I’ll admit that I’m not the most fashion obsessed trend chaser but I do make sure I keep myself fairly up to speed on what’s new and going on in fashion – not saying you will find me wearing it often – but I am pretty much in the know. Especially when it comes to jewelry (and handbags) – but that’s another blog.
I ran into a little friendly forum controversy a few weeks back and I want to see what you think?!
I really like beaded wrap bracelets or I should say “I still like beaded wrap bracelets”. Chan Luu was the first to really make them popular and since then, many have followed in her beaded wrap bracelet footsteps. In my opinion, she still has the most beautiful color combinations available and the artisans she uses to assemble her work do a fantastic job on the construction.
Someone (I will not name them) told me in a forum recently (who lives in NYC) that beaded wrap bracelets are so yesterday! I beg to differ. It seems they are still selling like crazy and different designers are finding ways to make them look new and fresh.
These bracelets seem difficult to make at first, but once you learn a few tricks, they are a pretty easy and you can get really creative with the beads. The wrap bracelet has an easy, chic bohemian look and they feel great on the wrist. I love that you can wear them when you are active and still be comfortable – they are just cool to wear when you are doing yoga! I’ve seen some bracelets that wrap up to five times around the wrist. The one I wear the most (pictured below) goes around my wrist twice. Truth be told, I have not been patient enough to make one long enough to wrap five times! This bracelet I made with 1mm silver Greek leather round cord and 3mm silver plated rounds.
I noticed something very interesting in my web sleuthing this morning. Traditionally, beaded wrap bracelets have been made with round leather cord. The leather provides a nice strong “framework” to weave the beads between. I’ve seen cotton used for a macrame, friendship bracelet effect and now I’ve seen waxed Irish linen as the side cording in some bracelets.
So here is my new challenge: I am going to make a beaded wrap bracelet using the waxed Irish linen. I’ll try the 7 ply I have but I think I may have to cave and go to http://www.royalwoodltd.com and splurge on some 12 ply. (It’s pricey). It is also possible to use a waxed cotton cord or a faux leather to bring down the cost of the materials. I love a bracelet making challenge! Stay tuned for photos and the outcome of my linen beaded wrap bracelet experiment! If it all works out, there will be a video in the works to show you how the wrap bracelets are made with the waxed linen cord.
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I say the beaded wrap bracelet trend is still alive and well! What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know if you like beaded wrap bracelets and if you would like to learn how to make them.