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Friday, August 5, 2011

Simple and Adjustable Jewelry

I have been thinking about how to make quick and easy adjustable bracelets and necklaces. Easy to put on and take off, easy to make and easy to vary the length. I was playing around when I thought about a super simple solution.  I am not even sure a how-to should be written. It is really simple.

You can make this without any fancy tools or even if you had never made jewelry before and when you hear the word 'crimp' you think of 'hair' instead of 'bead'.

closed jump rings
small pliers
crimp beads
beading wire
beads for the design
large holed beads
ribbon or leather cord ( I used soft goatskin leather cord)

#1. Cut beading wire long enough to reach tightly around your wrist. Slip beading wire through closed jump ring, slide crimp bead on and flatten it with the pliers, tug on wire to make sure it is secure. Add beads.
Repeat step 1 with the other side.

Slip leather cords through.
Squeeze the cords through the large holed bead.
Before you cut leather cord to desired length, try it on to make sure that your wrist can fit through the opening. Add an extra inch (more for a necklace, so you have more length to play with), knot ends, cut off extra. That's it. Super simple and it takes only a few minutes.

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