Over the past few weeks, probably to work off stress, I have been making bracelets. I have used “therapeutic stones” to make all of the bracelets I have made, but, still, I have given an eye to color, design, and style (your mileage may vary). These are very simple bracelets, but they have turned out to be eye-catching (as in: people comment on them, even when I have 4 stacked on one arm).
The bracelets I’m making are “bangles”, in that they aren’t “slinky”, like bracelets strung with jewelry wire. I’ve made each one by first making a big loop on the end of a piece of 18 gauge wire, then threading the beads onto the wire. With my first two bracelets, at the end, I made another loop and added a purchased lobster clasp. With the latest ones, however, I have made hooks at the end, to form “self-clasps” (ah! free from buying stuff until the wire runs out!)
Along the way, I have run into problems. For example: the first bracelet, which I made from big blue-dyed marble chips turned out to be to short. I connected a copper coil I had left over from when I was learning how to use the Coiling Gizmo, with a copper jump ring to loop at the end of the beads. Voila! Saved beautiful bracelet!
When I made the agate bracelet, the third one shown, it turned out to be too big. I had made a loop at one end, and a self-hook at the other end. I cut off the loop, removed 4 beads, and made a new loop. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too short then. I pouted for a couple of days, then took a piece of copper wire, made a loop, connected it to the end loop of the bracelet, wrapped the wire twice, then made another loop big enough to accept the hook, and wrapped the end of the wire around the bottom of the hook.
What I am saying is: sometimes, you come up with a fabulous creation. Then again, sometimes it seems you’ve crashed and burned, but you can find a way to make it better
These bracelets are so easy, and so pretty, that I am going to start a new line. I mean, I can make up a bracelet in 1/2 hour, so the only cost, really, is the cost of the components. Expensive beads and wire will of course cost more. At the same time, On the other hand, if I choose cheaper wire, say, silver-plated wire, or “craft wire”, or brass or copper, I can lower the price of my work (I will still charge for my design and labor!)