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Wrap Bracelet

About this design:

I started with the intent of repeating my previous design but liked the look of the silver wire around the black cord, so instead I added beads to the center using what I'll call a double-ladder stitch (same as in Ali's tutorial, except I went back across through the same bead).
What do you think? One person I asked thought it too plain, not eye-catching enough, but then I like subtlety and think it works well with jeans and a t-shirt. I was considering making more to sell on Etsy but maybe that market is more for elaborate OOAK pieces? I don't know; I am new to this. Please tell me what you really think, good or bad. Thank you for looking!


black leather cord (1.5 mm), black Irish waxed linen (2 ply), silver plated wire (16 and 26 gauges), TOHO metallic cosmos (8/0 plus two 11/0)

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  1. perlym
    perlym says:

    I think it’s very striking. Sometimes less is better.

  2. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    I agree with perlym. Simple is nice sometimes, and it goes with everything.
    Personally, I haven’t had success with Etsy, but I live in an area where craft shows and festivals ate huge in the summer, so I’m planning to do those. I don’t think etsy is about always having original stuff, more about appealing to a large market. It also helps to self promote like crazy.

  3. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I’m sure it would sell – to the now older people who did the black thing 20 yrs. ago; black punk or something – LOL. It’s like the 60′s long hair on men; most of them have passed on, but there are a still a lot of them out there – with their long hair. And bikers ALWAYS love black – along with their chicks.

  4. ErinM31
    ErinM31 says:

    Thank you all so much for the feedback! :D

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I like it! It’s a little different than the wrap bracelets you see all over the place. Plus, you could change it up with different wire. Is there a way to make a really wide one instead of a wrap? That would really stand out!

    PS. Not sure about using plated wire in a bracelet. They tend to take more abuse than other pieces and the plating seems to wear off fast. At least for me. :-)

  6. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    OfI’m sure it would sell! And not just to older people either. Black and silver are beautiful together and like you said, with the casual design it would go well with jeans and a tee…. or black skinny jeans and a nice top for a fun night out. And of course the goth culture is still very much alive and has taken on various fashion changes. There’s pastel goth… black with candy colors and anime type makeup… and one of my favorites is what I call pin-up girl goth. Basically taking the 50′s hair and makeup and meshing it with goth. My 13 year old is into that look and she’s adore your bracelet. She’d stack it with a pretty bandana to make it her own. OOAK is great but we still need the jewelry staples.

  7. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    Oh! And alot of the 80′s styles are back too…. my daughter loves the 80′s Madonna look. So just keep in mind when making your jewelry that your clients don’t have to wear it alone. Everything else they wear factors in. The person who said it was plain wouldn’t think that if she saw it paired with a scarf on the same wrist or a Pandora style charm bracelet… or even stacked with a couple of skinny silver bangles. Personally, I’d either wear it alone or even create some charms on lobster hooks to add onto the clasp and change out on a whim. You could make up severel “basic” styles and make a load of adorable, interchangable charms to sell alongside it. So don’t doubt yourself when something clicks for you… you never know what direction you can take it to next. ~Cin

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Endless possibilities! Love the sleek look. I agree with Cin it would look a great solo or with all sorts bracelets. :)

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I think this is great as is. Sometimes “less is more” and your sleek style is an awesome design! Love it

  10. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    I really like this the way you have designed it. The silver shows great with the black beads. This very creative and the fact that its a double wrap just adds so much more.I could see charms on this too as Cin has suggested.This is a cool desin and this 63 yr old would wear it in a heartbeat!!! LOL

  11. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    I agree with the others here…this is a classic pairing of black and silver.

  12. ErinM31
    ErinM31 says:

    Thank you all for the feedback and I’m happy you like it! :D

    @Gail, that is a good suggestion and I will experiment with making a wider one. Thank you for the warning about the plated wire. So far I’ve noticed these vary greatly in their propensity to chip, don’t yet know about the wear.

    @Cin, thank you so much for the insight and advice! :D

    I REALLY appreciate all of your feedback — thank you! <3

  13. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    I’d wear it, too.

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