Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's All In The Accessories

I've always loved bracelets for a number of reasons. First off, I sincerely appreciate the way they always fit me- despite my occasional queso bender. Second, I like how they can make an outfit look put together without my having to sell a kidney- unlike other accessories I know. Yeah, I'm talking to you, Ms. Leather Handbag. We all know you're drop dead gorgeous, but at $595, the only person I know of who can afford you is Oprah Winfrey. But Ms. Bracelet? She has a way of being super cute and affordable at the same time. Much more thoughtful. Case in point- these babies.
These are what you call Morse Code Bracelets. Each bracelet has a word or phrase spelled out in morse code- using different colored beads as the dashes and the dots. I originally saw how to make these on a website called (apologizing in advance here) HonestlyWTF.com. I instantly fell in love with the idea of being able to personalize these bracelets for my friends in our own secret code.  It's like I'm Nancy Drew, but with age spots. These cuties are a breeze to make- let me show you how.
You're gonna need:
~seed beads
~embroidery floss 
~flexible wire beading needles
~crimp beads
~crimping pliers
~tiny gold or silver beads
Use the Morse Code Translator link (from above) to find out the dashes and dots for the word or phrase you want to use on your bracelet. Then, take a 24" length of embroidery floss and thread your needle so it's doubled and at a final length of about 12". Now comes the fun part- pick four different colors for your beads. One for the base color, one for the dashes, one for the dots, and one for the spacers. Here's the colors I chose:

Base- green
Spacer- blue
Dash- orange
Dot- red

When Colleen was little, her nickname was "Colleenie Bikini". Since I was making this bracelet for her, I decided to keep it simple and just spell out "Bikini" with the beads.  First, I threaded about an inch or so of my base color onto the floss.
Next came the letters. Here's a shot of how the letter "B" looks in Morse Code- dash, dot, dot. Make sure you use your spacer color between each letter.
Here is the entire word in Morse Code - B-I-K-I-N-I.
Once I finished the word, I slid the beads close together and strung on more green beads.
I put a crimp bead at each end of the strand to keep things nice and snug.
Here's a shot of another bracelet, this time with 2 words. This particular one says "Gimme Brie". Can you guess who I made this one for?? I'm pretty sure you already know the answer, but I felt compelled to at least ask. Anyhoo, just remember that whenever you have more than one word, use a few of your base color beads between those words to keep everything nice and legible. 
Next, put both ends of your bracelet into the eye of your needle and thread on your small bead- it should be pretty snug. If it's not, use a smaller bead. By sliding this bead up and down, it will either tighten or loosen your bracelet.
Last, but not least, to keep the sliding bead in place, thread a small crimp bead on the end of each double strand and crimp it closed. About one inch from the end should be about right. This leaves you with a cute little tassel on the end. Love it. And that's it- finito.
When all was said and done, I had 5 new bracelets in my possession- each with their own secret coded message. My favorite of the batch? The second one closest to me. It says, "I need a nap". Which is 100% true. I'm exhausted, people. I have to start cutting back. I think I need to give Nancy a call. She's just gonna have to find the Secret of the Old Clock without me.

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