DIY How I made a bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 3

I am very happy I finished beading the cuff bracelet this morning.  Now I will show you the final steps.

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Now that I have finished all the top beading it is time to start trimming away the back ground material.  It is important for this design to cut as close to the beads as I can without cutting any threads on the back.  I always get nervous at this point because once I start cutting there is no going back if I don’t like it.100_7007I stop several time while cutting to wrap it around the brass form to make sure I like the shape it is taking.

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All trimmed now and I like how it is fitting around the form.

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next glue bracelet to cuff form and then glue a backing to cover metal and stitching to create a clean back of bracelet.  I use little clips to secure it till the glue dries.  When everything is dry I them trim the backing flush with the front.  I am almost done.  The only thing left to do is edge the whole piece with a nice edging stitch and some beads to hide the rough edge  It is important to use very small stitches so they show very little.

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and Tada you have a cuff bracelet!  I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 part DIY on making a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet.  Now it’s time for me to start figuring out what my next project will be.

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What I got in the mail yesterday.

 

I am blessed to have some lovely talented nieces who are each special young women.  I really enjoy them and find them interesting in many ways.

One of these young women is Melissa Santiago she is beautiful, smart and a darn talented knitter.  She made these awesome fingerless gloves that I got in the mail yesterday.

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They are the perfect color and fit my little Hobit-like hands great.  I asked her to make the fingerless kind because I have such short fingers I can rarely find gloves that both fit and are comfortable.  I can’t wait for cold weather so I can wear them.

I think she did a great job I love the cable detail running up the front of the gloves.  I can knit but not as well as she can, I will enjoy these for years to come.

Thank you so much Melli I love them.

p.s. sorry everyone has to see how messy my work table is,lol.

DIY Bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 2

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Here you can see the progress I have made on the bracelet.

1. I stitched down my Mom’s vintage bugle beads and topped the with some of the purple beads used in some of the bezels.

2. I bezeled one of the tanzanite crystals and have glued down the other.

Next I’ll bezel the other crystal and then pick some beads to fill in the rest of the design.   I am considering letting some of the plum backing become part of the design; it is such a pretty color and the backing has a nice texture.

I also need to think about the finished shape of the bracelet; do I want it to have straight sides or maybe wavy sides? I have never made a wavy finished one but I am kind of leaning that way I think it would compliment the oval and round shapes that are emerging in the beading.  I’ll know for sure as the beading gets further along.

Now it’s time to go back to beading so I can share more next post. TTFN.

Learning new things is fun

I have always found that the best way out of a creative slump is to teach myself something new. 

As of late I have been dealing with some health issues and that has put a strain on my energy and creativity.   I don’t have much control over the health stuff it is in my Dr’s hands but I do have control over my creative mind.  I have decided to pull up my big girl panties and take control of what I can and get on with it……..

My friend Moe can tell you I am not much of a wire worker.  For some reason I find it a little intimidating so I force myself to incorporate wire wrapping into some of my projects.  My skills are very basic but every time I master a new wire skill I feel happy and it sparks my creativity.

Yesterday I was determined to make a basic wire wrapped ring; and guess what it wasn’t as hard as it looked….

Here is my first one………..

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not bad for a first try and it is surprisingly comfortable and fits perfectly.  So I tried another……

100_6944100_6945100_6942 There it is on my hobbit hand; the wrap is much neater and it fits great too.  Now that I have the basics down it is tine to start adding some creative flair to the basics.

I do a 10 day craft show every fall and I think it would be great fun for the people to pick their own bead and watch while I make their ring for them on the spot.  I have until October to perfect my skill set for it and come up with some pretty designs.  I have ordered some more wire and will get to practicing when it arrives.

I felt much better after playing around with the wire and felt a little of my spark come back……….yeeehaaaa!