Well this week’s jewelry adventure was half successful, half a fail. My goal this week was to attempt a zigzag bracelet. I attempted and I sort of completed it, if that’s even possible.
Of course, inspired by my pinterest board, I saw a picture of a bracelet with tutorial pictures that I thought wouldn’t be too difficult for me to complete. (See below)
Let me share with you the things that added up to me feeling ‘less-successful’ this week:
- Once I read the blog that the tutorial was attached to, I realized I was in for a struggle. The blog is half English, half something else (Greek maybe, I’m not too sure) regardless; I wasn’t going to be reading it.
- I’m a bit of a cheap-o, I try and save money where I can all the time, so when I bought my supplies from Michael’s for this bracelet I bought what was on sale, knowing full well the sizes were not exactly what the blog had suggested. I wasn’t too concerned as I thought it would make my bracelet a little more personal and wouldn’t be much of an issue. Newsflash – this bracelet would have rocked had I purchased the proper sized chain, beads and thread!
- Following only pictures on the blog (because I couldn’t read anything else, other than the supply list), I started to make my bracelet. My first big problem happened quickly – the thread was too thick for the beads. Oh well, easy fix, I have skinnier thread at home.
- As soon as I started adding my rings to the bracelet it was not lining up well at all and was not looking smooth like the tutorial pictures. I had come to realize that the beads were too big in comparison to the chain links and therefore I was going to struggle getting the exact zigzag pattern I was going for. So, I ended using jump rings (I had at home for another project). However, even these rings were a little too small and the wrong shape.
Those were just a few hiccups I hit this week. While working on the bracelet I was constantly playing around with the strings, trying to tighten after each bead/ring was added. If I pulled tight enough and moved each bead to the side, it seemed to help get the zigzag pattern a little better. After a lot of re-starting, stopping and starting my bracelet was officially complete. I rate it a 5/10. It’s not bad by any means, but I don’t love it. Next time I’m going to “splurge” and get the proper sizes of all materials and hopefully I’ll achieve the bracelet I had in mind.
Next week I am scaling back my difficulty and I will be doing bracelets with just beads and charms – no fancy patterns.
Better luck next time. Onwards and upwards!