How to Assemble the Young Women Jewelry Kit

Step 1: Get Ready

You’ll need:

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You provide the candle and pliers — we provide everything else in our 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…..

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Poised for action!

Light the cord on fire.  Seriously.

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Don’t do this inside the church! Use the parking lot or do this activity at home. Have a fire extinguisher around if you’re working around young ‘uns.

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.

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Put out the fire by smothering the fire in the folded piece of scratch paper, using the paper to “protect” your fingers. It will be hot, but you are strong.
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See that amazing pointy tip?  The tip of the point will break off as you work, but the cord will keep it’s tip for as long as you need it to.

 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:

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KNOT– bead – bead – bead – bead – KNOT– charm – KNOT– bead – bead – bead – bead – KNOT

 

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
Necklace
6.5 inches 15 inches, adjustable to 17 (I don’t usually use knots when I make necklaces)

 

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Did I mention that fantastic tip?
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Thread the beads onto the cord. Easy peasy.
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An regular old overhand knot works fine for this project.

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:

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Pinch the jump ring together in this way.
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Here’s what it looks like with the charm on the jump ring. Pinch the ends of the jump ring together to close.

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Now that you have the charm on the jump ring, just thread it on the cord and finish beading and knotting as described above.

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Here is what it looks like after you’ve put the charm on the cord and tied the first three knots.

 

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Finished beading.  The pattern is White, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Gold.

 Step 5: Crimp the Fastener

Now that you’ve finished beading, you’re ready for the final step: closing your jewelry.

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Thread the cord through the open end of the fastener.

 

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Keep going…

 

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Now you’ve got something that looks like this.

With the pliers in one hand and cord in the other, pinch or crimp the bottom ring or two of the fastener.

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Crimping the last ring on the fastner — actually I got two by accident. I guess it’s just double secure.

Pinch as hard as you can with the pliers.  You want this to be really secure.

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Last two loops crimped

 

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:

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Guarantee the cord won’t pull loose by tying a knot on the end of the cord that has passed through the fastener.

 

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.

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Cut off the excess, and you’ve got a super awesome Young Women bracelet or anklet!

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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