Simple Essentials for Making Bead Jewelry

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Combining two colors for jewelry projects:

Light blue with brown
Pink with brown
Pink with lime green
Pink with olive green
Turquoise with olive green
Turquoise with lime green
Turquoise with yellow
Orange with olive green
Orange with blue
Dark red with pink
Dark red with light blue
Plum with lavender
Plum with turquoise
Dark blue with turquoise
Black with anything, but especially with pinks, reds, and light blues
Clear with anything
White with anything

You can of course combine many other colors with the two color combinations listed above in one jewelry design project.

How to make plain loops:

Plain Loops: Use flat nose pliers to bend the straight end of a head pin to a 90 degree angle, about ¼ to ½ inch from the top of the straight end. Hold the longer part of head pin with flat nose pliers. Grasp the straight end. Twist wrist so you bring the end around to meet the bend to form a circle. Or, you can use the one step looper tool which makes perfect plain loops every time.

The other kind of loop is called a wrapped loop.

How to open a jump ring: Open it by gripping the end on each side with pliers, separate it by tilting the right side toward you and the right side away from you. Close the ring by reversing these instructions. These can be tricky to close tight. If you don’t close them tight enough and correctly, your beads will fall off.

For more information about basic beading techniques and several projects with step by step instructions, read the book: “Bead Simple: Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way You Want it.” Written by: Susan Beal. You can easily find this book on Amazon. There is a total of 150 designs in this book for making earrings, necklaces, bracelets, embellishments and more. All with photos and step by step instructions.

Reference Used: “Bead Simple,” by Susan Beal

Article Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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The Healing Powers of Love

Handmade jewelry as well as other types of jewelry is an extremely “emotionally charged” accessory to own or wear. Give a gift of handmade jewelry and you are giving a gift of love. I often now wonder why I am so passionate about hand crafting dangle earrings. I rarely in my life ever wore dangle earrings until now.

I started the handcraft jewelry hobby after one of the most hurtful experiences I ever went through in my life. I actually was not searching for a handcraft emotional healing remedy, yet, this one hobby in my life now has proved to “heal” those torn up feelings I had since Christmas 2013.
With each pair of earrings I make, I have one for sale and one to wear, I essentially have been giving back the love to myself that I felt taken away from me during the Christmas 2013 emotional trauma, or just “loving” myself by giving myself these handmade dangle earrings.

I know that sounds corny, but it is true. We can love our self even during times when it feels like nobody else in this world loves us. I suppose I had to do this for my own survival through the crisis as I did become suicidal. People who seek their own, who are lovers only of themselves and their own will do anything at any moment in time to another person without regard to how that will affect the other person. They have not the capacity to think beyond themselves or beyond those they immediately love such as their family and closest friends. Jesus is a lover of every human being and takes into account the feelings of each of us unlike vain glory seekers who seek only to please themselves and their own family and friends. Jesus loves the worst of the worst just as much as he loves the ones that actually love him. No man or woman can love God for real and do harm to another human being as these people done “willfully” and “purposely” to me on the traditional birthday of Jesus Christ. Jesus saw the entire scenario and evaluated it just as it was while these same people continued on with their own versions of vain babblings, deceits and lies. Lovers of themselves will go to great lengths to cover for themselves to do anything within their power to maintain a status symbol among their peer groups. True lovers of God will turn their face to the wall and pray for assistance and in due time that assistance does arrive.

The hand craft has brought life back to me. Love is a very strong emotion. The real love of Jesus Christ flowing from him to one who is wounded is a strong emotion. I felt the love of Jesus coming forth to me during the time these so-called “Christian” people were sending out their arrows of burning hatred toward me.

I prayed through the crisis, so I have to conclude the greatest love I received during that time alone and hurting was from Jesus. In conclusion I suppose I am saying if you feel like you have been treated cruel or harsh, Jesus can still come through for us in ways we never thought of or could imagine. I believe this is what happened to me. I believe this is the exact reason I started handcrafting jewelry.

It has been a vehicle of “love” flowing from Jesus to me to help heal the “hatred” sent to me from other people who continued on in their life working practical solutions to save face for themselves among their own peer groups. I might add these other people were people who “say” they are from the highest God, or “Christian people,” the same God who provided me with this healing. They used their minds and practical solutions along with money to work out scenarios for others to see and most likely to try and help them heal from their wounds as well. It is doubtful they prayed one honest prayer about the entire situation, but just acted upon their internal instinct to take of number one, which was THEY.

