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An easy way to laminate paper charms for jewelry. Charmed BE bracelet series.

If you would like to see how the Charmed BE elastic bracelet band is made, read this:

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

If you would like to see how the bookmark portion of the Charmed BE bracelet is made, then read this:

Why Now is the Best Time to Make a Bookmark Bracelet...Now Where Did I Put That Bookmark?

If you've already read those, or you just want to view how the charm is made, then keep reading...

I decided since I had to make some tough decisions recently, I thought it best to have something here for you, a sketch showing my process for the charm. I'm adding more pictures today if you have already viewed this article. There will not be a graphic for this piece, just pictures and some words about how I feel about this project.

Here is an explanation and pictures of how the charms for the Charmed BE bracelet are made.


All right, I know it's not easy to see in this sketch, however, I will explain how the lamination process w…

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 andyou 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 throug…

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…

Why Title a Mixed Media Art Sketch-Painting? The answers in the Islands...

swjreads from tumblr is now syndicated on the Sketchwriterjess blog:

Here is the follow up post to 2 months ago. It was posted the same night. However, I will not syndicate these posts anywhere from a week or more after post them. Follow my Tumblr Blog to see these extra posts first. Have a good one!

Jess

https://swjreads.tumblr.com/post/162417930460/the-islands-ahead-this-picture-gives-you-a-peek

Notice I asked why title art, not why one should? There's a difference I think. More on that thought in future posts.

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media StudyCopyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley
Hello everyone,
I am writing a series of posts about Mixed Media. If you want to read my fresh take on Mixed Media you can go to my Tumblr Blog for extra insight on my Mixed Media Series. Fresh Reads about my mixed media art post Thursdayish on Tumblr.
This post is about the technique of how to combine Watercolor Pencil and Crayon to form an abstract work of art that has depth and meaning.
Materials used: Crayola Crayons, Fantasia Watercolor Pencils, Thin Small Paint Brush, Elmer's Purple Disappearing Glue Stick, Water, Cup for Water, Stylus, Mixed Media Paper.








To the right is a picture showing the two mediums on their own and combined. In my opinion, mixed media adds depth to a piece of art. Watercolor Pencil and Crayon on their own are not bad, but together they are dynamic...








Techniques for to make this study:
-Hold Pencil like a knife to color areas. Color Down the page Vertically.




- Lay each col…

Charmed "Be" Bookmark Bracelet: New Year's Eve

The New Year's Eve Charmed "Be" Book Mark Bracelet, A Classic Accessory that not only can be worn at New Years, but worn all year round!
The color combinations, materials and brands used for each bracelet are...
Offray 5/8” Sheer Black Ribbon and Darice Venezia 3mm x 4mm Rondelle Crystals color champagne (Ribbon and Crystals are used for each bracelet)
Bookmark Bracelet Left: Eco Fi Creatology Felt Sandstone, Toho 6/0 “E” Beads Galvanized Peach 1952-102, DMC Perle 5 Cotton#301 MD Mahogany, DMC Six Strand Floss #356 MD Terra Cotta, and Darice 6mm Glass Pearls Vintage Pink.
Bookmark Bracelet Center: Eco Fi Classic Felt Gold,  Toho 6/0 “E” Beads Bright Gold 1952-50, DMC  Perle 5 #725 MD Lt Topaz, DMC  Six Strand Floss #781 V Dk Topaz, and Darice 6mm Glass Pearls Pink.
Bookmark Bracelet Right:  Eco Fi Classic Felt Silver Grey, Toho 6/0 “E” Beads Bright Silver 1952-49, DMC Perle 5 #415 Pearl Gray, DMC Six Strand Floss #451 Dk Shell Gray, and Darice 6mm Glass Pearls White.
Tools Used (…

Charmed "Be" Bookmark Bracelet: Holiday version, last minute gifts.

Bookmark Bracelet Charmed “Be”: Holiday Collection, From the 10 piece Charmed "Be" Collection of bracelets.  These Ribbon bracelets lie flat so that they can be bookmarks. The charm is removable and can be pinned anywhere a person wants. Also Hangs nicely as a charm from the bracelet. Let's get started. This list of tools and materials is long, but necessary to work on making these bracelets.


The color combinations for each bracelet are...

Ribbon and 4mm Crystals are used for each bracelet. Bracelet A: Eco Fi Classic Felt Aqua, Silver Lined Beads 1952-87,Perle 5 #807 Peacock Blue, and Six Strand Floss #917 Plum. Bracelet B: Eco Fi Creatology Felt Copper Canyon,  Silver Lined Gold Beads 1952-08, Perle 5 #976 MD Golden Brown, and Six Strand Floss #796 DK Royal Blue. Bracelet C: Eco Fi Classic Felt Choquant Rose, Silver Lined Light Pink Beads 1952-14, Perle 5 #815 MD Garnet, and Six Strand Floss #502 Blue Green.







Tools Used (Brands in parentesis):
Embroidery Scissors (DMC Peacock S…

Letterboxing: Insanity, Sweat, and Satisfaction

This is a feature article on Letterboxing which is enjoyed by a community on a website called Atlas Quest. I have emailed the Main administrator of this site and let this person know I will be sharing this site online on my blog. Read on to find out more about this very unique website and activity, Letterboxing.
Treasure can be in the palm of your hand no matter where you are in the world: This answer may surprise you.

Imagine you’ve spent hours online...

Zen Mandala, Hand embroidery. Letting go of "Where's Mine?"

Note: This is a compilation of three blog posts I wrote in 2015 that I am putting into one post. All pictures from the other posts are now in this updated last blog post on this subject. This is my first tutorial and I've got more on the way. See ya, soon.
Phase 1 Hello everyone,
Here are some pictures of my progress on one of my hand sewn mandalas. I started it a couple of days ago. I've enjoyed working on it, yet it is in the middle now... and it's dragging a little which is to be expected. There is a lot more that needs to be stitched to make the design complete.
I'm using 4 colors right now and am thinking of adding a couple more. I'm keeping it as an analogous color scheme from the color wheel. Green, Blue, and Purple. I may add a complement of one of these colors as well. I have also used a neutral gray for the sketched outline. It is actually sketched in thread, free hand. I did not draw any lines.
It's my first attempt, so it's a bit uneven. I'm turn…

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