Heart Charms for Bracelets

The wish bracelet is very simple; a nice piece of cord, a couple of beads and, in my case, a handmade wire charm. This post has a

bracelet.

The bracelet is magic.

You make a wish, tie the bracelet on and wear it all them time. Eventually, the cord will wear thin and the bracelet will fall off. That is when your wish may come true.

  • Why is the cord so thin? Because it's meant to break
  • Why are the decorations and charm so simple? Because they are meant to be lost.
  • How come there's no clasp? Because it is meant to be tied or knotted on.
  • In order to gain something of value (your wish), sometimes you need to lose something of value (your bracelet)
Yeah - I made up that last one, but don't think I haven't said it to help along a sale!

Roses are red, Violets are blue

To convey the idea behind the wish bracelet, I add a poem to my card. If you search for wish bracelets, you'll find many similar poems and ideas.
I suggest you try to make up your own - it's fun to do... although my daughter just informed me she doesn't like my last line. I suggested she make a poem and I would be happy to use it. I'm pretty sure she's happy with mine now.

Add a sprinkle of fairy dust

Wishes are like magic. You're really pretty sure it's not real, but you really want to believe in it anyway.

To add magic to my bracelet cards, I use shimmery card stock with some embedded pixie dust sparkles.

X marks the spot, or a dot, dot, dot

One thing I recommend when you make your cards is to add a small dot where you want the holes to be. Otherwise, you need to add them with a ruler and pen - and it is such an unnecessary and time consuming chore.

I made about 100 of these bracelets for Sweet 16 favors and the cards were printed by the person who did the invitations - with no hole marks.

Hole-y Card Punch, Batman!

I used my Pliers-Style Leather Hole Punch to make the holes on the card to thread the cord ends of the bracelet through.

The hole size is adjustable from micro tiny to small (0.4mm to 1.2mm) but the disk prevents the size of the hole from ever being larger than you intended.

The pointy end allows you to align the spot where you want to make the hole with better precision than a normal paper hole punch.

I wish I could say this punch has a better reach than a paper punch - but I think it's about the same. It can make a hole up to 1 inch from the edge of the paper.

Another option is to cut notches in the cards and slide the cord in the slit. I've tried that, but had bad luck with the bracelets coming out of the notch. That makes the display so messy!

On the back of the card, I tape the cord flat. They stay very nice and don't tangle.

Wish Charm Design Tip

I love trying to come up with new charm designs - but it's not as easy as it looks.

The bracelet cord is thin, and to prevent the charm from being lost before the bracelet falls off, I like to make sure the loop attaching the charm is solid.

Assorted handmade wire charm Wish bracelets, DIY, Lisa Yang Jewelry

Final part

2008-05-27 13:07:40 by david46208

Let me tell you something: When I'm on the golf course and I slip my wedding ring into my golf bag, the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin is still my wife. When we shoot hoops and I remove my Texas A&M University ring from my right hand, I still love my school. The fact that I can no longer wear my 1987 class ring from Houston's Jack Yates High School doesn't mean I don't cherish the crimson and gold. And I may not be able to fit into the shirt I pledged in, but I will be a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. until the day I die.
I am an unapologetic Christian, but you won't see a cross dangling from my neck or a James Avery charm bracelet on my wrist


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