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My latest project... - Happy's Obsession
or what I do between bouts of Real Life
My latest project...
My sister is getting married on October 15th, and asked me to make the bridesmaids gifts. Of course, I said I would. And then my procrastinating self got into the mix, telling me "you have a TON of time to do it!"

And now the wedding is... 6 days away. And I just made 3 (of 4) bracelets and 1 (of 8) earrings. Yikes! I also have to find giftboxes with the same color theme as the wedding. If I can't find any, I'll have to get some plain ones from Michaels and then decorate them with wire & beads, somehow...

And I work every day from now to Thursday night, and I fly out at 8 am on Friday morning.


My sister's bridesmaids gifts My sister's bridesmaids gifts

I am making gifts for my sister to give her bridesmaids. They will wear them in the wedding. I used fresh-water pearls, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver beads & findings.

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wordsalone From: wordsalone Date: October 10th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting to comment on these posts. I really love some of the pieces you've created. I assume you sell them as well?
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 10th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't make enough of them to sell. I tend to just wear them, or give them away as presents.
wordsalone From: wordsalone Date: October 10th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they're beautiful. :-)
gh_lover From: gh_lover Date: October 10th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
those r very beautiful. i wish i had the talent u have. i can't even make my own choker out of hemp and beads lol.
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: October 10th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are very pretty, but why not save yourself some grief and get tiny giftbags for the jewlery?
smartwomn1 From: smartwomn1 Date: October 10th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
When this is over I'm definitely wanting your guidance into the world of beading...there's a bead store within walking distance of my house where I could surely get help...but some before and after consultation would be fabulous.
Love the bridesmaids bracelets.
its_ktd From: its_ktd Date: October 10th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just getting into beading.. I bought some piddly seed bead to start with, and some memory wire. I just use pliers to round the ends and ta da!, I've got a bracelet! Where do you get your beads?
annie_bo_bannie From: annie_bo_bannie Date: October 10th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Those (and all of the others you've made) are beautiful!
irishcaelan From: irishcaelan Date: October 10th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Try Fire Mountain Gems for packaging, they're usually pretty quick.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 10th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good idea! I'll look them up online this morning, before I had out to work.
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: October 10th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, those are amazing!!!

How much were the beads??? Eek! LOL

You will get them done in time, no worries!! :)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 10th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not as much as you might think! The pearls were $36 or $38 US per strand, about 16 inches long, so about $1 each. The crystals were... 40 cents each? The silver beads... I'm not sure, probably a 16 inch strand for like $5, and I've only used a few. The clasps were the expensive part - $10 each, and the earwire? I think about... $3.50 per pair.

I guess that makes the grand total... let me go add it up, as she'll want to know...

Large bracelet (1" longer than above): $25.36
Small bracelet (above): $22.96
Earrings per set: $9.38

Of course, that's materials cost only. Making pretty stuff isn't cheap!
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: October 11th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
They turned out absolutely gorgeous!
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