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If you want to make rings, then using a ring blank is pretty much an essential starting point. If you weren’t sure what they are, ring blanks are exactly what the name sounds like – blank forms of rings, that can be used as a base to decorate and craft your own ring.
Ring blanks can be found in a variety of styles, materials and sizes – from adjustable ring blanks, blanks designed to have decorations or stones fixed to the front, and mesh blanks that you can wire beads on to. There are really no limits on how to use blanks – you can be as creative as you like, and with a ready-made ring form to work with, it can be quite a quick process to get to a finished piece that’s ready to wear.
To whet your appetite for creativity, here are just a few suggestions on working with ring blanks:
Time for vintage
For a really unique and vintage inspired piece of jewellery, you can transform a piece of broken retro paraphernalia into a creative decoration. Old watch faces look especially evocative – the more battered and beaten they are, the better! For this idea, small, delicate vintage watch faces work really well.
You simply need to remove the original clock face from the casing of a watch, keeping, or discarding the hand fixtures. Using a strong craft glue, affix the watch face to a large flat fronted ring blank, and leave to dry. You can add a protective glaze afterwards to secure the watch face. Another steampunk-inspired alternative is to go behind the clock face, and use the inner cogs and gears of a watch instead – definitely a very eye-catching and original result!
You don’t always need to attach something to a ring blank in order to turn it into a work of creative art. Plain ring blanks can be transformed into something beautiful, simply by stamping or carving the surface of the blank instead.
To create stamped rings using blanks, it’s easier to use wider blanks, that allow more space for decoration. It’s also much easier to stamp a wider surface than a very narrow piece of metal. Hammer out the ring into a flat piece carefully – you may find that you need to sand down or polish any uneven edges. Once flattened, you can create a pattern using a metal stamper or textured hammer. If you’d like to add contrast to the stamped surface, try filling it in with marker pen.
Finally, create your ring using ring forming pliers, to shape it to the correct size.
If you fancy trying out cross stitching and have a knack for small and fiddly projects, then this ring idea may be right up your street. You’ll need some plain fabric, backing buttons and ring blanks with a large, flat surface to attach them to.
Stitch on your pattern or character onto the fabric and attach carefully to the backing buttons. Once this is fixed on, you can then glue the button to the front of your ring blank. For best results, you should try to keep the motif relatively small – no bigger than 20-30 mm. While the small stitches might be quite fiddly, the end result is really cute!
Delicate and refined, Japanese seed beads are wonderful beads to make all kinds of jewellery with, and can be used in a variety of forms. You can choose from a great range of colours, sizes and textures, making them a fantastically versatile craft item to work your creative magic with! To get your ideas started, have a look at 5 great ideas for getting crafty and creative with these fantastic little beads:
1. Minimalist simplicity
Sometimes the simplest joys are the best – and the refined beauty of Japanese seed beads work wonderfully when you want to create something that is unfussy, but still exceptionally attractive.
For an elegant and minimalist piece of jewellery, string beads across a silk thread and fasten with a simple sliding knot, for an easy bracelet or necklace that can be worn with anything. You can try combining different colour combinations for a funkier look, or for an ultra minimalist look, stick to just one or two colours across the entire piece. Add a touch of contras by using gold plated or sterling silver fixer beads to secure the adjustable knot in place.
2. Textured knits
If you’re a crafty knitter, then this is a great way of working with Japanese seed beads. Try knitting them into one of your favourite patterns, to add texture, colour and a touch of sparkle.
Try adding beads to knitted hats or headbands to give a pretty touch to warm accessories, or try knitted bracelets or arm warmers for a fun take.
3. Hoop party!
Seed beads can be used in a variety of ways – and not just for bracelets or necklaces! Here’s really beautiful way to use them – instead of stringing them onto thread, use a coiling wire instead – and shape into beautiful hoops, which can be turned into bangles or earrings.
You can really get as creative as you like with this – if you’re particularly nimble fingered, you could create a richly textured hoop with multiple layers of beads in different sizes and colours.
