Every Wrist Tells a Story
Have you ever stopped to look closely at someone’s charm bracelet? Have you ever wondered what inspired them to pick certain charms? Maybe they picked them up on vacation. Maybe they all relate to a theme. Maybe it's an eclectic mix of hearts, stars, or flowers. Or pets. Or crosses. Sports. Peace signs. Celestial symbols. Awareness ribbons. Oh, I could go on and on!
Charm bracelets may be found throughout history. Back in ancient times, some wore the bracelets as amulets to ward off bad luck. Queen Victoria was a big fan of charm bracelets, which created a trend among the European elite. And soldiers coming home from World War II often brought back charms made by artisans near battlegrounds. Today, many artists make charm bracelets that reflect their own personalities and that they’d be proud to wear every day. Charm bracelets make great conversation starters since everyone has a different story to tell about her bracelet.
Of course, there’s nothing like making your own charms. They’re a breeze to make with your favorite beads and wire. I particularly like the spiral embellishments that Lea Worcester created for her California Dreaming bracelet, the free project offered today courtesy of Stringing magazine. She not only incorporates fun, beachy charms, but also adds vibrant color reminiscent of summertime with the beads. Lea’s goal was to link to the sight, smell, feel, and ambient sound of the ocean in the bracelet, and I think she accomplished exactly that!
If you’d like to go even further with your skills, like making your own chain for the bracelet, you must check out the new eBook offered by Jewelry Artist: 10 Wire Jewelry Projects: Best of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Volume 1. For instance, the Strata Charm Bracelet by Victoria Lansford involves fusing the chain with a torch and making bezels for the beads. If you like a more intricate chain, check out Joyce Zborower's Chain Maille Necklace. Or learn how to make links and dangles with Bryan and Jane Mason's Peacock Link Bracelet. Each and every project has detailed step-by-step photos and clear, precise instructions, which is very beneficial, especially for someone like me!
The Story Behind My Own Bracelet
I’d like to share with you the story illustrated on my bracelet. There’s a buffalo charm because I am a proud native of Buffalo, New York. I also added a charm of one of my favorite sports teams, the Philadelphia Phillies. (I also believe it’s also a good luck charm, since I wore it to a winning game recently after they had a weeks-long slump!) Since I’m getting married this year, I chose a silver double-hearts charm with the words “I Do.” The measuring spoon reflects my love of cooking. The guitar and the viola (OK, so it’s probably a violin, but they look very similar!) are the instruments I know how to play. The drama masks are for my hobby of creative writing, particularly screenplays. And the paw print is for my love of animals.
Now you know some fun facts about me. What does your bracelet say about you? What charms would you select for your bracelet and why? How many charms do you currently have on your bracelet? What is the most creative charm you’ve found in your travels? Post your responses on the website. I can’t wait to read the unique stories of our Beading Daily readers!
New Free Project
Create an original bracelet by adding your favorite charms and beads to a piece of chain. This bracelet is one way that beach lovers can keep the sea close to them, no matter where they are. Originally published in Stringing Spring 2005. This project will be free for a limited time.