I have mentioned in the past that my mother passed away ten years ago when I was twenty-one years old, but I’m not sure whether or not I have specified that she passed away after a thirteen year battle with breast cancer. What a warrior she was! If I can become half the woman that she was I will be completely thrilled. I love her dearly and miss her fiercely. There is much of her that I have inherited, including her bubbly spunk and her creativity, but there are other things that I did not inherit, such as her rational and unemotional, balanced nature. I’m working on it. 😉
So, because breast cancer has been looming in my life in one way or another since the age of eight, when Jen Goode of 100 Directions asked if I would like to use the Hope Ribbon Stamp Wheel that she designed for Rollagraph to participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop, of course I said yes! I actually really wish that breast cancer awareness (BCA) month was NOT October. Since I am SUCH a Halloween freak I end up not getting into BCA month at all, but if it were in a month like January I think I would love to embrace the pink and go big with it. Oh well, c’est la vie.
Here is what was in the fun little package that I received from Jen in the mail.
Would you like to win this box of pink goodness and joy?! ENTER HERE on Jen’s website. I would include the giveaway here, but I have something else up my sleeve for the end of this post, so read on. 🙂 I noticed that the entries for this prize package are much lower than they should be, so your chances are excellent! HURRY! Additionally, EVERYONE can access free printables made by Jen about BCA on THIS post. “Fight Like a Girl.” I LOVE IT!!
Now, back to my craft. While I do enjoy papercrafting and cardmaking, it’s not truly “my thing.” However, jewerly making IS “my thing.” I was in JoAnn’s Fabrics and I spotted these beautiful pink beads, all pre strung and ready to wear. They were on sale, so I didn’t even try to resist. I grabbed two strands of them and headed home to whip out two bracelets in five minutes flat. Now, I do have a lot of practice, but you should be able to do it in a avery short amount of time as well! I am pretty pumped that JoAnn’s now carries these pre-arranged beads. They are a dream for bracelet and necklace making and will make it very easy to share ideas for beginning jewelry makers! Yay! So let’s learn how to make a BCA bracelet now, and then we will revist that fab rolling stamp for the bracelet’s tag.
Here are the items you will need to make this BCA bracelet:
* assorted pink and white beads (I recommend these pre-arranged ones from JoAnn’s. Use a coupon!!)
* beading wire, fine or medium weight
* two crimp tubes (or crimp beads)
* wire snips
* crimp tube (bead) pliers
* a very small amount of chain
* a medium sized lobster clasp
* one eyepin
* one small pink bead or crystal
* round-nosed pliers
Begin by simply stringing the beads onto the beading wire.
Place a crimp tube (bead) onto the end of the wire, loop it thorough the hole in the lobster clasp, and back through the crimp tube (bead).
Take the inner divet area of the crimp pliers (shown above) and squeeze the crimp tube (bead) in it, which will leave a divit.
Now turn your crimp tube (bead) abut 45 degrees and clamp down on it with the outer area of the crimp pliers to squeeze the divit shut and seal everything in.
Use your wire snips to trim the wire.
Repeat this process on the other end of the bracelet, but this time you will be looping the wire through a chain link. The pre-arranged beads from JoAnn’s are lovely, but not long enough to be realistic for most adult wrists, so you are attaching a short length of chain to the end of the bracelet to create an adjustable length bracelet. (The lobster clasp will just clip through the chain.)
This is optional, but to add a fun finishing little detail I took an eyepin and put a small pink crystal onto it. I used my round nosed pliers to bend the wire and loop it back around. At this point you will thread it through the final chain link. Now twist it around the base and snip off the excess wire.
Ta-da! Simplest thing EVER, right?!?!?!
To make some fun tags for my bracelets I used precut tags and simply rolled the Hope stamp onto some pink ink and over the stamps.
Next I jazzed up one pink ribbon on each tag by filling it with glitter glue (although regular glue would be just as efficient, if not more so) and sprinkling dark fuschia, very fine glitter over the top of the glue. Shake off the excess glitter and embellish with tiny rhinestones if desired.
Now write a sweet message on the back of the tag and tie it onto your bracelet with the cute pink and white baker’s twine! (Remember, you can win this craft kit package HERE!)
What do you think? Do you like this project? Do you think you will attempt it? Check out the other BCA projects that have been shared thus far in this blog hop.
Now for the fun part. I am really excited about this! I have two bracelets, but I never really wear bracelets, so I thought that it would be fun to give them both to YOU! I know there have been a LOT of giveaways lately, so bear with me. This isn’t just a Rafflecopter giveaway, however. This is something that feels much more personal to me. Do you know a breast cancer survivor? Are YOU a breast cancer survivor? Tell me your survivor’s story and why she deserves a bracelet (tell your OWN if it’s you!) in 1-10 sentences maximum in a sentence and I will randomly draw a winner from all of the survivor stories in one week, October 18. (I couldn’t possibly choose who was the most deserving by myself! You are ALL deserving!!) The winner will receive BOTH bracelets! One for your survivor, and one for you! If YOU are the survivor then you can give the second bracelet to a friend or loved one who supported you in your fight. I am so excited to hear your stories! Bring ’em on!!