This blog shares alphabet bead craft ideas and product information to help you choose the right supplies for any craft activity. We have the largest selection of alphabet beads and number beads available online at www.MyAlphabetBeads.com.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Create a Custom Nursing Bracelet

While there are endless possibilities for alphabet beads, bead with numbers on them have just as much potential.

Nursing bracelets are a wonderful gift for moms with newborns because they are stylish and functional. These bracelets serve as a helpful tool for a nursing mother to help her remember the time of the next feeding.
Each bracelet contains the numbers of a clock. The three beads following the number each represent a quarter of an hour. A movable charm attached to a lobster claw clasp is clipped in place to mark the time of the next feeding. The beads are strung onto memory wire so that the bracelet is easy to put on and take off. This way, nursing mothers can also switch wrists according to which side she is to nurse from at the next feeding.

To create this bracelet, you will need: memory wire, number beads, spacer beads (example above features Czech Glass fire polished beads and sterling silver stardust beads), a lobster claw clasp and a charm. However, in example the example above, a Swarovski crystal butterfly bead is attached onto the lobster claw claps using a head pin.

The number beads you will need are a set of 15: five "1" beads, two "2" beads and one each of number 0 and 3-9. We offer the number beads in a pre-counted set so you don't have to worry about ordering each number individually. Number beads are available in white plastic, rhodium plated pewter and gold plated pewter.

Helpful Tips

1) Make sure you have a memory wire cutter, memory wire will damage other cutters that are not designed to cut memory wire  

2) After you determine the approximate length of your bracelet, cut the appropriate length of memory wire, add additional length for margin of error.

3) String the beads in sequence from bottom of the coil and push the beads to the top. Otherwise, if you start from the top and push the beads down to the bottom, the bracelet will be backwards.

"THINK PINK" Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

There is no better color than pink to support the bravery of those who are battling breast cancer.

These two-tone stretch bracelets are great gifts, favors for events and perfect for fundraising. Using alphabet beads, you can express a special message such as an honored patient's name, inspirational sayings or catchy phrases.

The bracelet pictured is created with pink pony beads, pearlized fuchsia pony beads, and cube alphabet beads, all strung on gossamer stretch jewelry cord.

If you are planning a fundraiser or special event, these bracelets are simple to make, budget friendly and very fun! If you need help with your ideas, please do not hesitate to call us.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"HOPE" for Haiti Friendship Bracelets

In past several weeks, we have spoken to many people who are fundraising for Haiti by making beaded key chains, necklaces and friendship bracelets featuring the word "HOPE"

One of the most popular fundraiser crafts are beaded friendship bracelets. Alphabet beads can be accented with colored pony beads or faceted plastic beads. All of these beads are great options for fundraisers because they are budget friendly, but will allow you to create friendship bracelets that are fun to wear.
Beaded friendship bracelets can be strung on elastic cord, knotted onto hemp, braided or knotted embroidery thread. Cube shape alphabet beads are recommended if you would like to use thicker cord since cube shape alphabet beads have larger holes.

The friendship bracelet pictured features blue and red colors from Haiti's flag, created with plastic pony beads and plastic alphabet beads.

If you are using beads to create a fundraiser for Haiti, please use this coupon for 10% off your order of $36 or more, plus you will get free domestic first class shipping.
Use coupon code: BEADSFORHOPE, Expires 4/30/10.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day School Fundraising Idea

Raise money for your club or organization by making and selling Valentine’s Day Bracelet -Grams.

HOW IT WORKS
Using alphabet beads, create bracelets with popular Valentine’s Day messages such as “BE MINE”, “LOVE YOU”, "SWEETIE", "CUTIE", "BFF" and “I’M YOURS”. Add colorful beads in Valentine’s Day colors, school colors, or create your own unique color combinations. You can also take requests for personalized messages for an additional charge. Through this fundraiser, students can purchase a fun and unique Valentine’s Day gift as you raise money for your group.

Materials: Colorful beads such as pony beads or plastic faceted beads, elastic stretch cord to make one size fits all bracelets, alphabet beads, we offer both packages of mixed letters as well as packages of individual letters.

GROUP PROJECTS: Please call us for assistance with putting together materials for group projects for schools, churches, organizations or special events.

Instructions and Helpful Hints
First decide the sequence or pattern of your beads. Cut the appropriate amount of stringing material - be sure to add extra length for knotting. To help keep the beads from falling off the other end as your are stringing, clip a binder clip on one end, then begin stringing on the other end.