It's more of a wide banded charm bracelet. I told my husband it's my artist warrior band.
I ran it through an endurance test yesterday to see how well it would hold up to daily wear and tear. I wore it with a thick sweater and it never snagged anything. I pulled my fleece jacket sleeve off and on several times during the day and it never tore it up or damaged anything. And I thought my skin might get irritated from the materials, but it never did. It was so comfortable, sometimes I didn't feel it while wearing it. I was thrilled!
Here's how I made it...
Using an Xacto blade and a straight-edge, I cut a piece of grungeboard 1-inch wide and used the full length which is about 8 inches and painted it with Espresso paint dabber. You'll see that I later used the Chomp tool (Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper) to round off two of the corners on one end. I should have done that step here.
Then I stamped several images from Tim's French Market stamp set with Versamark, then embossed with clear embossing powder.
I swiped some Pearl paint dabber over the embossing and rubbed away the paint on the embossed areas with a damp paper towel.
Then I used Gold Mixative on my finger and rubbed it here and there, mostly on the edges. I'm not sure why I used Mixative instead of paint. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.
I used the large end of the Crop-A-Dile hole puncher and made a hole for a hitch fastener to fit through. (Notice the rounded corners on the band now?) I also made a slit so that there was a little more "give". I tested this first without the slit and it made the grungeboard tear and fray a little bit when I pushed the hitch through it several times.
I pierced a smaller hole in the other end of the band from the under side and then inserted the hitch fastener screw.
Then from the top side I screwed the hitch to the screw nice and tight.
This becomes the closure for the bracelet.
I measured a center point on the bracelet, then pierced holes along the bottom edge for the charms. I measured out from the center point only, but didn't space the pierced holes evenly because each charm dictated how much space between each pierced hole. So I laid each charm in place, then pierced the holes. Make sense? I typed the word ART on my computer and punched it out with a 1/2 inch circle punch which fits perfectly inside one of Tim's type charms.
At first I thought the bracelet was fine as is, but then I felt it would be more comfortable and a little more feminine if I added some antique looking lace. I liked the idea of the hard mixed with the soft. I glued the lace to the back with E6000 glue. I love this glue because it's clear, stays flexible, and will hold just about anything. If I were a neat freak, I would have maybe added some ribbon or seam binding or thin wool felt to cover up the glue, but I didn't care so I left it this way.
I added some wings and a heart from Tim's Adornments with E6000. I made sure not to put the glue all the way to the edges of the wings so that the bracelet would bend and curve naturally when around my wrist. If I had glued them down, it would have created a flat spot and I didn't want that. You might also notice that I cut the ring off the top of the metal heart. I used Tim's Tonic scissors very carefully to snip it off.
Here's another look at my artist warrior band. I can't wait to wear it again today!