One of my best girlfriend’s birthday is coming up. Though she likes my jewelry, she tends to wear small pieces and likes a simpler, more clean aesthetic than I do (read non-mixed-media). During a recent visit to my local Michaels store, I picked up some of these Tim Holtz’ Ideology Word Bands on sale. I decided I’d make her a very simple wrist wrap in her favorite color – green. The beautiful thing about these wrist wraps is that they are a snap to make and really comfortable to wear, as all they are is some soft ribbon or torn fabric wrapped a few times around your wrist and tied in the back. They add a touch of color and have a young vibe. Every time I wear one, I always get teenage girls checking them out and commenting on how much they like them.
The key to this bracelet is gently curving the word bands. You can do this a couple of ways. If you have a pair of nylon jaw pliers like what you use to straighten kinked wire, all you need to do is place the metal tag in the nylon jaw and gently use your fingers and the pliers to create a curved elongated U shape to fit the curve of the wrist. If you have a bracelet mandrel in your studio and a rawhide mallet — this is how I shaped my bands — you can gently tap the tags over the bracelet mandrel to achieve the curve.
Once you have the word band formed, all you do is simply thread ribbon through the outside loops, making sure the ribbon is behind the words so as not to conceal it and center it in the middle of a long piece of ribbon. I used about 2 feet for my wrist bracelet here.
This trendy bracelet is a snap to make. Much quicker, easier to do and cuter (in my opinion) that running to Target to find a gift.
I hope you give this craft a try. In less than 30 minutes you can have dozen bracelets created for less than a dollar a piece.