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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Fireworks Bracelet Tutorial


I LOVE the 4th of July! It is probably my favorite holiday. I am a history teacher so I love to celebrate the Founding Fathers, independence, and freedom. I go all out for the holiday. I decorate my yard and myself. I always go crazy with red, white, and blue. This bracelet is the perfect addition to my holiday- and can be for yours too!


Materials:
Plain chain bracelet (or make your own with chain and a clasp)
Headpins and/or eye pins
Red, white, blue, clear, and/or silver beads (gold would be pretty too)
Round nose and regular jewelry pliers
Wire cutters



Begin by arranging your beads on the headpins. The more random, the better.
Here are three examples of my headpins




Use the round-nose pliers to curve the end of the headpin.




Hook it on the chain of the bracelet.





Clip the end of the wire if necessary and close the loop with your jewelry pliers.



Now, add the rest of your headpins to the bracelet. The number of pins will depend on the size of your bracelet, the size of the links, and desired thickness. I used 1 or 2 pins per link depending on the size of the beads.





I call this the "Fireworks" bracelet because (obviously) it looks like a fireworks burst with the long skinny beads that stick out.


Here is a close-up view so you can see some of my other headpins.




Doesn't it look great? So fun for the 4th of July or any other patriotic holiday. It really can be worn all summer if you want.



If you make one, I would love to see it!


In addition to my fav linky parties listed on the sidebar, this project will be linked up to:

http://todayscreativeblog.blogspot.com/
http://mybackyardeden.blogspot.com/



MuralMaker and More



make it wear it


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like that!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

It's darling! And it does look like fireworks! Would love for you to stop by Thursday & link it up (and any other patriotic goodies) to Fab Finds for the Fourth.

Bethany said...

Ooh! I love it! It does look like fireworks. Great job!

Vanessa said...

That's so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Shop Without Money Sisters said...

I love it! I'm not sure I have the patience to make one but I think my kids would like them, too. We're hoping to do more fun crafts this summer. First official day of summer vacation. Woohoo!
Heather

Melissa said...

A delightfully fun creation - I bet it is heavy!!

Aubree said...

It is heavier than other bracelets to be sure, but the beads are all lightweight so it isn't too bad.

Darla said...

This is beautiful! I haven't worked with beads in a long time, but I'm finding myself really tempted to start it up again today. I think my daughter would like to help make one, too. Thanks for sharing!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

thanks for linking up today, Aubree. It's just darling!

Flannery Buchanan said...

THat is very very cute!

Flannery @ Three Sisterz
threesisterz.blogspot.com

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's really fun! Gotta love red, white and blue-enjoy!

CraftyMummy said...

Thank you for your tutorial! I had a go and just blogged mine - with a link back to yours of course... http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/06/beaded-bracelet.html
Your tutorial was so easy to follow - and my daughter loved helping me ;)

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

a WOW bracelet!

Do add this lovely tutorial for a link back to your blog to our DIY linky party here:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-3/

It's a weekly party, so you can come back every Wednesday with a new great project tutorial.

Mama Thompson said...

That is really cute...it totally looks like fireworks...I might just have to whip myself up one...

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Aubree,
How cute is that?! So pretty and festive! Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
have a safe and happy 4th!
Linda

The Beading Gem said...

It's patriotic alright! Actually it can be made in the colors of any flag. Thanks for sharing. I will feature/link nearer the 4th of July this year! Pearl

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