So I am sorry if you’re tired of seeing bracelets, but I’m not tired of them at all. It’s probably never going to happen!
This was a Frankenstein project.
And by that, I mean, I went ahead without ideal parts, improvised along the way, and it worked out beautifully in the end.
Actually, I never saw Frankenstein, I saw Young Frankenstein… I need to remember that those two are not the same. That might not be how Frankenstein ends?
I’m digressing already.
Anyway I really, really wanted to use these brown and blue beads. I think they are a semi-polished, dyed stone bead (the label never said, I found these at Michael’s not too long ago). But what you see here is all I had, so I decided to make sort of a hybrid bracelet, and use chain for the additional length.
I used a 7.5″ bracelet chain. Hobby Lobby sells these for $2.99 (frequently half off, making them $1.50 – and I’m sure other craft stores have them too) and just removed as many links as the length I had for my beads. You could use chain by the foot (technically the inch, for this type of project), an old or broken necklace – any few inches of chain will work!
I strung my beads, and tied one end to the end of the chain that still had the clasp on it, and the other end to the jump ring closure.
Then I kept going. I loved how my twisted bead bracelet from a few weeks back turned out with the different shapes and textures of bead stands, so I added a few more coordinated strands of beads for a similar look. I was LOVING the combination, and I put it on to admire it, only to realize…
… it was of course too heavy, and the beaded side went immediately to the bottom of my wrist. Why did this not occur to me before? So I debated whether to take the additional strands back off, which was already lovely when I first got started, or whether to add something beautiful to the chain side instead, since that’s the side I’ll most often be looking at.
So I had an idea, and I hauled out my metal stamps.
**UPDATE** I promised I’d share some metal stamping tips, and I now have a tutorial posted for it, so check that post out if that’s something you’re interested in learning! Okay – back to the current project!!
I only had to think for a minute before I knew I wanted it to say, “beautiful”. I’m not sure why, it just seemed like it fit the look, so I went with my gut and stamped it up. Then I just removed a bit more of the chain, punched an extra hole in the blank, and added it in.
Do you like it?
Thanks for reading yet another chapter in the saga of my bracelet-making addiction. And yes, I certainly do have more. Next week I’m going to show you more jewelry projects with words – no stamps required!
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