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Step 1: Materials to Use for Bracelet
- thread & needle for sewing (I used a clear thread)
- Clasp for back of bracelet - anything will work
- I used bias tape binding for the edges of the bracelet
- other embellishments
- locket if you have one
- anything else you like to add
The materials you have and use will vary and differ from mine. Using beads that look like pearls can really be beautiful as well. Be creative, yet try to be cohesive in keeping with a similar theme. It's real easy to make this look tacky! I actually added more beads and tried to make it more interesting but I crossed over into the "tacky" grey area - where it just didn't look good anymore. I removed some beads and it looked much better! So try to keep it looking clean and classy!
Step 2: Measure and Cut the Lace
Step 3: Sides of Bracelet - Bias Binding Tape
Then, I opened it up and folded the top down about 1/4 to a 1/2 an inch - and put that under the sewing machine and did a few stitches in the middle of it. I then snipped off the edges of that flap to form a bit of a triangle. You can see what I mean in the photos. Then, I lined this piece up to the side of the lace, then folded the bottom edge up so it would be the same length as the side of the lace. Then I repeated what I had just done on the sewing machine.
I then took the little rectangular piece of material and held it open as I pushed the side of the lace into it. I didn't completely sandwich the lace in between the two layers of white bias binding tape - I first sewed the lace onto the bottom part of the bias tape. Then, I folded the top part over to completely enclose the lace - and topstitched over that. I did it that way to avoid having the lace slide around. I wanted it to be sewn evenly.
Step 4: Prepare the Locket
Once the locket was removed from the chain, I then cut out a round piece from a manilla folder I had in my office. I tried to make the piece very similar in size as the locket. I then glued the locket to the piece of manilla folder. I set something on top of it to let it dry fully. Once dry, I cut out a piece of white felt - a couple centimeters larger than the locket. I glued the locket (which had the circle of manilla folder on the bottom) to the felt and let it dry.
Step 5: Sew Clasps Onto the Sides
Step 6: Sew the Locket Onto the Bracelet
Step 7: Beading and Embellishments
Once that was done, I decided to use gold beads also to create a simple design around the two rose petals on the sides of the bracelet. I did this by beading about 5 beads, then securing it by sewing it to the lace. Then, continued beading more and so on. I had another little embellishment that was gold and looked like a small flower - so I stopped the beads there.