“Beautiful” Bracelet

Yes, I do make a lot of bracelets.  I just love them.  Part of it is that when you wear a bracelet, you can see it, even on yourself.  Not so much so with earrings or necklaces, and I’m sorry, but one ring is all I need. ;)

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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~ Adrianne

Comments

  1. Tumblestone Handmakery says:

    I love it! And it is beautiful ;)
    I really have been wanting to get a stamping kit!

  2. Danni Baird says:

    Adrianne…this is gorgeous! You make me want to get out all of my bead stuff again! I have metal stamps and have had 2 complete failures with them….so…..I'm looking forward to some stamp advice!

  3. MrsFoxsSweets says:

    LOVE IT! Totally gorgeous. I love seeing all the bracelets you are making lately :)

  4. SmithGang says:

    It is just Beautiful:)I think the color and bead match up are just Perfect!

  5. Terry says:

    Oh yeah, this is gorgeous. I love how you can start in one direction and then end up way over there. And it looks great. What a great way to use up nice beads that you don't have many of, too. (ooh, some nice grammar right there)

  6. Heather says:

    I love it! I'm like you – a bracelet vs a necklace any day. You can't see the necklace AND my neck hurts if it's too heavy.

  7. That is so pretty!!! I LOVE, LOVE it!! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

  8. Kadie says:

    Sooooooo pretty!! I really want to start stamping. I LOVE how the word ties the entire piece together. Looks great.

  9. Kelly Rowe says:

    It's fabulous!!!

  10. Ladybird Ln says:

    THis is way to much fun, I love the different colors and textures going on!

    Carlee
    http://www.ladybirdln.com

  11. Petticoat Junktion says:

    hey, i love the bracelet colors. I can't do anything that intricate! I found you through the its so very cheri blog hop. I'm following you on linky. would love for you to return the favor. kathy, Petticoat Junktion

  12. terrieavery says:

    Bracelet is my favourite jewellery. Its very easy to make it as well as look to beautiful and fashionable also its material and colour is so good. You have done great work.

    codice promozione

  13. Roxanne Reinhart says:

    Visiting from “blog stalker”. I am so glad I found you. Definitely becoming a follower. Your bracelet is amazing. I really love how it urned out. Would you mind telling me a little more about metal stamping. I know nothing! I have a craft space full of beads and made very simple jewelry a couple of years ago. I stopped (not sure why) but would love to get back into it. I LOVE how the stamped metal piece looks on your piece.

    Where do you find the stamps and metal pieces? Is it expensive or very hard to do?

    I mean I am really, really loving that bracelet and you may be the inspiration I need to get back into it.

    Thanks for sharing ( I think this may be the longest comment I have ever left :)

  14. Lindsay says:

    Love it! I love the colors. Great job!!!

  15. Emily Schreur says:

    A beautiful combination!

    turtandelephant.blogspot.com

  16. Little Becky Homecky says:

    This is so pretty!! You did a fantastic job!!

  17. Tammy says:

    Wow! This is just lovely!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  18. Your bracelet is beautiful — very creative! It's so true what you said about a bracelet being a piece of jewelry you can actually see on yourself. Enjoy your latest creation!

    Jill
    http://www.zazzypeacockstudios.blogspot.com

  19. Kristina says:

    I love it! It really is beautiful-I haven't done much lately with jewelry but would like to try again-your bracelet inspires me :)

  20. Angie Ramirez says:

    That is so lovely!!!I want to make some..and would love to learn to do stamping!

    THanks so much for linking up at Create & Inspire!! I will be featuring your project this Friday..

    THanks,
    Angie

  21. Mixed Kreations says:

    I love your gorgeous bracelet. I've just started doing a little stamping. Afraid I'm not to good at it yet. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/04/pretty-packages-party-14-highlights.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

  23. Susan
    Twitter:
    says:

    I do love this bracelet and found I had a chain left over from a beading project that didn’t work out. I also have this wonderful purple swirl bracelets and want to put together something with them. So I went to allfreejewelry and clicked on bracelet projects and this thread of yours came up! I was so excited because I already loved your projects and had “liked” your fb page so I’m going to give this one a go! Hopefully it will turn out as beautiful as yours! Thanks for post, love your site!

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