Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

by Jessica B. Hensley author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the JBHensleySWJ shop.


If you haven't seen the first part of this series on how to make a Bookmark Bracelet, please read this post first to see how to make the bracelet. Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

If you already have a bracelet ready made with a ring to allow charms to hang from, then read on. : ).




You’re about to read your favorite magazine and you want to use something to hold the place in the magazine after you read the article.

Well you’ve got a bookmark sitting next to where your sitting but you don’t remember where you placed it, ah there it is....oopsie, dropped it. Now what?

What is the best way to keep your bookmark ready for you to use at any time?

Make a bookmark that is also a bracelet charm! Then it’s on the bracelet any time you need it.

Sound like what you go through every time you read a magazine or book? Lets get started with the materials needed to make the bookmark bracelet charm. Then read the steps and look at the pictures to see how it’s made.




Ribbon, Beads, and Findings


9” of 3/8” Grossgrain Ribbon

1 5mm Oblong Freshwater Pearl

2 5mm Oval Jumprings

1 12mm Oval Jumpring

1 7/8” Lanyard Hook Clasp



Tools Notions:


24” of 100% Nylon Beading Thread

1 #11 .41x36mm Beading Needle

Fabric Scissors

Embroidery Scissors

1 Pair Chain Nose Pliers

1 Pair Bent Nose Pliers



Finishing Sealers:


Purple Glue Color Change Glue Stick

Small Paint Brush

Tap Water



Other Tools to have on hand (Optional):

Bead Mat

Paper Pallette



Here are 6 Numbered Sections with the steps Marked with Letters to making this Bookmark Bracelet Charm.


1. Tie the Ribbon into a Cross Knot
2. Attach the ribbon to the Clasp
3. Sew on the pearl to the Bookmark charm.
4. Finishing the Charm...
5. Connect bracelet with jumprings.
6. Put the jumprings together.
7. Bookmark can now Be taken on and off from the last jumpring closed.


Sounds simple right?...well...there is more then what it appears to be here in these numbered lines. Here is the whole process marked with lines starting with letters, it will help to look at this Infographic to understand how this process works:




1. Tie the Ribbon into a Cross Knot


A. Take ribbon from the left and cross it over the right side.

B. Take ribbon just crossed and cross it back under the left ribbon side.

C. Take the ribbon just crossed under, and fold it to make a loop towards the right ribbon side, bring it under the right ribbon keeping the loop intact.

D. Bring the tail of the ribbon that has been crossed by the other ribbon up through the top loop, then down through the second loop.

E. Push the knot closed until tight, while keeping a loop on top. Cut off the left ribbon tail.

F. Pinch the bottom half of working ribbon edge to edge, East to West and cut at a diagonal as if cutting off a corner of a page. Leave 2.5" to 3" for bookmark use.

2. Attach the ribbon to the Clasp


G. Take the top loop of the ribbon, pinch it flat, then slide it through the clasp. For left-handed orientation, slide through with the opening of the clasp facing up. For right handed orientation, slide through with the closed part facing up.

H. Bring the ribbon tail through the ribbon loop to form a Larkshead Knot. Push tight until the other cut off end is enclosed in the Knot Formed.

3. Sew on the pearl to the Bookmark charm.


I. Thread the needle so the thread is half it’s length, then tie a knot on the end of it.

J. Sew pearl from East to West orientation, the holes go side to side. Go through the pearl twice around, then go through the pearl once more. Sew through the edge of where the pearl meets the ribbon. Tie a figure 8 knot, then an overhand knot to secure against the ribbon.

4. Finishing the Charm...


K. Run glue over all cut edges and tails or the ribbon and the beading thread. Then brush glued areas with a paintbrush and water. Set aside to dry for 24 hours before using.

5. Connect bracelet with jumprings.


L. Open the larger jumpring by holding the bent nose pliers in your non-dominant hand, right for left, left for right, and gripping the edge of the oval with the nose of the pliers.

M. With your other hand holding the Chain Nose Pliers, grip other edge of the oval, near the opening.

N. Pull the Chain Nose Pliers gripping the edge of the oval near the opening toward yourself. Do not pull it left or right, pull it straight to you.

O. Repeat the process of lines L, M, and N with one small jumpring. The other small jump ring remains closed.

6. Put the jumprings together.


P. Take the small open ring and click it into the square jumpring on the bracelet. Click it by picking it up with the Bent Nose pliers and moving the ring under the square jumpring so that the square jumpring edge can nest inside the small jumpring.

