For I don't know how many years now, I've been making my buddy Cat a necklace for her birthday. Early on, I asked her what color scheme she wanted and I'd make it so, but after so many years of friendship, I felt like we pretty much covered all the bases, so this year I went out on a limb and went on my own judgement. Here's what I came up with. What do you think? :)
I already happened to have on-hand many of the items necessary to make these, but most of the things I did have to buy, I bought from A.C. Moore. Not the fanciest of bead stores but I usually find what I'm looking for there, and sometimes even something that I just love, like this pendant. It just screamed Cat to me so it had to be hers. :)
Next had to decide on a ribbon. I had a bit of a tough time deciding on which ribbon I liked best, so with the help of my Bento Bloggers and Friends, I ultimately decided on the Satin Loop Edge Ribbon (A) for Cat. This is the picture I posted to ask my online buddies their opinions. Which one would you have chosen? I think I would have gone with D for myself. :)
Next I planned out my coil bracelet on my Beading Board. Coil bracelets are fun to make because you don't have to mess with clasps and it's kind of a surprise what you end up with even if you plan things out. To make one of these, take a coil bracelet wire (mine came it a pack of like 10, ready to bead, also from AC Moore). Simply twist a few small, tight coils on one end with needle nose pliers as seen in the collage below and start beading. Only thing to be careful of is: keep an eye on the overall pattern that is being created as the wires coil around. I actually had to start this one over after I was almost done because I noticed my largest beads weren't evenly spaced out around the bracelet as a whole. DOH! Bead up to about 3/4" from the end of the wire. Once you're happy with it, just finish off the other end with a few more tight loops using needle nose pliers.
In all my excitement of making the bracelet (I hadn't beaded anything in a while), I finished off the whole thing before I realized that I forgot to include any turquoise beads in the bracelet like I had originally intended, to make it REALLY match the necklace. Another DOH! But this time, I decided NOT to start it over again and left it as is. Luckily, I was still pretty happy with the way it turned out despite.
Here's just a quick list of tools/materials necessary to make these items:
Tools for both Necklace and Bracelet:
Small needlenose pliers
Ribbon (add a couple inches to the total length necklace you desire)
Fray check to seal off the ends if you're using ribbon.
Coil bracelet wire
Beads of choice
I'm happy to say that my buddy just loved her jewelry set, and though I'm sure she'd never let on otherwise, she seemed pretty enthralled w/ 'em. Yay!
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