I love to wear bracelets. They just make me happy. It's like having art on your wrist at all times.. I had made a double strand bracelet many years ago of small turquoise rondelles.. it's special turquoise, a Robin's egg blue from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona. The mine is now closed and the turquoise from there is treasured. My original bracelet had central beads of red coral and blue chalcedony. This time I wanted to make two bracelets and use some of my collection of faceted carnelian rondelles - I think the red orange beads work well with the turquoise.
If you've never worked with beads.. and would love a bracelet or necklace, why not get a few things from the bead shop and give it a try? It's pretty easy! On the left of my work tray you'll see the best beading medium, it's called SoftFlex and it has 49 strands of twisted stainless steel which is coated with nylon. It's very strong! Then you'll need some "crimp beads", to connect the beading wire to a clasp. You'll need a crimp bead tool (the black one below) - it's ingenious - you use one part of the tool to put a u shaped crimp, then a second part of the tool to fold the u over and press hard to finish it.
Long ago at a bead show I got some gold beads - before gold sky-rocketed - and used them in the 2 bracelets. You'll want to get some silver beads and spacers - they are much more reasonable.
Finished product. I wear them 24/7 - never take them off - even swimming!
I decided the blue chalcedony wasn't as eye-catching as the coral, so I restrung my second bracelet with red-orange coral. I like it better, what do you think?
I love teaching my grandchildren how to make things. Caleb also wants to learn to sew. I've let him do some sewing with my yarn needle.
I do hope you get some supplies and make your own bracelets and necklaces. I might make some for my Etsy store. I have some sweet little pearls and could make a bracelet with pearls and turquoise, wouldn't that be pretty?
I'm off for a day trip to the beach with my friend Shirley. This will be fun! I hope you have a wonderful day! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)