Back again for something a little different. I decided I would continue with the DIY project. Although wrapping thread around a bracelet was really tedious, I was quite happy that I got myself to do it and now I have an interesting, and unique, bracelet all to myself.
I had leftover embroidery thread at home and wanted to find a way to use it up. While scouring through Michael’s for another DIY project, I remembered that Studs and Pearls had a threaded wire necklace. I bought 24 gauge gold wire, gold chain, and round-nose jewelry pliers.
I made a necklace that said “hope” with the gray thread. I actually finished it rather quickly. The hard part was wrapping the thread. I don’t have any method of knowing how much of the wire to wrap, but because I didn’t have much gray thread, I just used it all up. It luckily turned out to be enough to spell “hope.” I ended up not using my gold chain and used an old necklace from Forever 21 that I haven’t worn. I shortened the chain so it would be hang at my neck rather than lower. I didn’t have pliers to split the chain so I used scissors.
When I returned home after wearing my new necklace, I decided to make more. Let’s say, I went on a jewelry making spree with my wire. Keychain. Rings. Bracelets.
For the keychains, I used Dartmouth lanyards that I got for free. I don’t use them so I just detached the keychain parts and hung my creations to them. For the rings, I was inspired by a gold wire ring that I bought in Manhattan last summer. I drew sketches of how I would I curve the wire and then attach the ends to form a ring. From there, I created more. I also used the ring idea to create a bracelet and made a clasp with the wire.
- Wire (I used 24 gauge gold)
- Round-nosed pliers (to create round shapes with wire and to bend it)
- Embroidery thread
- Chain, keychain, etc. (I just used stuff that I had lying around. Repurpose your trash!)
- Scissors (I used these to open the rings in the chains)
- Paper and pencil (to sketch out designs and plan ahead)
- Internet (I YouTubed some videos and Googled for inspiration.)
- Creativity & Patience
I originally started this blog to explore cooking. But in the process, it has encouraged me to try other things I always wanted to do, such as DIY. I have been admiring this DIY blog for some time and now I finally took the time to actually do some. I’ve learned that I actually like making jewelry and am looking forward to spending time at the jewelry studio at Dartmouth next school year. Can’t wait.
I do have a passion for food. But it feels awkward to buy grocery when I have so much at home that my parents have already purchased. I think I’m going to think of ways to use what I already have at home to make recipes. That could mean a lot of Asian recipes since I have Asian ingredients at home or just a lot of creativity and substitutions.