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Stretchy bracelets are a versatile, fun and on-trend style, great for everyone. From the beginner beader to the veteran pro, these bracelets are a bold look and so easy to put together. Wear just one or stack multiples. All you need are beads (stones, wood, glass or whatever you have laying about) and a stretchy cord. Yup. It’s really that simple! A needle may be needed for smaller beads (just to keep your sanity!)
Create these for yourself, your friends, your family…here’s a few reasons why they’re such a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe:
- Easy to slide on and off
- Quick to put together
- No clasp needed – just tie a knot
- No worries about metal sensitivities
- Don’t need to know an exact wrist size
- Works for many different materials
- Looks great!
What elastic do I choose?
Elastic cord is the key element to a stretchy bracelet (besides the beautiful beads) and there are multiple options.
Elastic cord is the key element to keeping your bracelet together. Consider these practical points when making your selection.
1) The smallest bead hole determines how thick of an elastic you can use.
2) The thicker the elastic, the larger the finishing knot.
3) If you don’t like seeing the knot, there are ways to hide it. Scroll below.
Here’s a break-down of each elastic to help you determine which will work best for your specific project.
How to tie a knot
Follow this simple video tutorial showing knotting options for different elastic.
Don’t like seeing the knot? Hide it!
There are a few different ways to hide that knot…
1) Cover it with a crimp cover.
2) Use a decorative feature bead with a large hole.
3) Place your largest holed bead beside the knot and hide it inside.
4) Incorporate a charm and dangle it from a ring positioned over the knot.
5) Add a touch of glue or clear nail polish (securing it) and just be at one with that knot. Everyone will notice your beads anyway!
~ Happy Beading!
From Country Beads
Roman glass is highly valued for its beautiful colour as well as its antiquity. In jewellery making, it is often sold as individual pieces or shards that have been drilled, but these small bottles are very special since they are completely intact. Crafted 2000 years ago, these small Roman glass bottles are beautiful and exciting finds from Afghanistan. In this period, Romans would bring glassware to Afghanistan to trade, as it was a highly important trade hub at the time.
While glass making had been around since the 15th century B.C., glass blowing as a technique was invented in 50 B.C. by the Phoenicians. In the first century A.D., Rome became a major glass blowing centre in the Roman Empire and Romans began using glass blowing techniques to make a variety of items, from drinking vessels to windows. Glass blowing was more efficient and therefore made glass items easier to produce and more affordable.
Small bottles like these were likely intended to hold perfumes or oils, and even smaller ones can be found that would have been worn around the neck on a string.
Roman glass comes in many colours, including blue, teal, green, and amber. The most common are the green-teal shades, which is exactly what we have here at Country Beads. Cobalt blue is among the rarest as it was the most expensive to produce, and similarly rare amber-coloured glass is desirable for its golden shine.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Roman Glass is the patina. The rainbow of the patina highlights the colour of the glass, and almost looks like a man-made coating or effect. However, it is completely natural – the iridescent layer forms on the outside of the jars as a result of the chemical reaction between the glass and the soil around it, which means they are even more beautiful today than when they were made!
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