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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guest Post: Bev from Flamingo Toes


Hello A Glimpse Inside readers!! I am so excited to be here today helping to fill in so Allison can spend some time with her new little sweetheart!!
My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

One of my favorite things to do is post Jewelry projects. I might just have a weakness for it. :) And one of my favorite places to go hunting for inspiration is Anthropologie.
They have a super cute new line of bracelets that are perfect for layering. They are nice and thin and you can mix or match them. So fun!! While I was browsing around a while, I came across a sweet little bracelet made with a brass bar - and I decided it would be fun to do some bracelet layering of my own!
But I switched it up a bit - instead of making the bracelets all different, I used the same style and changed out the cordings for an ombre look. Because if you can manage to pull off two trends at once, why not?? ;) Here are my new fun bracelets -

Here is my inspiration bracelet from Anthro. They used leather cording - but I found these great hemp and bamboo cordings at Michael's and I thought the colors would be more fun!

Ready for a quick how-to? These are pretty simple!
You'll need: Cording for each bracelet 1 brass square "tube" - I got mine at Ace Hardware, but any hardware store should have something similar 2 crimp ends for each bracelet 1 lobster clasp, 1 small jump ring, 1 large jump ring - for each bracelet Wire stripper/cutters or other cutter or saw Spray Paint 1 large yarn needle Flat nosed and round-nosed pliers


Ok - here we go. We're going to start with the brass tube. Mine was about 12" long - plenty for doing 5 bracelets. This one is a 1/8" square.
Cut 5 pieces from the brass tube (if you want to make all 5 bracelets) - the pieces should be 1 1/4" long. (If you have small wrists or are making for a child, decrease this size).
I used some wire strippers that had cutters on the end - but you could also use a dremel or something similar. See how these have one flat side and one cutting side at the top? That worked great for cutting the brass square and not just pinching it together.
Once you have all 5 pieces cut, sand the ends with coarse sandpaper. If the ends are a little pinched, you can insert flat nosed jewelry pliers in the hole and pry them back apart.
Next up - spray paint all your bars. I don't have a photo of that for some reason. I guess I got all excited and forgot. But you can do it without a photo right? :)
Once your bars are good and dry, cut your cording pieces. You'll want 3 pieces of each color - measure your wrist and cut the length around your wrist plus 1".
Add one of the cording pieces to a large yarn needle. Feed the needle through the painted tube.
Add the other two cording pieces to the tube. If it's a little tight getting the needle through, you can pull it through with your pliers.
Even up the cording pieces on one end and add them to a crimp end. (This will crimp around the end and it should have a little hole on one end.) Leave a little of the cording above the crimp end, you'll trim that off later.
Fold one side of the crimp end over the cording pieces - then fold the other side over with your flat nosed pliers. Crimp the pieces tightly over the cording.
Once the end is tightly clamped around the cording, trim off the small ends. Embroidery scissors work great for this.
Add a crimp end to the other end of the cording. You're going to come in a bit - my bracelet cording measures 6". You'll want to check your measurement around your wrist, keeping in mind you'll have closure hardware between the ends.
Add a small jump ring to one end, with a lobster clasp.
Add a larger jump ring to the other end. Choose a ring that's big enough that you can easily put on the bracelet without doing arm contortions or saying a swear word.
And that finishes your first bracelet!
Now you can make several more!
Aren't they fun? You could easily change up your cording and paint colors - or you could even wrap fabric or ribbon around the tube for a different look!
I hope you like them!!
I'd love for you to stop by Flamingo Toes - you can check out my other tutorials here!
Thanks so much for having me over Allison! :)


Thanks so much Bev for sharing!! Talented as always! 




allison

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Allison for letting me guest post!! I hope you're having a blast with that little cutie! :)

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  2. Super cute, Bev! I love the ombre effect. That is so you. ;) Great knock off!

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  3. Allison,

    Hope you and that sweet little baby are doing well!

    Bev,

    Great job on the bracelet, as always, and a super easy to follow tutorial! Thanks for sharing, I see bracelets in everyone's gift future! LOL!

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  4. You got me to come visit and I just loved you bracelet!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I will be off to mh local hardware store this weekend!!! I love when you do jewelry!!!

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