I have been quite the busy jewelry-making bee this month!
Let's see. I have 4 major projects that I'm been working on... 2 blog hops, 1 wedding that I hope to be-jewel, and a launch event for a blog dedicated to L.S. Baird's "Songbirds of Valnon" series (which I made loads of jewelry for in 2013--some of which is still available). That's not including the new items I'm making for my store. Or the emails that I need to catch up on. Or the gifts that I've been making.
...Or my March Monthly Challenge. But don't worry! I have not been neglecting my Challenge, and have quite a bit to show off for today's reveal.
Because, apparently, I am an overachiever. Heh.
If you recall, my main goals for this Challenge were to: 1. not wire-wrap anything, and 2. learn a new technique. And I managed to do both of those things!
So, what technique did I play around with?
Well, I took the materials pictured above, and turned them into this:
What is that, you ask?
That, my friends, is what 20 wrap bracelets look like. (Like I said: overachiever.)
Apparently wrap bracelets are rather popular right now... Although, that's not actually why I decided to try to make them. Instead, a dear friend has been showing an interest in learning how to make them, and she thought it would be fun to learn this skill together. So, we used this tutorial to get started... and then I took off running.
I had so much fun playing around with variations!
I made bracelets that wrap 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 times, 5 times:
I made bracelets using vintage buttons as closures:
I made bracelets for other challenges I'm working on:
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Check out the rest of these sets today at the aforementioned blog for the Songbirds of Valnon.
I made bracelets using 1 color, 3 colors, multiple colors:
And, of course, I played around with shapes and sizes and color combinations and types of materials (leather or cotton cord, gemstone or glass):
...Now, I said that I've made 20 pieces--and I've only really showcased 17. The discerning reader might be able to pick out the other three pieces, which are in the picture above. Two of them are for another project I'm working on, and will be revealed later. The other? Is a gift for a friend. I have to try to make it at least a little bit of a surprise. :)
Of all the pieces I made, I think I'm most fond of is this one--a five wrap, multi-colored concoction using rose colored leather:
It was made using marble, brass, glass, magnesite, black/red agate, copper, and garnet. I already have some ideas for different multi-color ones... What can I say? I'm addicted to making these!
And, you've waited long enough... Now it's time for:
I'm giving away both of these lovely bracelets!
One is a two-wrap bracelet made with violet leather, turquoise glass, and a brand new purple button. The other is three-wrap bracelet made with black waxed cotton (i.e. vegan-friendly), red/black agate, and a vintage button. (Please note that both were sized according to my wrist (which is 7.25 inches), so they should fit a 7 to 7.5 inch wrist comfortably.)
How do you win?
Well, there will be two lucky winners... Just comment and tell me which bracelet one you'd like to win, and give me your email address so that I can contact you if you do. Then, on April 6th, I'll let a random number generator pick the winning comment! Oh, and international comments are welcome! :)
Good luck, everyone!
Thanks so much for reading, and joining me for this reveal... May the last few days of March treat you well!