How to open and close jump rings-for DIY jewelry

Here is a quick project to show you the ins and outs of using a jump ring.

This post is brought to you by Beadalon–thanks Beadalon for sponsoring my blog posts and supporting my love of DIY jewelry.Jump Ring Assortment

One of the very first things I show people how to do when making jewelry is how to open and close a jump ring.  It’s such a simple act and you can make so many things by knowing this technique for making connections in DIY jewelry.  That’s how I made this sweet moth necklace.
Moth Pendants connected with jump ringsThe jump rings at the tip of the wings connect the moth to the chain.  In about 5 minutes, you can have yourself an over the head layering necklace (and a really good time).  Check out the tutorial and video at the end of this post for details on opening and closing a jump ring.
Opening jump ring with pliersIt’s helpful to use two pairs of chain nose pliers (see materials list at the end of this post) when opening and closing rings.  Some people like to use a bent chain nose pliers to help hold their jump ring as well. Beadalon also has a super helpful jump ring tool to make opening jump rings much easier. You will still use your pliers to close the ring when you are finished.

Place the ring’s opening at “12 o’clock” and twist the ring open with the two pairs of pliers.  Don’t open it so the ring looks like a “C” because it’s super hard to get the ring to go back into a perfect circle after this.
Twist open of jump ringConnect your clasp, chain, moth, etc… and twist the jump ring closed.

This is a super quick project with beautiful results. You can use any pendant that has two holes as the top to complete this project, let your imagination take over.

Supply List:

Beadalon Ergo Pliers

Beadalon Jump Rings

Jesse James Bead’s Moth Pendant

Candie Cooper on Etsy

 

Blank Butterfly CuffHave you checked out the Candie Cooper Etsy store?

For the last two months I’ve been loading the shop with unique DIY jewelry components.  There’s a whole lotta rustic charm and sparkle.

Speaking of sparkle.,,,Sparkle Bracelet-Blue Jean LouiseOne of our faves right now is the Blue Jean Louise Swarovski bracelet kit.  It goes together in a snap and packs some mega sparkle.  Good for gifts.  Amazing for bridal accessories.  Honestly, we can’t get enough of them around here.

Check out all 12 Swarovski DIY crystal bracelet kits here. 

Scenic Drive Stone Slab Necklace

Full Disclosure:  I work with Beadalon and LeatherCord USA.  They are sponsoring this post.  All opinions are mine.
Stone Slab Necklace PendantThis stone slab pendant (here me sigh a sigh of aw).

One of the women in this week’s Facebook Live video said it was picture Jasper.  I believe it because each one is a landscape painting, a forrest, the painted dessert or whatever you see ….
Stone Slab Necklace Flat Wire ConnectionI wire wrapped leather lace with Beadalon’s flat Artistic Wire.  So easy!  Simply make your leather link, then wrap the middle with the flat wire, crimping it with chain nose pliers in between each wrap to cinch it.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant DetailLittle knots give the ends of the leather a finished look.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant connection

Materials list:

Beadalon flat artistic wire, 3mm width

Leathercord USA deertan lacing, 1/8″ width

Picture jasper pendant:  etsy.com/shop/candiecooper

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Fringe Benefits: DIY Tassels

This post brought to you by Beadalon–Makers of great findings and DIY jewelry supplies.  Thanks Beadalon for the sponsor love!IMG_1057Tassels are still having their moment.

Everywhere.

I ain’t mad about it either.  I love flair.IMG_0986You can make your own tassels super easy with Beadalon’s tassel maker and some of that embroidery floss you were gonna use for that cross stitch project.  For a tip-I like suctioning the tool to the top of a plastic bead storage box.IMG_0985This is the tassel maker.  You can adjust the mandrels and make a ton of different sized tassels.  In this tutorial, I’m showing how to make tassel charms.  You can also loop a wire through and make a wrapped loop if you want to add a bead cap over the top of the tassel (see bracelets above).IMG_0984Either way, I like to tie off the top of the tassel so it is bound.  You can use a contrasting thread color too.IMG_0982Loosen the mandrels and slide the bundle off.  I tied mine at both ends so I could get two tassels for the work of one.IMG_0981Cut the bundle in the middle to create the two tassels.IMG_0979You can leave them like this or….IMG_0988Comb them out with a fork to make them nice and fluffy.  You can also wrap wire around the tie or add seed beads.IMG_1052Get the tassel maker tool from Beadalon.com.IMG_0978IMG_1053You just never know where a quick little project like this will take you…All you have to do is start.

What in the Wire?! Beading wire explained

This post brought to you by Beadalon.com.  Thanks Beadalon for sponsoring this post and helping me to share my love of DIY jewelry making.what wire to choose for jewelry makingIt’s one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Well….the jewelry making universe anyway.

Beading wire.

This is nylon coated beading wire we are talking about.  It’s flexible and used for stringing beads of all shapes and sizes.  Beading wire is not used for wire wrapping stones.  That’s a common confusion I’ve found.

There are so many different ones available and it can get really confusing.  That’s why I created this post to help you understand the different types of beading wires used in jewelry making.what wire to use for jewelry making
7 strand, 19 strand, this diameter, that diameter, but what if I’m stringing chunky gemstones or making an illusion necklace?  So many jewelry design ideas, but where to start?