Q. Pick up the other small jumpring with Chain Nose Pliers and click it onto the open ring, then close the open jumpring in the opposite direction as stated in the previous lines in section 5. Use the Chain Nose Pliers and push the open ring closed so that it meets the other end of the oval ring and it is completely closed.

R. Take the large jumpring and repeat lines P and Q, but this time clicking the oval ring into the second small jumpring from the square charm jumpring and then closing the large jumpring.

7. Bookmark can now Be taken on and off from the last jumpring closed.


Phew! Time for a nap after this...: ).



There are a few notes worth mentioning: (3 notes)


I use a glue stick and water because not only is it non-toxic, it breathes. It’s flexible. Jewelry cement is not. I like the idea of the ribbon retaining it’s texture and yet it will not fray.

Any pearl, natural or faux can be used as long as the diameter is 5mm or less. Round pearls and button pearls in addition to Oblong Pearls can be used for this bookmark. However any pearl size more then 5mm will make the bookmark droop and fall out of the book or magazine.

And one last thing about this method of making a bookmark charm, not only can you use this type of ribbon and pearl bead, you can use other flat materials and stones, which will be covered in future presentations on making bookmark charms.


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Thank you for reading. Consider this presentation practice. In December I will have an e-book with the techniques discussed in this presentation if you would like to continue your study.



Come on back next Wednesday!

you know you’d like too.



Jess


I am notorious for taking years to read books and finish projects, well until this last year of 2017, however, there are a few projects I'm stubborn about finishing, fixing, and/or selling because I make excuses as to why I can't do those things.

Here is an article to keep in mind if you feel like you are never going to get anywhere in your business or your life. Practice what is written in this article and feel comfort knowing others are doing the same.

The Three part solution to finish projects you start and put aside, for days, months, or even years!





Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again 

by Jessica B. Hensley, Author of The Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the shop newsletter for her business JBHensleySWJ


You’ve Finished your bracelet, you’ve given them to friends and sold them to more friends and then one day, one of your friends writes to tell you that the elastic bracelet you made for her broke and beads flew everywhere, at her favorite restaurant!

Embarrassing for her and for you as a maker, it can be tough to get over the fear of this happening again and again.

Here are a few reasons this happens:

- The Knots Are not tied tight enough, the wrong knots are used, and there is no glue to hold them together.

- The elastic cord size is not correct and the beads are too heavy, so the bracelet breaks apart.

- One large knot is used to tie the bracelet ends together. This puts so much weight on the strand that with wear, the strand will rub against the beads too many times and it will break.

So, what is the solution to this problem?


This blog post you are reading will not only tell you the solution to the problem, it will guide you through how to make the beaded elastic part of a bracelet I have just created recently.

The secret is in how the bracelet is put together. There is a balance to it that allows it to be worn multiple times without stress on the elastic strand, so it will glide over your hand and once snapped in place by your fingers against your wrist, it will stay in place, strong and sturdy without worry of it falling apart.

Lets get started with the materials needed to make the elastic bracelet I am demonstrating in this post.

Materials:

9” of 1 mm Elastic Cord, White, cloth covered.
2 Facetted Oval Crystals, 5mm in width from hole to hole on the bead. (A)
2 Colors of Size 6/0 Seed Beads: (B) 9 Beads, (C) 40 Beads
1 Square Jump Ring, 7mm

Tools and Adhesive:

Scissors
Purple Glue Color Change Glue Stick
Small Paint Brush
Tap Water

Other Tools to have on hand (Optional):

Bead Mat
Paper Palette







Here are the steps to making an elastic bracelet that won’t break:


1.Take the elastic cord you’ve cut and run glue over one end of the strand. The brush the glued end with water. Glue to a half inch down the strand from the end. Set aside to dry until lightly damp and sticky.

2.On a flat surface, such as a velor bead mat, Lay out beads A, B, and C in the following pattern:

ABCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBCCCCCBA

3.Take the end of the Cord that does not have glue and tie it to one corner of the square jumpring. First, tie a figure 8 knot, then tie an overhand knot. Do not cut the tail yet. Leave about an inch tail.

4. String the Beads in the order listed on the pattern. Pick up the bead with your non-dominant hand and hold the cord in your other hand. Push the bead onto the cord, then slide the bead down the cord with your hand that is holding the cord. Continue beading the pattern on to the string. Be sure that all the elastic is covered under the beads, until you are finished with the bead pattern. There should be about 2” left of Cord for tying the knots onto the jumpring.

5.Tie one figure 8 knot onto the opposite corner of the squre jumpring across from the other knots tied. Push the knot towards the beads. Then tie an overhand knot inward towards the beads.

