...our wonderful organizers being Erin Fickert-Rowland and Christine Altmiller.
The goal was to create a bracelet that would be rather casual, blue (to go with denim), and something that would fit most wrist sizes. With that in mind, I set to work!
I knew immediately how I wanted to make the bracelet. I started by collecting a container full of small blue beads that were anything close to denim in color--everything from light blue (faded denim) to dark navy. The beads were mostly glass but some were opaque, others Czech glass crystals, some glass seed beads, etc. Here's a little peak:
I started using bright copper wire to make the small dangles, but eventually decided to do a mix between bright copper and antiqued copper (permanently covered copper wire).
I had a big debate with myself about what sort of chain to attach these to, but finally went with a rather large copper one that had just arrived. In addition to being durable, it had the added luxury of being more adjustable in size. I made a hook and it can go into any loop in the chain!
Finally, as with other items I've made recently for people who are ill or to support people with illnesses, I added a "Hope" charm. So here is my finished bracelet:
Partway through that project, I started asking myself why I selected one of the most time-consuming designs for my bracelet when time was limited! It seemed I would get 5-6 dangles done each night before there was some interruption that stopped me!
Once I finished that one, though, I still had a BUNCH of those blue beads mixed together! I know many people start out making memory wire jewelry, but I had never used any until recently. I had just made a multi-colored glass bracelet and while it was simple and quick to make, I liked the look of it. I decided to make an extra bracelet to add to the collection of the 7000. It would just be one more person who would get a bracelet, I figured. So I whipped up this one, added a "hope" charm, and I'm sending it off too!
Like thousands of others, I'm hoping these bring some hope, joy, and a smile to their recipients.
Please take a look at the lovely creations of others who are participating in the "7000 Bracelets" project.
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