Show your little/big sisters what she means to you with an easy-to-make sorority bracelet. You can follow any color scheme that you desire. For a start, just make it special by using your sorority colors. You can also pick a charm that fits your personality (see the tiny purse CHARM in the picture?).
After seeing how this sorority bracelet turned out, I might try the jewelry making craft which I have never done before. I believe that this is a gift making craft that anyone can do with ease. It just involves buying the supplies, a few tools, and then putting it all together. It's nice to see that Greek letters are being made by a craft company to supply the needs of sorority gift makers.
The nice thing about jewelry making is that it is so easy to make original items by varying the colors or the bead shapes. Each change that is made produces your one-of-a-kind bracelet, necklace, or earrings. Also, it is easy to make matching jewelry sets like a bracelet with matching earrings, all made according to your choices of beads.
Here are the basic directions for making a bracelet like this:
1. Cut a length of ZambaPro™ 49 .019 to 9 or 10 inches. Attach one wire end to the sterling silver closed jump ring using a 2x2mm sterling silver crimp tube. See video below for help in how to do this. Begin by stringing a Hill Tribe silver spacer bead followed by a 3mm fire polished Czech glass bead, a 4mm fire polished bead of another color then a 4mm druk bead in the 3rd color. Next string another 4mm fire polished followed by a 3mm fire polished bead and a spacer. Then you should repeat the pattern three more times.
Beading Video shows how:
2. Add your Greek letter beads with a spacer between them as in the picture above. Repeat your glass bead and spacer pattern three more times and crimp the wire to the sterling silver swivel clasp.
3. Last, open your sterling jump ring and attach the charm of your choice. Hook the charm to the closed jump ring at the end of your design.
SEE the suggested tools, etc. that you will need for this project if you want to make a bracelet just like the one in the picture-AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE. OR...use the beads and supplies that you already have. You can get your Greek letter beads from http://artbeads.com.
Sorority Jewelry is a favorite among sorority sisters for gifts as well as for personal acquisition. Jewelry is not often thought of as something that you can make your self, but the craft has become relatively easy to learn and the supplies are widely available.
Cost: Under $30.00 (does not include stringing material)
Nipper tool (TOOL-101)
Crimper tool (TOOL-100)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Sterling silver handbag charm (CHARM299, qty 1)
Thai Hill Tribe silver spacer beads (HTS075, qty 10)
5.6mm sterling Greek letter beads (use the letters from your own sorority)
4mm Czech glass druk bead (choose your color, qty 1 pack)
3mm Czech glass fire polished bead (choose your color, qty 1 pack)
4mm Czech glass fire polished bead (choose your color, qty 1 pack)
Sterling silver 10mm swivel clasp (SS-SWIV1, qty 1)
Sterling silver 4.6mm open jump ring (SS-OJR35-C, qty 1)
Sterling silver 6mm closed jump ring (SS-CJR-ME, qty 1)
ZambaPro™ 49 .019 30FT jewelry wire (ZP49-30F-019)