Lots of the congregation were dressed in their military garb today since tomorrow is Veteran's Day. The music was geared to every branch of service, and it was a nice celebration of patriotism. Nice to see patriotism SOMEwhere these days.
As we wait to hear the biopsy results, I decided to make the MOST DIFFICULT bracelet in the world!!!
I started yesterday after lunch. I worked until 5:30. I started right after church this morning, and except for going to get a hamburger with Jerry, I worked until 3:00.
Actually, I made TWO bracelets, but I ended up with only one. That is because I tore the first one mostly apart, and I started over.
I have decided that I really like making chain mail. Funny name, I know.
The knights wore garments made from it to keep from getting impaled on each others swords, but this is just jewelry chain mail.
Same idea. A million little metal rings hooked together.
Here's a picture of some you can actually purchase right now, today. Those people that play act the olden days make it.
I have a feeling that chain maille garment was EASIER to make than the bracelet I just finished.
At least, the guy didn't have to put beads in it!
This pattern is called "Elf Weave".
I don't know what elf invented it, but he must have been a clever little guy!
First of all, I did NOT have the same size rings that the instructor was using, nor did I have the same size beads.
Now, considering that I have spent $5,000 plus on jewelry paraphernalia, that is hard to believe, but it is true.
Here is bracelet #1 that has a Spring Blue collection of Swarovski crystals in it:
I discovered that I should have added ONE MORE BEAD at the end before closing the bracelet. Most people would have just let it go, but NOT ME! Oh, No! I couldn't dare have such a glaring mistake in my bracelet. So this morning, I cut the wire that held all the beads, and I pulled them all out. I removed the clasps, and I started over with gold beads.
Here is the same bracelet with all gold beads:
Sorry the pictures aren't that good. Jewelry is really hard to photograph. When I put the camera on super-close-up, it focuses the hairs on my arm instead of the bracelet. I look like a hairy bear!
I think I'm going to try a silver version next as soon as I recover from making this one. Good thing I don't make a living selling jewelry. I would have to charge $300 for this thing!
I think I need to jump on the trampoline for a few moments and get my blood flowing. Then maybe I'll try a set of earrings to match.