I recently left my nice secure job as an instructional designer to work on my PhD in Chemistry. Yup, I'm pretty much insane... but I hope it turns out that I'm insane in a good way. Whenever I have time, I like to create pretty pretty things with beads, crystals, and found objects. My jewelry making lets me keep at least a little bit of sanity in the crazy academic world. I hope to open an etsy shop soon, and maybe a real store at some point. However, time is at a minimum right now as I try to pass my classes, teach labs, grade homework, and conduct research.
In my June Post, Pretty Pretty Beads, I gave you a sneak peek at some of the charms and glass beads I received from Artbeads.com. I left you with the promise that I would show you what I created with the gorgeous beads. Well, since some of the beads are charms, I knew I was going to make a charm bracelet of some sort... but, I didn't want to make a traditional bracelet with charms hanging from chain. I wanted to make something really cool and funky.
Since the charms were sea-themed, I decided to combine them with the amazing glass beads that shimmer and change color just like the ocean. I created cages for the glass beads and used wire wrapping to suspend them in their cages. Then, I alternated charms with the glass beads, also attached using wire wrapping. This charm bracelet came out how I imagined it. It was inspired by some of my SCUBA diving trips, and everything from the colors to the charms remind me of my trips!
I'm pretty happy with the way the bracelet turned out. Next time, I will try using a smaller gauge wire so the structure of the bracelet is sturdier. I'll also make the bracelet slightly shorter since it's a little big for my wrist. Other than that, it came out the way I imagined it. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!
FTC Disclosure: The items in this post were provided to me free of charge from Artbeads.com for review or design purposes as part of the Bead Blogger program. I am providing an honest review of the products for which I am receiving no compensation.