I'm enamoured with this bracelet. In fact it's hard to get any work done whilst wearing it because I get destracted. The wire was very nice to work with, and it's chock full of gorgeous beads. – Danielle Marion
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Finally! We were able to get in the components again for this wonderful bracelet. With only one exception, these match the original bracelets in every regard -- and we are thrilled and delighted to be able to offer them.
So many of you wrote that you were disappointed that these bracelets sold out before you were able to get one --- so here they are again!
Fun, easy, and very special.
It had long been a plan to put together a kit so that you (the knitter) could knit a chunky bracelet using semi-precious stones. And yet each time we did this in the past we weren't pleased with the result and scrapped it to try again.
This time we have it! And the big difference seems to be a new wire product which we found.
This is an extremely flexible wire -- called Flexrite 49 --- it is actually made up of 49 very thin thin thin strands of steel all together into one wire. Flexrite uses state of the art micro wire technology to produce a wire that is strong, soft, and flexible. The difference is amazing -- it is actually closer to knitting with fiber than with wire. And it has a stretchability that works superbly as a bracelet component -- as well as being far more comfortable than regular wire.
And what beads we found!
There are 12mm rondelles in Snowflake Obsidian, dyed gray Pearls in a lovely tear drop shape and with a faint rainbow finish (note: some bracelets may have Peacock Iris pearls in a "potato" shape instead -- also looks great with the rest of the pieces here -- just a bit darker in hue and a tad smaller in shape), 8mm round Zebra Jasper, 8mm round Black Labradorite (see note below), chips of Snowflake Obsidian, and (the piece de resistance, in my opinion) some 12x18mm Howlite Bears, glorious silhouettes of polar bears to dance across your bracelet and bring a smile to your face.
And some 9mm Fire Polish Crystals in Crystal AB, wither in a Rivoli shape or a large beautiful faceted crystal.
We also managed to find some intriguing Hand-Blown Glass pieces in black, white, and crystal in a myriad of shapes ranging from slices to squares to cylinders to triangles -- really special. We will be including a few of these in every kit as well, as wonderful accent pieces.
Note that the Black Labradorite are the only pieces that we could not find again. We did get some new wonderful howlite chips that we will add to the mix and have no reservations on the beauty of the whole.
The overall look is a great mix of blacks and whites and grays and crystals.
Each kit contains everything you will need to make the bracelet as you see it here (except the needles -- we used size 0) -- a 30 foot spool of the wire in silver color (silver plated over the steel), enough semi-precious stones to make one bracelet, and the pieces for finishing the ends and adding a clasp. (We rushed the photo slightly and the clasps aren't on the bracelet there.)
For finishing we found some clamps that are silver plated -- you will need pliers to squeeze them tight -- and sterling silver split rings to join with lobster clasps and rings for connecting the other end. Looks great and we feel the split rings are easier to use and safer than the jump rings -- these of the ones that are like little key rings that go around and around and around.
The bracelet is relatively heavy and definitely a chunky look -- it weighs a bit more than 2 ounces (about 60 grams).
And I love it! We are thrilled to be able to offer it to you.
We think you will be very pleased.