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« on: September 30, 2005 06:00:25 PM »

this is to inspire some crafsters:

my french teacher had this really cool bracelet that was made from scrabble tiles, where someone drilled little holes in the sides, and then used wire or string or something like that and strung it through. my teachers bracelet spelled out bonjour

i thought some ppl might want to make it and if u do make it please post it b/c i want to see how it comes out

if i make it (soon hopefully) i will try to post it
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2005 09:21:29 AM »

Hi Redrose1028 -- love that idea!

Have you ever seen domino bracelets, or Mah Jong tile bracelets? 
They're strung pretty much the same way, usually on stretch cord, either by themselves  or with beads added in between the tiles.  They've been trendy or popular on&off periodically for quite a few decades (in fact I happen to still have one of each) -- particularly if the dominoes or the mah jong tiles are old or vintage.  Or, well, if the maker 'claims' they're old or vintage, but who really knows ...  I mean, *I'm* certainly no expert on antique game tiles, lol.

Of course neither of those game tiles have the alphabet, but truly-older dominoes -- which were seldom made of any type plastic as so many are today --  can be a really lovely cream-to-light-tan & soft-black combo, instead of the usual dead-white/hard-black.

And mah jong tiles can be extremely interesting, pretty, & colorful, with Asian style drawings & sometimes Asian writing too. Also, many dominoes or mah jong tiles are MUUUUCH bigger than Scrabble tiles -- great for anyone who likes a bracelet with 'A LOT' of visibility!


If you've never seen bracelets made from these larger tiles, try a websearch for domino bracelets & then for mah jong bracelets ... or mahjong bracelets ... or mahjongg bracelets (with two g's).  There may be  even more spellings or forms of that word but alas I have no idea which is correct.
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2005 03:39:18 PM »

hi ayn!
thanks 4 ur reply.  i just have one question- What are Mah Jong tiles and where can u get them b/c they sound really cool!

the domino bracelets sound cool but i think it would be hard for me to wear without making noise. and the only dominos i kno are like ceramic............ ...........
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2005 06:39:39 AM »

Hi again redrose1028...

Ceramic dominoes?? wow that's a new one on me. Sounds as if that would be reeeally tough to make holes for stringing, doesn't it.

Of course, I'm pretty sure it isn't exactly a snap to drill stringing holes straight through the edges of  ANY game thingies, old or new, unless maybe wood ones like Scrabble tiles.  In regard to drilling, I guess the only advantage other tiles (particularly older ones) might possibly have over Scrabble tiles is that they might be larger & thicker.

I'd hazard a guess that something like a drill press -- a true diy-workshop tool - was needed to make the stringing holes for the domino & mj tile bracelets I have. 
Btw I certainly didn't make my bracs, I purchased them pre-made.  Went & dug them out the other day, might as well wear them since wide cuffs & other big bracs are trendy again now.
The domino tiles & mj tiles really do seem quite old (if not technically-vintage or 'actually-antique') & I'd forgotten how large, interesting, and ... wellll... *totally eye-riveting* they are on the arm, lol.



>> Maybe an easier thing to do if you had just 1 fairly-large type of game tile would be to make a simple pendant, though.

For example, you could 'cage' it or 'frame' it by wire-wrapping, & finish off with the usual simple or wrapped loop on top to add cord/suede/leather/ribbon/chain/etc ...
or, securely glue on a pendant finding, which has a solid metal back for gluing to the back of anything plus an open ring that sticks up on the top, through which you can add a jumpring for stringing.

With smaller tiles, such as Scrabble, pendant findings could probably also be used to make bracelet charms (& of course they could actually spell out something if you wanted).     



>> As for where to find any type of game tiles or game pieces, either old or new, that might be suitable for jewelry --
I'd guess maybe yard sales, junque/vintage type shops, local auctions, game/toy stores?
and of course both websearching & ebay might be good possibilities.


>> As for what Maj Jong tiles ARE ... didn't you try a simple Google or other search...?!
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=%22mah+jong%22+bracelet&btnG=Search
[[Besides mj tiles, eclectic-elements.com also has stretch bracs made from dominoes & other game thingies -- and at one time they even had a charm brac made with those old round plastic bingo number coverers used by bingo players before the fat magic-marker type "daubers" of today.]]



>> OOPS ... EDITED to add this:

My bracelets -- and actually I discovered I have 3, not 2: 1 Maj Jong & 2 different dominoes -- make absolutely no 'noise' at all.  Also, considering their size, they're amazingly comfy to wear & surprisingly almost weightless.
The pieces are double-drilled & strung on some sort of stretch cord (black) with 1 bead at the top hole, 1 at the bottom hole between each piece.
Online you'll see that's pretty much the usual way game piece bracs are done.
For one thing, the beads help make the bracelets a more comfy size for a larger wrist, if needed -- for example, one could even add "4" beads, "2" apiece top & bottom, for someone with a quite-large size wrist.
 For another thing, if chosen to complement the tile colors properly, the beads are a pretty decorative element -- and, they help hide that black stretch cord.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2005 09:25:32 AM »

ive actually seen at michaels and at target that there are scrabble pieces already drilled in the bead isle
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2005 02:38:47 PM »

awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2005 05:10:45 PM »

oh that's cool.............i actually just got a old scrabble game at a church rummage sale for 50 cents! yea for rummage sales! i never knew target/michaels had them.
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2005 05:21:09 PM »

the scrabble bracelet sounds like a terrific present for my sister who is a complete scrabble addict (actually my entire family is.)

but i was thinking "OH MY GOD I AM NOT DESTROYING SCRABBLE TILES."

so this whole bead business is most excellent. how much would you say they cost?
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2005 10:58:24 AM »

hey if you want to buy srabble tiles, mah jong tiles, dominoes etc www.skybluepink.com is a good place to get them they have a whole range of puzzle pieces, counters etc for low prices aimed at srapbookers i think but cool for everyone.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2005 07:53:48 PM »

I recently saw small replicas of scrable tiles at Walmart to use in scrapbooking. They're just like the real thing, only smaller. I was thinking they would be prefect for bracelets. Now I just have to talk my hubbie into drilling the holes in them.  Wink

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