Sunday, June 28, 2009

Easy Wire Clasp..........Tutorial


Its been a while since I blogged, so I thought I would pull out an old tutorial on how to make your own wire clasps!!

Materials needed:


14-gauge soft wire of your choice (1" depending on size of your clasp)

20-gauge soft wire of your choice (2" depending on size of your clasp)

2-8mm jumprings

Chasing Hammer

Steel bench block/Anvil

Round Nose pliers

Chain Nose pliers

Flush cutters

Misc. beads/spacers of your choice

OK Here We Go!


1. Form your top "S" curve with the 14-gauge wire, hang it on the side of your bench block and gently hammer about 1/4" flat.

2. Take your chain nose pliers and curve the bottom of the flattened space, gently up to your desired point.

3. Take the amount you desire of the coiled wire and add it to the top of your "S" clasp. (This amount will be smaller then the second piece, due to the tighter curve in the top section) Add your accent beads/spacers to the center, then place the remaining section of the coil on the bottom of the "S" clasp.


4. Cut your wire so there is roughly 1/4" remaining. Repeat step number 2 on the bottom half of your clasp.


File any bits of wire that is poking out. Form your "S" Clasp to your liking and add your jump rings.

WA-LA Your Done and ready to use your very own
handmade clasp in one of your projects!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Beadie Winner and June's Inspiration Pic

Well I am a few days late with posting the winner, but
Congrats to June from the BHV beading group for being drawn as the winner!!!

Havn't been very creative lately but I did manage to get some torch time in this evening without giving up after 2 or 3 beads...lol I sure hope the focal I made to go with this months BHV inspiration picture comes out. This months picture is just gorgeous...here see for yourself:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Winner, Blog Award, and happenings.....

I am pleased to annouce that the winner of the Photo Print is Dhea from http://javabead.blogspot.com/ Congrats and I hope you will enjoy the print!



I have also received an award from a few people this week! Thank you ladies!!



Here are the guidelines for accepting the award:


1. Add the logo to your blog;

2. Link to the person from whom you received this award;

3. Nominate 7 or more blogs;


and4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are One Lovely Blog!

Now I would like to honor these 7 bloggers with this beautiful award.


Julie @ http://juliesjewels.wordpress.com/


Angel @ http://angelflightscraps1.blogspot.com/


Janet @ http://www.lampworkbydesign.com/


Regina @ http://rgrdesigns.blogspot.com/


Susan @ http://cserpentdesigns.blogspot.com/


Dori @ http://metaphysicalshoppe.blogspot.com/


Misty @ http://gemmabeads.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check them all out, they all have wonderful blogs!


Now on to the happenings!!!!


This week's giveaway is this set of floral beads!!! Black base with red (poppy) flowers, they are 21 x 21mm x 11mm thick.


Email me at mbush22@hotmail.com to be entered in the giveaway, please enter beadie giveaway in the subject line..... winner annouced 6/8/09!