The first thing I ask myself is what am I stringing?  Seed beads or heavy gemstones?  I pulled this image from the Beadalon website so you can see what wires are good for what beads.how to pick Beadalon beading wire for DIY jewelry makingYou can click on this image to make it bigger.  From left to right:

Virtual size is the thickness of the wire.

Wire diameter is just that–I usually speak in millimeters here on the blog (i.e. .018)

Strand count is how many tiny wires are twisted together to make the single wire.  More strands equal more flexibility.

More wire diameters–those are simply recommendations for the type of bead you are stringing.  For example, Beadalon recommends .010 diameter wire for seed beads.

Before I forget–did you know Beadalon wire is made right here in the USA?!  I love that so much.

File May 11, 2 56 28 PMNinety percent of my jewelry uses 49 strand beading wire because it’s my fave if you can’t tell.  It’s also the most expensive.  And while I get mine for pretty much free from Beadalon–I’d still use this or 19 strand in my jewelry projects because I want it to last.  You can see I have a few different diameters here.

If you’re just getting into this DIY jewelry making world I suggest starting with 49 or 19 strand .018 mm diameter.  It’s a great all-purpose choice for your first jewelry making projects.what wire to use for jewelry makingBeadalon wire also comes in a huge array of colors from neutrals like these to ones found in the rainbow.  You can shop their site to see all of them.What wire to use for jewelry making using Beadalon wireLastly, one really important thing to pay attention to on the package is what size crimp bead or tube to use with that particular beading wire.  Crimps secure the clasp and beads to the wire in DIY jewelry.  See the #1 or #2? These numbers vary according to the wire diameter.  There are #3 and #4 crimps as well.  If you would use those with this wire, your piece would most likely fall apart because they are too big for this wire.how to pick beading wire for jewelry makingI hope this post has solved some of the mystery.  The more you make, the more you learn…sometimes the hard way, I’ve found! Haha!

 

Special thanks again to Beadalon for keeping me locked and loaded on beading wire and sponsoring this post.

Now Watch Me Whip…This Wire Pendant Up

This post brought to you by Beadalon.com–maker of jewelry findings in all types and metal colors.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chainRemember that pendant I made a couple weeks ago with the wire piece from the hardware store?

Meet it’s new BFF.

DIY bead wrapped horn pendant. Wearing multiple necklaces in fashionThe idea of wearing these chains together was a coincidence.  I had the first two pendants on when we shot the tutorial.  Naturally, I needed this statement horn piece to complete the look.

Can you say, power play?DIY jewelry making toolsI’m using Beadalon’s new bail making pliers at in this tutorial.  More on those later, plus:

Beadalon bail making pliers tool for wire wrappingSo first, make a loop using the bail making pliers.  The thing I like about these pliers is that they are not conical like round nose pliers.  This makes it easy to get consistent size loops every….single….time!  And that makes me happy!
Horn necklaceLoop in the horn pendant.How to make jewelry with beads and wireGrab the chain nose pliers and hold the loop while you wrap the extra wire.
How to make a perfect wrapped bead link in jewelry makingString some unique beads…
Artistic Wire for making wrapped bead link jewelryand make a 90-degree bend just above the last bead.
DIY jewelry-Beadalon bail making pliersUse the large section on the bail making pliers and wrap the wire up and around.How to make a Wire wrapped bead linkNow wrap the extra wire above the last bead.
DIY wire wrapped jewelry with Beadalon bail making pliersSo easy!
DIY jewelry with wireCut away any extra wire with the flush cutters.
Wire Wrapped beads DIY pendantHave I ever told you that I think there should be no spacer beads left behind?  That’s my philosophy–I think beads look so nice in a spacer bead frame.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant and brass chainjpegThread the chain through the wire loop.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant -- how to link chainDetermine the length of the necklace that you want, open a link and connect the ends–No clasp needed.DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with brass chainDIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chains from Candie CooperThat’s all there is to it!  Let me know if you decide to try those bail pliers!

Have a great weekend!

Ouch! A Remedy for Chapped Hands and a New Issue of Stringing Magazine

Candie Cooper in winter Stringing jewelry magazineIt’s always exciting to see my projects go to print.  Big thanks to Stringing magazine for including three of my designs in their winter issue!  I don’t like to kiss and tell so this is as much as I’ll show.  It’s on newsstands now or there are digital copies available which are especially great for tablet users!dry chapped handsWinter is still here.

Still here.

And my hands are dry and chapped.  I wanted to share one of my new favorite fixes:Rose salve remedy for chapped handsC.O. Bigelow’s Rose Salve No. 012.  You can get it Bath and Body Works or online of courseRose Salve heals dry chapped hands in winterThere are lots of things I love about it–it’s pink, it smells nice, all in a compact tin.  I keep it in my jewelry making pliers kit.

I don’t know about you, but by the end of winter, my skin is comparable to a 220 grit piece of sand paper.  I try to drink more water, use lotions after showering and so on, but inevitably I am dried up.

Totes.Rose Salve relief from dry chapped handsSo this has been one of my recent treats for my dried up, cracked and chapped handsies.My happy hands hahaThe thing is, don’t stop after one application.  As soon as your hands feel good, put it on again….and then again to rehydrate them.

Happy hands make good jewelry.C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve heals dry skinPlus, I’m a sucker for a vintage looking tin.  I will totally recycle this thing into jewelry when it’s empty (and that won’t be long if we keep getting hammered with these cold bursts!).

Until next time, sweet people!