Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bracelets Made with Tape & Coupon Code

Last Wednesday, I posted a picture of a bead store I found near the Hubby's work (here in Puerto Rico). The store had all sorts of jewelry and hair bow making supplies, including this awesome pleather braid in lots of colors.

I picked the silver, then got to creating a bracelet. But, if you've ever used ribbon ends, you may know how hard it is to clamp more than one ribbon/string/braid into the clamp while keeping it straight.
I got one end done, then taped the entire thing to the table (using clear tape)...making sure to keep the strands parallel and even. Once the entire length was taped, I trimmed the edges to match. I also taped around the edge so nothing would slip while clamping the ribbon end.
Once the ribbon end it completely clamped down around your braids/ribbon/strings, you can then pull of the tape. The ribbon end perforates the tape, so the outside pieces come right off. There will still be a bit of tape left in the clamp, but it doesn't effect you or the bracelet. 
If there is still some tape sticking out the side of the ribbon end, go ahead and use some small scissors to clip the excess, or a lighter will melt the tape back. If you choose to use a lighter, test what the heat will do to you braid/ribbon/string on a scrap piece first. You don't want to go to all this trouble, then melt your braid/ribbon/string to the point of no return...preparation and care are always good things during the jewelry making process.
Now you have a band of braids ready for a closure of some sort.
This is what the braids look like wrapped around my wrist.
Here is the clasp I used-a type of hook and eye closure-this closure is easier to use one handed, versus using a spring style clasp (most standard closure on store bought necklaces).
Another 'After' picture...and I've worn it 2-3 times already since I made this bracelet (last Friday). I love that it's a silver bracelet, but not stiff (like a metal bracelet) or lumpy (like a beaded bracelet).

I also plan to make more of these bracelets, maybe even in different colors, and putting them in my Etsy shop. What colors would you be interested in wearing-any color at all?

Speaking of my Etsy shop, I finally got it up and running with my new fabric choices (although still a work in progress). I would like to give my blog readers a special discount for the shop: from now until October 4, 2012, use code HDULTA20 for 20% off your total purchase from ZLilly.etsy.com. I hope to also add more jewelry and hair items to the shop throughout this month, and the coupon code will be good off anything in the shop, until October 4 of course. Please let me know if you have any questions. And, if you'd like to order a custom item, I will be happy to let you use your coupon code on it as well. 

Have a fantastic day!!!

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