Okay, my holiday plan has been scrapped. Is anyone really surprised? Oh, I'm still making tons of gifts. I just happened to start something new, and now everyone may be getting...jewelry.
I found a tutorial in Craft magazine about rolling beads from scrap paper and after a rocky start, began making bracelets. Initially I was rolling the beads on wooden skewers and using tacky glue which only made the whole process lenghty and sticky and causing me to think I would rather have a bracelet made just from safety pins. I tried again using a glue stick and before long was in bead euphoria.
Apparently, Victorian babes rolled these beads and made whole curtains from them. You go, girls. A bracelet is the extent of my patience with stringing anything. My beads are fairly primitive, made from magazine pages and sealed with clear nail polish, but I have since learned that they can be much more sophisticated.
Getting into the whole jewelry thing, I started thinking about what else I had around that I could use for bracelets and came up with this.
I bought a couple of Scrabble games at yard sales last summer and had a jar full of tiles sitting on a shelf just because I liked the way they looked. Using a tiny drill bit and a template so that the holes match up, I drilled through from each side and then strung them on elastic cord. Viola!
Scrabble bracelets rock! The possibilities are endless. You can make one for everyone you know and love.