What’s the Right Bracelet for You?

Getting the perfect fit for your bracelet can sometimes be daunting. The bracelet size guide will give you an approximate length to work on.

Generally speaking, bracelet size is your wrist measurement plus 1 inch. So when choosing the right bracelet size, firstly get to know your wrist size.  According to the investigation, the average wrist sizes for American women and their equivalent bracelet lengths can be divide into three types.

Small = 5 3/4 inches or less
Average = 6 to 6 3/4 inches
Large = 7 inches or more

How to measure your wrist

To measure your wrist circumference, use a non-stretch tape measure, string or ribbon. Wrap a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper/string around your wrist right above the bone.  If using the paper/string method, mark it where the end meets then measure it with a ruler.  If your wrist falls between quarter inch increments, round up to the nearest quarter inch.

Once you know your wrist size, here’s some tips for selecting your bracelet length!

Add 1/4 – 1/2  inch to your base wrist measurement if you like a snug fitting bracelet or you don’t want your bracelet to move up your arm.  This is suitable for small beaded, stretch, or smaller chain designs only.

Add 3/4 – 1 inch for a comfortable fit.  The bracelets will move freely and charm styles will dangle nicely.

Add 1 1/4 inch for a looser fit.  OK for toggles and best for larger, chunky bead styles.  Also works with stretch charm bracelet styles since they are pretty forgiving.

To summary up, I provide a reference for making woman and children’s bracelet more accurately.

Since every rules has its exceptions. Don’t take this as a standard rule, it’s just the common way we use it to get the right measurements.The best way to find the size of such a bracelet is to make a sample bracelet from a lace or a piece of wire first. Try your sample bracelet on, adjust it for a perfect fit and try the bracelet on again. Measure its length or diameter and you’ll know the size you need.

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Introducing Basic Jewelry Making Tools: Pliers

Hey, today’s Beading tips, let’s learn the essential jewelry making toolsPliers. Pliers are given different styles and each has its features and functions.
The four basic types of pliers are round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, side cutting pliers, and chain nose pliers.

Round Nosed Pliers
Round nose pliers have rounded jaws and are used to hold, shape and bend jewelry wire. They are used for creating loops, curves, circles and coils and are essential when making such items as earrings and adding bead charms to a bracelet amongst other things. The jaws of the pliers are tapered so this enables you to make a variety of different sized loops and gives a very professional finish to you jewelry. They can be purchased individually or as part of a set.

Flat Nosed Pliers

Flat nose pliers have a slim flat service. They can be used for bending wire and also straightening any bends or kinks out of the wire. They can also be used for opening and closing jump rings and also for crimping crimp beads.

Side Cutting Pliers
Side cutters have sharp jaws that can come in a variety of shapes; these are used for cutting soft wires, threads or metal sheets. The shape of the cutters affect how the cut face will appear; general side cutters will leave the cut edge smooth and even.

Chain Nosed Pliers
Chain nosed pliers are essential in any china beads jewelry maker’s toolbox and are used for almost all aspects of jewelry making. They can be used for bending, holding, turning the wire and also opening and closing jump rings and crimping. Their small ends enable them to get into small spaces and grip the jewelry well.


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Happy Designing&Learning-How to Attach A Bail(Style One)

Hi, it’s Happy Designing&Learning that everyone can enjoy happiness and learn something for a day, especially for the beginners of the splendid beading world.

The bails have variety kinds and shapes, to select a proper bail will add glamor to your design too. So follow me to know the types of bail and how it attach with a pendent, a chain or cord materials.

Step 1 Choose a closed bail, a pendant, and a Jump Rings. With your chain nose pliers, open the jump ring. Attach the bail to the jump ring.
Step 2 Attach the pendant to the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Step 3 With the bail attached, you can now string your pendant onto cord or a chain.

How to Select Your Right Necklace Length

The worth of a necklace isn’t just measured by how sparkles and expensive of the beads or how unique the charms and pendents it uses, but naturally also by how good it looks on the person wearing it. Finding the proper necklace length is important, not just to ensure that it fits, but also to see how it affects the overall aesthetic appearance of its wearer.

Collar — 12/13 inches
Collars are usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. It has a length of 12-13 inches and is very Victorian and luxurious. Collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions.

Choker — 14/16 inches
Those who are not comfortable with wearing a necklace so close to their necks as the collar type necklace would be might prefer wearing a choker instead. A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. Running 14-16 inches in length, it attracts attention to the area of the body just below the neck where it hangs.A simple choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable.

Princess — 17/19 inches
The most popular necklace length is the so-called princess length, which runs from 17-19 inches. This style looks good either hanging below a higher collar or when worn over a lower collar that clears the way for it. The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.
Hint : it is a perfect support for a pendant.

Matinee — 20/24 inches
At a length of 20-24 inches, the matinee style necklace is longer than the choker and just a bit shorter than the opera length that goes well with both casual or business dressing. It’s a right choice for necklines that are either high or extremely low. However, one should be advised against wearing it with a blouse or shirt that has decorations on it as they would clash with each other.

