For the Easter egg swap, @Kwality570 said she’d like some “old-style friendship bracelets”. How perfect! I had just received (by mistake; the vendor sent me the wrong thing and told me not to bother sending it back) a bag of supplies and instructions for making friendship bracelets.
I’d never made any before, but since I often see them categorized as kid’s crafts, I assumed they must be very easy to do.
I spent literally a whole week, trying and failing to make an acceptable-looking friendship bracelet.
Some of my failed attempts:
Finally, I gave up on those techniques and just fell back on more familiar craft modes: crochet and macrame.
For inspiration, Leann had shared a picture of a group of bracelets, including one with a central eye/evil eye charm. Not able to find that exact one, I ordered a more stylized eye charm to use in my bracelets. But then I received word that delivery would be delayed; too late for the swap.
Darn! I really wanted one of the bracelets to have a focal point like that. After a bit of stash-shopping, I remembered the chunky butterfly buttons I’d claimed from @thanateduring the fall Shop the Swap market. Yay! Just the focal point I needed.
The bracelets turned out great. I laughed when you said you thought they would be easy because friendship bracelets are considered kids crafts. I felt the same way and tried them and failed miserably. Miserably!
The butterflies and Beads made your bracelets even more beautiful. They turned out amazing.
I must have made the super simple braided ones back in the day, not the patterned beauties. I was just thinking about how I see bracelet looms at the toy store, but I think they had those or at least a kit when I was young. Not the same, but it reminds me of when I used to play Cat’s Cradle. Fun times.
(Linda -2023 is a use the good stuff year! :us:)
The butterfly was the perfect centerpiece for the bracelet!
I don’t know how kids make those either…lol…nothing wrong with sticking to what you know best and can execute well…it is a beautiful piece of jewelry!