I missed the deadline for ChronicBabe’s craft blog carnival, but I’m so proud of myself that I’m sharing pictures anyway!
I have recounted my medical bracelet angst in the past. Well, my service sent me their quarterly catalog/wellness brochure, and looking it over I was struck by the lovely pearl bracelets. And their prices, which were even higher than the sterling silver bracelet I’ve been tentatively admiring.
Looking closely at the design I realised how smart it was- clasps on both ends attach to the loops of the medallion, making it easy to change out bracelet styles and much easier to put on and take off than my security clasp (and more attractive than my sport version). In fact, I already had all the same supplies from my jewellery making days.
At that point lightning struck, a gong sounded, and the world stopped turning.
I COULD MAKE THAT!
I haven’t done much with jewellery-making in a while. Swollen joints are not very friendly towards fine motor skills, but stringing beads is super-easy, so I dug out my supplies and got started.
I had picked up some lovely Czech glass seed beads a while back for a necklace that I never made, so I started with those. The bracelet with medallion needed to be 7″. I wanted to do a multistrand bracelet that would be nice enough for work and go with my usual earth tones. I did not quite have enough beads for four strands, but I think three works well and it left enough beads to use for spacers in a second bracelet. I had plenty of findings- my only wish is that I had used brown or black thread. I may restring this at some point in the future for that reason. (Sorry that the pics aren’t all that great- trying to take a picture of your own hand with a cell phone wasn’t the best method. Also, geez my arms are freckly.)
The second bracelet took a little more work. I tried several different patterns and combination of beads. I did remember to use black thread, but my first attempt was a bit too short. I had a large red glass bead I had thought to use in the middle, but it was much too heavy and when I took it out I found that I needed to add two more of the medium beads to make up for it. I restrung it and accidentally left a little too much give in the thread, so I will definitely restring this one in the near future.
You can see that at this point, Mr. Pesty-Puss Zachary decided to get in on the camera action, because I couldn’t possibly want to take a picture of anything other than him. (He is a cutie patootie, however, so I didn’t fight it too hard.)
I am really, really happy with how they both came out, and it’s so fun to finally use these beads for something I can wear every day at work. I have plenty more beads and findings, so I can make more as the whim strikes me. This definitely helps assuage my need for sparkly bracelets, without having to compete with a medical bracelet or struggle with difficult clasps. I just wish that I had thought of it sooner!
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