John Woodson 4:55 PM How-to
Tools and Supplies Needed
Cut your Swarovski CrystalTex into 2 Row Strips (Long ways)
Stack your 2 row strips of Swarovski Crystaltex so there are chatons on both sides.
(Image above is just to show the chatons on both side)
Line your two row strips of Swarovski Crystaltex up evenly and close together.
Iron must be set on high, with a NON STEAM settingBegin Applying heat on one end, and adjusting your strips so they are even as you go.
Let your CrystalTex cool for a momemt. It should look like the image above.
Add a couple drops of super new glue into one of your terminals from the back (non-pave) side.
Slide in your CrystalTex and let it dry throughly. One dry, repeat on the other side (make sure before you glue the second terminal, the pave sides are both facing the same way)
Let the glue set. It may take a few minutes longer than it does with leather. Notice in the picture above when my CrystalTex is curved, both pave terminals face outward.
Open your 5.5mm Jump ring. (Im using a slightly larger size so I can get the pictures)
Load on your second Jump Ring.
Load on your Terminals (Pave side Out) and Close Jump Ring
Open your second jump ring, load on your lever back and close. Once done, repeart for your other earring
Nice Job, you've got a great set of earrings!
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John Woodson 2:55 PM How-to
|Design absolutely stunning bracelets by combining Swarovski Crystatex synthetic hotfix chaton banding with our huge selection of flat leather, and finishing it off with our gorgeous 2 strand and 3 strand magnetic clasps.
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|To get started, you're going to need a household iron (Do not use the steam setting if there is one), and a sharp pair of scissors. To create the design in the guide we used the following products to create a 7 inch bracelet.|
You can see the look we are creating in the image to the left.
|Our first step for this project is going to be creating two 1 row bands for the outer edges. For this, we will take our 5 row crystal banding, and using a pair of sharp sciccors cut long wise to remove 1 band of crystal. You will need to do this twice to create 2 separate 1 row bands. |
This will leave you with 3 rows that you can hold onto for another project.
|Once you have your banding cut, you're going to need to line up your chaton bands on your suede strip. For the first step it is important that you get your crystals lined up nice and even.|
|Once you've lined up your chatons, use your hot iron to apply heat to the end of the bracelet (It will take different amount of time with different irons to melt the hotfix material, so check every 15 seconds or so to make sure you're not damaging the suede or crystals). You only need to heat up the last to few chatons to get the crystal to hold in line,|
|Once your first set of crystals is lined up and hotfixed, make sure to line up your outer crystals and begin moving down the rest of your strip. You will need to pick the iron up and set it down as you go along (Do not use an ironing motion as it could damage your crystals... simply apply heat and slight pressure if needed). Continue this until you've gotten your entire hot fix banding to adhere to the suede.|
|Take your hot iron, and set it over the entire piece to make sure you melt any hotfix that didn't melt during the first application.|
|At this point, your crystal banding should be stuck nicely to your suede. Now, let your banding cool. It's going to be pretty hot with all that ironing|
|Once cooled, you will need to pick up your banding, and use a very sharp pair of scissors to begin trimming your excess suede. Try to get it nice and clean to each side.|
|Once cut, reapply your iron one last time to get your hotfix to apply to the edges of your suede|
|Glue one side of your clasp onto your banding and let dry for a few minutes.|
|Set the other side of the banding into the remaining half of your clasp (Without glue). Try the bracelet on, and trim back to size if needed.|
|Once you have everything sized up the way you like, glue the other end of your clasp in, and let dry. your bracelet should look just like the one of the left.|
Other samples using Swarovski CrystalTex
Vertical Banding with 30mm Toggle
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this vertical bracelet design we start with our middle jet hematite banding, hotfit both of our suede strips together, and begin working outward.
Hematite 30mm Cuff
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this bracelet design we start with our middle jet hematite banding, hotfit both of our suede strips together, and then add our crystal banding. We use a full strip of 10 row hematite banding, and cut our crystal banding into two 4 row bands.
Golden Shadow Center Cuff
Project Variations: When creating a 3 strand version of this bracelet, we use 2 strips of suede, and connect them together with the hotfix strips. In this design we start with our middle golden shadow banding, hotfix both of our suede strips together, and begin working outward. Our 5 row Jet Hematite banding is cut into two 2 row strips, and our 10 row crystal banding is cut into two 4 row strips.
Crystal 20mm Cuff
Project Variations: This is the same pattern as the project guide, but we've switched the locations of the Crystal, and Hematite band to make Crystal the focus of this one.
Hematite 20mm Cuff
Project Variations: See guide above for step by step instructions.
Our latest design project is going to show you a new way to work with 1.5mm leather cord. This bracelet combines 1.5mm leather with 5.7mm Rollo Chain to form the base of the design. Connecting your toggle just takes a couple of jump rings, and you have a bracelet.
|Materials Needed ||Tools and Supplies Needed |
This project can easily be completed by a beginner with the right tools. Our only suggestion is that you've had experience opening and closing jump rings. Once you've got that down, the rest starts to fall in place pretty easy. I should probably also mention that if you haven't worked with super new glue before, a little bit goes a long way.... lets get started.
Begin by opening your 5.5mm Jump Rings and attaching them to each side of your toggle
Take your 24 inches of chain and cut it into 3 equal pieces (approx 8 inches each) Open your 7mm jump ring and run it through all 3 pieces of chain.
Load the 5.5mm jump ring on one end of your toggle onto the 7mm jump ring connected to your 3 lengths of chain and close.
Now run your leather through the 1st set of rings of your chain and center you leather to make sure both sides are equal
Working Right to Left run your right cord through the next set of loops running the same direction.
Now take left piece and run it through that same loop you just did so that it is positioned on top.
Continue this pattern until you have reached the desired length.
Once you have reached the length you want, use a nipper tool to cut off extra rings. The bottom of your bracelet should look like the image above.
Connect the other half of your toggle the same way we did in the beginning of the guide.
Glue your leather where your last pass went through the chain on both side, and let dry for a few minutes.
Use your nipper tool to cut off extra leather, and you're done!