Easy to make black leather bracelets or necklace

Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatil Carlo Biagi black leather cord.

How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces

  1. Pick out your favorite beads or charms
  2. Slide them onto the leather cord
  3. Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
  4. Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
  5. Easy Peasy

The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.

Leather bracelets example with charm
Example of how you can add beads or charms, tie knots and create a leather bracelet

String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!

Example of an easy slide necklace with just a few beads

Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!

Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.

Halloween costumes accessories add spooky fun!

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Halloween costumes accessories and jewelry put you at the top for contests, parties, or trick or treating.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of fun and frightening items to put the finishing touches on your costume.

Resin dragon eyes, gemstone skulls, crystal spiders and more. They have everything you need to add a creative, personalized touch to your costume.

Sew beads or charms onto costume, glue on cabochons, dangle spiders, create a bracelet or earrings. There are so many ways to have ghostly fun with this assortment of Halloween costumes accessories.

Another great idea is to buy several charms to hand out in lieu of candy.

Love Halloween and all things spooky? Then check out these items below!

Click here to see the whole selection of beads, charms, findings and more.

Our favorite Halloween costumes accessories for the best costume ever!

Breast Cancer beads that give back

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the United States, a cause that people are very passionate about! Many women and their loved ones have had this form of cancer affect their life in one way or the other.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s a pretty scary number! But regular screening and higher awareness can help with early detection and treatment.

Show support for Breast Cancer

Purchase and wear one of the beautiful awareness ribbon pins below to show your support. Fire Mountain Gems donates 100% of the sale to research! These also make great gift ideas for women and healthcare providers.

Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

European beads for awareness

Below are high quality charm beads that 10% of each sale goes towards cancer research. These beads are compatible with Pandora and other trendy charm bead bracelets, they also make great gifts!

Beading supplies and charms

There are a variety of options for beading and jewelry design if you are making a gift for someone or preparing for a fundraiser. So be sure to check them out!

Want to learn something new?

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Want to learn something new this fall? Let your creativity loose and explore these different art forms to use in your jewelry making!

As the fall approaches and kids return to school, many of you may have a little more time each day. Learning a new skill to incorporate in your beading craft is a great way to spend that extra time!

Learn something new to enhance your jewelry designs

Below are three different techniques that you can learn to enhance your jewelry design and skills. Make really unique gifts to give as gifts or sell at crafts fairs or fundraisers.

Learn Kumihimo
Learn to make a Kumihimo braided bracelet


Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings.

Resources & Supplies

Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas

Learn Macrame
Learn to make beautiful Macrame jewelry


Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to produce a lace-like pattern. It’s often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings.

Resources & Supplies

Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas

Learn resin
Learn to make a beautiful resin pendant

Jewelry Resin

Learn how to use jewelry resin  to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating.

Resources & Supplies

How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas

All of the above will teach new skills and make your handcrafted jewelry stand out from the crowd!

Leave a comment and let me know what new technique you are learning 🙂

Is it coincidence or God speaking through nature?

Do you believe in coincidence? Does God speak to us through signs and symbols in nature? How does God speak to us? If God is speaking and we don’t listen, how does he get through to us?

I don’t believe in coincidence and think that everything happens for a reason. Over and over our higher power, whom I choose to call God, is constantly trying to communicate through any method available.

Is it a coincidence when animals appear?

Native Americans believe that animal spirits or totems appear in our lives to give us messages, and in my opinion it is God trying to get through because we aren’t listening to his voice.

I recently began trying to walk 10,000 steps a day to counteract the midlife bulge developing around my waist. This puts me out into nature a lot more since my home is tucked into the Central Florida Wetlands.

I nearly stepped on this rattle snakes tail while on my morning walk. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

Last week I nearly stepped on the tail of a huge rattle snake, it never saw me, but seeing the snake had me shaken!! The rattle was the first thing I saw, not a footstep away – eek!!

Then two days later the sunlight was shining at just the right moment for me to see a beautiful spider web in the trees.

Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight.
Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

I tried looking for the web again the next day, and could not find it. It seemed as though God was shining the light directly at the web at just the right moment for me to see it.

Were these two random sightings connected? Was it odd that after seeing the scary rattle snake I was allowed to see the delicate web?

Does this have meaning?

You might be laughing right now, but I began to think this was no coincidence and that this might have meaning. So I decided to look up the snake and spider and see what their appearance might mean and how it relates to my life.

Here is what I found:

Snake key meanings are transmutation, change and to be reminded to stay connected to the self and my surroundings to continue on the path of growth.

Spider and it’s web is bringing attention to my creativity and asking if I am ignoring my ideas and dreams. Go figure!

My inner spirit has been nagging at me to get back to making rosaries, prayer beads, meaningful jewelry and to practice wire wrapping and wire weaving. I have not been making time for that, and have just pushed those thoughts and ideas aside.

Knowing when God speaks

Was God speaking and I wasn’t listening? Did he use the symbols of his creation to tell me in another way? I believe it’s true: when I ignore my inner Good Orderly Direction (GOD), nature takes over to tell me again!

What are your thoughts on how God speaks to you? Have you had any strange encounters in nature like that? How did you use that experience?

Read any good books lately?

I love to read thanks to my parents and their example, do you love to read a good book? I wonder how many still like the feel of a book in their hands and not some electronic device?

Do you read for fun?

My Mom and Dad were always reading for fun and through books I was able to expand my imagination and sometimes escape to magical lands.

We had a large bookcase with many books, including an old Encyclopedia Set – remember those? I did many a school report using those Encyclopedias!

Now you can read books online, purchase ebooks and download them to whatever media device you like, but for me there is just nothing like holding a physical book and turning each page. I can see how much of the book I have read, and how much of the story is left by viewing where the bookmark is located.

Memento Mori book thong shown with the best-selling book “The Shack”.

Some of my favorites

There are so many great books, and over the years I have gone through many different authors and subjects like:

  • Stephen King Books
  • Science Fictions Books
  • Ghost Stories
  • Spirituality
  • Great Love Stories
  • Mystery Novels
Egyptian Scarab book thong
Unique Egyptian style sterling silver scarab book thong with “evil eye” and crystal beads

Bookmark your place

I started making beaded bookmarks a few years ago, using art beads and charms that were left over after a project.

These bookmarks or book thongs add a little personality and decoration to books and also mark your place.

Bookmarks also can be a great small gift idea for readers at just about anytime of the year. My Mom loved them and became my best customer! In todays electronic age they are a unique gift and perfect for:

  • Gifts for children
  • Friends at work or church
  • A small thank you to someone who has helped you out
  • Stocking Stuffer ideas
  • and many more…..
Do you still read books?

I would love to know how many people still love to read books. What are your favorite types of books to read and how do you keep your place?  Leave a comment and let me know!