- Hildie and Jo Witch and "Jack" Beads (JoAnn)
- Bead Landing Coordinating Beads (Michaels)
- Fish Hook Ear Wires (Michaels)
- Jump Rings, Head Pins (Michaels)
- Stretch Jewelry Cord (Michaels)
- Jewelry or Super Glue (Walmart)
I have watched both seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, and like so many others, am totally smitten by the character named GROGU aka "The Child" aka "Baby Yoda" . If you're not familiar he's the same type of being as Yoda ( whom I also love ) but is not in fact the baby version of him.
While going through my bead stash, I remembered I had some Kiwi Jasper beads that were PERFECT for a GROGU inspired project. This is an easy bracelet to make using stretch cord.
Mr. Chocolate surprised me with one of the animated toys as one of my Christmas gifts. They were almost impossible to find but he did and he is so cute. Our dog loves it when I activate him and just cocks her head at all of his movements and sounds. I gathered up the supplies I thought I'd use and I ended up not using the white beads. No worries. They'll get put to good use!
Since I tend to make bolder jewelry, I like the thickness of the 1mm Stretch Magic cord. If you're using smaller beads you can use thinner versions.
I like to spread the beads I'm working with out so I can easily grab them and a piece of felt works great to keep them from rolling away.
Cut a length of the Stretch Magic a few inches longer than the finished bracelet size. Some people try to measure exactly which maximizes your cord, but I like ends long enough to not cause me to swear when I'm trying to tie the knot and things go wrong and beads go everywhere, which may or may not have happened one too many times.
I bought these clamps at Dollar Tree forever ago and they work great for clamping one end so you don't have beads to chase.
I usually add a little dangle on my bracelets, especially when I'm giving as a gift, and especially since I found some cute charms that say things like "Made With Love" "Handmade" etc. I also love these little rhinestone dangles to add just a touch of bling.
To create the bead dangle, thread one of the jasper beads and one of the silver beads onto a head pin and close with a wrapped loop.
Then, attach your tag, rhinestone, and bead dangle onto your bracelet using jump rings.
I love how the jasper represents GROGU, the black beads his eyes, and the silver is for Beskar, the elite armor worn by worthy Mandalorians. Geek Alert!
This is the way !
If you're making clips, the first step is to glue the clip back to the base with a good drop of the Loctite Glue. I like this because it's thicker and doesn't run. Use clamps or clothespins to secure and let dry while you assemble the other pieces. If you're making pierced earrings, see below for when to attach the earwire.