July 26, 2014

6 Tips for Making Elastic Stretch Bracelets that Last

Every day it seems my jewelry making life changes in ways I would have never imagined.

I'm loving stretch bracelets right now, and a few years ago - I would have scoffed at the idea.   I feel so much better as I open up to the possibilities of each material.

But, with each new material comes learning the ins and outs of how to make the most of it.

Here's what I think I've learned about making strech elastic bracelets so far.

1.  Use the thickest elastic that will fit through your beads.  

I've followed the same philosophy with wire as well.  It looks neater, feels more secure and I am guessing will result in a higher quality finished product.  

Use quality elastic too.  I use Stretch Magic.  My most used sizes of elastic are .7 mm and 1mm.

July 24, 2014

5 Stretch Bracelets with Handmade Beaded Dangles

S T R E T C H   I T  O U T

Yes, this is what I've been up to - yesterday and today, at least.

The rest of the time, it's been about summer.

Kid's at home, softball games, baseball games, trips for softball and baseball games, lugging beading bag with me, sore back, no new jewelry.

That sums it up.

But today, I finally have some eye candy to share.