Wow, wow, and wow. I am in the final round of voting for So You Think You're Crafty! When I first signed up to compete, I seriously did not think I would make it this far. Because of this little adventure, I have some beautiful new items in my house, I've spent quality time with Drew in front of the table saw, and I found a product that I love to make and that people want to buy! So, before I get to the bracelet, can you take a moment to go HERE and vote for my project in the final round? I made a Helix Jewelry Display to use at a craft show (my first!) in a couple of weeks. I'll be posting a tutorial on it once the voting has ended, so, sometime next week. It's super easy and I love the way it turned out. Anyways, go vote!
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Ok, on to the bracelet. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, so this jewelry challenge kind of threw me for a loop. I started looking around on Pinterest, and kept running across Adrianne's jewelry projects. So I tried playing around a bit with some polymer clay, some stamping, but oh boy oh boy, did that not work out. In the end, I really had to fall back on what I knew, and it wasn't going to be jewelry making; it was crochet. I saw some pictures on Etsy for crocheted and beaded friendship bracelets, and I fell in love. I would totally wear those! But they obviously don't come with tutorials, so I had to figure it out myself.
It's odd, how come I don't feel passion and intensity when I'm trying to get to the bottom of a work problem? Well, not odd. I know exactly why, but that's another blog post....
Anywho, tangents, tangents. I don't really want to post the detailed tutorial, since it IS something that someone is selling online, and I don't really know what the intellectual property implications are in this case. If I figured it out myself, does that mean I can do whatever I want with it?
In case you'd like to give it a try though, it's crocheted using slip stitches. The ends of 4-way braids, and the ends are held together with a macrame square knot. You'll need the smallest crochet hook you can find - a 2.5mm hook, some embroidery thread (6 strand), and some size 6 seed beads. I don't know how the sizing works on seed beads, but basically, you use the ones that are just about to make you go blind looking at them.
I started with some colorful combinations, until Drew looked at them and said they're cool, if only a little more manly. Really? Ok. So now, I'm working on black/black, gray/blue, you know, dark manly combinations. I may try hemp too.
I'll be selling these at the craft show in September, and maybe maybe, have some on my Etsy shop or do some custom orders afterwards.
Oh yeah, and those glass canning jars - a garage sale find. Yeah! I think I got 12 big glass canning jars and two of these little one for $5. Of course, I was all nonchalant at the sale, trying to determine if that was a good price, but you better believe I did a little happy dance when I got home, because I love them!