Learn how to create the Down by the Pond Bracelet by Fusion Beads

Learn how to create the Down by the Pond Bracelet by Fusion Beads

[Cody] Hi, today I’m gonna show you how to make our Down By the Pond bracelet. This cute bracelet features Amazonite, gemstone beads and has this cute, little green girl button and leather enclosure. So, let’s take a look at
the products and tools we’ll need to make it. (light hearted music) For this project I will
be using five millimeter silver nugget he/she spacer
beads by TierraCast. I’m using the 10
millimeter Amazonite, short simple cut gemstone beads. I have this adorable little 15X16 pewter small fish pond button
by Green Girl Studios. I have a 5X5 millimeter,
18 gauge open jump ring. Then I’ve got two, eight
millimeter sterling silver textured, round closed jump rings. I’ve got 2X2 sterling silver crimp beads and crimp bead covers. I’m using the fine, Soft Flex beading wire and then I have about 10
inches of the 1.5 millimeter natural, antique brown round leather cord. For my tools, I will be
using chain-nose pliers, wire cutters, and crimping pliers. You can find links to all
these beads and supplies in the description below. So, let’s get started. Okay, so to begin our bracelet, I’m gonna go ahead and take the
open jump ring and I’m going to attach it to the
shank of the button here and to one of the closed jump rings. So to open your jump
ring, you want to take your chain-nose pliers
and grabbing on each side of the jump ring,
you’re gonna pull one side towards you and one side away from you. Then you’re gonna thread
on the shank of the button and then one closed jump ring and then in the same fashion as you opened it, you bring it together and you close it. When you hear that nice snap, you know it’s nice and secure. So now that we’ve got our button on there and we’ve got our jump rings, I’m going to attach my soft-flex. So I already cut 10 inches
of the fine soft-flex and to attach it I’m going to pick up one crimp bead and I’m gonna go through the closed jump ring here on the button and then you bring your
soft-flex back through the crimp bead and you wanna make sure that there’s a little bit of slack here between your crimp bead
and your jump ring. You don’t want it to be
too tight as it could snap if it’s really, super tight. So make sure there’s a
little bit of slack there and then using your back
notch first, you’re gonna crimp one time and then I turn and flip it and I crimp two more
times in the front notch. Sometimes you can do just one more time but I always like to do
two for good measure. Using that back notch
first, bring your crimp bead in there, leaving a little bit of slack you crimp it one time,
you turn and flip it to the front notch and then
crimp it two more times. Just to make sure you get a nice and secure connection there. I always give it a little
tug, make sure it’s nice and tight, then if it is you go ahead and take your wire
cutters and you’re gonna cut off the tail from the soft-flex there making sure not to cut your working wire. And, since I’m already
at this end, I’m gonna go ahead and just attach
my crimp bead cover and you’re gonna do that by inserting the crimp bead cover into
this front notch first and then you’re gonna gently close it over the crimp bead. So you just bring it over
that crimp bead there and then you gently close it. And it makes it look
like just a cute, little two millimeter bead there. I’m just gonna give it a little tuck. There we go, okay so now it’s perfect. So as you can see, I’m
gonna use this bracelet as kind of my template
for this design here. And so this bracelet is constructed using the simple cut gemstone nuggets and the little he/she’s here and
because of the gemstones, they’re kind of irregular
cut, you’re gonna have to make sure that you… You can’t really just
go totally by the count. This has 12 beads in it
but say, if your strand if it has a little bit chunkier beads, you might only use say
10 beads to still get in your like seven inches
of beaded strand there. So kind of just, you
know, pull out your beads but make sure you measure
your working strand there so that you don’t make your
bracelet too long or too short. So, first here, we’re just
gonna start with a gemstone. So you string on one gemstone
there and then one spacer and you grab another
gemstone and when I’m making these kind of bracelets,
I always like to kind of try to change my gemstone
from each one next to it so it’s like a little
different shape just to make it a little bit more visually
interesting to look at and stuff. But, if you want your beads more to match, you can definitely go
through and kind of pull out all the long beads versus
the flat beads and stuff. So I’m just gonna go ahead and keep stringing this along here. Make sure that I start,
go with one gemstone, one he/she in between each. And it is approximately
12 beads long but again, depending on how your gemstones are cut, it may be shorter or longer
for bead count there. So we’re just gonna keep stringin’ along. And seeing as how I already
have this one bracelet made up here, I’m just kind of using it as like a template to see
how far along I am there. So it looks like I only need
about four more on there. So that should be just about right. Just a couple more. Just wanna make sure I’m
not gettin’ too long there. Yep, should be just perfect. Alright, gonna add a
couple more and then we are done with the stringing
part of the bracelet. Alright, so it looks like
we are just about there. So now, on this end I’m
going to take one crimp bead and crimp cover and one closed jump ring. So I’m gonna pick up the
crimp bead and go through my closed jump ring here. Bring mu soft-flex back
through my crimp bead. I definitely on this one I wanna make sure that I got enough room
so my bracelet can really kind of relax and bend nicely. So I just give it a nice
little bend to make sure it’s not too tight on there. It’s a little tight so I’m just gonna give it a little bit
more slack there, okay. So now, I’m ready to
crimp on this side here. So, in the same fashion
that I did the front crimp on the front part of the bracelet there, I’m gonna go ahead and
crimp one time in the back and then I’m gonna turn
and flip it to the front and crimp one more time,
or two more times here. There we go. Give it a little tug,
cut off your tail thread, or your tail wire there and
then I’m going to go ahead and just cover my crimp
bead with a crimp cover. In the same fashion
that I did the front end of this bracelet. Just bringing it over the crimp bead and then gently close it. Alright, so my bracelet is
almost done at this point. So now I am ready to go ahead and to do the little leather
closure on this bracelet and that is just
constructed by taking about a 10 inch piece of leather. It needs to be long enough that you can go ahead and knot it. So you take that and
you bring it, thread it through the end jump ring,
you bring it to the center of your leather here so it’s even there on your ends, and you’re just gonna tie an overhand knot as close to
that jump ring as possible. Bring both of your ends through there. Kind of push your knot
down towards that, whoops, towards that jump ring. There and so to make the
actual button closure here you’re gonna bring your two
pieces of leather together, and then I always just push my button in between there and that kind of gives me my measuring point. So I just hold my finger
on there and then I tie another overhand knot right at that spot. I just kind of hold my place there with my finger, bring that knot down, and then I have a little
bit of extra here. Just ’cause you need to
be a little bit longer just so you can tie your overhand knots. So then I always just take my wire cutters and I kind of trim it at a little angle. Gives it a fun little
look at the end there. And now I’ve got this cute little Down By the Pond bracelet. This is a great look for
summer with the little leather and the gemstones
and everything here. If I can get this guy closed on there. There we go. Alright, you can find all
the products and tools for this inspiration
design at FusionBeads.com. (light hearted music)

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