Thursday, 2 January 2014

DIY 2 Strand Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals

Happy New Year! I decided to start 2014 as I mean to continue, using up my crafting supplies and not buying any more for a while!

This year is going to be a hard one financially. I chose not to go back to work after I had Big E but it means I have not been working for 8 years now and that, along with renovating our house, means that our savings are taking a beating! This year I plan to make as many birthday presents using stash crafty things as possible as I have a craft room full of stuff that I have got as birthday and Christmas pressies, or for free, for the last 8 years and I need to use it up!

I had the urge to make something last night (anyone else get those urges?!) so I pulled out my jewellery making stuff and got to work.


Using a cracker bracelet for the findings, a glass hearts bracelet that my in-laws brought back from Italy ages ago (and the gold beads between the hearts were cheap and loosing their gold covering) and some left over Swarovski crystals and pearls, I strung 2 new bracelets. I then used the toggle closure and jump rings from the cracker bracelet and put it all together.

I was going to use the chain from the cracker with ribbon threaded through but it looked rubbish when I put it together so scrapped that idea. Also, I used nylon beading thread because that is what I have but it would have been better with beading wire, the bracelets look like they are magically attached to the jump rings with the thread!

I don't wear bracelets often so this may end up as a gift, I am tempted to keep it though!

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  1. it's lovely! Yes, I often get the urge to make things and I too have a massive pile of crafty stuff. What I'm lacking is time!

  2. Yes, I know that urge too! These are really cute! Lucky person that receives them.

  3. Very nice and such pretty colours.

  4. Wow, that bracelet turned out perfect!!! :-)

  5. How beautiful and handmade gifts are the best. I know that someone cares enough to take the time to make the gift. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  6. Simple and pretty, and homemade is the best gift! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade, Hope to see you back on Sunday!