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« on: August 22, 2007 11:22:18 PM »

ok, i'm just throwing this out here into Craftster, any help would be greatly appreciated!  I've decided to make charm bracelets for my two friends.  Their birthdays are about 2 weeks apart, and now is my time for freaking out because I didn't find out about the parties until a few days ago!

I was struck by inspiration last night to make charm bracelets, using aspects of their personalities to make them personal.  I want the main point to be their initials, and i've gotten some ideas, but the main concern I have is with my friend Priscilla's bracelet.

The main idea I had was to twine a thin transparent ribbon through a charm bracelet base, but I have no idea how to attach the ribbon at each end!  Has anybody ever made a bracelet this way?  And if you have, how have you overcome this problem?  I might just have to wing it and hope for the best!

Thanks for any help or ideas you can give me!  I live by a Michael's only, and i'm going to get the initial pendants I need to make the necklace from the jewelery store about 1/2 hour away from my house by bus.  I'll post pictures of my progress, and once again, thanks for any help or ideas!

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007 11:43:23 AM »

OK, I'll take a stab. I would either melt the ends of the ribbon with fire and let them hang loose, tied to the chain at the ends, or use cones at the ends that you could hide the end of the chain and ribbon in.

Hope this makes sense. If not, I can probably find a picture or something to illustrate.

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008 09:34:03 PM »

if the ribbon is on the thinner side maybe crimp beads?
When I was making charm bracelets/beady things crimp beads saved my life lol

They are beads made out of thin metal that can be squished with pliers to hold things (bad explanation) You you even tuck the ribbon into it looped around the ends of the bracelet (like each side) it would keep the ribbon in place and hide the raw edges.

Or a simple whip stitch with the ribbon looped around the end pieces of the bracelet could work ... theres that clear sewing thread out there that could even work for the stitches so that it was noticeable

can wait to see the finished product

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008 11:32:43 PM »

I'm not sure how this would look at all, but how 'bout this:

String a bead on to the ribbon, then loop the ribbon around the ring attached the clasp pieces. Tie a knot as close as possible, then trim the excess ribbon. At this point you could hold a lighter briefly to the knot to melt it slightly to make sure it stays. Then just slide the bead up and over the knot to hide it.

Does that make sense?

The crimp bead might be easier. I know they come with loops on the end, but I don't know if they come with split ring loops or not. That way you could attach it to the ring on either side of the clasp.
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