Sometimes you buy something at an Estate Sale and you don't know what you have until you get it home and look thru it.
That is what happen to me a few weeks ago when I purchase a coffee can full of vintage wooden and bamboo beads. Surprise! the beads are fun and remind me of summer camp, so I knew I needed to create a piece of jewelry with them. I started with some Stretch Magic Cord in black and clear in 1mm thickness.
I had never used Stretch Magic before and was happy to read that it is made in the USA and is very easy to work with. I first cut a piece about 12 inches long since I had decided to make a 7" bracelet and would need a little more on each end to knot. Now you will need to Pre-Stretch the cord as per the directions, which means stretching it about 2 or 3 times with one end in both hands. Then I started stringing my beads which is super easy and if you have a bead stopper it helps to keep the beads organized.
After a few trial and errors with I figured that 7 1/4" was about the perfect length for my wrist and stopped my beads at that spot.
Now the last step it to tie 3-4 knots at the end and pull tight. You can apply a little glue but I didn't and I didn't not have any problems even after taking them off my wrist several times. I sat and kept beading and barely made a dent in my beads but I made about 12 bracelets in about an hour.
I grouped a few together and added an antique key for interest.
I love this blue set for their slightly faded surfaces and the variation in color.
So go and find some beads and make your own Surprise Summer Bracelet!