Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bracelet and Bangle Fitting Tips

One of the questions I get is how to measure for a bracelet  or a bangle for a great fit. So here are some tips:

Bangles should be measured by wrapping tape measure around your thumb knuckle.

When measuring for a bangle, you need to know if it will fit over your hand since there is no clasp.  Close your fingers together and bring your thumb over to your little finger, basically positioning your hand as if you were going to put on a bangle.  Using a measuring tape (or you can use string then measure the string against a ruler), wrap the tape or string around your hand at the widest point (usually at the point near your thumb knuckle.) If you use a piece of string, measure the length of string against a ruler.  

Using a tape measure or string, wrap it around your wrist and snug enough to be comfortable and have your wrist move freely.  Bracelets should never constrict.

For a bracelet, use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your wrist. The standard size of  bracelets with a clasp are approx. 7" finished size.  Size may vary slightly between 6.5" and 7.5", depending on the size of beads and other components used. 

Cuffs merely slip on the wrist.  Cuffs with a metal core can be slightly adjusted to fit by squeezing.

For cuffs:  Since cuffs are made with an opening, they are really easy to take on and off. Depending on the material they are made of, some cuffs SLIGHTLY adjusted to fit by squeezing or GENTLY stretching the ends. 

So, when buying your next bracelet, bangle or cuff, keep these cool tips in mind to ensure that you get the correct fit and enjoy your bracelet for a long time!!

Find Beautiful Bracelets here in my Etsy Shop!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How many is TOO many? might just be thinking, "what in the world is she talking about?" 

Well, bracelets!!!  From a single braided strand to an armful of arm candy, there seem to be no rules!!  Despite this intense heat in North Carolina, I've been doing my due diligence in scoping out the trends.  Bracelets are the "flavor of the year".  Bold, big, brassy bangles, multi-layers of wrapped, charmed and chained beauties to beautiful silver bracelets reminiscent of the 70's like the ones I had when I was a little girl, and the big heavy sterling silver bracelets given to me by my grandmother.  It seems it does not matter how many you wear, just that you WEAR them!! 

So...what do you think?  Do you go with just the lone bangle or you one that goes for an armful of jingling music that comes from the clinking of metal bracelets?  Do you love ornate beadwoven artistic cuffs and wooden bangles?  Do you love the macrame friendship look or the multiwraps?  Let your personality, your happiness show in your bracelets and most of all, HAVE FUN wearing them!!! 

In keeping with this trend, I added some New pieces to my ETSY shop!!

Red LoveKnot Macrame Bracelet

Amethyst and Gold Crystal Leather Wrap Bracelet

Red and Clear Twisted Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AAAA....Very Merry Birthday to Me!!! And a wonderful Mother's Day to you!!

Hello everyone!

Yes, it's been a little while, but I'm back  into my routine and I'm going to try and post a little something each week.  It's been a hard few months, but I'm getting back to business and I'm having a lot of fun!!!

This week, we celebrated Mother's Day and I celebrated my birthday yesterday with yummy cake, baby back ribs and a mango strawberry moscato that is beyond delicious! (woohoo!)

I have new items up in the shop and soon I will release a short YouTube video of the new items of 2015 so keep a lookout for it!

Here's the newest product uploads:

"In His Name"  Beaded Lace Bracelet

  "Roses & Lilies" Lace Beaded Bracelet Cuff
Many more designs in my shop!  Stop by and stay awhile!  Until next time...toodles!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Slowly Getting Back to the Business of Beading

I am so glad to be back!  It's been a long, hard, arduous 7 months.  Anyway, I'm in a new place, in a new town and it is beautiful here in North Carolina.  I've been setting up the Etsy shop to add jewelry pieces, but I have lots of inventory to go through before I do that.  Right now, the beading patterns will be available and I will post here when the jewelry will be on sale again. 

It's great to be back.  Here are the patterns that are available now:

New Jewelry!!

So many pieces!  So much work to do!  Come and visit me in my Etsy shop!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Sale on Etsy! New Products in the Stores!!!

 Hi Everyone!

Still working on the Etsy shop!!! So much work!  But it's paying off!  I got my first sale this week!!  Woohoo!  I'm also working on making new loom and peyote bead patterns.  Store is filling up quickly!!!

Right now, I have new stuff to show you for both stores!!!

New in my Handwoven Beaded Jewelry by Patricia Bowe Designs

Poppy Jasper Necklace - $70.00

Beautiful hand beaded necklace is made with a vibrant red brecciated poppy jasper gemstone, pewter glass seed beads and lots of jet and black diamond Swarovski crystals.

Tasia Necklace - $72.00

This vintage inspired necklace is done in a cagework technique using carnelian gemstones, freshwater pearls and a vintage resin flower in the center.

New in the ETSY shop:

"Sherbert"  Wrapped Wooden Bangle

Annabelle Beading Pattern

I'm a busy little bee!  More coming soon!  Toodles!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Learning Curve...New product uploaded to Etsy!

Hi everyone!

Whew!  I thought an outside website is hard work, but optimizing the Etsy shop is just as harrowing!!!  LOL!  But I think I'm getting the hang of it.  Now you can access my shop via Beadweaver Dreams or on my fanpage Handbeaded Jewelry by Patricia Bowe Designs.  Just scroll down to the "app" portion of the page on the left and click "Etsy Shop".  It will take you to a page with links to my products. 

Now...newly uploaded:  Diva Kitty Pin!!

People have been asking for this ever since I first posted her on Facebook.  Now that I have a few of them finished, I am happy to present them to you.  I have 5 available so far and I will be making a few more. 

So...back to work!  Lots to do!  Have a fantastic week!  Toodles!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Etsy Store!!

Hi friends!

I have a new Etsy shop!  In addition to, I also have a new shop.  This one also sells some of my beaded jewelry pieces, but it also has handmade perfume oils and now beading patterns!  I'm so excited about this!  Hope to see you there!

I was going to close this blog, but I thought I would keep it for updates and new happenings in my Etsy store!  So here I stay!!!