Have you read the somewhat controversial book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg? I just finished it and can’t stop talking about it. As someone who used to work in the corporate world and is now raising a daughter, the lessons on women and success profoundly resonated. Her question to readers, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” stopped me in my tracks. What would I do? What would you do? It’s freeing – and scary! – to think about the possibilities. And then to realize the often self-imposed limits that keep women from really going after big ideas. Ten seconds into dreaming I’m already worrying about childcare, paying the bills and getting dinner ready.
What does that have to do with this tutorial? Probably not much. But it makes me realize that doing a DIY and putting it out there for the world (ok, pretty much just my sister!) to see is scary. Especially since fashion and style can be uber intimidating.
Growing up I was always in awe of the ‘cool girls’ who put outfits together just right while I languished in garish colors and ill-fitting pants. When do we lose the confidence to wear hot pink with abandon? I see that lack of self consciousness in my daughter. I cherish that in her. Encourage it. And wish I could get it back.
So I have no idea if crystals are cool or trendy. But I think they’re pretty! Want to make one too? Here’s how:
DIY Crystal Bracelet Instructions
Supplies needed –
- 3-4 top drilled rough cut crystals (you can find them on Amazon or Etsy)
- 26 gauge gold wire
- Suede cord
- 2-4 gold beads
- 2-4 seed beads
- Jewelry pliers
- Wire clippers
- Cut a piece of suede cord the length of your wrist, leaving an extra 2 inches on each end to knot for a closure.
- Find the center of the cord and start a 1/2 inch to the left. Cut a long piece of wire and wrap the cord a few times at your starting point.
- Slide the crystal onto the wire and follow the photos above to attach it securely to the cord.
- Wrap wire around the cord a couple of times and add the next crystal. Repeat with third crystal.
- Finish by wrapping a couple of times and cutting the excess wire. Bend the wire ends into the cord with jewelry pliers so that it doesn’t poke into your wrist.
- Wrap the last 2 inches of each cord end with wire, adding in the small gold beads and seed beads as you go.
- Finish by cutting excess wire and bending the wire in the cord.
If three crystals is too much bling, go for a simpler look with just one crystal. Thread wire through the top drilled hole and wrap the crystal a few times. Then attach it to chain with a jump ring.
Nice work. I think we were hindered by growing up in the 1980s. It scars a person to look that weird.
That books sounds interesting (now I just need to find time to read things other then a quick few of my favorite blogs!) and also I love these bracelets. Very unique idea and pretty. Hmm…if I wasn’t afraid I would stop working and devote full time to my invitation shop!
go for it ! its time! IMO! ican only tell you that i did and have trusted in God and its been amazing! the transition is sometimes challenging but He never leaves me so i stumbled and learned as i go. now about 8 yrs and no looking back!
Love the bracelet and the thoughts about the book, raising daughters, and reaching our potential! I think you are doing a great job, I’m glad I have you to discuss these things with and to raise our daughters together to be confident, smart women! Our mom was a great model of working hard, always trying to reach her dream of having fulfilling work and enough time off to enjoy herself, and living life with confidence and flourish… Next step for you is having your own jewelry line :)
Thanks for the book referral too. As a young working woman and considering when/how motherhood might work, I’m super excited to pick up the book! Thanks :)
Aunt Janet says
Au contraire, mon ami! You have always been one of the COOOOL ones!
how cool ! love the finished look :)
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
Looks chic! I love it.
Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos says
Love this! The DIY (I’m obsessed with bohemian feeling bracelets right now) and the sentiment behind the post. I have two girls and feel the same way you do. I want them to always be as headstrong and creative and take-no-crap as they are right now. And then I look at myself and wonder if I’m doing a good enough job at modeling that for them. I want to write more (and finally finish putting together that children’s book I started) and I want to reopen my jewelry shop on Etsy. I’ve been talking about it for more than two years and it’s time I just stop being so nervous about what else I could or should be doing and just do it!