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October 25, 2011

Eclectic Braided Bracelet

Oh me, oh my! 
This may be one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I've made yet! 

I'm dubbing this one the 
Eclectic Braided Bracelet.

I found this fabulous silver and pink version on Pinterest and knew I would have to make one for myself. Unfortunately the link to the bracelet no longer exists, but it originated from Karma Loop

I went for a gray and silver version since my wardrobe tends to be 
a bit of a monochromatic symphony of white, black, and gray. 

Unfortunately this is not a step by step tutorial. 
Its more of a "giving you the gist of it" type follow along. :)

Also, its my first jewelry knock off!

Supplies
3 different sizes of silver chain
large round & oval silver chain
gray pearls
silver beads
gray cording
silver ribbon (did not end up using...)
silver tulle
white &s silver sparkly fabric
3-strand bracelet clasp

To prep the fabric, I cut it into strips and threaded the tulle through the large silver chain. 

I separated out the pieces I wanted to used in each of my 3 strands of the braid. Then I attached each strand to a single jump ring which I then attached to the bracelet clasp.

I started braiding, being sure to keep the thinner pieces on top of the wider pieces in each strand. 

I continued the braid until the bracelet was long enough to fit around my wrist. Then I trimmed the strands and fitted the ends to jump rings. 

By now my braid had worked loose from all of the manipulating of the jump rings so I simply redid it keeping it a combination of tight to keep its shape, but loose so that the there wasn't a lot of tension on the strands. I don't want anything breaking later!

Now that I had a nice "tight" braid, I attached the loose jump ring ends to the other side of the bracelet clasp.

I trimmed down my fabric. The ends are the prettiest thing ever, but hopefully there is so much going on with the bracelet that no one will notice. ;)

I.Love.This!!!

Its really something I can wear with almost anything!

It can be dressy or casual.

Doesn't it look like a hot mess?
(But in a good way!)

Now do you see why I called it eclectic? :)

I'm thinking I may need more versions of these for those moments when my wardrobe grabs a little color. These could easily be created for any color scheme with the addition of a strip of fabric or some ribbon!


What color would you make?


I link to these fun parties!


57 comments :

  1. I love love LOVE this!!! What a fun bracelet to go with just about anything!!! Have I told you how much I love it:-) I see some bracelet making in my future... unless you just want to make it for me! LOL!

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  2. I love bracelets and this one is so so fun.

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  3. Pinned it!!! Gotta make it too!!! Thanks!

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  4. Oh My Gorgeous!!!!! I love love LOVE this so much I can't stand it! Great job!

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  5. MICHELE!!! Oh my gosh it's gorgeous!! I like yours wayyy better than the original! I love the combination of materials you used. This is so on my to-do list!! :)

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  6. LOVE this! WANT this! MUST have this! I would love for you to share this on my new linky party...it's up today :)

    Jessica
    http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  7. That is fabulous - looks so fantastic! I like yours better than the original. I cannot believe that is your first knock-off!

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  8. I love your version of the bracelet on Pinterest, I too want to recreate. You did an awesome job, I would try with red, black and silver or gold.
    http://livelaughlovetoshop.blogspot.com

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this Michele! Pinning it :)

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  10. I LOVE THIS! I need one now! :) I hope I can do as good a job as you did on yours!

    Crystal
    greenzebracrafts.com

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  11. this is absolutely FABULOUS!!!! this one is getting made in a few different colors for Christmas gifts -- i just adore it!!!! i do believe that there will be 2 silvers -- 1 pink -- 1 blues and one in coral and aqua! THANK YOUS!!!! so happy i found you...hoping over to follow you now!
    take care...hugs...andrea -- family and doxies (heaven and earth)

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  12. Ok I want this! I'll give you pine cones and you make one of these for me ;)

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  13. This is great! I think I could do that!! I would go with the silver like you did or perhaps silver and black!

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  14. Agree with everyone else. I LOVE this! It looks just like one you'd buy in a store!

    I'd love to make one with mixed metals of gold & silver b/c I tend to mix them with my jewelry.

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  15. I like yours better than the original! :)

    Would love for you to share this at my link up!

    http://threemangoseeds.blogspot.com/2011/10/3rd-motivational-monday-link-up.html

    Hope to see you there!
    Clydia {Threemangoseeds.blogspot.com}

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  16. Love it!

    Probably make one each in different colours, Turquise, pink, purple bright blue... then my Niece would see them and I'd have to make more!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Sandie xx

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  17. This is so pretty! I Love it!

    surecancraft.blogspot.com

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  18. I think this is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you made it. I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow for Three Things Thursday, so I hope you'll stop by, check it out, and grab a featured button if you like!

    Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

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  19. I'm so excited!! I had pinned it too to hopefully make some day and even featured it on my Darling Day but was sad when I couldn't find the original link!! LOVE it! You did a fab job!! I'm really gonna have to make one now! Thanks for this!!
    Would love, love for you to share at Show & Share!
    http://vintagegwen.blogspot.com
    Oh and so pinning it! ;)

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  20. Cool idea...one of a kind jewelry is the BEST! So cute!

    ♥Linsey

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  21. Wow, Michelle! I definitely need a purple version of this! Great knock off! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I love it! I like it even better than the original - I'm more of a grey girl, too. :)

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  23. I have been toying with the idea of making jewelry, and I might go this route. It's intimidating to me to try to make jewelry! You've inspired me now. It looks so simple. Thanks! Every Wednesday I host a link up for your Pinterest finds if you ever want to join in!

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  24. I love it. I think I would make one in yellow, one red, and a black. I would love for you to link this up to More the Merrier Monday. It starts every Sunday night and lasts through Wednesday. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  25. That is adorable! I love it! There are so many fun textures!

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  26. Oh wow! This bracelet is super fabulous. Can't wait to make it for myself. Thank you soooo much for sharing!

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  27. Wow...I love it! Beautiful and will go with anything. Thats for sharing.

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  28. LOve it! Stopping by from My World Made By Hand!
    -Amanda

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  29. You were featured on Fun Feature Fridays @ Measured by the Heart. Thanks for linking up!! http://measuredbytheheart.com/2011/10/fun-feature-fridays-1027.html

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  30. Ehh....... WOW!!!!! Honestly though..... WOW!!!!

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  31. This is really cute! I wonder if a person could use already owned bracelets and do something similar? So cool!

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  32. Oh, I love this! It looks like one of those pieces that you could easily wear with a dressy out fit & with jeans & a plain tee. I really like your variations. I think I multi-medal one would be pretty - silver, gold, rose gold, bronze. Ha, after I typed that it kind of sounds gawdy, but it just might work ;)

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  33. This is great. I totally had that pink one pinned on one of my boards! Awesome job :)

    Bekah
    If Work Permits

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  34. I LOVE IT!! Now I need to make me one!! :) Thanks for sharing!

    BTW...I featured it here:
    http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-bracelet-idea.html

    Thanks again!

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  35. Thanks for sharing and linking up. I LOVE this - it's such a wonderful idea!!

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  36. Michele!! This is absolutely INCREDIBLE!! I want one :) Just saw your feature on The Creative Crate, too. Fabulous!!

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  37. This is so beautiful...very chic... Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/10/you-rock-7.html. Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company
    www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

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  38. I'm in love with this bracelet! Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  39. I love it - the color is great just as it is (I like it better than the pink!). Nice job...after watching Project Accesory I want to make some jewelry too!

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  40. you amaze me! the way your mind works is awesome!
    this bracelet is beautiful.
    gail

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  41. I love it! I love the things you chose for this, great job!

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  42. This is absolutely gorgeous. I found you on the Sew Woodsy link party.

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  43. Say wha--?! Michele! THIS.IS.GORGEOUS!! Love love love it! Featuring you this weekend :)

    Thanks for linking up w/ us! xoxo

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  44. I realize it's been a few weeks, but I am still ooohing and aaahing over this bracelet, Michele! Just featured you today!!

    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/11/wednesdays-wowzers-gratitude.html

    XOXO

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  45. Wow! Absolutely beautiful-thanks for the great idea!!! Found you on HowDoesShe.

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  46. This is sooo pretty! Love it! visiting via tatertots :)

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  47. Love This! Yours is better than theirs! :)

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  48. I love this idea. U make it look simple. Thanks for this idea.

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  49. This must be my most favourite bracelet I have come across. I have some old stuff, gona take it to bits and get making. Many thanks for the "Gist" lol seems easy. Well all give it a go. Vee xx

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  50. This is beautiful and so much fun all at the same time. Definitely bookmarking this one. Thank you!

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  51. I'm back to let you know that I have included your awesome tutorial in a tutorial round up on my blog today. Enjoy and have a great day!
    Saturday Link List: the February tutorials edition

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  52. Fabulous!! and just found you via "The Beading Gem". I needed inspiration today and Thanks for a great start to my day. How about a RED,White,&Blue theme, we could use it with all the political goings on and I will end this with "GOD bless America".

    Have a Blessed day,Doris

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  53. Brilliant! It makes me want to get out my supplies and make a few! TFS!

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  54. I love love love it! You have totally inspired me/made me go "why the heck have I never done this". Thanks Michele!

    xoxo,
    Johnnie

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