Step 1: Get Ready
- a pair of pliers
- a candle
- a piece of scrap paper
- a Young Women Jewelry Kit
The pliers shown above are jeweler’s pliers. The corrosion makes them look cooler, right? Needle-nosed pliers will work fine, too. If you’ve got two sets of pliers, you will want both. I use a candle in a small tin that I bought at Wal-Mart for around $2.00. At first I tried to use a Yankee Candle, but the flame is too far down in the jar and I kept burning my knuckles. A tea light would probably work just as well.
Step 2: Set your Jewelry Cord on Fire
We know you’re frustrated after trying to find the pliers that your kid said he put away but really didn’t. Plus, now you can justify that huge dust-collecting candle collection….
Hold the waxed cord in your dominant hand and the scratch paper in your other hand. Screw your courage to the sticking place and…..
Light the cord on fire. Seriously.
Smother the fire by placing the burning tip in between a folded piece of scrap paper.
I roll the cord between my fingers and the paper slightly to give it a pointy tip.
Let it cool for 5-10 seconds before moving on.
Step 3: Knots and Beads
Now that your tip has cooled, you’re going to be creating a pattern of knots and beads and charm that looks something like this:
You can leave off the knots in the middle, but I think they make the jewelry more comfortable to wear. The outside knots hold the beads together so they never pinch, and the two knots in the middle leave a place where the cord can bend.
But do what you want. I’ll never know.
Here are some suggestions that will help you estimate where to put the first knot:
|Jewelry Type||Distance from clasp||Finished Size|
|Bracelet||1.75 inches||7.5 inches, adjustable to 9.5|
|Anklet||2.25 inches||8.5 inches, adjustable to 10.5|
||6.5 inches||15 inches, adjustable to 17 (I don’t usually use knots when I make necklaces)|
Step 4: The Jump Ring
I hadn’t made much jewelry before I started making these kits, and so I didn’t know how to properly close and open a jump ring. Here’s how:
Now that you have the charm on the jump ring, just thread it on the cord and finish beading and knotting as described above.
Step 5: Crimp the Fastener
Now that you’ve finished beading, you’re ready for the final step: closing your jewelry.
With the pliers in one hand and cord in the other, pinch or crimp the bottom ring or two of the fastener.
Pinch as hard as you can with the pliers. You want this to be really secure.
Some people like to tie a knot in the end for extra strength. I don’t do it, but here’s what it looks like if you choose to:
Another suggestion is to put a little bit of glue in the end to further secure the cord to the fastener, but again, I never do that. I have had these come apart, but since I use the knots, the beads and charm stayed in place.
If you don’t like the way this jewelry looks with so much blank space on the cord, you can buy extra fiber optic beads to fill in the space.
I hope you and your Young Women enjoy making this jewelry!
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