Tired and Wired

I have been in the midst of a huge project at work that I hope to be finished with by the end of the week (fingers crossed), and have been so freaking tired when I get home.  I basically eat, flop on the couch, zone out, and sleep.  Still, I have been crafting;  knitting on my breaks and doing some sort of crochet at home, actually, with unusual things.  One of them?  Wire.

I have been dabbling in wire crochet!  Armed with different beads and 28 gauge wire, I have been seeing what funky things I can come up with crocheting wire.  I’ve done a few bracelets at this point.  It’s a nice change of pace, to be honest. 

This is one I did with the said wire and some leftover Swarovski crystal beads that I had left over from a beading project long ago.  Not bad!  Please excuse my hairy arms.

I have tried wire crochet before, but I’m having MUCH better results this time.  Here’s another one I did, too.  It’s fun and gives me something new to do while I’m overloading on work.

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Beading Night: Bracelet Fun

Beading Night turned out to be a Bracelet Night this week, still with beads, and in my case, charms and a lot of jump rings.  I have another Wal-Mart kit for bracelets.  It’s pretty cheap and looks cheap, but it’s good practice.  Deb, on the other hand, had some lovely wire and beads that she crocheted into a pretty bracelet.  Perhaps this is also another reason why I should some learn some more crochet. 
 
As you can see, we got a little, well, creative, modeling our work that evening, turning out designs into focal pieces while we decided to make shadow puppets.  Everyone needs to get a little silly every now and then.

Beading Night 3

I took a little time out from knitting my sweater and beaded for a little bit, as I have been doing on Wednesday nights.  I continued work on the Pure Innocence set, completing the bracelet and the two pairs of earrings.  I’m getting better with my loops, though they still look sort of bad.  I will reiterate again that the designs included in this kit are good, solid designs that I will reuse.  This kit has been a good reintroduction into beading.  Next week, I will work on the second and last piece, another necklace.  After that, it’s a pair of earrings that I have owed someone for a looong time. 

Cancer Awareness Bracelet

One thing you are going to see very quickly is that I am very big into cancer awareness.  I knit chemo caps for my local cancer center, for example.  I’ve participated in Relay for Life.  Another thing I have made are beaded cancer awareness bracelets, which is my focus here today. 
I make these bracelets as my own personal fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  I donate a portion of the cost.  I also have made them for a Chinese auction for a fundraiser for a friend who had cancer, too. 
Here’s a little about as to how I make them.  I use Swarovski crystal beads, sterling silver beads, and sterling silver findings.  The wire is also sterling silver.  The crystals I use are 4mm and the sterling silver beads are about 1mm.  You can use a clasp of your choice.  The finished product is about eight inches long.
I use two of each color, which represents a different type of cancer.  The colors that I used are:
  •  Brain Cancer: Gray
  • Breast Cancer: Pink
  • Childhood Cancer: Amber
  • Colon Cancer: Royal Blue
  • Colorectal Cancer: Brown
  • Leukemia: Orange
  • Lung Cancer: Clear
  • Melanoma: Black
  • Ovarian, Cervical, and Uterine Cancers: Teal
  • Pancreatic Cancer: Purple
  • Prostate Cancer: Light Blue
  • Other Cancers: Lavender
I recommend going through Fire Mountain Gems’ selection of Swarovski crystals and select the colors you see fit.  If you don’t want to use Swarovski crystals, Czech fire polished glass beads are also an excellent choice.
 
Arrange your beads in the order you would like.  I space them out with the sterling silver beads.  Cut your wire, attached your clasp and crimp beads, and start stringing.  Finish up with your last crimp bead and clasp.  You have your bracelet. 
Other ideas to make it your own:  Make one is a single color representing a single type of cancer awareness.  Add ribbon charms or other charms that may relate, such as ones that represent a person in your life that has suffered with cancer. 
What do with the bracelets:  Sell them as fundraisers for the American Cancer Society or a specific cancer organization.  Make them as a fundraiser for your Relay for Life team.  Give them as gifts to patients and survivors. 
I hope this tutorial-of-sorts gave you some beading ideas.  I’m wearing my bracelet right now and remembering those who fought this disease.  Some have survived, others lost their battle.  They are all in my heart.