantity, the proportions are – 4 parts soda, 2 parts lemon juice, and 1 part lavender syrup.   Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more of the syrup.

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*How To Make Lavender Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 Tblsp. fresh lavender buds

2 Tblsp. Fresh blueberries (for color)

 Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Mash the blueberries with a spoon.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1o minutes.

Switch the heat off and allow to cool.

 

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Pour the syrup, lavender, and blueberries into a sieve over a bowl.  Gently press the berries and lavender to release any remaining liquid.  Discard the berry skins and lavender captured in the sieve.How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Little pieces from the lavender buds will still remain.

To filter out the small pieces, pour the syrup into a glass container fitted with a coffee filter.

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After the lavender syrup had been filtered, a little bit of gel food coloring was mixed into it creating a deep lavender color.  This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

You can also use this lavender syrup to make a beautiful Lavender Martini.  A recipe for that cocktail can be found here ►from Vianney at Sweet Life.

Lavender Ice Cubes

For these ice cubes, you will need an ice cube stick tray, distilled water, and fresh lavender stems with flowers.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if purchased from this link.  Thanks for supporting this site!)

The lavender flower buds and stems were simply placed in the ice cube stick tray and distilled water***(see below) was poured over them filling the openings half full.  Then, they were placed in the freezer and allowed to freeze.  More water was poured over the frozen flower and cube sticks, filling the cavities.

Be forewarned, these silicone trays are very pliable, which means on your way to the freezer, you may spill half of the water!  Place a tray or something solid underneath the silicone tray to save yourself a cleanup!

***Well, I knew that distilled water makes clear ice cubes.  Water from the faucet usually makes cloudier ice cubes.  After checking the lavender ice cubes I made, a little more research was done and the “all knowing” says to boil the distilled water, too!  Seems I remember using distilled water for ice cubes before and not having to do that…  Anyway, if you want your cubes really crystal clear, boil the distilled water first!  I will be doing that next time.

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade easy, beautiful, and delicious!

 

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