I was browsing through Craftster a few days ago and saw a super cute bracelet made by fellow poster milesapart714 that she made based off a $300+ designer bracelet. Her version was $3 and, in my opinion, much cuter. I just knew I had to make one. The next day I drove off to my nearest craft store and headed straight to the jewelry section. Everyone that lives around me must have had the same idea because all of the short chains suitable for this bracelet were sold out, so I had to settle on buying a 60" chain which was thankfully on sale! After gathering all the materials; chain, jewelry findings, a charm and embroidery thread my total came to $7 bucks. A little bit more expensive than milesapart714, but I now have enough materials to make a few of those bracelets and more if I really wanted to. Here are some pictures of the making of the bracelet:
All my materials gathered up. I used a darker silvery chain because it matches more of my stuff.
I taped the ends of the thread so it would be easier to thread through the chain
Here it is, finished!
Some close ups:
All in all, I wish I got a bigger chain but I do like how mine turned out.
I had some of the embroidery thread left over that was already bunched up and ready for more braiding, but not enough for another bracelet, so I tried my hand at doing something small... a ring! Here's a picture of it:
I hadn't sealed the knots yet with glue or clear nail polish because the bracelet didn't seem like it needed any, but the ring is already starting to unravel so I decided to be safe and seal them.
Big props to milesapart714 and her awesome tutorial! Check it out here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356098.0 and while you're at it, swing by their blog: http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/