I love making jewelry, but I don’t tend to wear the jewelry I make. Part of it is because none of my jewelry is sacred, so even if I love something after creating it, eventually it makes its way into my inventory. Another reason is to avoid what I call the Amway Effect: My friends know I sell things as a business, so if I tried to sell products to my friends they might wonder whether I am only friends with them because they are potential customers. So if I wear my jewelry it could be seen as advertisement, and my friendships are way more important to me than my sales. (I have friends who actually give me a hard time for not advertising in this way; I can’t win.) But my sales are just fine without nagging my friends, and if they want to buy something they know where to shop. And then I can indulge in other people’s jewelry and support some of my fellow artisans.
Enter the wrap bracelet a la Chan Luu.
I want one, but haven’t found anything like it locally. On Etsy they cost more than I want to spend, especially since I know how much the supplies cost (or don’t cost, as it were). So the other day I pinned a tutorial and collected the supplies. Still in Sedona mode, I chose chocolate brown leather and a silver button, but then I couldn’t decide if I wanted turquoise or bronze beads, so ultimately I decided to make a triple wrap using three different colors of Czech glass. Not as ambitious as the quint-wrap pictured above, but still more interesting than a single.
So here and there I’ve stolen some precious kid-nap time to create this thing. About three beads into the thing I was kicking myself for starting with a triple wrap, which meant my sewing thread was about 9 feet long. Finally as I got to the third color of beads my thread was a reasonable length and I felt like it was easier. I imagined Vietnamese women laughing at me as they cranked these things out for Chan Luu. Now I know why the price of wrap bracelets on Etsy is so high, and after putting this much time into it I’m definitely wearing it around for a while.