Monday, April 6, 2009

Rock On...

Gemstones + A Pile of Eye Pins = Quick, Easy, Beautiful Jewelry

I love to make bead chain with gemstones -- I think it is the colors and simplicity that draws me. Steel eye pins are best for these chains because of their strength (no need to wrap the ends of the eye) you can find these in our Etsy shop. I use these chains of gems in necklaces and bracelets. The samples here are bracelets - fun and fast to make.

Use a simple twisted jump ring and lobster clasp to close off these bracelets. You can even add in a bit of brass at the center for variety. If you are making up several items, create an assembly line for yourself -- cut all the eye pins at once, string on all the beads at once --- then you have a nice easy pile to draw from as you create the perfect length chain.

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