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.
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:
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)
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.
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
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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