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Little Bird

About this design:

I was really inspired by the Flying Home 3 Wrap Bracelet that Ali made and wanted to try it out! This is how it came out!


vintaj patina kits, bird's nest charm, bird and feather charm, 1.5 mm ocean green metallic leather, grey nymo thread, turquoise jasper, grey feldspar, czech glass druk beads, czech fire polished glass, metal beads, ceramic faceted beads, turquoise jasper toggle clasp

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    What a great combination of materials and color. I so want to try doing one of these. Hopefully one day I will get up the confidence to try. Very lovely.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Zoom! This flew straight to my favs!
    LOVE how this turned out!

    I’ve tried the single wrap, and hope to have the courage to try the 2 & 3 wrap one day. Was it difficult to get the lay-out right?

  3. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    @Mary S-SweetChick_I will admit it is definitely a tad frustrating trying to get the lay out! You definitely have to take it off repeatedly to get everything lined up! I actually made a mistake and misplaced my focals and then had to take about 10 beads off and redo! But that is part of learning!:) But don’t let it discourage you cause it was TONS of fun to create and really the possibilities are endless! Try doing a double before you do a 3 wrap…that’s what I did…built up my courage slowly!:)

  4. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    Also thanks for the kind comments!:)

  5. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    Oops…correction for prior post! You have to take it off the clipboard repeatedly! Sorry if that didn’t make sense before!:)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    ;-) I knew what you meant.
    Thanks for the tips and encouragement!

  7. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    You’re very welcome!

  8. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    WOW! What a great job!

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a beautiful design and color combo! Love this! Thanks for the tips, too! :D

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Outstanding work. Colors and textures are so perfect. That toggle clasp is “off the charts pretty”!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Nice job,I would love to try to make one but I feel intimidated by tread and needle(I have hard time sawing the buttons on),looked at the instructions they call for so much tread ,does it hone to be in one piece and if not how do you attach them together?

  12. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    @Asia, it is a little intimidating at first but the more you do it the more you get a comfortable feel for it! As for the buttons, you don’t really have to sew them on per say…you just thread your leather through the hole on the button! The buttons that have either 2 holes or just the one on the backside of the button work best!Also it does work better if you do you use one whole piece of thread instead of several shorter pieces. Usually if it says that you need so much thread, for example 14 feet, you measure out 14 feet and then you double it back over to tie the two ends in a knot!And you have 7 feet to work with. It is a little tedious working with such a long piece of thread but pulling slowly on the thread to avoid tangles works wonders. Also that being said, when I was making this particular bracelet I actually broke the string more than halfway through the bracelet and I was not about to start over…so this is what I did, I took a few beads off so that I had enough to tie a knot in and I knotted the thread at the back of the bracelet as close to a bead as possible. Then I took a new piece of thread, knotted it at the end and ran it through the same bead I had knotted and started again! So in theory you can do shorter pieces but it really is easier and better to do just one big piece because you don’t have to worry about the knots you place eventually coming loose. In case of an emergency, like thread breaking, you can use another piece of thread! Just jump in :) once you get a feel for it, it will become easier!


  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thanks for the info:)

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    olive penguin says:

    Beautiful colors and great design, I agree that clasp is fantastic!

    Thanks for the information, I found it helpful.

  15. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love this Bracelet! I am also intmidated by thr process! I have the supplies to start, but I just keep passing them over. I’l have to give it a go this weekend! Thanks for the tips!

  16. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    You all are very welcome :) …and if you have any more questions…don’t hesitate to ask! :)

  17. Susanne N
    Susanne N says:

    That is just a beautiful combination of stones!I love the way you used the focal beads and metal pieces, really goes a long way to a very unique piece!

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