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~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ

~ 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.

“My Favorite Things” Necklace

Don’t you just love wearing your favorite things around your neck? One day back in 2007, I gathered a few of my favorite pendant charms and hung them from the toggle clasp of a single cord necklace.

Favorite Things Pendants Necklace

You can make your own collection of favorite things and turn them into a simple, easy-to-do necklace. Here’s how I did this one.


1 crystal AB 11mm Swarovski pendant
1 siam 6mm Swarovski cube
1 light rose 4mm Swarovski round
2 clear fire-polished 3mm glass bead
1 Bali silver 13mm novelty “pig” bead
1 Bali silver 8mm fancy round bead
1 Bali silver 5mm tube bead
1 sterling silver 6mm heart bead
1 sterling silver 3mm round
2 sterling silver 2mm round
4 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
1.25” sterling silver fine cable chain
2 sterling silver 1.2mm crimp end
3 sterling silver 2” head pins
20” sterling silver 24 gauge wire
19” fuchsia 1mm waxed cord

Step 1: Attach crimp ends to the tips of the braided cotton cord. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the loop of the crimp end. String 2 daisies and form another wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat for the other half of the toggle clasp.

Step 2: Use a head pin to string 1 silver 2mm round, the pig bead, and 1 silver 2mm round, then close with a wrapped loop. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the wrapped loop of the pig bead. String the silver heart bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 3: Use a head pin to string the Swarovski cube, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to one end of the cable chain. Use a head pin to string the silver fancy bead, and then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the other end of the cable chain. Use sterling silver wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the chain at about 1/3 of its length. String 1 crystal bead, the silver tube bead, and 1 crystal bead, then form a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Step 4: Use sterling silver wire to hang the Swarovski pendant with a wrapped loop. String 1 silver bead and close with a wrapped loop. Attach a wrapped loop then string the light rose Swarovski round and close with a wrapped loop that attaches to the ring of the toggle clasp.

Favorite Things Cord Necklace


Heart Zipper Pulls

If you’re like me, you’re already thinking about what handmade items to give away as stocking stuffers for the Christmas holidays. I’ll share one of the projects I had many seasons ago – zipper pulls.

I posted photos of my gemstone hearts zipper pulls on my website. I mentioned that I would accept orders until I use up my stash. These were heart-shaped rose quartz, strawberry quartz, and cat’s eye paired with large red faceted Czech crystals hanging from a lobster claw clasp. The photos showed the pulls dangling from the front zipper of a backpack.

Heart Zipper Pulls on Backpack Pockets

When I received an inquiry about these zipper pulls, I showed the buyer her options.

Samples of Gemstone Zipper Pulls

She wanted six of each for a total of 24. I decided to throw in an extra one for her. She was a happy customer.

Here’s the zipper pull build sequence:

* Using a 2-inch head pin, string a small faceted bead, a heart, and another small bead.

* Form a closed loop and set aside.

* Pick up a two-inch wire and form a loop on one end attaching it to the end loop of the heart.

* String a small bead, a large faceted bead, and a small bead and form a loop attaching the clasp before closing.

Making Heart Zipper Pulls

Zipper pulls, bag tags, and keychains are fun and easy projects, which I’m sure you can quickly omplete in time for Christmas gift-giving.

Gemstone Heart Zipper Pulls


“Almost Autumn” Necklace

This is another revival piece from 2006. It was the time I discovered seed beads. And multi-strands. I found luminescent “rosebud” glass beads and a pair of glass leaf pendants, all synchronized in color with the seed beads, and went for asymmetry with the toggle clasp along the side.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace

Now let me share the materials I used and the step-by-step tutorial for your reference.


42” medium orange 11/0 seed beads
45” lime green transparent 11/0 seed beads
14 rosebud vitral light topaz 8mm fire-polished glass beads
2 yellow/green 25mm glass leaf pendants
6 sterling silver 4mm daisy spacers
2 Bali silver 10mm cones
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
2 sterling silver 2” eye pins
11’ of waxed nylon thread

Finished size: 19”

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Glass Leaves

Step 1: Cut the waxed thread into six 22-inch strands. Hold the 6 strands together and attach to one eye pin with a tight square knot. Dab a drop of glue on the knot to secure. Holding the strands together, thread them into the beading needle and string 1 rosebud and 1 daisy 5 times. String 1 more rosebud then remove the strands from the needle.

