|The Bead Bracelet
This is a neat, simple, project that
will teach you how to string beads with wire. You can take these
skills and create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. With different
types and sizes of beads you can create many different looks. Don't
be afraid to experiment a bit, it's how we all learn a lot of things, by
trial and error. You may, however, want to make that "error" with
a cheaper wire!
1. Your first step is to see the Helpful HInt below! Then cut 11, 1-1/4" (or whatever size is right for you) pieces of 21 round hard. Take one piece and, with your round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end, as in Fig. 1
2. Now, with your round-nose pliers still in the loop, bend the loop backwards slightly to that it is now centred. Fig. 2.
3. Thread on the bead of your choice. Fig. 3.
Bend the wire at the top of the beads over at a right angle and cut off
about 3/8-inch from the bead. Fig. 4.
with your round-nose pliers, begin to curl the wire in, as in Fig. 5.
to curl it into a loop until it meets and forms a circle. Fig. 6.
Repeat steps 1 to 6 until you have used up all 11 pieces of the wire you
prepared. All of your bead links are now done. To join
them together, take your flat-nose pliers and open up one of the loops
sideways, link another loop onto it (Fig. 7a) and close again sideways
with your flat-nose pliers (Fig. 7b). Continue Step No. 7 to link all of
the beads together.
8. Make two S hooks to go on either end of the bracelet.
9. Cut a 2-1/2 inch length of 22 square hard wire. With your round-nose pliers, make a loop at each end of the wire as in Fig. 8.
10. With your round-nose pliers still in the loop, pull back slightly to centre the loop. Do both loops. Fig. 9.
11. With your round-nose pliers, hold the wire in the centre and slowly bring it around so you have a U bend, and the two loops meet evenly. Fig. 10.
12. Hold the U bend with your flat-nose pliers about 1/8-inch from the end, and gently squeeze together.
13. Using your flat-nose pliers, bend the loop on the tip up on an angle, as in Fig. 12.
14. Place your round-nose pliers about 5/8-inch from the end (where the marks are in the picture), as in Fig. 13.
15. Bend it around as in Figures 14 and 15.
16. With the pliers still in the hook, move them to the back of the loop and bend backwards, as in Fig. 16.
17. Then bend forward again, as in Fig. 17.
Attach this hook to your bracelet by opening your S hooks sideways and
closing them again. Use the eye described in February's beginners
section for the other end of your bracelet. You're done! You
should now have something that resembles Fig. 18.
|Craft Stick Fish Mobile!
Craft sticks can be found at any craft store and many toy stores too! Different sizes combined are an endless array of building blocks for your imagination. Here is another fun idea courtesy of J.M. Art!
• Large Fish
Step 1: Lay four full size sticks parallel to each other and about 1/4 inch apart as shown. You may want to hold them down with some maksing tape before going on to the next step.
2: Take four more full size sticks and glue them over the sticks
you laid down in step one. Make sure to put glue wherever the sticks
Step 3: Glue a
full size stick along the center of the fish on both sides. To make
the eyes, cut the
ends off a craft stick and glue them in place.
Step 4: Carefully
find the balance point of the fish and make a small hole for the thread.
• Small Fish
Step 1: Cut the
notches on both sides of the stick about 1/4 inch from the ends.
Step 2: Cut notches
on both sides of the stick 3 inches from the end that the small fish is
on. Before cutting these notches, you have to hang the two fish on
the cross piece first. Then tie a thread loosely around the middle
stick, near the middle, and slide it back and forth until you find the
balance point. This should be about 3 inches from the end the small
fish is on. Mark this spot and cut the notches.
Special thanks go to J.M. Art for yet another fun and easy project!