Monday, February 21, 2011

My Stella and Dot knock-off bracelet

I haven't done a crafty project in a while, and I thought, "It's about time you did one, people are getting bored over here."

So here goes... my first attempt to make my own jewelry. (Other than that one time I thought I was cool in 8th grade and made myself a button bracelet. Haha. I was lame.)

I have been lusting over this bracelet from Stella and Dot.
The front:

 The back:

It's currently $34...Not bad considering some of prices for their other jewelry.

As much as I liked it, I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much money on one bracelet.  So I thought I would try to make one that looked similar to it for a fraction of the cost.

Here's mine:  (Ignore my hairy wrist...this picture makes me wish I still shaved my arms. Yes, I used to shave my arms. Deal with it.)

And here is the Stella and Dot Version:

Not bad right?

I used different colored beads and leather cording, but the great thing about doing something yourself is getting to customize it to look how you want it to look.

Okay so here are the supplies I used.

Collapsible Eye Needles (Heavy)
 Black leather cording (but you could use brown or another color)
 Glass Pearl Beads (I bought two different colors, one gray and one a taupe color)
 Smaller black beads (Again, you could buy any color you want, and any shape)
 Embroidery Thread ( I used black to match the leather cording)
 Buttons (I didn't have fancy ones like Stella and Dot, but I'm okay with that.)
First thing I did was cut off a piece of leather cording long enough, and then I threaded it through the button.

I then made sure my the ends were even, and I tied multiple knots at the end of the cording.
Then I tied one end of the embroidery thread to the leather cording where my button was and started stringing the smaller black beads first.

This picture is after I have already strung a few beads, but you can kinda see how I am doing it.
I pull the bead all the way down the thread until it's at the leather cording, then I wrap it around the top and pull it back through the bead.
Then I wrap the thread twice around the leather cording to hold the bead in place.

Then I pull it tight and add another bead.  I did this to 7 of the black beads before I started adding the glass pearl beads.  The glass pearly beads are all strung the same way as the black beads.

When I got to the end, where my cording was knotted I just tied off the string in a knot onto the cording.
I used about 13-14 glass pearl beads.
And this is how the bracelet looks from the back, on the wrist.

 Since there are two spaces in between the knots, you can make it looser or tighter on your wrist.  And it will fit different size wrists.
 I made two bracelets, using the different colors of beads and two different colored buttons.

Okay, so here is the cost breakdown
Leather cording from Michael's $2.99
Collapsible Eye Needles from Michael's $2.99
Embroidery Thread from Joann's $0.49
Glass Pearl Beads from Joann's $2.00 for each color =$4.00
Small black beads from Michael's $1.99
Buttons free
TOTAL COST = $12.46 (not counting sales tax)

Totally worth it to me.  I have 2 bracelets for less than half the cost of the Stella and Dot bracelet, and plenty of supplies to make others, or to use for something else.

Hope you like my project, and don't be afraid to try something new yourself.

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Dawna said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. Luckily, I already have everything on hand to make one. Think I'll give it a shot.


Veronica Lee said...

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
Have a nice day!

Its So Very Cheri said...

What pretty pieces. Great job.


The Adventures of Ordy and Joon said...

wow!!! GREAT JOB! it looks amazing!

1- love the blog layout!! it looks awesome!
2- got my coupon- thanks!
3- i used to shave and still do when i'm in a rush :)

I love the bracelet! you did a great job explaining- it makes me want to try it!

Wendy Walker Cushing said...

Great tutorial! Cute bracelet!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love your bracelet Jennifer! In fact, I love it more than the one you copied! The button on the back of yours is perfect! : ) Wishing you a very happy week! Love, Becky

Beverly @ said...

This is so pretty Jennifer!! I agree - yours are cuter! Great tutorial too. ;)

Tiffany said...

I saw you comment and link over at Flamingo Toes, I think you did a fantastic job! Great tutorial as well.

Lynda said...

I love "cheap" homemade versions of fancy stuff! I am a craft DOLT, so I'm in awe that you saw that beautiful bracelet and was able to pretty much recreate it!

bellyquestions said...

That bracelet turned out great! super cute!

Melissa said...

hi! i just made a similar braclet the other day. did u you any jewlery glue to keep the beads in place?

Tanya said...

That is so pretty. I have the supplies already. i think I am going to make this.
And by the way, I still shave my arms:)

Sharra said...

Thanks for the idea. looks great! Can't wait to make one.

The Belly Dancer said...

It's awesome. Saw the pics at the sits girls forum, new follower.

Masala Chica said...

You are brilliant. Love, LOVE, LURVE this. Thank you, darling!