People can be cruel to us in ways that are so subtle it is absent to the natural eye and felt only by the person who is receiving the cruel act, but Jesus is a man who sees it all, and can come to us in our hour of greatest turmoil providing us with a remedy that sets in real long lasting “healing.” Jesus does not provide a temporary healing of any kind. If we can tap into the healing powers of Jesus Christ, his remedy will always be exactly what we needed and will be a long term healing, not just something to distract our minds for a little while, only to have additional problems arise because of rushed practical solutions. People don’t want to wait on the hand of Jesus to heal anything for them. They quickly get into gear and are guided by their own mind’s practical solutions. Sometimes those solutions are helpful. Other times a man-made practical solution only creates more grief. Jesus and honest prayers provide the “perfect” solution. Oftentimes it will be a solution you with your own mind would have never thought of, as this was the case with my handcrafted jewelry hobby. I would have never thought that this simple hobby could provide the healing I needed.

When we seek to please God rather than pleasing other people, we will receive divine remedies for our problems regardless of the nature of that problem. It is no wonder people think certain stones have healing properties. Others have probably experienced some of the same kind of happenings, remedies or healing as I have experienced with handcrafted jewelry making.

Whenever you want to give a gift to others that says “I love you,” give handcrafted jewelry as Jesus has given to me.

Meet “Charmaine”

Charmaine is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Simplicity Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles from the hook about 1 1/4 inch.

Materials Used
2 Antique Silver Plated 11 x 15 mm Leverback Earrings
2 Antique Silver Plated 0.026 x 2.75 Head Pins
4 Antique Silver Plated 2.5x7mm 6-point bead caps
2 Black Onyx 12 x 16 mm Semiprecious Nuggets
2 Caribbean 8 x 5 mm Glass Crystal Rondelles
2 Black AB 6 mm Glass Crystal Bicones

Charmaine’s Price: $15 (includes shipping and one FREE gift)

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Carmilita’s Elegant Collection Kambara Jasper Semiprecious Rounds Dangle Earrings: “Jasmine”


Jasmine is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Elegant Collection. She dangles from the hook about one inch. Her focal point is the Kambara Jasper 12 mm Semiprecious Round beads.

Materials used:

2 gold plated 11×15 mm leverback earring hooks

2 gold plated head pins

2 antique gold plated 3 x 8 mm fancy bead caps

2 antique gold plated 4 x 10 mm Scroll-Work Bead Caps

2 antique gold plated 3 x 4 mm thick Rondelle Metal Beads

2 Caribbean 8 x 5 mm Glass Crystal Rondelles

2 Kambara Jasper 12 mm Semiprecious Rounds

Jasmine’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)



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Carmilita’s Romantic Collection Red Carnelian Semiprecious Stones Dangle Earrings: “Bonita”


Bonita is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Romantic Collection. She dangles a little over one inch from the hook.

Materials used:

2 antique silver plated 11×15 mm leverback earring hooks

2 antique silver plated head pins

2 antique silver plated 3 x 9 mm decorative bead caps

2 antique silver plated 4 x 10 mm scroll-work bead caps

2 antique silver- plated 3 x 4 mm thick rondelle metal beads

2 red topaz 8 x 5 mm glass crystal rondelles

2 red Carnelian 12 mm semiprecious rounds

Bonita’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)


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Carmilita’s Christmas Collection Handmade Red and Silver Dangle Earrings: “Bailey” (FREE SHIPPING)


Bailey is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles a little more than one inch from the hook. Bailey’s focal point is the “lampwork” beads 12 mm. These are absolutely out of this world GORGEOUS Chinese Glass Beads. They have markings of gold splattered through the bead. Every time you turn your head and the light flickers through these beads it gives an illusion of a lamp shade with the light on inside, beautiful patterns of flowers light up behind the shade. Leave it to the Chinese artists to give us beautiful flower patterns in all designs!

These earrings say “holiday celebrations” for sure. They are appropriate for Christmas or New Year Party wear. They are appropriate for Holiday gift giving.

I chose the name “Bailey” for this pair of earrings in memory of the character in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” When you wear these earrings I suspect you will feel happy, gay, in the spirit of Christmas, and “it’s a wonderful life.” When I look at these earrings, they say all those things to me. The beads also resemble “Christmas Bells.”

