Wednesday, August 1, 2012
How a New Design is Born...
I purchased a kit with instructions to learn how to make these "fringe" bracelets in December of 2011.
I finally sat down in July and created about 10 of them. A couple were done twice to learn the technique : ) You have to sew each fringe into the bracelet - time consuming but nice when it's done.
Once I learned how to make these I immediately wanted to design my own and I LOVE FALL! So I started thinking about golds and browns and acorns, squirrels, owls, leaves etc... So I had the inspiration - now to get all the materials....
There was a bead show in July so I searched for charms and clasps and beads there. I found some of the beads - seed beads and leaves there, but no charms or clasps.
I went online and searched for nice charms for fall and found the squirrels and owls.
At the craft store I found a few more beads in the color scheme I had in mind.
I am still looking for a fallish clasp - but did find an antique brass one so decided to finally sit down and see what I could come up with. I laid out all my materials, counted the number of beads for each component and went to work.
About 2 hours later, not including interruptions, the bracelet was finished. Yippee!
While I was working on the bracelet I came up with some ideas for earrings too - so made those.
Now time to make earring and bracelet cards.
I went online and found a cute owl graphic, created a printable page of them and printed them onto kraft paper cardstock.
Now it's time to cut them with my printing press and metal dies into shapes. Place a backing on them, put one of my logo stickers on, find some complimentary string to attach the tag and FINALLY - it's done.
You have to really enjoy the process or you would go crazy thinking about how much time goes into each item you create - in this case at least 32 hours - Yikes! Oh well - now I have everything and the next one will only take me a couple of hours - I think : )