Opera — 28/34 inches
The opera necklace at a length of 28-34 inches is the queen of all the lengths which can always bring out an air of elegant sophistication to any evening gown or formal wear. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker.
This is the most common length for a necklace.

Rope or Lariat — Over 45 inchesThe rope necklace runs at more than 45 inches in length, but can be shortened by double or triple-stranding them. For those looking for the complete wardrobe, this length is a must which draws eyes to its wearer’s torso in order to emphasize their voluptuous curves.
Lariats are at last 48 inches long, with the ends left unattached for knotting or wrapping around the neck.

Choosing the right necklace length, it serves to accentuate the rest of its wearer’s body. Therefore, make sure that the size that you have chosen is suitable for your own body proportions and should look appropriate with the style of fashion that you would be adopting.

How to Cut Even Lengths Chain Efficiently

In today’s step by step beading instructions, learn to cut even lengths of chain without counting each and every link! It will save you time, and time is money.

Materials: Chains ,Eye Pins, Wires Tools: Side Cutting Pliers
Step 1 Cut one piece of chain the length you want.

Step 2 String your cut section of chain on a straight eye pin or piece of wire.

Step 3 Take the long piece of chain and hang it on to the eye pin or piece of wire next to the cut piece.

Step 4 Line up the links and cut the long chain so it matches the length of the short one.

Step 4 Repeat step 4 if you want to cut more even lengths of chains until you have the desired number or chain sections needed for your piece.

Now cutting even lengths of chain as many as you wish in a short time.

Happy Designing&Learning:Use Memory Wire to Create Your Bracelet

Hi, it’s Happy Designing&Learning that everyone can enjoy happiness and learn something for a day, especially for the beginners of the splendid beading world.
There’s no easier way to make bracelets, rings, or necklaces than with memory wire. Today, follow me and create your memory wire piece with the following materials and tools.

Materials: Memoriy Wire, Beads Tools: Round Nose Pliers,Chain Nose Pliers,Bent Nose Pliers
Step 1 Start with your memory wire piece by making a loop on one side of the coil of wire.
Step 2 Rotate the pliers to make a loop. Tip: Memory wire is stiff metal and hard to bend. Try positioning the wire between your finger and the tool for stability and control.
Step3 String beads on your memory wire. Once you have strung all of your beads, cut your wire with a memory wire cutter to. Make sure to leave approximately a 1/2″.
Step 4 Grasp the end of the memory wire with your round nose pliers so the end of the wire is just showing.
Step 5

Rotate the pliers to form a loop. Reposition your pliers by opening your round nose pliers (but do not pull the pliers out of the loop). Again, grasp the wire and continue rotating the wire until a complete loop is formed.

Step 6

Each end of your memory wire piece will have a loop.

Tip: You can add a charm to the one or both of the ending loops to embellish your memory wire piece.

Now, select the beads you like either stunning crystal beads , colored wood beads , flowery cacrylic beads or natural stone beads and get start to make your own design.

World of Chains-To Select the Best Chain styles for Your Jewelry

Chains are basic elements and versatile pieces for jewelry making as they can be worn alone, with several other chains or with charms or pedants. To become part of the beading world, you have to have an overall view with chains including what each terminology means and which ones you think would work best for your design. This brief guide discusses some of the more popular styles of chains. Even if you are a beginner in this field, you won’t feel overwhelmed by the chain world any more.

Ball chain is a family of chain characterized by small round balls, which form a continuous strand of beaded chain. The balls can range in diameter from 1.5 millimeters to 6 millimeters or more. Elongated spaces are sometimes added, as well as bar-shaped beads to offer a more glamorous appearance. They are available in single and multi-row formats.

Box chain is made of 6-sided boxes shaped links and creates a smooth appearance. It is a strong and sturdy chain that holds pendants and heavier charms well. Box link sizes range from a very tiny 0.75 millimeters to over 3 millimeters.

Curb chain maybe a popular piece for men for the heavier and larger links. It is a simple design of flat, interlocking, similar links. However, smaller and more feminine styles are now available too.

Cable chain owes its name to the heavy and industrial type of cable chain typically used by ships to cast their anchors. It is comprised of oval interlocking links with alternating links turned 180°. The cable chain comes in a range of widths from very small 1-millimeter link sizes to over 7-millimeters. It’s also the most common chain used in jewelry beading.

Rollo Chain features round or oval links with symmetrical sizes, though these are usually bulkier to hold pendants and dangles.

Figaroa chain features three smaller oval links connected one after another followed by a larger oval cable link and has a repeating pattern. Still a very popular design with men, this type now comes in a variety of link sizes appropriate for women, and even children. Sizes range from a dainty 1.5-millimeter link size to a whopping 15-millimeters.

Herringbone chain is perhaps one of the most beautiful and popular chain styles. This chain is comprised of highly polished flat links connected in a herringbone pattern. No charms or pendants should be hung from this style of chain. Widths range from delicate 1.5-millimeters to hearty 11.5-millimeters and larger.

Marina chain has interlocking oval links whose width is bisected by a bar.

