3/3/13 “Piece to Give to a Friend”

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The Challenge:
“Make a Beautiful Handmade Jewelry Piece to Give to a Friend”

I thought a lot about today’s challenge. It took me a while to decide who this lucky “Friend” would be. I am writing this at 11:30 pm because today was an emotionally stressful day to say the least. By the time I post this, it will be past midnight. I apologize.

Earlier today, I was abruptly reminded that there are a lot of broken families in this world. Children depend on their parents/guardians for food, protection, guidance, encouragement, support and love. It really crushes my heart when they aren’t there for them, push them away or are just irresponsible and ignorant.

When I think about this, I am also reminded how truly blessed I am to have amazing parents who love and support me all the time, and provided so much for my brothers and I throughout our lives. Therefore, I decided to dedicate this challenge to my parents, to thank them for always providing and supporting me. Today my “Friend”, that I choose to give a jewelry piece to, is my Mom. (I would make one for my Dad too, but he’s not really the jewelry type.)

Getting Started:

I had some 4mm Orange/Red Fire-polished faceted Czech glass beads that my Mom had picked out a while back. I knew I wanted to use them in a pretty double-strand bracelet. They actually match “8 Bit Magma” on my color chart. I also knew she wanted a silver toggle, so I got out a decorative “Gentle Lace” silver plated toggle and some silver spacer beads. I added a pop of “Sundial” gold with 6mm Honey Fire-polished faceted Czech glass beads.

8 Bit Magma

Sundial

Gentle Lace

Putting the Pieces Together:

I cut two strands of clear beading wire and, holding two ends together, attached them to one end of the toggle clasp using a silver crimp tube. (I bought more crimps today!)

Materials

I started to bead this bracelet by adding one silver bead on both strings. Then I began adding the beads to my liking.

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After a few different tries, I came up with a pattern that gave me the length I needed with the amount of beads I had, and continued to bead the rest of the first strand. I clamped the end of the wire, so the beads wouldn’t slide off, and strung the beads on the second strand, following the same pattern. When I was finished, I added another silver bead to both stands and attached the clasp end with another crimp tube.

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To finish it off, I added a few leftover beads to a silver plated headpin and attached it to the toggle end. I always try to add something extra on a clasp to give the piece a finished look.

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Just a little something to say “thank you” for all that you’ve done (and keep doing) for me.
I love you, Mom and Dad, very much! <3

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Sorry, this bracelet is not for sale.

One Response

  1. Thank you, Karen. That was a wonderful gesture from a wonderful daughter! We love you very much, too! :)
    P.S. We are blessed to have a daughter like you.