Many pieces of jewelry like necklaces or bracelets need some kind of closure. Purses do, too, journals perhaps. Maybe you crochet an iPod cozy that should be closable.
You can use pre-made closures (which I mostly don’t like), but you can make a self-made shank button match just as you like.
For my bracelet bracelet *Little Black Dress* with the beaded spiral bead I made such a shank button and it worked out really fine.
Beaded Shank Button (Tubular Herringbone/Ndebele)
Here at unikatissima:
Beaded Spiral Beads
Browsing craftster I found one day the thread about coin rings.
Somewhere in the thread is also a link to a tutorial on how to make your own coin ring (with many explaining pictures).
I can’t image that I will ever do this, but I find it interesting enough to present it here.
Perhaps someone wants to make their weddings rings this way? ;-))
craftster: ‘coin rings! i’m an addict!!!’
Tutorial on how to make a coin ring
I liked this cute little book necklace at once and bookmarked immediately the tutorial on how to make it .
I haven’t made it yet (I fear that it could be to fiddly for me ;-)), but one day I’ll try it.
Book Necklace Photo
Book Necklace Tutorial
As I said before I really love freeform work.
Another wonderful freeform technique is Freeform Peyote.
To give you an idea of the variety of pieces of art, see those results of the Google image search ‘Freeform Peyote’.
Stunning, aren’t they?
First I had the problem that I really didn’t know where to begin.
Up until the day I found a tutorial on how to make a freeform peyote bracelet.
After I’ve seen how easy it is, I worked several pieces with this technique. The photo shows close-up of three of them.
If you like to see more of them, take a look at the judaica, many mezuzot are made in freeform peyote technique.
Tutorial on how to make a freeform peyote bracelet
Results of the Google image search ‘Freeform Peyote’
About.com: Beadwork: A website with lots of tutorials about beadwork
Basic Beading Stitch Tutorials
Perlenhobby.de: A website with lots of (german) tutorials about beadwork: click on
‘Anleitungen’ in the sidebar left and there select one of the Peyote tutorials
Wikipedia: Mezuza (english) – Mesusa (deutsch)
Inspired by the tutorial on how to make wire beads I created a wire bracelet (I couldn’t get enough of all this wrapping of wire ;-)).
I although didn’t use any special tool but a simple steel kebab skewer I found somewhere in my kitchen ;-)
Because my wire seemed quite boring to me, I strung some green seed beads on it but they are barely visible.
Jewelry Making Techniques by WigJig: a colossal website for Jewelry Making and Wire Design
Tutorial on how to make wire beads