4. Personalise it
One of the great things about seed beads is that they have a generally uniform size and shape, making them ideal for stacking and looming alongside each other. If you have a beading loom, you could create some really interesting patterns – from flowers and stars, to names or an inspirational message.
To make the most impact, it’s a good idea to plan out your pattern first, and choose colours to suit the style. If you’re creating a word or name, use a contrasting colour such as white, or a bright shade, to make sure it will stand out.
5. Colour block style
Bold, chunky bangles are the perfect accessory for styling up a simple outfit – whether it’s a basic jeans and tee shirt combo – or a glamorous evening outfit. Create a gorgeous bangle using seed beads by threading beads onto string, and then fixing onto a plain cuff.
For a really striking look, create blocks of a single colour and contrast multiple bangles with complementing shades, or combine different colours within one cuff.
Fancy getting crafty and making your own jewellery? Or do you want to give someone a personal gift, that’s made all the more special with the hand-made touch?
Making your own beaded jewellery can be a great way to explore your creative ideas, and create a result that’s really unique. But before you embark on any project, it’s essential that you have the right beads for jewellery making. To help you out, here are some essential tips you should think about.
Design your project
First things first – you need to plan out your creative jewellery project. Whether you’re only making a single bracelet or plan to create a whole range of matching items, it’s helpful to know just what you plan to do.
Think about styles, designs and colour schemes. You may want to sketch out ideas, or just doodle different colour combinations to see how they work together. This way, when it comes to purchasing the beads for jewellery making, you won’t be left baffled and wondering where you should start!
How much skill do you need?
Another important aspect to consider is skill level. Different types of craft require different skills – and some are harder than others. While simply threading beads onto a chain or string may not be too difficult, you might need to spend more time on finishing off – such as adding a sliding knot to a bracelet, or looping off metal fixtures.
You may also need to use special tools, such as pliers or wire cutters. Alongside the beads for jewellery making, having the essential utensils is also a must have, if you want to make your own jewellery, and it’s an important part of any preparation before you start.
If the jewellery you want to make needs more advanced skills than you currently have – you have a few choices. Either you can find a simpler way of doing it, change your design entirely – or swot up on your creative skills.
If you fancy learning a new skill, you’ll definitely have a lot of fun. It can be an incredible rewarding activity, and you’ll gain some special skills. There are lots of helpful videos and tutorials online, where you can find out how to do everything from crocheting with wire, to operating a glass torch!
But be warned – you will need to be patient. While some skills are easy, they can seem fiddly to the first timer, and it’s easy to get frustrated. While other skills are more complicated – and you’ll need to spend a lot more time perfecting them, before you can start making anything.
How long will it take?
The last part to think about before you start a jewellery making project is how long will it take you? More importantly, will you have enough time to commit to it? There’s nothing worse than unfinished projects with beads and charms lying around, cluttering your space!
Are you working to a deadline such as an upcoming birthday, or do you have plenty of time? Be realistic in how much time you think you can really spend – and plan your project accordingly.
When you’re looking for a gift that is truly special and personal, you want to choose something that will truly capture the sentiments of the occasion. Whether it’s a special birthday, a celebrated anniversary or to commemorate an achievement, you want a gift that can show just how you feel.
Charm bracelets were once a traditional memento, designed to capture every special moment throughout life. And it’s no wonder they’re enjoying such a resurgence – when life moves faster than ever, you really want something that can make time stand still and crystallise a special moment within a beautiful symbol.
So how do you choose a charm or charm bracelet? And how many should you have? We take a little look at what makes these items of jewellery so covetable and special to wear.
The charm of collecting
Unlike other kinds of jewellery, charm bracelets are designed to be part of a growing collection. And really, you can have as many – or as few – charms attached to yours as you like.
Perhaps you’ll wear a single bracelet with special mementos from a certain person – a charm to commemorate a special date, or a cute icon to represent a particular time. It sums up all the unique character of your shared experiences, and can be a wonderful way of remembering someone.
But sometimes, more can be merrier. And there’s nothing quite like the sweet tinkle of a cluster of multiple charms jangling at the wrist, summing up a lifetime of lovely memories and experiences.
