I made this bracelet for the most recent Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Swap for my lovely partner, IsikkahJai
. She requested a charm bracelet, and though I'd never made one before, I knew I had enough beads and charms in my stash for an attempt. I drew inspiration from (who else?) the amazing jennieingram
, who I also believe gave me every single charm I used in this bracelet, AND gave me awesome photography tips to help show off my creation. While these pics are still not the best, they are definitely better than round 1 with my camera and crappy lighting! The background isn't ideal, but I think it matches the "elemental" feel of the bracelet!
For those of you not familiar with Avatar: The Last Airbender, it is an amazing cartoon on Nickelodeon where characters can "bend" or manipulate the four elements (not including metal or spirit of course!) through movements of their body that mimic different styles of Chinese martial arts.
To embody the show in a bracelet, I knew that the four elements had to be central. I also used charms to represent not only the elements, but also certain characters, episodes, or items that carry meaning throughout the show.
Here's a closer look at "Earth":
Including lots of green and gold which are the colors of the Earth Kingdom, bare feet for the Earth Bender Toph, who is blind, but "sees" with her feet and her bending, a metal leaf (under Toph's feet) for Toph's metal bending ability, and a stone bead to literally represent earth and earth bending.
The Air Nomads are very peaceful and monk-like and their element (air) is very swirly and free. Their clothes are yellow and orange, but I felt that white represented them better for my purposes. There are lots of spirals and circles to represent the movement of air and Aang's air scooter that he invented. There's also a peace sign to represent Aang's commitment to peace. There is a flat circle bead with a garnet to represent Appa, Aang's sky bison.
Notice the heart between Air and Water to represent Aang and Katara's romance
Here's a close up of "Water":
Waterbenders are empowered by the moon, and both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes are deeply connected to the moon, so of course, there is a moon charm right in the center. There's also lots of blue to represent water and the colors of the tribes. There's a fish to represent Sokka, who is fishing when first introduced, as well as continually preoccupied with meat in any form throughout the show. Also there is a speckled blue stone to represent the meteor that Sokka uses to forge his space sword out of in Book 3. The blue charm with the wire wrapped around it represents the bottle of spirit water Katara carries with her and uses to heal Aang at the end of Book 2.
Fire was the most difficult for me, maybe because I did this section of the bracelet last. Obviously, there's lots of red for the Fire Nation and fire in general. The Chinese writing represents the scrolls that Zuko finds explaining who his grandfather was and helps him learn who he is and who he wants to become. The bead with the gold stripes is supposed to represent Zuko's scar. The key represents Zuko's trips to visit both Uncle Iroh and later his father in the Fire Nation prison.
And that's it! If you made it this far through the post thanks for your attention to detail!