Yesterday afternoon Hubs and I loaded Gracie in the car and traveled north to fight with other mall shoppers and exchanged a few gifts. There wasn’t as big of a crowd as we had anticipated, so we finished up shopping quickly and headed out for a nice bite to eat at our favorite Pho restaurant. On the way home the NJDOT had updated the highway boards to warn of the winter storm that would be passing through the area in the next 24 hours.
I didn’t panic over bread or milk, I panicked over the thought of not having a project to do or the ability to get to a craft store to get a project going again! So, with as little stress in my voice as possible, I asked Hubs if he would make a stop before home at our local Wal-Mart and I would head into the craft section and brainstorm something to work on during a snowy day.
My mind kept going back to a pattern I rediscovered while organizing my bookmarks this past week. It’s for a lovely white triangle shawl that is made with cotton thread instead of yarn. I knew I could find the size #10 thread I would need, even if I could only choose between three colors….so, white it is. I will, of course, keep you posted on the progress once I really dig into it.
After I grabbed two spools of thread to start the project I couldn’t help but check out the jewelry section and grab some copper wire to play around with when I got tired of working on this shawl…..maybe I could twist some semi-precious rocks for my necklaces, or a ring….I’ll have to figure out where my skill set lies before I get too excited.
In the meantime, I still have some beading and elastic cording saved from before Christmas and that’s the craft I wanted to share today. The supplies for this craft are simple and you can decide how budget friendly you want it to be with your choice of beading. I think for these bracelets, I probably spent around $15 for everything.
So, here’s what you will need:
.08mm elastic cording (or equivalent to slide your beads on)
Beads or charms of your choice (enough to make at least one 7″ to 9″ bracelet) For this project I used lava beads, quartz beads and red jasper (I think). I grabbed a box of mixed wood beads, too!
A little dab of super glue (or crafters glue)
* For a woman’s bracelet- measure the wrist if you are able…if not, measure it approximately 10″ (8″ for the beading and 2″ for securing). The average man’s bracelet should measure at 10″-11″ finished.
Here is where you can learn to do a surgeon’s knot. This is how you will secure the bracelet.
Ready???? Then you will need to decide how you want your bracelet to look and begin stringing the beads onto the elastic cording….I suggest leaving it on the roll while doing this so the beads don’t slide off the other side.
When your bracelet is the size you need, then cut the elastic from the roll leaving a few inches to work with for tying.
Tie your two ends together using a surgeon’s knot. Now, do a second surgeon’s knot and tug the ends tight again. Trim the ends down. Dab the two knots with some super glue and let it dry. Slide a bead over the knot and cover it and viola!!! All done! It’s gonna look great and last for a long time.
Check out the bracelets I made from these beads and a few I had left over from previous craft projects….they are really divine!
It seriously took me about an hour and a half to complete all of these. I wear most of them everyday….they make me happy. I can add essential oils to the lava beads on the bracelets for mood elevation, so that’s good for my anxiety.
These are so easy and so gratifying to make. I encourage you to head to the craft store and pick out some of your favorite beads….you could have a beautiful statement piece for your jewelry collection before the day is out.
If you do make one (or several like I do), I would love to see your finished projects. Any questions? Need some help with it, leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.