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InstructionsThis necklace or multi-wrap bracelet measures about 35 inch (89 cm). It wraps 4 times as a bracelet respectively 1 or 2 times as a necklace. I used strong beading wire (0.24'' or 0.6mm with 49 strands) and a toggle clasp for the closure. I like that the necklace is convertible and that I can wear it as a bracelet, too. As Aga explained in her course, wire guardians and double crimp beads help ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Retro / Vintage, Mod, Ethnic, Whimsical, Hipster, Religious, Romantic, Funky
Gemstones Turquoise, Jade, Amazonite, Carnelian, Tigereye, Mother-of-Pearl, Freshwater pearls, Shiva-eye spiral shell beads, carved wood beads and Sterling Silver bali beads.
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration for this bracelet was a bible verse Matthew 6:25-34.
Jesus said: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The perfect length of the string depends on the size of the beads. As I used some bigger beads (12mm) in my design, I needed extra length to fit my wrist. That's because the beads themselves take up space on the inside circumference (bigger beads take up more space than smaller beads). I use a bottle neck to measure the perfect inside circumference of my bracelets. I marked the neck of the bottle with a permanent marker with the different sizes of bracelets I usually make. For measuring the bottle neck I used a tape measure.
I use an additional shortener clasp to keep the wraps together when I wear it as a braclet.