I LOVE the mitten!! So CUTE!
The big fad that started our jewelry business was beaded watch bands, and they are still one of our biggest sellers. They are really quite simple to make once you know how, but it can be difficult to figure out by yourself. Today I have put together a full-picture tutorial to walk you through making your own watch band.
First a little watch band “lingo”
1. This bead on the end of the band is the “bar bead” or what we refer to as the “barbie”. We had to come up with a name, since it is just a regular bead. The trick with this bead is to find something that is smaller than the bar on your watch face so that the hooks can get to it.
2. This piece is the “spacer bar.” There are so many different spacer bars available! The important part is that it is usually long and skinny and it must have at least two holes drilled in it through the short sides.
3. The “hooks” can also be referred to as “lobster claws” or “clasps.” You use four in each band, two on each end. These are used to attach the watch band to the watch face. The important thing to remember about these is that they must be big enough to go around the bar on your watch face, and when you put the band together you need to make sure that the opening of all four hooks face the same direction (up or down).
Now that you know what I am talking about, on to the “how-to”. First you need to figure out how long your band should be. The easiest way to do this is if you already have a watch band. Simply make your new band the same length as your old band. If you don’t have one, the general measurements are: Large 5 1/2″, Medium 5″, Small 4 1/2″. Medium to large is the most average size. The watch face will add from 1-2″. The size of the watch face and the diameter of your beads will affect how your band fits, so you may need to adjust the length a couple of times until you get it just right.
First lay your “bar beads” out in the length that you want your watch band to be, and lay your spacer bars down dividing that space into thirds.
Then I usually fill in the spaces one color at a time to make sure that you get all of your colors in and that they are spread out. Make sure that the beads that each section is the same length on top and bottom.
Once you have the band layed out the way that you want it, it is time to string it. Start by putting one “bar bead” on the elastic and move it all the way to the middle.
Now that you have your square knot, you will finish with what is called a “surgeon’s knot.” Instead of wrapping the string around once like in a regular knot, wrap it twice. I played with the color in this photo a little so you could see the knot better:
Next Friday and Saturday October 14th and 15th we will have a booth in the What Today’s Women Want expo at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. See their website here to learn all about it.
Way back in our craft fair days, one of Wendy’s big sellers was magnets. She made them out of everything and sold tons of every style. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I walked in the store one day to see this:
Why it took us this long to do this, I don’t know. Aren’t those some of the cutest magnets you have ever seen? Of course Wendy made them to match the theme of her store, but you could put virtually any bead onto a magnet. Just get some of our trusty E-6000 glue, apply to one side, and set on the back of your bead:
After a few hours, they will be ready to use! Put them on your fridge, your desk, etc. I like to have a magnet on the back of my front door to keep track of papers that I need to take to the office so I don’t forget!
In the spirit of Halloween, Wendy has put together a “Spooktacular” collection of beads for all of your Halloween jewelry-making. Take a look at all of the beads in this mix:
I love the candy corn beads! I have a darling pair of earrings made with them. Think of all of the fun things you could make with this mix! Better yet, throw in some of the glass Halloween beads seen here.
Buy your Spooktacular Bead Mix here now!
I have really been enjoying some instant gratification projects lately. This week we will be making some fun rings. I am usually drawn to flowers myself, but any bead will do. Start with our good friend E-6000 glue (seen here) and a ring base from Glitz Me.
This past week we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new store! Here are some pics from the event:
The Wendy’s Beads sign as you pull up to the store:
Next are some happy customers I met as I arrived. I love that this mom and her girls were out together having a girls night and making useful things for themselves at the same time, and for much lower cost than if they had just gone to the mall and bought something!
One of the most unique parts of the store is that there are tables out all the time so that customers have the option to stay and make things in the store. They have Wendy’s expertise and advise available for one-on-one instruction. Where else can you get something like that?!
To celebrate the grand opening and show appreciation for all of the loyal customers who have brought Glitz Me by Wendy’s beads this far, Wendy had a prize spinning wheel and some fun festive refreshments.
And, of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of my dear friend, Wendy herself!
Congratulations Wendy, the store looks great! To see more pictures of the new store, see this post.
