Today I am going to show you how to make a dazzling gift with Where The Winds Blow bone tile beads. I have been creating beaded delights, crocheting comfort and joy, and fully immersing myself in expanding my artistic range for about 18 years. I hope my easy-bead recipe for fabulous helps bring a little extra happy into your heart today!
Ingredients & Tools |
- Mah Jongg Bone Tile Beads
- Assorted Beads of your choice
- Crimp Beads
- Needle nose pliers (some from your toolbox should do the trick!)
- Bead Board (Not necessary but very helpful)
You’ve assembeled your ingredients and now it’s time to lay out your beads. If you don’t have a bead board never fret! They can be expensive and if you are not interested in taking up beading as a hobby you might not want to spend the $7 – $12.
Pro Tip: A paper plate with a piece of craft felt laid over it does a beautiful job acting as a tray. The felt will help your beads stay in place while you lay out the beads.
Cut three strands of string 9” long. This will allow space for you to finish your bracelet cleanly. I like to use a double strand of thermally bonded bead weaving thread. I have a tendency of being hard on my jewelry as I am pretty active. Through the years it has proven to be incredibly sturdy.
Pro Tip: Loop the end of your string (Do Not Tie) and put some masking tape around it. This way you avoid the frustration of accidentally dropping your beads. Once completing beading each strand, tape the other end so they can rest freely without attempting an elaborate escape.
Now for the extra fun part! Bead each strand of your three strand bracelet.
You now have three beaded strands of bracelet and perhaps a perplexed look on your face, don’t worry this is where it gets cool!
Grab your crimp beads and needle nose pliers and remove one. Place the remaining crimp beads somewhere safe, a juice cup would be good if you do not have a bead box. Remove the tape from one end of your three bead strands, take all three strands and thread them through the crimp bead. I like to get them all through at one time. My grandmother taught me to glue the strands together and that normally helps when I take the time to do it. All three of the strands are pulled through the crimp bead on one end, now thread your lobster clasp (or chosen clasp) and loop the thread back through the crimp bead. Pull tight! Use your needle nose pliers to crimp the bead down (now it makes sense!!)
Don’t cut the tail!! Thread the tails through their corresponding bracelet strands.
Once more with vigor! Finish up by pulling the tape off the opposite end of your three strand bracelet and boom, You’re done! A beautiful, handmade bracelet by you!
The black mat I am working on is actually a black rubber mat from where the winds blow. It’s a wonderful multi-tasking find.