Rope chain is made of twisted oval links and spiral to create the appearance of woven and braided fibers. Rope chains come in a variety of diameters from 1.5 millimeter to a hearty 8 millimeters and beyond.Known for its strength, integrity, classic pattern, and simplicity, the rope family of chains is very popular. The finer weight chains can accommodate a small pendant or charm, but larger decorative pieces should be placed on those with a heartier weight.

Basic Beading Techniques: How to Make A Pearl Knotting

Hi, jewelry beading fans. You know what’s a pearl knotting technology ? Yes, it’s one of the basic beading techniques which can add the classic look to your contemporary designs. It’s easy to learn, just follow me with the step by step beading instructions.

Firstly, get well prepared for all the materials and tools you may need for this project.

Materials: Waxed Cotton Cord,Beads,Jump rings,Bead Tips,Clasp

Tools:  Tweezers or Awl,Chain Nose Pliers,Sharp Scissors,Glue

All right, let’s begin!

Step 1 Make a simple knot at the end of your waxed cotton cord.
Step 2 Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the end of the waxed cotton cord.
Step 3 Put the knot into the bead tip.Make sure the knot should fit inside the bead tip.Add some glue into it.
Step 4 Using your chain nose pliers, gently close the bead tip over the knot.
Step 5 String a bead on the wax cotton cord.
Step 6 Make a loose simple knot.
Step 7 Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the waxed cotton cord directly next to the bead.Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.
Step 8 Slide another bead onto the waxed cotton cord.
Step 9 Repeat Steps 5-8 until desired length.
Step 10 Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the end of the waxed cotton cord.
Step 11 Repeat steps 1 to 4.
Step 12 Add a jump ring to the bead tip.
Step 13 Hook a springring clasp to the jump ring.Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, gently close the hook of the bead tip.
Step 14 On the opposite side of your piece, hook a clasp to the clamshell bead tip. Gently close the hook of the clamshell bead tip with the tips of your chain nose pliers.
Step 15 Congratulations! You have learned how to make a pearl knotting!


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How to Choose the Best Earrings for Your Face Shape

No matter how old you are, earrings are always a hot accessory to spice up any outfit. You may bring many factors into your determination such as the color, the materials (metals, stones, shells, wood, etc.), the formality and of course, the price. You may also consider about which earrings would be best based on your face shape. Feel confused at this point? Then check out the following suggestions for your face shape.Basically your face will fall into the following categories: oval, round, heart-shaped, square and rectangle.

Oval Face
Fortunately for you, every earring style looks good with your face shape, factors like shapes, sizes, styles, textures, lengths, and widths of earrings for the oval face may not weigh in as much as with other face shapes. The earrings you can pull off are from button earring to chandelier earring. The best choice for you is studs and smaller hoops that won’t elongate your face. Try to avoid earrings that extend past your chin for the same reason.

Round Face
To choose the best earrings for a round face, keep shape and length in mind.The best earrings for your face shape are chandelier or dangling earrings.Try to stay away from studs or anything too skinny because they tend to emphasize your face’s roundness.

Heart-shaped Face
As for the heart-shaped face is wider at the top and tapering down to the chin, when choosing your best earrings, considering an inverted shape. Options for your right earrings are the ones that heavier at the bottom, such as chandeliers, teardrop dangles and Triangle-like shapes. Avoid narrow shaped earrings; although they are long, they don’t offer balance.

Square Face
The best earrings for a square face, you can think about shapes that would contrast with a square shape. Look for earrings with smooth edges and curves and avoid earrings with large or angular shapes which will make your face appear more angular.

Rectangle Face Shape
Creating an illusion of increased width is the key to balance out this face shape. Choose studs or hoop earrings or anything that will make your face appear fuller.

By conclusion, when selecting the right earrings for you, remember that earring shapes should balance out the shape of your face instead of matching it. For example, a round pair of earring makes a round face, rounder, while a long pair of earrings paired with a round face creates the illusion of length. However, it’s all right to disregard your personal fashion guidelines once in a while. Sometimes you just can’t help falling in love with a certain pair of earrings.

Brief Definition of jewelry findings

Jewelry findings are the essential materials for handmade jewelry making. Sometimes, jewelry findings are also referred to as jewelry making findings. What’s more, the term jewelry supplies is also used interchangeably as well. For today’s DIY jewelry blog, I will tell you exactly what are jewelry findings.

Tibetan Style Connectors, Antique Brass, Frame, 24x16x2mmJewelry supplies or jewelry making supplies is of a larger category and also encompasses china beads, wires, stringing materials, tools, as well as jewelry findings. Having said that, there is no hard & fast rule to the terminology nor is there universal consensus. So the more correct terms are only the first two.

Next and last, let’s see the definitions in dictionary.

Findings: refers to tools and materials used by artisans, regardless of industry.
Jewelry findings: component parts and pieces used to connect &/or decorate china beads, wires, and chains in the creation of jewelry pieces.

In order to finish your jewelry creations, you need jewelry findings. There are many source to get these materials, you can wholesale jewelry findings online or offline, just choose what you need.

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