If you spend any time with me, you’ll come to learn that I love the color purple. I wear a lot of it. When I find things that are purple, I’m instantly drawn to them. The color just makes me happy. Do you have a color like that? I also seem to really like dangle, charm bracelets, or perhaps I just like making them? (I’ve made this one for swim team, and this Harry Potter one, in the past 3 months.) In April, Kara over Happy Go Lucky made these awesome earrings, and I won them. They are my most favorite earrings! I wear them constantly. And even better, little Monkey loves my beautiful ombre purple earrings. He enjoys hitting the, and watching them swing in my ears. This past weekend, I was at Michael’s and saw some Martha Stewart purple ombre faceted beads that were on sale. After admiring the color for a moment or two, I realized that they would go with the beautiful earrings that Kara made. I got the beads home, and decided to make a quick and easy purple ombre bracelet!
To make this bracelet, I needed the faceted Czech beads from Martha Stewart, a lobster clasp, 3 different sized jump rings, head pins, and chain. The largest jump rings were 8mm, the medium sized were 6mm, and the smallest were 4mm.
First, I measured a length of chain that would fit my wrist, and then attached the lobster clasp to the chain with a small (4mm) jump ring. I used 2 packages of beads, so I had 64 beads in total, in 4 different shades of purple, meaning I had 16 beads in each shade of purple.
I used head pins and followed One Artsy Mama’s wire wrapping vlog tutorial to create loops to attach to the chain. I kept the 4 shades of purple separate, as I wanted to keep the ombre effect that initially attracted me to the beads. Next, I identified the center of the chain. It wasn’t the exact center, but rather where I wanted the center to be. I would say that it was several links closer to the clasp that the “true” center of the chain. I then took a large jump ring, and put 4 of the darkest purple beads on this jump ring. I attached the largest jump ring to the middle of the chain.
Then I took the rest of the darkest purple beads and paired them up, leaving 4 separate from the rest. I put two of the darkest purple beads on the medium jump ring, and then attached them to either side of the “center” point. I put 2 of the medium jump rings (so 4 beads total), on each side of the center point. Then I took a medium jump ring, and took the 4 remaining darkest beads, and paired them with 4 of the next shade of purple beads. I put one of the darkest and one of the 2nd darkest shade on each of the 4 jump rings. I put 2 jump rings with the beads on each side of the center.
I kept up this technique, blending 4 beads of one shade of purple with 4 beads of the next shade of purple, until I was down to 12 beads with the lightest shade purple. (I used 4 of the lightest shade of purple, with 4 beads from the 2nd lightest shade of purple). I then put one of the lightest beads on the smallest (4mm) jump ring. This means that the lightest shade of purple had 6 jump rings on each side, rather than just 3 jump rings.
When I attached the last of those pale purple beads, I had a pretty purple bracelet to go with the beautiful earrings that Kara made! I’m very happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Oh, and because I want you to see the inspiration piece by Kara, here are the earrings. I took a quick photo of them on the day that my happy mail arrived. Aren’t they gorgeous! Kara is very talented!
I’m sharing my new bracelet at:
- Happy Hour Friday
- Designing, Dining and Diapers: Inspiration Gallery
- The Creative Connection
- Inspire Me Please Weekend Linky Party
- Shine On Fridays
- The Real Thing with the Coake Family: Real Family Fun
- Organized 31: Inspire Us Thursdays
- Less Laundry, More Linking
- Sugar Bee Crafts: Take a Look Tuesday
- Diane Rambles: Pin Me Link Party
- Naptime Crafters: Friday Favs Party
- Pinworthy Projects
- Practically Functional: The Fun in Functional
- Time to Sparkle Link Party
- Chef in Training: Tuesday Talent Show