I have been on a jewelry making kick for the last few days. I knew that you would rather see minis, so I decided to make some simple mini jewelry. The only problem with that is finding small enough beads. I have had better luck at mini shows than at bead stores. Some of them go down to size 15, but those aren't really small enough.
As you can see, the ones that I am using are much smaller.
OK...Here goes. First you have to locate #28 beading wire. It used to be sold all over the place and I have a good supply, so I can't really point you in the right direction.
The diagrams in the second photo are how to start and stop on the necklace. I usually cut a 6" Length of wire to work with. I bend a loop in the center of it by forming a small loop over the end of my bent nosed tweezers. Then I twist one wire around the other to form the loop end of the closing.
Next I start stringing the beads on the wire. One strand at a time. As you can see, when I finish stringing the smaller of the two strands, I twist a loop at the very end of the wire to keep the beads from falling off.
Then I load the second wire. This one will be a little longer than the first strand.
In this case, I did the first wire with 14 clear, 1 red, 5 clear, 1 red, 5 clear, 1 red 14 clear.
The second wire was 18 clear,1 red, 5 clear, 1 red, 5 clear, 1 red, 18 clear.
Then I made sure that all of the beads were pushed to the end with the loop and made the hook on the other end. I twisted the bottom wire around the top one a couple of times to hold the beads in place, then I made a loop and flattened it into a hook and wrapped that with a couple more turns of the other wire.
She has never had the nerve to have her ears pierced and refuses to let me do it.
Mind you, the earrings are wearable too, if you have a small person with ear holes.
Tessie's a chicken.
I called her that and she flounced off. Still wearing the necklace...
That's OK though. She keeps trying to steal the Egyptian necklace from the Archeology Office. I keep taking it back. Maybe this will satisfy her and she will leave the other one alone.
Anyway, if you can find the tiny beads, you can make these in a short length of time... If you have good eyesight, you can do it. I have to do it under a magnifier.
Keep your eye out for the beads. I don't think that anybody sells them on line. I would love to find a source. Let me know if you can find them.
See you tomorrow.