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Denise K
03-18-2004, 01:48 AM
I would like to make a charm bracelet for my cousin, using my lampwork beads as charms. I've temporarily attached my beads to a chain just to see how it looks, but it needs something more, maybe some crystal or something. Although I love the fringe bracelets, I don't want that many dangles on this one, can I see yours to get some ideas.

Thanks

DebbieSue
03-18-2004, 10:54 AM
My daughter's Tiki bracelet. Her dog's name is Tiki (check out tiny head). Just added some fuschia crystal and rose quartz to jazz it up a little so it wasn't too plain. She likes her jewelry simple...

Debbie

NYCindy
03-18-2004, 03:48 PM
I made a charm bracelet out of my baby-beginner beads. Connie Fox published directions on how to do this bracelet in Lapidary Journal. It's sturdy and I love it!

snootyvixen
03-19-2004, 01:18 AM
Probably more dangles than you're looking at, but here's a "treasure" bracelet I made recently

Vikki

DebbieSue
03-19-2004, 11:56 AM
I'm going to have to try to make one of these fancy charm bracelets. I think they're beautiful! So interesting with so many different beads in them to look at........ :)

Debbie

tluvs2create
03-19-2004, 12:58 PM
I love wearing these and they attract a lot of attention. It is fun to look at all the different beads. I get quite a few orders for these. Have fun.

Zooziis
03-19-2004, 03:02 PM
Great bracelets everyone! Tricia I really like your colors. Here's one of mine. I have another if I can get photos taken I will post. I love making charm bracelets, and I really love wearing them...I love the movement.

fikefire
03-19-2004, 03:59 PM
This is the one I did for the Cupid's exchange.

Denise K
03-19-2004, 05:14 PM
Thankyou to everyone that answered, they're all lovely. I have some ideas now, maybe I'll post a pic when it's finished.

Denise

DebbieSue
03-19-2004, 05:51 PM
For everyone who have posted pics, do you make your own base bracelet with wire, or do you purchase a ready-made charm bracelet and then just add your charms/beads?

Debbie

snootyvixen
03-19-2004, 06:05 PM
For everyone who have posted pics, do you make your own base bracelet with wire, or do you purchase a ready-made charm bracelet and then just add your charms/beads?

Debbie

I made my links from 16ga sterling wire using roundnose pliers and a hammer
:D

Vikki

Zooziis
03-19-2004, 06:50 PM
I purchase chain by the foot, and attach clasps.

fikefire
03-19-2004, 09:11 PM
For everyone who have posted pics, do you make your own base bracelet with wire, or do you purchase a ready-made charm bracelet and then just add your charms/beads?

Debbie
I buy ready made from Rio Grande.

Lara
03-19-2004, 09:43 PM
I love the look of charm bracelets, but sometimes they are a pain to wear. Very pretty baracelets you have seen here. Please excuse my horrid pictures. Just took them super quickly.

Frist bracelet I made the S - shaped links and jump rings, hammered and then put on the dangles. Really cool looking, a lot of work, but very hard to wear, for me, it is huge and makes a lot of noise. These beads are from the charm bead exchange from ISGB a couple years ago. The design of the bracelet was from Lapidary Journal.

Full bracelet
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2004/10029-handmadefull.jpg

Close up
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2004/10029-handmadecloseup.jpg

This next bracelet is just dangles on the store bought chain, Rio Grande I believe, but could have been my local bead shop. This was much easier to do and isn't as busy as the one above. It is easier to wear, but the dangles are still a bit long for me and they hit my palm (this is annoying to me.) If the dangles were much smaller I think I would use a smaller chain.

Full
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2004/10029-full_dangle.jpg

Close up
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2004/10029-close_up_with_dangle.jpg

This last braclet is my favorite charm type bracelet. I made a normal bracelet but put on the little flower dangles as an accent. These flowers are not long and don't flop around too much and gives the look of a charm bracelet. Frit from Val, charms from Rio Grande.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2004/10029-c1flower.jpg

Lara

PS - my longest post ever, sorry.

NYCindy
03-21-2004, 06:19 AM
The design I used is the same as Lara's and Vicki's - it's a design by Connie Fox that was published in the Lapidary Journal.

I made the swirly links out of 14 ga. dead soft sterling and the jump rings are made of 16 ga dead soft sterling. I practiced making the links of dead soft copper wire before I started using the sterling. The "feel" of the copper and sterling is the same. Once you've got the hang of it, the swirlies work of pretty fast and you don't need too many of them for a bracelet.

What takes the most time is making the jump rings - cutting and filing the edges so they meet evenly. That's kind of a pain but worth it. I use one of the swirlies as a clasp that way when closed, the bracelet creates a entire circle of bead-charms. If I'd used a clasp, there's always that little gap between bead-charms and nothing but clasp.

Cindy

Steph'sBeadCorner
03-28-2004, 05:15 PM
Wow, some really great bracelets here. I love the look and haven't tried it yet but would love to learn.

Here's another site with some great use of lampwork and crystals.

www.melsbeads.com

and bracelets

http://www.melsbeads.com/wst_page4.php

enjoy!

Steph

Virginia L.
03-28-2004, 09:45 PM
I have made some bracelets, most of them goofy, for my best friend and myself, but on kinda dangly, but not as neat as some of the other peoples...I did it link to link out of my silver wire - I posted the silly ones last - Good luck, have fun - God Bless - Virginia L.

Kalera
03-28-2004, 09:50 PM
My daughter's Tiki bracelet. Her dog's name is Tiki (check out tiny head). Just added some fuschia crystal and rose quartz to jazz it up a little so it wasn't too plain. She likes her jewelry simple...

Debbie

My friends call me Tiki, and I love that bracelet!

Xta_G
03-29-2004, 02:43 PM
Here's my version of a charm bracelet.. I'm not one much for dangling things, since I always get caught up in my knitting :)

X.

Virginia L.
03-29-2004, 10:18 PM
Wow, some really great bracelets here. I love the look and haven't tried it yet but would love to learn.

Here's another site with some great use of lampwork and crystals.

www.melsbeads.com

and bracelets

http://www.melsbeads.com/wst_page4.php

enjoy!

Steph
I went to Mels web site and looked at the bracelets, Verrrrrrrrrrry beautiful, and striking. I quite frankly cannot figure out how she can do all that work and sell them for those low amounts of money and keep going...I sure hope it is working out for her - God Bless - Virginia L.