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Storms & Sunshine Bracelet Jewelry Tutorial


Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another jewelry making video at
KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today we’re gong to make this really nice
multi-strand bracelet and the cool thing about this project is it really only uses three
different jewelry supplies. A little glue and a pair of scissors are the
only tools you’ll need. So this bracelet design is dependent upon
having this kind of a clasp. This is a mini Regaliz brass plated magnetic
clasp. I talked about it on my video on magnetic
clasps and it’s really intended for gluing pieces of leather into it and then making
yourself a bracelet or necklace, but you don’t have to glue only leather into it. You can glue whatever you can think of that
will work. And so what we’re going to use is cord and
I have here a few different types of cord. This is hemp cord and it’s dyed in different
colors. This is cotton braiding cord, again lots of
different colors. You could even use suede. These are narrow suede strips. You could use these. You could use silk cord. Really whatever you want. One tricky part I found was trying to determine
just how many strands I wanted to put in there because I wanted it to be nice and full and
not look skimpy and so what I did was I pulled one of these bundles of my hemp cord off the
card and then just kind of experimented stuffing different amounts in there and so I’m thinking
that probably around 30 strands. And then the only other thing you need besides
your clasp and your cord are some beads. These beads need to have holes large enough
for the cord to go through and they can be whatever you want. I’m going to go with these two blue/gray cords
and I thought it was kind of an interesting contrast to have the warm brass and gold colors
along with the cool silvers. I think it will make a nice elegant bracelet. So once you have your cord chosen, you just
need to cut several lengths and I’m going to cut mine a little longer than I know I’ll
need. I’m going to cut mine around 8-8.5″ long. I want to have enough so that I can trim them
off neatly on the other end. So I’ve gone ahead and cut all my strands. I ended up adding in another 10, so that’s
40 cotton strands, but your count will depend on of course the clasp that you have and the
type of cord you choose. And what I’ve done is about an inch from the
end, I’ve gathered them with a rubber band and then I’m going to trim them just so that
they’re all flush and even. So nice sharp scissors that will get you that
all done in that one clean smooth cut and that looks pretty good. Now there are all sorts of choices when it
comes to glue, but you definitely want to use something nice and strong and I love two-part
epoxy for its strength and you have choices in two-part epoxy. There’s this one that you can get in the craft
store and it sets in five minutes, which is lovely. Although sometimes I find I want a little
more time. There’s this one and I’ll have a link to this
one at my blog post that gives you 90 minutes working time, which is maybe a little bit
more than I want, but it’s kind of a comfort to know that I don’t have to rush with this. So I’m going to use this. There’s 90 minutes working time and then it
takes 12 hours to cure completely. So you do kind of have to plan ahead if you’re
going to use this glue. It’s not for a last minute project. I always just dig in my trash for a scrap
of paper to mix my glue on and I do kind of prefer these little tubes rather than the
plunger because it can be tricky to get equal amounts out of the plungers, but the tubes,
you just squirt out each one. So you need an equal amount. And there’s safety things on these. You may need to work with good ventilation
and all that. Make sure you read all that when you’re using
this kind of glue. And then you want to stir it very thoroughly. So if you’re interested in any of the supplies
that I use in any of my videos, you should click on the little tag that’s in the upper
right or the link in the description box. Either of those will bring you to my blog
post and at my blog post I will have more information, often things I’ve thought of
or figured out after I made the video. I’ll also have a complete supply list and
links to products. It’s the question you all asked me the most
often on my YouTube channel is where can you get the supplies. So rather than having to wait for me to answer
you, you can just go ahead and go to the description box and click on the blog post link that’s
there. What I’m going to do now is just apply some
of this glue right in the center of this bundle because that’s something one of my viewers
mentioned was being concerned that the pieces would come out of the center and that’s a
good concern to keep in mind. So I don’t want to go too far down. I don’t want the glue showing on the outside,
so just like the inner 1/8″ or so. Get some glue all over those ends. This isn’t super deep so I don’t want to put
too much in there, but I do want to get glue all around those inner edges and on the bottom. This is where five minutes might not be enough
