i never sit on pinterest for hours. that's a bold faced lie. i love it. it takes up lots of time, makes my list of "to do" grow longer and longer, all the while my wallet getting smaller and smaller. no, seriously. i can thank pinterest for this blog post.
i saw this gorgeous turquoise and white bracelet that i wanted to make. it's one of those three-strand beaded ones. i didn't think it looked too awfully hard.... i couldn't have been more wrong. first of all, it requires supernatural, god-given patience of which i do not have and forgot to pray for that day. secondly, it requires 20/-5 vision and i also am lacking in that area. i just got reading glasses.
but before i learned all that i went to michael's and got all my goodies to embark on this diy journey. i set out to make this for katie, and since i knew she already had plenty of turquoise, i went with coral. so this being my first time making any sort of jewelry, i was a tad bit overwhelmed in the huge jewelry section in michaels. how in the world are there possibly that many clasps to choose from? i eventually stumbled across some thin wire that looked strong enough to hold the beads i had chosen and i was finally able to decide on a clasp.
side note: if you haven't already noticed, i am not much of a planner. that's where katie comes in. i am notorious for "running to the store" to get everything i need, only to find out that i don't have what i need at all. i am telling you all this to make you aware that this exact scenario also happened with this bracelet. i got so frazzled trying to make this, that i forgot to take pictures through the process. for that i apologize--i will try to do better next time. :)
the easy part was beading the wire. the hard part was tying the knots. next time i will try to show you pictures of how to tie knots and how not to tie knots. i was working on this late at night and i finally asked cb to come help me. he tied those knots like a pro! all the fishing has finally paid off. :) credit here goes to my hubby! this is the first time katie's seeing her bracelet, too, so katie--here's the jewelry cb made you! ha!
so here's the finished product. not too bad for my first try! when i get a little more practice under my belt, i hope to have some of these for the etsy shop.
have you ever had any jewelry making experience? if so, what are your tricks of the trade?