This week Brit did a fun project that left me drooling! She simply took a cheap plastic headband, hot glued on layers of scrapbooking flowers, and added beads. Look at the darling results:
If you didn’t catch it in our Halloween post last week, Wendy an I LOVE Halloween! We get so giddy every year as the holiday season rolls around. Confession: last week, we bought MORE Halloween scrapbook paper, just because it was cute. And it was Halloween, duh!
So our newest fun thing in the store is glass Halloween beads! How cute are these?
Wendy and I have a little bit of an obsession with Halloween. Not the yucky, gory, give-yourself-nightmares type of Halloween, but the cute, fun, colorful Halloween. That means that when October rolls around (or the end of September!) the Halloween decorations and beads come out.
I don’t know about all of you, but I am SO loving all of the feminine styles right now– lace, ruffles, and FLOWERS! I especially love flowers in hair. My sister is going to the Homecoming dance this weekend and I had some fabric from her dress that I had cut off of the bottom because it was too long, so I thought I would try my hand at making a flower for her to wear in her hair to match the dress. And of course, I found just the thing from the Glitz Me store to finish it off!
To make this flower, I started by gathering my supplies: A pendant from Glitz Me, some jewels, a glue gun, fabric, fabric shears, a needle and thread, and a candle. I heated my glue gun and grabbed the pendant and jewels.
To keep each petal separate, I folded all but one petal back and held them in my hand while I held the free petal over the flame. Once you start, you can find the stream of heat coming off of the flame. Do not put your fabric right in the flame because it will catch on fire. Just hold it over the flame and you will see it start to melt. Move the petal so hat it melts and curls all the way around.
Melt all of the edges on all of your circles. This step does not have to look perfect either. I think it is the irregularities that make the flowers look so pretty and so close to the real thing. This is what the edges of the petal will look like:
I like to arrange the different layers so that the petals alternate rather than being all stacked on top of each other. Once you have the layers arranged the way that you like, make a wide stitch back up through the flowers. This will hold all of the layers in place.
It really is much prettier in a normal, less yellow world! I glued a piece of felt on the back of my flower and added a hair clip. You could attach the clip right to the back of the bottom layer, but i wanted a little more stability since my fabric was so flimsy. You could also attach it to a pin, or sew it right onto a headband or piece of clothing. Now I want to go and make some more!
How many of you are involved in PTA or have a son or daughter who plays high school sports? How many teachers are out there? Jewelry is a great way to show your support for your local school. Wendy’s Beads is all over that!
Around here, we have several high schools with colors red, black, and white. Here are some of the things that we have created:
One of the most simple pieces of jewelry to create is the basic earring. In order to put your earring together, there are a few techniques you need to learn.
Let’s get started with the findings (remember this post?) For these earrings, we will be using headpins, eye pins, earring wires, and what we like to call “star” beads.
First take your headpin (the one without the loop on the end). If your desired bead has a hole that will fall over the head of the pin, first put on a “star” bead or another small bead to hold the other bead on the headpin. Then add your desired bead.
Next, with your cutting pliers (see this post) to cut the head pin about 3/8″ above the top of the bead.
Now comes the “hard” part– creating a loop with the remaining piece of wire. this loop will enable you to connect your bead with another bead (not just for earrings, but for SO MANY jewelry applications!)
Hold the end of your trimmed wire with your round-nose pliers (see this post). Hold it about 1/4″ from the nose of the pliers. The size of the nose where you grab the wire will determine the size of your loop. You want to make a loop big enough to connect to something else but not so big that you end up with too much space between your beads.
Now take your eye pin (the wire with the loop at the end. See this post) and slide the loop onto the end of the loop you have just created.
Next, add your second bead to the eye pin.
Of course, to make even more simple earrings you could just attach the first bead to the earring wire. There are also many pendants (see link for example) that can be hooked directly onto the earring wire without even needing a headpin. There are so many options available to create your own customized jewelry. Check out the Glitz Me store for some fun possibilities!
Wendy has done it again! I don’t know many ladies who don’t love bags and purses. We have decided that it is a strange form of therapy for women to hold and touch beautiful bags. We love them! That is why we have introduced them in the store!
Look at all of these gorgeous bags!