time if you want to do this carefully and neatly. You might find yourself rushing. So I’d rather have to wait longer for it to
dry and just be able to take my time doing this. Let’s see if I can get this shaped right so
I can stuff it right into that clasp. And see what I mean about wanting not to have
to rush. You just kind of want to do it really neatly
and get it done nicely on your first try if possible. And that looks pretty good. Alright, now I got a little bit of glop over
here. So I’m going to take this and throw it away. I’m done with that. Thankfully that’s on the under side. I’m just going to take a baby wipe and wipe
up all that visible glue. So here I am back after about 24 hours and
this is completely dry and then just smooth these out because they were kind of kinked. I mentioned using an iron, but you could also
use a flat iron for your hair and it works great and it actually uses a little bit less
electricity. So that’s what I did. I smoothed out all the strands. Now it’s just a matter of adding your beads
and you can add as many or as few as you want. I’m going to start with maybe six per strand
and see how that looks. And if you need to, you may have to trim your
cord a little bit, like at a point and you can also, if it’s really tricky, you can add
a little glue to the end of your cord and let it dry and that will make stringing easier. So I’ve gone ahead and strung on my beads
and it will vary, depending on the size clasp you have, the cord, the size of the beads,
just how many you want to add. I realize that having beads on every single
one of these strands would be a bit much so I put six beads on about half of the strands. I ended up with 30 on this and I think that
looks good. So now all we need to do is glue the clasp
and the other end, but that can be a little tricky. There’s a few things I figured out along the
way. First of all, you kind of want to shake all
those beads down to the other end for now just to get them out of your way and then
you want to lay that out on a work surface and kind of fan out all of your strands and
this will help you as we’re pulling them out so they’re all nice and even and the same
length. And actually I already tested this around
my wrist and decided that I want to cut it right where this very shortest strand was. So don’t be afraid to cut your strands quite
a bit longer than you think you’re going to need because this is just at the edge of where
I want it to be. So I’m going to cut all of mine to the shortest
one. So I’m going to kind of pull that one out
and get it over here and then I’m going to take something heavy or just find some way
to clamp down this end, like that. My glue bottle is heavy enough and then you
just start grabbing your strands one at a time and you just want to be able to tug on
it from the other piece of the clasp and tug on it so you can make them all the same length. So I’m just doing that and holding it with
my fingers and you just keep doing that until you have all of your strands in a single bundle. Now it’s always my hope to inspire and encourage
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together with a rubber band, but the problem with that and I lost a bit of the footage,
that didn’t work out as well as I thought it would so I’m not going to do that on this
end. I’m just going to use my fingers to hold it
nice and tight while I prepare it for gluing and put it into the clasp because the problem
was when I took off the rubber band, it grabbed the cords and then pulled them out of that
clasp. I’m going to grab my scissors and trim. Okay and I’m just going to hold this nice
and tight with my fingers. I’ve already mixed up some more two-part epoxy
here. Another benefit to using the stuff that takes
longer. You can do it a little bit ahead and I’m just
going to do the same thing I did on the other end. I’ve got to make sure I get all the edges
and the bottom of this clasp, but not so much that when you push the cords in it comes oozing
out if you can help it and then I want to make sure I get all of the ends and the edges
and I’m kind of holding it so that it is in that oval shape that the clasp is. And then plop all those in. Grab a little wet wipe and clean up any ooze. You can use the clean end of your toothpick. There we go. There’s a couple that need to be tucked in. It’s best to do this clean and neat and in
one motion and not have to mess with it. And then just like we did the other part,
walk away. Leave it alone and after the glue is completely
dry, that’s it. This is what we have. You can kind of spread those beads around
and if you want, before you clasp it, you can give it a couple of twists and what’s
cool is with this kind of a clasp, the twists will stay in place. So again if you’re interested in the supplies
I used, click on the little tag in the upper right or the link in the description box to
go to my blog post. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already. Take a peek at my Patreon page for how you
can get great rewards and help support these tutorials. Happy creating. Bye bye.

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