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 versatile 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.

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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!

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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.

Need fundraiser ideas for jewelry and gifts?

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Searching for fundraiser ideas that are easy and quick? Many jewelry designers and artisans use their talents and time to raise awareness and funds for a cause. Below are some ideas and inspiration!


Instant-Jewelry

Fundraiser ideas that are quick and easy

Want to make some jewelry for a fundraiser, but are short on time? Try easy to assemble jewelry such as Almost Instant Jewelry®. This line of metal settings is calibrated to specifically fit Swarovski® crystal fancy stones or other components. You’re able to produce a professional-looking piece of jewelry in 3 easy steps!

You can also use the settings as a base for other jewelry media such as Magic-Glos® top coat, Apoxie® Sculpt and your favorite polymer clay. Some settings don’t even require glue!! These open-backed settings are held securely closed by stringing onto a chain or cording. Want to switch out the pendant? Unstring the pendant and open the setting back up.

With such a vast selection of settings and Swarovski colors/effect, it’s fun to let customers customize their own jewelry. Lay out the options and allow customers visiting your fundraiser pick their favorite setting, chain and matching Swarovski crystal. They get a piece of personalized custom jewelry and your cause reaps the benefits.

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Use beads, charms or both to show support for a cause!

Bracelets full of charms and beads

Charm bracelets are a fantastic and fun way to show support for a cause. Attach lobster claw clasps to charms such as awareness ribbons plus other dangles in matching colors. Add hearts, angels, affirmations and more for a full selection of charm options.

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Large hole beads are a popular favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers will love being able to quickly and easily create a bracelet that stands for a cause they support. Plus, since the bracelet is interchangeable, charms can always be added later giving you the opportunity for repeat customers.

Large-hole beads are favorites for creating personalized jewelry. Dione® Easy-On Chains have threaded ends that twist off and on for putting on or taking off beads. There are even ring settings specifically made to accommodate a large-hole bead and are created simply by unscrewing the decorative top, adding the bead and securing the top back on.

You aren’t limited to just using metal bases though. If you’re a fan of custom cords such as macramé and kumihimo, make colorful cords at least 3mm in diameter and large-hole beads slide on perfectly.

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Leather cord or hemp is a great choice for non-metal jewelry

Metal-free zone

Non-metal options include cord and simple loops or knots. Some metals can cause allergic reactions to metal-sensitive individuals, so having a selection of metal-free jewelry ensures no one gets left out.

Knot closures are an added benefit as well since they slide to fit a range of neck or wrist sizes. Fundraiser attendees can then purchase jewelry not only for themselves, but also as gifts for friends and family without worrying about the jewelry not fitting. On the other end use a lark’s head knot to attach gemstone donuts, go-gos and other shapes with center cutouts. This type of jewelry is also a fan favorite with males–further expanding the reach of your cause.

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Try cuff links, tie tacs or pendants to appeal to all types of customers
Something for everyone

Want more ways to appeal to both the male and female demographics? Consider quick-and-easy pendant jewelry. Choose pre-made colorful multi-strand necklace cords or metallic chains including ever-popular ball chain. Then let customers select a pendant to match. Voila!

Other potential sale opportunities for men also include tie tac and cuff link settings made handsome by simply gluing a flat-backed component on the pad with a strong jewelry-making adhesive.

While we’re on the subject of gluing, bails turn beads, donuts, cabochons and more into pendants with just a dab of adhesive. You’ll be able to create more, in less time, for your favorite charity or community fundraising event. Decorative bail options give you and attendees more to choose from so everyone gets a piece of jewelry they’ll wear again and again.

Want even simpler? Try pinch bails. No glue required. Simply select a bead, charm, drop or other component with a hole and align the prongs of the bail. Squeeze with a pair of pliers and you have an instant pendant to attach to earwires or slide on chain as a pendant.

What to expect from the crowd

Now that you’re prepared to create for the next event, what should you expect? There are 3 possible outcomes.

  1. Some people will walk away–that’s okay.
  2. Some people will offer a donation without wanting a piece of jewelry–that’s great.
  3. Some people will buy your jewelry to support the cause and spread awareness by wearing it–super!

Not only do you end up helping your cause, but you also end up meeting a lot of caring people. You’ll also form a newfound appreciation of your own talents as you create fundraising design lines. Charity events and community fundraisers are sure to attract attention for your cause when tables are lined with your sparkling jewelry creations to buy or bid on.

Make it your mission to engage in deliberate acts of kindness and use your jewelry-making talents to foster a better community, nation and world one jewelry design at a time!

Design with
Almost Instant Jewelry
Dione large-hole beads
Gemstone donuts and go-gos
Charms
Pendants
Flat backs
Cuff link findings
Almost Instant Jewelry ring settings
Dione easy-on chain
Cord
Ball chain
Chain
Bails
Magic-Glos tools and supplies
Apoxie Sculpt tools and supplies
Glues and adhesives
Pliers

Get inspired with unique Valentine’s heart beads

Get inspired with these unique heart beads from Green Girl Studios. Perfect for making inspirational jewelry and beaded designs.

Jewelry making ideas are often inspired by really cool beads, and below are a few examples of the awesome beads from Green Girl Studios.

Click on the photos for more information.

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Green Girl Studios Laced Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Get inspired with cool beads

Ordinary heart beads and jewelry making supplies are everywhere, but all of the designs from Green Girl Studios are interesting, unique and are excellent for making meaningful and inspirational jewelry.

Making custom jewelry by hand for family or friends is such a special and unforgettable gift!

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Green Girl Studios Unbreakable Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Create jewelry designs that will be a lasting keepsake or memory for people who are dear to you.

Make cool pendants or use as a focal bead in your next beaded jewelry design to tell someone how much you love them!

