I am speaking from a place of fashion authority, as the author of Amazon Kindle's #1 best selling fashion book, Crochet Dynamite: Gifts for Your Besties. BAAA-hahahahaha!!! How in world did that happen?! My sincere appologies to #4 Tim Gunn...
Anyway, I had to make one for myself.
And then I had to do some more research. I discovered something very interesting. Aurelie Bidermann's Do Brazil line of jewelry is stunning. It's also very, very pricey. Have you seen it?
|Go check out the line HERE|
I made 2 versions of this bracelet, a charm bracelet version, and a paper clip version. Your friends will think you're so posh!! My mom will think you're crazy for buying a paper clip bracelet...
Metal & Thread Mash-Up Charm Bracelet
mine was about 7 1/2" long
Charm Bracelet (I got mine at Joann's in the jewelry making section)
Craft Cord (sometimes called Craft Thread. It's like embroidery floss that doesn't split apart, and it's sold next to the embroidery floss in big bulk packs. You could also use embroidery floss, or size 3 crochet thread.) I used 5 strands at a time for this project.
Size C crochet hook
Fabri-tac fabric glue (or other fabric glue)
Jewelry pliers (optional, but helpful)
Pick out the 5 colors that you're going to use for your bracelet. I made this one in shades of purple, because I have a friend who's got a birthday coming up that loves purple. (No worries, Crafty Pals, she's a Top Tier Handmade Gift Appreciator!)
I began by pulling a loop through the first link of the bracelet, and chaining 2. Then I put 2 sc in each link across the top edge of the bracelet. I think you can see in the picture that I alternated which way I held the links as I went, so that the bracelet wouldn't spiral when I was done. So one link came to the front, the next link I brought up behind the first link, the third link I brought up in front of the second link. It gives a little bit of a ripple to the bracelet, if you look closely. When you get to the end, pull the loop through to finish the end. Leave a 3" tail (just to be safe).
Now, pull out a 6" (or so) length of the threads. Using your hook, pull one end of this strand through the ch 2 space at the front of your row of stitches. Pull the end up so that the strand is centered. This is going to bulk up the tassel that goes at the end of each side of your bracelet. Wrap a few of the threads around the whole bundle of craft cord and knot it. Put a few drops of Fabri-Tac on the knot to keep it from coming loose.
Repeat on the other side. Trim the tassels to approximately 1" long.
Wrap it up and give it to a friend that you love for her birthday because she's awesome (not just because she wrote a beautiful review of your latest book on Amazon, but also because she's incredibly kind and generous too)!
...I'm pretty sure she's going to read this, so I'll leave it at that... Cough, Nyan has a package coming in the mail, Cough...
Metal & Thread Mash-Up Paper Clip Bracelet
Package of chain (I know, that's weird, but what are you supposed to call it? It was a 42" length of chain, but the bracelet pattern doesn't require it to be that long, so I don't want to force you to buy the exact same thing as I did, especially since you only need about 7" of it...) I got mine at Joann's, but I've seen it in Michaels...
Paper Clips (I used 1" paper clips, but this could look really cool with one of those Jumbo clips)
Craft Cord (see above!)
Size C crochet hook
Fabri-Tac fabric glue
Jewelry pliers *optional, sort of. It would be hard to do this without pliers of some sort, but if you've got a pair that aren't specifically for jewelry you can totally use them for this, and just toss any links that get too damaged in the un-linking process. DO NOT try to use your teeth to open the links, you will chip a tooth... Or, at least, that's how I chipped a tooth about 8 years ago...)
You don't have to separate the entire length of chain into bracelets, you can just use what you need and save the rest for something else, if you'd prefer. I was going to make a lot of presents, so I split mine up right away. I got 5 adult sized bracelets, and one smaller bracelet for Mims.
Attach your very clever closure.
Now, follow the instructions exactly the same way as for the charm bracelet version! I made this one for my mom because it will make her laugh every time she wears it.
You're all done! Package them up in cute little gift baggies and tie them with ribbon!
Psst! You want to make gift baggies with me?
No Crochet Tulle Gift Baggie
Approximately 4"x 2"x 6" (or as high as you want, it's adjustable)
6" wide roll of tulle netting (in the wedding section at craft stores. I got mine 50% off at Hobby Lobby...)
Sewing machine (or sewing needle, but it will take much longer by hand)
Hot Glue Gun (and glue sticks)
Start by sewing two 36" strips of tulle together along the long sides with a 1/4" seam. This will make a 36" tube. Turn it inside out, so that the seams are on the inside of the tube. Cut the tube into 9" lengths, or whatever length you prefer.
Heat up your glue gun.
Cut your card stock into 4"x2" rectangles. You need 2 for each baggie.
Slip one of the card stock rectangles into the bottom of a tulle tube. Make sure that the tulle comes up evenly on each side and wraps across the rectangle to meet (mostly) in the center.
Squeeze a bunch of hot glue on the tulle and card stock.
Slap another rectangle of card stock over the glue to make a tulle/glue sandwich. Add more glue to the corners to make sure that they're really stuck together.
Drop in a gorgeous handmade bracelet and tie with a ribbon! These baggies also look amazing holding pairs of Semi-Handmade Gloves...