Charm Bracelet: Animal Planet On A Chain

Wednesday, July 30

Oh, my aching hands. Wirewrapping over 50 items will do that.

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I had been wanting to make something with these beads for months. A friend sent me craft supplies she thought I could use in the jewelry I make. Ladybugs, butterflies, birds (both metal and plastic) and cat faces. I added them with the fish, turtles and elephants I already had and started making a charm bracelet.

As far as making it colorful, that happened by accident. My original plan was to add just a hint of color and focus on the metal beads. The butterflies were light lavender and the plastic birds were light aqua. After I decided to jazz it up, I searched my bead stash and came up with enough lavender, purple, turquoise and aqua beads to soften the metal look.

The bracelet base is a double strand of dark gray chain links connected with a sterling silver toggle clasp.

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I decided not to wirewrap the pieces directly to the chain. Except for the black fish, each item is separately wirewrapped. Everything is attached to the chain links with jump rings. I am so glad I did because I changed and moved things around many times. Trying for balance of size, shape and color.

I knew I would get confused on where to place everything so I took a picture before beginning.

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A lot of good that photo did me, LOL, because once I got to the green glass cat, I started making changes. The cat got ditched. Too large and my wirewrapping was horrible. The holes went ear-to-ear and I haven’t perfected wirewrapping going side to side. I will stick with bottom to top. The Tigers Eye elephant also got shelved. The brown stuck out like a sore thumb. I almost removed the ivory turtle but left it in to balance that side of the bracelet.

After attaching all the animals and birds, I started filling in the empty spaces. That’s when the color explosion happened. I kept adding glass beads until I was satisfied.

I hate to admit it but I spent roughly 10 hours working on this bracelet. I was on a mission!! I took several breaks but kept at it until it was finished. I like to think, I kept going with the fear my newly mastered wirewrapping skills would regress. 😀

I also made earrings. I had set aside several pieces I wanted to use and made them after completing the bracelet.

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I took quite a few pictures trying to get different views to show you. So, what do you think?

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8 comments on “Charm Bracelet: Animal Planet On A Chain

  1. coco says:

    iam 11 and i have started a shop my mum says to make so bags for the costmers
    i love yours !

  2. don_mae says:

    Hi there. Thank you so much. I wish you well with your creations and your shop. Do come back and give me an update.

  3. dawnmorningstar says:

    You are wonderful at combing colors and textures! Have you taken art classes or do you just feel what goes together?

  4. don_mae says:

    Hi Dawnmorningstar. Just the “usual” requisite art classes in school and college. I go by what looks good to the eyes. I had fun making it. Thanks!!

  5. Doll says:

    i really like the ‘clunky-ness’ on the bracelet ^^

  6. don_mae says:

    Thank you!!

  7. Balance says:

    The earrings are beautiful, but I am curious how much do they weigh?

  8. don_mae says:

    Hi Balance. The earrings are surprisingly VERY light. Barely notice any weight at all when holding them in your palm. Thanks!!

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