For some collectors, you don’t need a special occasion to wait to add on a new charm! Maybe you want to remember that fabulous holiday you just enjoyed, show off your beloved pets, or simply celebrate some of your favourite hobbies! There’s a charm for virtually everything, so you’ll never be hard pressed to find the right one.
One of the many great attractions about charm bracelets is of course the fact that they can be made completely unique, and designed to suit the person who’s wearing them.
Love simplicity and minimalism? A single refined charm suspended on a delicate chain looks elegant and sophisticated, without losing any of the personal touch.
Or do you prefer to max out your style? You can add as many charms on as you like – and of any kind – from gleaming sterling silver charms, to cute and colourful enamelled pieces that add a lovely pop of colour and decoration to any look.
You don’t have to stick with one particular arrangement, either. If you’ve got a lot of charms and don’t want to wear them all out at once, it’s simple and easy to mix and match, as you like – so you can create the jewellery to go with every outfit.
However you like to wear your charm bracelet – whether it’s playful and funky, or simple and modern, they’ll always be a great way of sharing and enjoying special moments in life.
Swarovski 3700 – 6mm Fern Green 2 beads
Swarovski 3700 – 8mm Fern Green 2 beads
Swarovski 3700 – 10mm Fern Green 2 beads
Swarovski 3700 – 12mm Fern Green 2 beads
Swarovski 5328 – 4mm Golden Shadow/ Hyacinth/Crystal AB 2 beads
Swarovski 3601 – 4mm Golden Shadow/Crystal AB 2 beads
Silver Ear Wires 2pcs
Silver Head Pins
STEP 1: String onto one silver headpin: one Swarovski Bead 5601 4 mm; one Swarovski Sew-on Stone 3700 12 mm,one Swarovski Sew-on Stone 3700 10 mm; one Swarovski Sew-on Stone 3700 8 mm; one Swarovski Sew-on Ston3700 6 mm; one Swarovski Bead 5328 4 mm.
STEP 2: Turn loop on headpin.
STEP 3: Open loop on bottom of ear wire, attach to loop formed on headpin & close loop to secure.
STEP 4: Repeat steps 1 – 3 for other earring.
You will need a Round nose pliers and a Chain nose pliers to complete this project
2 x Crimping tube, 2 x 1.8 mm, silver,
2 x French ear wire, silver,
2 x Jump rings, 4 mm, silver,
2 x Jump rings, 5 mm, silver,
Tiger tail, 0.31 mm, grey, 80 cm
Beads : Swarovski Article No. 5000 , 6mm – 26 pcs ( Choose you own colour )
Pendants : Swarovski Article No. 6000, 11×5.5mm or 6007, 7x4mm – 24 pcs
Flat nose pliers
Step 1: cut 35 cm tiger tail with a side cutter. slide on the 13 swarovski crystal Pearls article 5810 6 mm alternating
with 12 swarovski Pendants article 6007 7×4 mm (starting with a swarovski Bead article 5000). slide on a
crimping tube after the crystals.
Do you feel that you are in a creative rut and looking for something to fill that void?
Are you drawn to beautiful things but feel that it would be so much better if it had a bit more of this or a little less of that?
I guess that we all do from time to time as we seek that ideal outlet for our creative urges. When I was a young girl growing up in China I created an outlet for my creativity by making daisy chains and bracelets out of materials left around the home. We didn’t have much but with a little creative flair and imagination I started to put together small accessories that I was really proud of.
Nowadays I have turned my passion into a business replacing odd bits of material with pretty beads and crystals spreading the word out to the wider jewelry making community about the pleasure derived from being creative and making something that is totally unique.
When I started Chings Beads & Jewelry I had no idea how things would turn out but I have been amazed at how wonderful you’ve all been. Only yesterday a customer of mine was commenting on the incredible range of Swarovski beads that was available and how it has given her such a creative ‘buzz’!
So I only hope that my customers everywhere will continue to create beautiful pieces of jewelry and feel the passion and love that is, to me, the real spirit of true harmony.