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« on: December 01, 2013 06:27:54 PM »

I'm not sure that this is a common problem, but I have someone with very expensive tastes on my gift list. It can be difficult to buy gifts for my youngest sister because she tends to like items that are often out of my price range. One way that I can get her something I know she'll love, while keeping it affordable for myself, is to find something in style and on trend, and do my best to duplicate it by hand.

This year she made it easy on me, as she pinned these designer beaded wrap bracelets from here: http://www.chanluu.com/womens-jewelry/wrap-bracelets/

My supplies: I knew by looking at the specs of the expensive version that the finished bracelet was about 80 cm (34 inches long).  Using my awesome math skills, I knew I'd need about 80 cm (34 inches) worth of beads and 1.6 m of leather.  Nice that they print the length of the bead strand is right there on the label... makes it pretty darn simple.

The tutorial I referenced was here: http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/beaded-wrap-diy-bracelet/

I did a couple thing different from the tutorial.  Since this was a gift, I made two knots at the end so that the size can be adjusted a bit.

I also found that my beads were sliding around a bit much, so I went back and stitched my beads twice.  That is, when I finished beading the whole length, I went back and stitched the whole thing in reverse.  So I worked right to left the first time down, then left to right back up through the strung beads.  This secured everything really nicely. And I like how the mirrored stitching looks.

Ta da! Here's my finished bracelet. (Yeah, I did a photo shoot.  Tongue ) I know its not exactly like the inspiration bracelets, but I think it turned out pretty nice - and more importantly, I think my little sis will love it! 

Anybody else DIYing knock-offs for gifts?

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013 07:27:39 PM »

I am all for DIY. I think you did a fine job. And sis should get over herself to think we can all afford the Macy stores. It is the thought, and not the present. You did wonderful, and took the extra time to make it special. That is what counts. I can only afford it where I can, too. And try to do best for people. Don't feel bad for that. If she wants a fancy box, let her go buy it for herself and put it on HER charge card. Sorry. Loosing the Christmas spirit again, but sheesh....there is a limit when you are shareing with multiple people and families. Greed at this time of year really peeves me.

Happy note: Son has a birthday. At the skating rink. Sorry, off topic, but just need to share.
He just wants me to sing a song at his party. Is that not sweet? Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins. Of course I also have some presents, but I have been working my bumm off for the tune he wants.  Grin

Back to topic...I think your sister will love it all the same. Do you have wrapping to make it look like it came from those expensive stores??? She might not ever know the difference!  Grin Just an idea.


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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013 06:25:14 AM »

I think you did a lovely job doing this knock off, I bet your sister will love it.

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2014 07:06:54 AM »

This is so lovely!

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2014 08:49:26 AM »

that looks great.

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