Handmade Jewelry

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One of my favorite online bloggers, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks, recently shared some fabulous jewelry from Sloan & Themis.

Photo © the Sloan & Themis Blog

I absolutely love their products, and they inspired me to get out some of my old jewelry supplies and make a few bracelets. Before I did so though, I decided to reach out to my friend for some advice, as she’s spending a lot of her time making jewelry of her own. I was surprised to learn that she uses zippers and decides to recycle it and make them into a bracelet that can be worn by herself and her daughters, and they look great. It’s an amazing vision and I hope to adopt a similar sort of strategy when it comes to making my own. All I had to do was take a look around my house to see what items I could use. I started with 3 wooden animal beads from a broken necklace of my grandmother’s, and ended up with 3 very different, but lovely bracelets.

My first piece featured the cheetah bead and was made with Jasper and green lamp glass beads. Since I had enough of the beads, I also made a matching set of earrings to go with the bracelet.

cheetah bracelet

cheetah bracelet

The second piece features the elephant bead and uses multi-colored seed beads with enameled metal charms.

elephant bracelet

elephant bracelet

The final piece I made featured the zebra bead with silver chains and mixed charms.

zebra bracelet

zebra bracelt

I love that even though each of the pendant beads in from the same original necklace, all of the finished bracelets are so different. Have you ever made your own jewelry? What are your favorite pieces to use?

Sharing over at:
Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways, Inspiration Monday at I Should be Mopping the Floor,
Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou, Much Ado About Monday at Huckleberry Love,
Show & Tell at Sugar Bee Crafts, Show & Share at Coastal Charm, Get Your Shine On at
Wife Mom Geek

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