Saturday, November 5, 2011

How to make a floral bracelet, during nap time

So today during my daughters nap (yes she still naps, how lucky am I?) I created this bracelet, start to finish. I used a package of flowers, 3 colors of crystals, fine silver wire, sterling silver head pins and a sterling silver lobster claw clasp.

I started with 20 gauge fine silver wire (all I had) and made the chain. Aren't these cute? they are like figure eight's. What I like about these is that you will never loose a flower. A good thing!
I thought about adding all the flowers before closing my loops but I wanted the loops to be perfect and knew the flowers would be in the way.

After I made the chain I selected all the flowers and crystals I was going to use and put them on sterling silver 1.5" headpins. This step of threading them all at once saves time.

Next step I did was to make a loop in all of the flowers. Again this saves time.

Next step I did was to add 1 row of flowers. I like adding the flowers one color at a time so I am not too overwhelmed by little sticks poking out all over the place.

Finished. All together this bracelet took me about 1.5 hours +/- Not bad for a nap time craft now is it?
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll try making your own.

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Copper Diem said...

That is super cute! I never think to make my own chain - so smart!

Heidi said...

Very cute. I like your figure 8 chain -- I might have to try that idea.

Barbara Lewis said...

When I saw the title of your post, I thought, "How can Shannon make jewelry while she naps?" Then I realized what you were talking about! The bracelet is gorgeous! I love that you explain how you put it all together ... I'm inspired!

Lois Moon said...

This is so cute! Where did you find such pretty flowers all in one package?

Therese's Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing your process on making a wire looped chain and bracelet. It would take me longer than an hour and a half to make it though, but like you I also do the assembly line type of construction.
I really like the end result, the little flowers are so pretty on the silver chain.

Holly said...

Very nice tutorial! And I'm so impressed with the fact that she still naps :) And jealous. Very.

SueBeads said...

Great! I love your hand made chain and your photos showing all your steps!

CraftyHope said...

What a great project!
That chain is great and all the little flowers too! Thanks for sharing it.

maryharding said...

Lovely. Great chain. Thanks for the directions.

The Beading Gem said...

Very pretty. The tip on working with one color at a time is a good one as it ensures even distribution.

Wendy H said...

Flower beads are one of my favourite. Great tutorial too.

steufel said...

What a cute bracelet! And thabks for the tut. So glad to back, missed guys!