I am a seriously huge fan of Lizzie Fortunato jewelry. Every collection the Fortunato sisters put out, I am more in awe then I was the time before. I am definitely inspired by their jewelry. The Taos bracelet
caught my eye recently. While I really enjoy the look of this bracelet, $185 isn’t quite where i’m at when it comes to buying jewelry. I remembered that I had some connector pieces in my stash that vaguely resembled the one used in this bracelet, so I decided to do-it-myself. I also decided to change up the color theme because my “stone” connectors were bright punchy colors. While the original uses a real Labradorite cabochon, mine are just resin pieces meant to look like gemstones.
For this project you will need:
Begin this project by first cutting your curb chain into two 3″ long pieces using your wire cutters. Then take your gemstone connector and attach it to one end of chain on either side using your needle nose pliers. (see image above)
Next open a jumpring and slide it onto one end of the curb chain and then attach the clasp and close the jumpring using your needle-nose pliers. (see images above)
Next attach the other two jump rings to the opposite end of the curb chain and close them. You now essentially have a finished bracelet and you could stop here if you want, or keep going…
So the next step is to take your embroidery thread and cut it into six 22″ long pieces. Then divide it into 2 groups of 3.
Now take a 1″ piece of tape and tightly wrap it around the ends of one group of thread. It should look like the plastic piece on the end of a shoelace.
Now take your scissors and snip the end off at an angle. This will make threading the curb chain so much easier. Now tape, wrap and snip the other end of the thread as well.
Now take the thread and slide it onto the top section of chain closest to the gemstone connector and lay it so it is evenly spaced on either side of the chain.
Drape the left side over the right and now pull the top set from under the first link and through.
Now repeat this step using which ever set of strands are on the left as the top piece each time. Each time you do this, cross the left strands over the right and then under the chain and through the next link down from the last one you did.
Remember to keep the threads nice and taught. Once you’ve gotten all the way down to the last link, tie off the thread.
Trim the ends to be about 1″ long.
Take the safety pin and carefully comb out the threads to spread them out and give them a fuller appearance. Now repeat everything you just did to the other side. Tape,snip,braid,knot,trim,comb. And then you’re done!
I made a couple of them because I like the way they look layered together.
These are pretty easy once you get the hang of the braiding technique. They also make a nice addition to an arm-party. Have fun making them and don’t forget to let me know how they turned out!
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