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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.

Polymer Clay Beads and Cord Bracelets For Sale (Philippines)

My polymer clay handmade bead bracelets are for sale again.

I had to shutter my Etsy store where I sold these bracelets because our family had to relocate to Manila. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, I’m selling again. Although, for now, to customers in the Philippines only (I’ll soon figure out how to ship overseas). One of these days I will reopen my Etsy store.

This batch of bracelets is PhP280 each. With free gift packaging (see photos). Pick-up is preferred. Shipping (within the Philippines) is additional. Payment can be cash or through Paypal, bank deposit, and local money transfer.

All the beads are polymer clay — lightweight, tough, and inert. This batch has no metal parts. The sizes fit wrists measuring 6 to 7 inches. I can resize if necessary. And oh, there’s a lifetime warranty. My lifetime. If (or when) the cord breaks, I will happily restring, no charge, no questions asked.

As always, I’m open to suggestions, ideas, and insights. Depending on available materials and resources, I can accept commissioned pieces.

Please email me [ rubybayan@gmail.com ] so that we can talk about logistics.

Thanks!

Latest Update: All of these bracelets are SOLD. They remain in the gallery as inspiration for custom requests (subject to availability of materials). Click on the images for high-res versions.

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“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.

Materials:

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

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“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

Materials
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

Tools
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished size
19 ½”

Tourmaline and Rhodonite Necklace

Tip
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

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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

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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

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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!

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Mexican Flag Bead Necklace

A few months ago, I received an email from a lady who said, “I had been searching the entire web for a beaded Mexican flag necklace, when your site popped up.” She found a photo of my beaded amulet bag of a Mexican flag. It was a custom project back in 2005.

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

The lady asked me if I could make one for her. I admitted that I have a day job and I’ve had to decline requests for projects that would require a lot of time, like this beaded flag. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and said she would be happy to wait for as long as it takes. So, then I couldn’t turn her down. I agreed to work with her.

I beaded for a few minutes a day until I was done. Because she wanted a necklace, not an amulet bag, I had to device a way to keep the beads in place as a pendant. Enter my polymer clay skills, et voila! The polymer clay backing and a sterling silver bail completed the necklace.

Here are the photos that I sent her before I shipped the item.

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - 2.5 inches wide

2.5 inches wide

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - polymer clay backing.

Polymer clay backing.

She said, “I really love this necklace. Thank you so much for taking time to customize this for me.”

I’m happy.

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Tri-color Chips Bracelet

One of my favorite multi-strand bracelets was featured in the bracelet spread of Stringing Summer 2011.  I strung chips of carnelian, sodalite, and yellow opal, and closed them with a copper fold-over clasp. Simple, colorful, textured. It’s on page 43.

Tri-Color Chips Bracelet

Stringing Summer 2011

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Twist Beads

I’m finally ready to showcase my original bead design: “Twist Beads” — polymer clay beads made by twisting colorful strands together. I chose natural twine and waxed cord to string the twist beads into light and frivolous bracelets for everyday free-for-all wear. I still can’t decide if I will sell them, give them away, or keep them all for myself! LOL! ;)

[Click on images for full resolution -- they're nice!]

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Crystal Veil

One of my favorite necklace projects is what I called “Crystal Veil.” It’s basically just a pendant on a chain. The “pendant” and focal point of the piece is a series of simple-loop dangles hanging from a horizontal 20-gauge wire. The horizontal wire is looped at both ends and attached to chains that come together in a J-clasp.

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil is one of the simplest concepts I came up with, but still made its way to Stringing Magazine’s Spring 2007 issue. It was also featured in the Best of Stringing 2009, in the Fun with Focals section.

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

Like they say, less is more.

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