Lucky Saint Patrick's Bracelet

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Do you want to honor St. Patrick's Day or simply avoid getting pinched? You can make your own "pinch proof" lucky bracelet in a matter of minutes.

I've been experimenting recently in stamping jewelry. I love how I can create a custom piece of jewelry in less than 30 minutes. This project is no exception. Usually, you use a black permanent marker to make the letters in a piece of jewelry stand out, but who says you have to use a black marker? I thought a green marker would be perfect!

Here's what you'll need:

bracelet blanks - I used 1/4" x 6" easy strike blanks.
metal jewelry block
painters tape
metal punch
letter stamps
green permanent marker
bracelet bending pliers
elastic thread
green beads
file or steel wool to smooth rough edges

I took my metal blanks and used my hammer at the corner of my metal jewelry block to bend the blank in half. You could use a 3" long blank if you like--I was just using what I had. Use painters tape to hold down the blank and to create a horizontal guide. Mark the center of the blank. Stamp your center letter (in the word "Lucky" that's a C), and then work out from there.

Remove from your stamping block and punch holes in either end. Use the magic marker to darken the stamped portion.

Use a file or steel wool to smooth out any rough edges. Use bracelet bending pliers to gently bend the blank. Tie a knot on the end of a length of elastic thread that will keep your beads from sliding off. Add a small round bead, then the metal blank.

Thread enough of the cylindrical beads onto the thread to wrap around your wrist when completed by the blank, then thread the other end of the blank onto the thread. Add another round bead, then tie another knot, pulling tight.

Then wear your bracelet in confidence, knowing that it'll keep pinching leprechauns away!

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