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~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

Silver Hearts and Disks Bracelet

I love a project that takes me only minutes to complete. While complex and challenging ones give me a load of satisfaction, instant and quickie projects provide immediate joy. And with handmade jewelry items, I’m thrilled at how I am able to wear them after just minutes of crafting. This bracelet I will share with you now took less than half an hour to complete. And I was taking my time. Talk about quickie!

Silver Hearts and Disks Bracelet

Here are the steps:

Choose the materials. I chose some leftovers from my stash of silver-ish beads – hearts and etched disks. They look like they could work together.  To string them into a bracelet, I chose waxed cord – one of my favorite stringing materials because they are flexible yet durable. Black would go well with silver beads. To close the bracelet, I chose a blackened silver toggle clasp.

Silver beads and black waxed cord

Cut a length of waxed cord. For a 6-inch bracelet, measure about twice the length to account for the knotting between the beads.

Tie one end of the cord to the ring of the toggle clasp. I tend to use a clove hitch, but you can use whatever knot you feel won’t easily unravel. Dab a drop of glue to the knot to secure.

Knots between beads

String the beads one at a time, knotting the cord after each bead. I like knotting in between each bead not only as a design but also as a safety measure. If the cord breaks (which I anticipate will happen after I’ve worn the bracelet for many many times), the beads won’t all slide out.

Be mindful of how long the bracelet is. Because my choice of clasp is a toggle, I have to make sure that the bracelet is snug against my wrist. Otherwise, the toggle clasp will jiggle loose and come apart.

Tie the end of the cord to the bar of the toggle clasp and dab a drop of glue to the knot to secure. As soon as the glue dries, the bracelet is ready to wear. Quick and easy.

Silver Hearts and Disks Bracelet


Hearts and Cords Bracelet

I’ve grown to love this type of project because it’s easy, but mostly because the bracelet is light, natural, and has no metal parts. I used non-toxic, inert polymer clay beads that I made myself and strung them together with waxed cord, which I love to work with because of its versatility and durability.

Hearts and Cords Bracelet

Let me share how I made this “Hearts and Cords” bracelet.

I scoured through my stash of handmade polymer clay beads (I’ll share how I did those in future posts) and waxed cord. I found enough pink hearts to complete a bracelet and paired them with pink and white cords.

Polymer Clay Beads by Ruby Bayan
Waxed Cord

Estimating that I wear a 6.5-inch bracelet, I cut about 15-inch lengths of the pink and white cords to account for the loop clasp and the knots in between the beads. I crocheted the clasp loop and knotted it closed into a size that will allow the last bead to go through.

Crocheted Waxed Cord

Then it was just a matter of stringing the heart-shaped beads and tying a knot in between each one. I spaced the knots a little loose so that the hearts can have some wiggle room. The last bead, which would serve as part of the clasp, would face the other way so that the loop catches into the valley of the heart bead. Then the last knot would hold the last heart in place. A drop of glue on the last knot secures the end of the bracelet.

Knotted Cord

Very easy. Very light. Environment-friendly.

Hearts and Cords Bracelet