“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
- 12mm jump rings
- 6mm jump rings
- 10mm beads
- Assorted small-nosed pliers
Now, I’m going to attempt to explain this, but I took lots of pictures in case words fail. Also, there’s this video by Beadaholique.
The most important information is the ratio of size between the large rings and the beads. General rule is a 2mm difference.
First: open as many large jump rings as you think you’ll need, then add a few more.
Unlike me, you’ll want to add the clasp to the smaller rings (these can be 4mm or 6mm) before starting the beading. Open four smaller rings, thread the clasp end onto two rings, then close the rings; do the same with the other end.
Put two larger rings through the smaller ones. Attach two more large rings to the initial large rings. Don’t forget to close each jump ring as you thread them. This is where the pliers come in handy.
Here’s where I (finally) attached the clasps. The little ones are a bit harder to work with, but not impossible. As you can see, I chose the perfect clasp for a love bracelet – a heart – but there are so many choices! Find one that works for you.
I recommend starting with this step – it’s only logical – but it’s been awhile since I’ve been accused of thinking logically, so… just go with it.
If using a bar and ring (toggle) clasp, I recommend one extra small jump ring on the bar side, threaded through double small rings. This will give the bar a little extra room to maneuver into the ring. Without that extra ring, I couldn’t close the clasp.
My labor of love, just for you…
…so send some love over to my friends!
Karen has Hugs and Kisses Cookies – sweets for your sweetheart!
Be Valentine Royalty with these King and Queen of Hearts Crowns from Stacy:
Sarah is putting the L-O-V-E in Funny Poetry.
What says love better than Re-purposing Wedding Petals, like Lydia did?
Real love is sweet and salty, much like this Sweet n Salty Valentine’s Day Popcorn from Christy.
Remember – I love all of you… mostly in a salty kind of way, but I think it’s pretty sweet.