Materials used:
2 silver plated french earring hooks
2 silver plated beaded bead caps 3 mm
2 silver filigree (cut-out) beads 3 mm
2 sparkling red Swarovski glass round faceted beads 6 mm

Bailey’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)
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Advantages of Costume Jewelry Over More Traditional Jewelry

Have you thought of costume jewelry as a collection say in the same way more expensive jewelry becomes collections to those who can afford it? Costume jewelry collections is certainly a less expensive alternative with styles, designs and colors to match every outfit in your closet as well as your personality all without breaking your bank account. Costume jewelry is widely available in almost every material known to mankind, which means none of have to do without just because we are not part of the rich and famous crowds of people. Sterling silver, wood, metals, resin plastics, glass just to name a few types of materials available to us today for creating our costume jewelry designs is widely available leaving it all up to just whatever each of us can imagine and create from it all. The use of sparkling “colored” gem stones helps create a pleasing to the eyes and senses sensation giving way to an appreciation of beauty jewelry artists around the world can all relate to as well as those who purchase our handmade pieces of works of art.

At one time costume jewelry was considered “junk jewelry,” but this is not the case anymore as more and more people become obsessed with the beauty of costume jewelry art. It is now being seen more as artistic, tasteful and in good taste. The price of costume jewelry depends upon the cost of materials, but also, the appearance of each piece plays a huge part of pricing costume jewelry. The huge advantage of having more costume jewelry (a particular piece, color, shape or style for every outfit in your closet) as compared to traditional more expensive pieces of jewelry seems to be more and more the trend for many people unable to afford the high prices of traditional jewelry. We are also seeing costume jewelry, especially that made by hand artisans, is much more unique as well. It is much less likely you will show up wearing the same pair of earrings that anyone else in the crowd is wearing to any given event, whether it be in the office, the company picnics, or evening life. It is difficult to buy expensive jewelry as often as a person buys new clothes, and much more economical to purchase unique handmade costume jewelry instead. You don’t have to worry so much about loosing a $1,000 earring out of your ear while on the dance floor as you would a $15 pair instead. For many people more expensive traditional jewelry is just not a sensible or practical choice. Affordable handmade costume or fashion jewelry assures you have jewelry for every outfit and every occasion. Costume or fashion jewelry definitely reflects the wearer’s personality without checks bouncing from your bank account. I also love to find FREE shipping incentives. Don’t you just hate to pay for your earrings and then find that you have to pay an additional $5 or more just to have them delivered to your door. At Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry, I offer FREE shipping for every purchase. Your shipping costs is within the total price you pay. There is no add-on shipping fee at the end of your check out that perhaps you never figured when you decided to purchase. I decied to offer free shipping because of my own shopping experiences. I would find a pair of earrings for $5 to $7 and then find at the check out I had to pay $6.99 just to have them delivered to me. After seeing the shipping charge, I often abandoned the choice.

Although many people still “bark” about costume jewelry being fake or imitation jewelry, it is in higher demand now in the year 2014 than ever before. With so many people out of work and the prices of everything that sustains our survival keep going up, people are just accepting there is beautiful pieces of jewelry that does not come with an expensive price tag and oftentimes is even more beautiful than the more expensive traditional jewelry. Costume or fashion jewelry definitely is also a “collector’s item.” Of course higher priced traditional jewelry still has its own buyers, costume or fashion jewelry is in demand. It is affordable, there is a wide range of styles, designs, colors, and flexibility which makes it now much more sought after than days gone by.

And there are many mass producing costume jewelry manufacturers, but why purchase a piece of jewelry “everybody else” is most likely to have the same of when you can purchase from hand jewelry artists and receive pieces that are most often just one of a kind?

As collections, handmade costume jewelry is a great choice. Most of us “collect” something we display on our desks at work or keep hidden away in orginal packaging in our closets. People spend hours upon top of hours researching, digging, looking and finding things to collect in every nook and corner imagainable. From designer bags, comic books, shoes to handmade costume jewelry, each of us have a space reserved for collecting “something.” Handmade costume jewelry is a great choice for the collector.




Materials used:

2 silver plated French earring hooks

2 silver plated headpins

2 silver plated 4mm bicone metal beads

2 pink 8×5 mm glass crystal rondelles

2 pink crazy lace agate 20 mm semiprecious puff coins

Robin’s Price is $15 (includes shipping fees)

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Carmilita’s Christmas Collection Red and White Dangle Earrings: “Joy”


Joy is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection. She dangles about one inch from hook. She is appropriate for gift giving. She is also appropriate for wearing to any kind of Holiday celebration.

Materials used:

2 antique copper head pins

2 antique copper French earring hooks

3 antique copper 3 mm bead caps

2 red glass crackle beads 6 mm

2 milky white faceted glass bead

I chose to call these earrings “Joy” because of the joy people usually feel during the Christmas holidays. Joy is a popular name for girls born around Christmas time.




Joy’s Price is $10 (includes shipping)
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