So I love flattery as much as the next person, but I do like the flattery to be at least a little bit believable! The other day we had some dinner guests over and one of them was commenting on how much I love to cook and asked “how are you so tiny?” When I balked at her comment, she kept insisting that I was “tiny.”
Tiny??? There are a lot of words that you could use to describe me. Tiny is definitely not one of them! I weigh 208 pounds for goodness sakes! So why do I share this story? Well, because as I have just proven, I am not tiny, so when it comes to bracelets, I have trouble finding ones that fit me! Even if I can get a bangle over my wrist (which is rare), the circular shape doesn’t flatter my wrist.
I have discovered that open cuff bracelets are really pretty and generally more flattering on my wrist, so I have bought a few when I see them here or there. Unfortunately, they are not nearly as easy to find (and in my price range) as other types of bracelets.
So I decided I was going to figure out how to make them. Here is what I came up with.
I went to Hobby Lobby, and I found these wires which were perfect because they were wide and also because they were on sale for 50% off! The lighting in my basement is flourescent, so the pictures never show colors very accurately. The wire on the left is silver tone (basically just aluminum color) and the one on the right is copper tone.
With wire cutters, I cut the wire to the size I wanted.
I looked through my stash of beads that I collected when I was really into jewelry making (you can read more about that here), and I found a few that I thought could work.
For the bracelet with the crystal ends, I just used strong craft glue to adhere the charms to the ends. (I used wire cutters to cut off the hoop attached to the charms).
For the large ceramic beads, I crimped the ends of the bracelet with my pliers to make it small enough to fit inside the bead. These ceramic beads had a large enough hole that the crimped end fit in easily. As a matter fact, they were moving slightly, so I put some glue inside the bead and then inserted the bracelet.
Once it dried, they were firmly in place. I also used some sculpey clay to fill in the hole on the open side. You can see here that I used brown clay. You could really use any moldable material like wall putty, play-doh, probably even toothpaste! (if you use something that is not the right color, I would just color it in with a marker)
For this last one, the bead had a much smaller opening, so I had to really trim the pinched portion of the bracelet. I used wire cutters to keep trimming it and the pliers to keep molding it until I was able to get it inside the bead. This was a much tighter fit, so I didn’t need any glue to keep the end beads on.
I think my favorite so far is the two-tone metal one because it can really go with anything. These bracelets definitely don’t look high-end, and the metal is very bendable, but I think it is a good start.
I could probably get 20 bracelets out of each of those wire packages because it really takes so little wire. For now, I am going to stick with these three and see how they hold up.