My friends Jan and Lisa came over this weekend to do a little crafting and a little--okay, a lot--of eating.
|My finished found object bracelet.|
· Beads, buttons, charms, sequins, found objects, etc.
· Felt or other backing
· Nymo (beading thread), embroidery floss or other strong thread
· Beading needles
|Jan and Lisa sorted through just some of my trinkets.|
|Jan's tin of goodies.|
|My bracelet at the beginning stages; adding the largest objects first.|
|My bracelet at the end of the day.|
|Lisa's good idea: a tray with a towel on it kept everything tidy.|
You do need to make a closure for your bracelet. Sew a larger button on one end; this can be one of your embellishments. Using embroidery floss or ribbon, create a loop at the other end. There are several different ways you could do this. I used a loop of wide silk ribbon then sewed the ends down on the underside of the piece.
|Here's the ribbon closure in process.|
|Here's the finished closure.|
It was fun to do this in a group to see the different results we got. None of our bracelets were remotely similar, yet each was very cool. Another good reason to do it in a group would be to share/swap supplies (in case you’re not like me and don’t have enough junk yourself to make about a million of these things).
The time just flew by as we talked and laughed and sewed. Before we knew it, it was 8pm! None of us finished that day. This is not a project you can do in a hurry. In all, I would say I put in about 15 hours. But the results are so worth the effort!
|Jan's bracelet at the end of the night... not quite finished.|
|Lisa's bracelet at the end of the night... also not quite finished. Lisa used a piece of ribbon behind her trinkets so she doesn't have to fill in with beads. Another smart idea.|
|One last look... I just love it!|
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