Lately I've been on a jewelry-making binge and I'm having so much fun! My work table, which also serves as my office table, is a huge mess, and right now my keyboard is sitting on top of a layer of jewelry bits and pieces I've been working with. One of the projects I've just completed was an easy bracelet made from vintage memory wire bracelets. I'm sure you've come across those wire pearl or beaded bracelets in your flea market shopping trips, if you don't have one in your stash already:
I think they make a great ready-made base for embellishments. Today I took a few pearly bracelets I had in my "hoard" and I up-cycled them into fancier versions using vintage and new items.
I bought this red floral embellishment from Flights of Fancy Boutique a while back. It matched the red pearl bracelet perfectly, so I used thread to attach it first, then a little hot glue to make sure there was a secure bond:
My next project was a yellow pearl bracelet with a shoe clip attached. I removed the metal clip, leaving just the fabric rosette. I added a brass button to the center of the fabric shoe clip to add some additional sparkle. Once again, I used thread and hot glue to secure the embellishment to the bracelet base:
My third project was a "prom night" bracelet. I took a black velvet bow tie and attached it to an off-white pearl base:
Of course, there are many more possibilities with these bracelets. I'm sure you can put your own twist on them!