Spring Hand-Flower

I don’t know if I’m allowed to enter two things into the Woolhogs Made It contest or not, but I finished the bracelet that matches the Spring Headband I made for my daughter.  Except… it’s a bit more than just a bracelet.  It’s actually a hand-flower; so a cuff around the wrist, and then a triangle that goes down the back of the hand and is connected to a ring that goes on the middle finger.  Some of you may remember a few posts ago, I talked about how my husband and I took our kids to the Renaissance Festival, and how we’re great big nerdlings and dress up every year.  I have a pair of chain mail hand-flowers that I bought from the Renaissance Festival several years ago, so this was inspired by that.  No pattern yet, but maybe if it’s popular I’ll sit down and write one out.

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It’s not real clear in the picture – my iPhone doesn’t take the best pictures, I’m afraid – but either end is actually done with chain mail and finished off with a circular lobster clasp (I don’t know what else to call the thing, sorry.  O_O).  Turns out it’s a little too big on my daughter, so I’m going to revisit it tomorrow and take out some of the chain mail pieces to make it a little smaller.  Actually, it’s too big on me, too, so I’m thinking that this revisiting thing is going to be interesting.  ^_^

 

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This is my hand you see here, and while the cuff is fastened on the underside of my wrist, there’s also quite a bit tucked under my arm to try and hide just how big it was on me.  Still came out cute, I think, and it’s lightweight and comfortable.  I think I might try to make another of these, but with beads next time instead of flowers.

So.  Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?  All are welcome and appreciated!

Two Bracelets and Weekend Shenanigans

It seems like I have been working on this Diamonds shawl foreveeerrrrrrrr, and as I’m getting rather tired of looking at it (shame on you, Gray), I decided to do some quick and easy bracelet experiments just to give myself something different to do.

I’ve recently come into possession of about 100 or so small silver studs and haven’t yet found a use for them.  Additionally, I’ve been wanting to make a bracelet or two that I can wear on Fridays, which are my school’s Spirit day and all the teachers wear our school colors.  Well, I mixed the two ideas together today and came up with the Circles Bracelet:

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It’s purple and yellow (yes, those really are my school colors) and it has the studded accents in the middle of each circle with a toggle closure.  It’s a neat idea and I think the bracelet turned out super cute, but sewing all those circles together about drove me insane.  I think I’m going to keep searching for a less crazy-inducing way of making my school spirit bracelets.

The second bracelet I made was just a simple single crochet bracelet with hematite seed beads.  I’d bought a ton of beads quite some time ago, thinking I would make a bunch of bracelets and such with them.  Then i realized that the crochet thread I had at the time was far too big for the bitty little seed beads, so that idea was scrapped.  Until now.  I went to JoAnne’s today and found – taa daa! – embroidery thread!  I don’t know why I never thought to use it instead of crochet thread for jewelry, but better late than never, right?  Anyway, it’s the perfect size for the seed beads, so I wasted no time in trying it out.  Here is the result of that experiment:

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Sorry about my hand being in the picture; I couldn’t get the bracelet to lay flat unless it was around my wrist.

In other news, I am a great big bum.  I have done nothing but laundry and dishes all weekend.  Well, aside from crocheting, of course.  Hopefully I’ll get some motivation and actually do something around the house before I have to go back to work again on Monday.

Psssh.  Yeah, right.