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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Alphabet Beads that Make a Fashion Statement

You may remember stringing up plastic or wooden alphabet beads as a child. Now that we are all grown up, alphabet beads can make a fashion statement - literally!

This ribbon bracelet and necklace design is simple and chic. More adult versions of alphabet beads include pewter alphabet beads, gold plated alphabet beads and sterling silver alphabet beads which are classy and modern. You will be able to create stylish and personalized pieces that will fit right into your jewelry collection.

In addition, these ribbon accessories are the perfect gift - ribbons can be tied at any length, making these pieces one size fits all.

Materials: metal alphabet beads, colored accent beads such as Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystal beads, metal beads, metal charms with large jump rings, flexible beading wire, crimp beads, crimp tool and ribbon.
1)       Cut two pieces of satin ribbon. For bracelets, cut two pieces at 20 inches each, fold in half. For necklaces cut 30” each and cut in half. (Feel free to customize the length to your own personal needs.)

2)      Layout beads in desired order, measure the length and add 4 inches. This will be the length at which to cut the flexible beading wire

3)      Attach a bead stopper to one end of the flexible beading wire. String beads. Add crimp bead to each end.

4)      Loop one end of flexible beading wire around the folded end of one piece of satin ribbon and crimp. Do not crimp too tight, create a “loop” with the flexible beading wire where it is attached to the ribbon. This allows for flexibility and movement. Repeat with on the second side.

5)      Attach charms on the ribbon. We used 8mm jump rings. This prevents from crinkling the ribbon.

We opted to string our beads on flexible beading wire to allow for a wider selection of beads that can fit on the wire. Of course beads can be strung directly onto the ribbon, however, you will be limited to beads with larger holes. The use of a needle can aid in stringing ribbon through beads with smaller holes.

No clasp is required- just tie the ribbon in a bow around your neck or wrist. If you prefer to add a clasp, you can use ribbon cord ends to attach your clasp of choice.

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