6. Cut off the tails.

7. Run glue stick over all the knots and brush with water. Do not move the bracelet, put charms on the Jumpring, or Wear the bracelet for 24 hours. After 24 hours, it is safe to finish the bracelet with charms if desired. Also nudge the knots off the corners so the bracelet is more flexable when wearing. It will still be stable to wear and will not break.




There are a few notes worth mentioning:

I use a glue stick and water because not only is it non-toxic, it breathes. It’s flexible. Jewelry cement is not. I like the idea of the beads being able to move on the cord and it makes the bracelet more comfortable.

I use a square jumpring because I think it adds balance to the bracelet. The knots have a place to sit on instead of moving around so much with wear.

And one last thing about this method of making an elastic bracelet, not only can you use a square jumpring, you can use a link that has corner edges with a stone in the middle of it, You could make a piece of wirework design as long as it has corner edges. I will show you options for what I have mentioned here in future updates on this blog.




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If you enjoyed this presentation on how to make an elastic bracelet that won’t break, then please share. Click the share symbol either at the top of this post, or bottom of the post and a list of social media links will come up to share this post.

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You can see all the other platforms I use by clicking on the line box in the upper left corner, plus information about me.


Thank you for reading. Consider this presentation practice. In December I will have an e-book for purchase with the techniques discussed in this presentation if you would like to continue your study.



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Got Fired? Great!

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not

 
by Jessica B. Hensley


Dear Friends,

Did you know that Artists make art for reasons other then to be famous and become rich? I know you don’t got all day.

To be brief...


Artists are a lot like you. They have to roll out of bed, get dressed, and eat, plus they’ve got places to go, and many put at least 30 hours into their business’ a week.

However, here is something you may not know about Artists who own their own business’ though; they develop good, strong connections not only with other artists, but with their friends from any profession.

Really?


Sometimes, artists are caught up in self doubt about their careers, so when they socialize with each other, they may have something in common even though they may not know each other.

Here is the 5 Step Solution to connecting with people like Artists Do:



Step 1: Share your work; tell your friends why you can’t finish it.

Step 2: Ask your friends for comments on how to try to finish your work.

Step 3: Listen to the comments; take them in, then apply the most relevant answers as you work on your project.

Step 4: Finish your work, Show your work and ask your friends to comment on your finished work.

Step 5: Once your friends follow up with you about your work, Repeat the process with your friends next.



Just to give you an idea of how this goes sometimes with my friends, I’ll come up with a hypothetical conversation as to how this works, in fact, to add some flavor to this exchange, I will post a piece of Art that I’m not sure about, it’s not finished yet, that is where you come in later on...here is the dialogue:



“Girl with bird picture” A hypothetical Critique





Step 1: Hi everyone, I’ve got work I want to show you. Here it is.

Step 2. Artist 1: I love it. It’s so sweet.

            Artist 2: It needs something else, perhaps some shading to make                           it stand out.

            Artist 3: What are you trying to do, land yourself in a Fancy Maker                           Magazine?

Step 3: I’m a working. La la laalalalaaaa....yay!...aaaaaah why the fu....dgey shitakemushrooms Mother of Lordons...ok...

Step 4: Hey guys, I’ve finished my work, what do you think?

            Artist 1: Awesome!

            Artist 2: Nice Work!

            Artist 3: Traitor.

Step 5: So, Artists 1 and 2, what are you working on?

Person to Person


Connecting with another person can be complicated, as the Author of this blog, can tell you. Authentic conversation is not easy to come by on the internet or even in real life these days and in a world where if feels like your friends have so many friends, and you may too, deep down you feel isolated and alone.

Does this sound like your life?

Could be so, right?

If your life feels like this, then try these 5 steps to connect with people like Artists do. It could be just what you need to bridge the gap with your buddies who just don’t get you, but love you none the less.



Your friend in the metaverse,

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess



P.S. from Sketchwriterjess


If you think the sketch I’ve shared in this blog post, about how Artists connect with people, needs some work, I’m posting it on my Sketchwriterjess page on Facebook, so feel free to comment on it there.

If you like the blog post, The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Notfrom The Sketchwriterjess Blog,  Comment on it here on the blog and/or share it by clicking the share symbols located at the top and bottom of this post; a list of social media icons will appear. 

One last thing, I also have a blog on Tumblr, swjreads , where I post my rants about the art world. I won’t be posting from swjreads to The Sketchwriterjess Blog until a couple days from now, so if you want to see it before then, I suggest, you go there a few hours after this one has posted to read it piping hot. You can comment on the swjreads blog as well. Thank You for support.









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