Step 2: Hold 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud, 1 glass leaf, 1 daisy, 1 glass leaf, and 1 rosebud; set aside.

Step 3: Pick up the 4th strand and string 3 lime green seed beads. Repeat with the 5th and 6th strand. Hold these 3 strands together and string 1 rosebud. Separate the strands again and string 3 lime green seed beads on each one.

Step 4: Gather all 6 strands again, thread through the needle, and string 1 rosebud. Remove strands from needle. String 2 inches of medium orange seed beads each on 3 strands and lime green seed beads on each of the other 3 strands. Repeat entire step three times by stringing 3 inches, 4 inches, and 5 inches of seed beads after each rosebud. Gather all 6 strands again, string 1 rosebud, and attach to an eye pin using a tight square knot. Dab glue to secure.

Step 5: Use one of the eye pins to string a cone and 1 lime green seed bead. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat entire step for the other half of the clasp.

"Almost Autumn" Necklace Toggle Clasp

Tip: To secure the seed bead strands, tie a tight knot after each rosebud bead and slip the knot into the bead hole to hide.


“Old Rose” Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

I’d like to share one of my favorite projects from 2006 (barely a couple of years since I started my passion for handmade jewelry). I called it “Old Rose.” This was a submission to Stringing Magazine that didn’t quite make the cut (my other necklaces were chosen). The good news is I can personally publish this project’s list of materials and tutorial steps in detail.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

And because I had long parted with this necklace (I don’t even remember who became the recipient), I can only use the original photos taken almost a decade ago, with a low resolution point-and-shoot. Nevertheless, I hope this inspires you to create your own favorite.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

24 watermelon tourmaline 5mm round
20 watermelon tourmaline 4mm round
30 rhodonite 4mm cube
58 brown agate 4mm cube
12 fine liquid silver (heishi) 5/32” (.029” hole)
1 Bali silver toggle clasp
20 Bali silver 3mm daisy spacer
22 Bali silver 4mm daisy spacer
2 sterling silver 2×2mm crimp beads
44” .010 beading wire

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

Wire cutters
Crimping pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished size
19 ½”

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

When working with a double strand, instead of cutting the beading wire, fold it in half, insert one end of the toggle clasp into the fold and secure the wire with a crimp bead.

Step 1: Cut the beading wire into two 22” strands. Attach to one half of the toggle clasp using a crimp bead.

Step 2: Using both strands, string 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 12 brown agate, 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 7 rhodonite, 1 small daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy. Separate the strands and on each strand, string 1 liquid silver, 1 small daisy, 5 small tourmaline, 1 small daisy, and 1 liquid silver. Bring the strands together and string 1 big daisy, 5 brown agate, and 1 big daisy.

Step 3: Separate the strands. On one strand, string 1 liquid silver. Then string 1 big daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 7 big tourmaline three times. Continue with 1 big daisy, 1 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 liquid silver.

Step 4: On the other strand, string 1 liquid silver. Then string 1 big daisy, 5 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 big tourmaline three times. Continue with 1 big daisy, 5 rhodonite, 1 big daisy, and 1 liquid silver.

Step 5: Using the two strands together, repeat Step 2 in reverse sequence. Attach end of wire strands to the other half of the toggle clasp using a crimp bead.

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace


Green and White Braided Bracelet

I still have a lot of braided faux leather cord that I can use for quick-and-easy bracelets. So, let me share a basic leather cord design that you can get some kind of idea or inspiration from for your own creations.

Green and white braided leather cord bracelet

I chose the neon green strand and matched it with a white one. A lobster claw clasp is always safe to use, although it sometimes requires agile hands or a friend to put the jewelry on. A rather large jump ring is what I used to connect the leather cords in the middle of the design. Sterling silver wire helped hold the leather secure around the jump ring.

Braided faux leather cord, and findings

Six inches each of the green and white braided leather would be just right for a 6 to 7-inch bracelet. I folded each color in half and slipped them onto the focal jump ring, then wrapped about 2 inches of sterling silver wire around the fold to keep the leather in place.

