One Component, Many Ways

Last week I found myself having one of those days where I was itching to do something creative. I started flipping through my copy of Melinda Barta's Custom Cool Jewelry, looking for a project that could scratch this itch. Well, it didn't take long to find many components whose pages I have now tagged for future projects, but I ended up stopping on page 87, where I

Simple Brick Stitched Toggle Ring

found instructions for Beaded Ring Toggles. It had never even crossed my mind to take a regular old ring component and bead around it for a unique toggle ring, but then again, that's the kind of project this book is filled with: innovative, unique, clever, and contemporary jewelry components.

So, let me teach you how to make this component. For my version of this project, all you need is:

22 blue 4mm fire polished rounds
1 silver 25mm ring
K.O. white 100% polyester beading thread
G-S Hypo Cement
Size 10 beading needle

Instructions:

1. Use the beading thread and the size 10 needle to pass through the frame and tie a square knot on the outside of the ring. Glue the knot and let dry.
2. String 2 beads, pass through the frame, and pass back through the second bead strung; pull snug.
3. String 1 bead, pass through the frame, and pass back through the bead just strung; pull snug.
4. Repeat Step 3 until the frame is surrounded. Pass up through the first bead added. To secure, pass through all the beads again, following the previously stitched path. Tie a knot before trimming the thread; glue the knot.

And voila! There you have a beaded toggle ring! But, as with all good projects, I just couldn't stop there. As I was half way finished beading around this ring I started envisioning a second life out of this component. I was thinking how cute it would be to use the same technique with two smaller rings and attach them to ear wires for a pair of earrings. So, naturally, I had to try this out….

This simple component could also be used as a stylish pendant on a simple necklace. Or, imagine making multiple beaded rings and hooking them together to make a bracelet. You could also string one of these components onto ever-so-popular leather for a trendy bracelet. Other ideas? How do you envision using this component? Try it out, and make your own version. When you do, take a picture and tweet #JewelryStringingMagazine to show me what you have made!

For this and more than 275 other ideas for personalized pendants, charms, and clasps, download your own copy of Custom Cool Jewelry by Melinda Barta. Filled with ideas to enhance your jewelry year-round, this book will also be your partner in crime as you start thinking ahead to holiday gift ideas!

Enjoy!

Megan Lenhausen
Assistant Editor
Jewelry Stringing & Beadwork magazines
megan.lenhausen@fwcommunity.com

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