After my plum colored dress post I received a sweet comment from Dawn suggesting that I add some fun beaded jewelry to my dress to give it a little something extra. It was a great suggestion, but here's the deal. I am cheap. I have a hard time spending money on jewelry. Also my taste is a bit selective. I do like some big/chunky jewelry, but not much. Anyway, I decided that I did need to start dressing myself up a bit. I was at Joann's late last week and I found that their beads were on sale. I can't resist a sale. So I picked up some of the least expensive beads that I could find and a few jewelry making basics. I remembered seeing several bead/ribbon necklaces and bracelets around blogland and decided to try it out for myself.
The bracelet that I made used this pewter colored ribbon and some tiny little beads. I followed the tutorial here. It was really pretty simple to make. I love the color combination. I added a jewelry clasp to the bracelet so that I could take it on and off, but you could totally make this out of a stretchy cord which would eliminate any need for a clasp.
I strung the extra beads onto some stretch cord to make some simple coordinating bracelets. I'll probably end up cannibalizing them for a future project, but until then I'll put them to good use.
It is a little baby step into the world of jewelry making and wearing, but it is a step none the less. What do you think?
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