Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mid-Week Mutterings - Beadalon Quick Link Connectors Bracelet

Trying to jump-start my creativity, I got out some silver plated jump rings and the large sized silver plate Beadalon Quick Link connectors. It only took a few minutes to make a basic bracelet with those.

The Quick Link connectors just need to be pinched closed with pliers. Beadalon recommends their pinch bail pliers, I used bent chain nose.

Beadalon also makes an EZ Lobster, a quick close lobster claw - again, you just pinch the open end closed over the jump ring to attach.

This made the base bracelet fast and easy to assemble. The jump rings needed a little wiggling to get closed, but otherwise it is just connect and pinch. I'd say you could make a bracelet in 15 minutes or less, but I neglected to time it. The bracelet base used 12-6mm jump rings and 11 connectors for about 7" length.

Then I started adding beads either directly on to jump rings or with simple loops made from head pins.

And this is what the finished bracelet looks like flat -

And hanging on a wrist -

I just got a package from Rings & Things full of Soft Flex Trios, and I'll be playing with them tonight and reviewing them my Thursday Reviews & Interviews post.

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Blogger JustATish said...

Great minds think alike! i just posted yesterday bout what to do with jump rings!!!

June 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Those connectors look neat! The one advantage to the two loops on the connectors is the larger links would lie pretty flat and not twist so much. Love your bracelet. Very pretty!

June 24, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Designs by Blanche said...

Cool design & so easy! Love it!

June 24, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Softflexgirl said...

Oooooh! I can't wait to see what you do with the Trios! :)

June 24, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi there! I am so glad you posted about those connectors!!! My Dad sent me some a while back and I wasn't sure how to use them! Now that I see how it works, it seems pretty obvious. :)

LOVE THE BRACELET! Wouldn't you like to do a giveaway with this one? wink, wink

Have a good one! Lisa C.

June 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

thanks everyone for coming by and commenting!

Tish: I'm so behind - I hope to get over to your post and read about our GMTA moment soon!

Cindy: they are really wonderful. I grabbed a whole fist full of packages when I was back east because I haven't seen them anywhere around here.

Blanche: thank you!

Sara: I hope to spend a lot more time making fun Trio stuff this weekend - you'll see more next week!

Lisa: I'm really in love with the bracelet I showed, and planning to wear it a lot. But I may make a similar one and give it away, it's a great idea!

June 25, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

I hadn't known much about the Quick Link Connectors, so it's lucky to find an intro to them here. Thank you Dawno!


June 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

You're welcome, Dave - it would be wonderful if you carried the Quick Links line at R&T :-D

June 25, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

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