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Hot Lips Besame Mucho Green Girl Studios Bead. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Check out the selection of beads, clasps and jewelry findings from Green Girl Studios in the Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

These beads are made from Lead Free Pewter and make a great focal piece on bracelets or necklaces. Check them out and Be(ad) Inspired for Valentine gifts or for anytime!

Locked Heart for inspirational jewelry
Green Girl Studios Locked Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Learn resin casting & sculpting with Cynthia Thornton

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At the top of my goals for the new year is to learn resin casting and enhance my custom jewelry making with unique designs. I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, but that was because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.

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Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques with Cynthia Thornton

Then I found this online class about Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques taught by Cynthia Thornton, the founder of Green Girl Studios. I love all of the Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, so this is a great teacher to learn from.

Sculpting & resin casting

This Craftsy online class taught by artist Cynthia Thornton guides you through every step and teaches you how to sculpt a polymer master, then make a silicone mold to use in resin casting. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • Essential polymer clay techniques
  • How to craft a variety of shapes and whimsical creations
  • How to replicate any piece by making resin molds with silicone
  • Tips for smooth, consistent resin results
  • How to use custom dyes, paints and metallic finishes
  • How to seal your work for long-lasting beauty
  • How to mount resin creations to pendants, buttons, hairpins and more!

Better yet is that with Craftsy online classes they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain step.

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Learn resin casting and sculpting, make your own resin molds create decorative pieces to use as pendants, buttons and more.

About Cynthia Thornton, the Instructor

Cynthia Thornton studied fine art and 3-D illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She worked as a sculptor in a variety of industries, and then founded Green Girl Studios. Cynthia is the author and illustrator of the book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry With Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More. Learn more about Cynthia and see some of her limited run creations in her Etsy shop.

What is on your list to learn this year?

Do you have a new jewelry making technique that you would like to learn this year to enhance your handcrafted jewelry? Leave a comment and let us know!

Coin jewelry to add to your wish list!

Customizable coin jewelry is sweeping the nation and these beautiful coins have just arrived. Put them on your wish list right now!

If you are not familiar with this new trendy fashion jewelry, then read more about it in our previous post “How to use a coin holder necklace” and then pin it to your “I want” board on Pinterest or add it to your Christmas wish list!

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New Carlo Biagi Coins include Om symbols, Cross hatch with Swarovski and Hamsa Hand

New coins for coin jewelry

Carlo Biagi Coin Jewelry is customizable and consists of a coin holder and interchangelable coins that create a pendant. These new coins raise the Carlo Biagi Coin count to 70 choices to use in your own custom coin jewelry!

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Tree of Life and Morning Skies ( Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner) Carlo Biagi coins

Coins are made with the highest quality materials including Swarovski crystal, cubic zirconia and high-grade stainless steel to create gorgeous custom jewelry pendants to match your lifestyle.

The metal color of the coin does not matter when adding them to coin holders, so don’t hesitate to be free with your expression and experiment with colors!

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Morning Skies Coin shown with rose gold. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

The beautiful Morning Skies coin is yellow gold-plated but is displayed using a rose gold coin holder and rose gold chain.

Unisex appeal

The coin holder can also be used as a”unisex” option for men who love to wear statement necklaces. They are perfect gift ideas for women too!

Be sure to add this to your “wish list” and check back often for new coins and ideas!

Compare to Lucet Mundi, Mi Moneda, Nikki Lissoni and other coin jewelry and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below 🙂

Where to find the best wire wrapping tutorials

I love to wire wrap when I have time and I have discovered the best wire wrapping tutorials by Donna Spadafore at Gailavira Jewelry.



Beaded Cross Pendant and other wire wrapping tutorials

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Beaded cross ornament for Christian Gifts

I happened to find this beaded cross tutorial by Gailavira (which is free, by the way) so I downloaded it, grabbed some practice wire, extra beads I had and started making crosses!

I found this tutorial to be very informative and easy to follow, full of easy to see directional photos and well written steps.

Similar to the reasons for why I love making rosaries,  making these wire wrapped crosses was wonderfully satisfying and rewarding.

I made one into a bookmark by adding hemp cord and matching beads, then sent it to my mother. She in turn gave it to one of the clergymen at her church, who was amazed and told her he would cherish it forever!

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Beaded Crosses using wire wrapping tutorial by Gailavira

Each step-by-step wire jewelry tutorial at Gailavira Jewelry will teach you how to make beautiful wire wrapped custom jewelry to wear, give as unique gifts or include with your beaded designs and other jewelry making ideas.

I bought the sword pendant tutorial and can’t wait to sit and make some cool jeweled swords for gothic style necklaces and mens jewelry.

There are also several FREE tutorials including basic weaving and how-tos for wrapping briolettes and making headpins! Check them out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Bead pendants revive old European beads

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Carlo Biagi European Bead Pendants

Bead pendants are a stunning way to display European beads that you are no wearing on your charm bead bracelet. Highlight a  favorite bead with this innovative pendant for large hole charm beads.

These affordable pendants are made from high quality brass and plated with a thick coat of precious rhodium. A striking and elegant addition to your European Bead jewelry collection.

Stunning Bead Pendants

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Examples of Carlo Biagi bead pendant using glass or crystal large hole Carlo Biagi beads

Everyone knows that you can only put so many European beads on a bracelet, so why let unused Pandora style beads sit in a jewelry box?

These innovative pendants will hold those beads that have been cast aside and give them a fresh, new look!

The flower and round shape have a reflective background which enhances the color of decorative glass or sparking crystal beads.

Available in three popular shapes:

These pendants are compatible with Pandora, Chamilia, Troll and other large hole European charm beads.

Revive old beads or highlight new ones while also creating a unique customized pendant to match your bracelet.