Cord end caps and the lobster claw clasp attached with jump rings close the bracelet. A token attached to the focal jump ring completes the design.

Jump ring and wrapped sterling silver wire

And there’s another project that comes together in just minutes. Feel free to innovate. I’m happy to share basic designs that will inspire you to create your own.

Green and white braided leather cord bracelet


Yellow Jade Bib Necklace

Yellow Jade Bib Necklace

This project came up when I found myself buying bracelets of yellow jade at a novelty store at a nearby mall. They were on sale as lucky bracelets, which the sales lady even activated by resonating them in a metal bowl. I walked off with six bracelets, five of which I repurposed into this necklace project.

It started as a rough sketch on a yellow pad. I grabbed waxed cord matching the yellowish brown color of the beads.

Beads, cord, and design sketch.

Estimating six strands for a bib necklace, I measured about 18 inches each, accounting for the knots that will hold the beads in place. I knotted the beads in a seemingly random manner. Actually, I spaced the beads regularly but in different distances per string. All together, the beads will spread like a bib.

Beads knotted in waxed cord.

The challenge for every necklace design is how to bring the ends together. For this piece that has six “random” strands, I decided to use a separator bar with three holes. I slipped two strands into each hole and knotted off the strings of the end holes. The strings through the middle hole extended all the way to the clasp assembly.

Three-hole spacer bar.

Three-hole spacer bar.

Three-hole spacer bar.

The clasp I used is the screw-type barrel, common for necklaces. I used a cord end tip with a loop to secure each pair of middle strings. Then I attached the barrel clasp.

Screw-on Barrel Clasp

It wasn’t easy to adjust the lengths of the strings so that the bib effect looks clean. But I think my patience paid off.

Yellow Jade Bib Necklace


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


Brown Multi-strand Bracelet

Sometimes I discover that I have a lot of loose beads and findings that are either leftovers from a previous project or have not found their way into a new creation. That’s when I’m inspired to make a nonchalant, asymmetrical, free-for-all piece to put these loose pieces to work. And this bracelet is what happened just now.

Brown Multi-Strand Bracelet

Let me inspire you to make one for yourself.

Start by gathering assorted beads. Depending on how thick you want your multi-strand bracelet to be, prepare several feet of stringing material (I used brown waxed cord on this one). Decide what findings you will use to hold the cord pieces together (I used round cord end caps). Choose your clasp (I used a lobster clasp).

Assorted beads

Cut the cord into your desired length. Remember to allow for the total length of the clasp which includes the cord end caps and the clasp assembly. Bring the cord ends together with a rubber band and glue them onto one cord end cap.

Waxed cord

Cord End Cap

String your assorted beads randomly.

Strings of random beads

Measure the length of the bracelet, trim the cords, glue onto the end cap, and attach the clasp.

Multi-strand bracelet

And there’s your lovely, nonchalant, multi-strand assorted beads bracelet for any occasion.

Brown Multi-Strand Bracelet


Red White and Blue Braided Bracelet

It’s always tempting to create jewelry in the red-white-and-blue theme. Maybe because there’s a yearly 4th of July celebration when you can proudly wear it. So when a stash of braided imitation leather cords in assorted colors came my way, the first project that came to mind was a red-white-and-blue bracelet.

Double Braided Red White Blue Bracelet

Below is a quick tutorial on how I made this double braided 4th of July piece, which can be applied to any set of your favorite colors.

1. Gather the braided leather cords and the clasps and findings you will use. For this grouping of cords, you will need a pair of cord end caps to hold the strands together. I chose a set of toggle clasps to complete the bracelet. The jump rings connect the end caps to the toggle clasp.

Braided Imitation Leather and Findings

2. Glue the set of cords to one end cap. I used cyanoacryclate (Instant/Super Glue) for a fast and strong hold. Braid the cords together and trim to size. Remember to include the length of the clasp in measuring the bracelet size.

Braid the braided imitation leather

3. Attach the end caps to the jump rings and toggle clasp. And you’re done!

Attach findings and toggle clasp

Double Braided Red White Blue Bracelet


RubyBeads on Etsy

Announcing the opening of the RubyBeads store on Etsy.com!

RubyBeads on Etsy

I listed 11 items today to kickstart. And to celebrate the Grand Opening, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING!