Whilst queueing at the bar at a concert recently I nudged my friend and gestured towards a girl standing nearby. Said friend is a fellow scrapbooker and understood immediately ... we'd spotted a crafty item that perhaps we could recreate! Using existing stash. Without costing a fortune. Creating something unique and personal.
And so this week I decided I'd have a go at making a similar bracelet to the girl in the bar - a bracelet made from buttons. Only I didn't have the right sort of buttons. Not enough four-holed, equally sized, tonally pleasing coloured buttons. Well I did have enough buttons for one bracelet, but it was immediately snaffled by Child No. 3 - "Buttons are IN right now" she informed me!
So what to do for a bracelet for me?
I have lots of chipboard, I have loads of scraps of patterned paper, I have a 1" circle punch and I have a Silent Setter which punches tiny holes, so I set to work once again.
Of course paper-based jewellery won't last forever, despite a couple of layers of PVA glue, but then these are so cheap and fun to make that I'll make more when they wear out while I'm looking for decent real buttons!
My prototype bracelet used wool to string the buttons together, which works fine; I'm sure thin ribbon would also work well enough. Of course there are proper jewellery making supplies of waxed cotton thread or leather thongs that are meant to be used for these things, but, again, I didn't have those. Instead I have used some scoubis - remember them? Scoubi heyday was back in 2006 and it seemed like the whole world was busy weaving and knotting and plaiting ... the children (teenage boys included!) and I made necklaces, animals, bracelets, key fobs, coasters, ... "Buy more please Mum", "I've run out of pink!", "Rachel's asked me to make her a green sparkly bracelet" ... and then suddenly, almost overnight, they lost interest, leaving hundreds (possibly thousands) of the things rotting in a bag at the back of the cupboard. Except that they aren't rotting - they're plastic and will sit there forever, waiting, abandoned ... :o(
Anyway - three scoubis have now been put out of their misery and pressed into service ... just 1397 to go!