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DIY Name Bracelet Tips & Tricks (to Sell on Etsy)

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January 23rd, 2018

A lot of time has passed since my first blog post about wire name bracelet, and, in this time I’ve done so many of them that I thought it could be a good idea to share some tricks I found during my Etsy experience. For example I discovered that it is difficult for people to imagine all the possibilities you have with this bracelets. Children names, meaningful words, relatives names. If you want them to find your bracelet, you have to create an item for each categories. Do that, if you want to sell them on Etsy for example.

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During the last years I received a lot of emails from my readers asking me how i made some specific letters, for this reason I decided to post some of them, and in case you have other questions just write me, I will be happy to share more of them!

Click on the following link if you want to learn about the basics for making wire name bracelet

Trick number 1:

Always make lower case names. Even if this could sound strange, because personal names have capitol letters, lower case names are better, easier to make and more romantic. Some capitol letter are very hard to make, for example M, or P, or Y. Instead, with lower case name you can be sure to make every customer happy.

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Trick number 2:

When you turn your wire above turn it below the next rotation. In this way your bracelet will remain balanced and it is very important to make it stable on your arm. Take a look at this letter for example, the first time the wire turn above, so to maintain the letter balanced the wire need to pass below at the next rotation.

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Trick number 3:

Always make it as it is for you to wear. It could happen some times, your are tired and you make the bracelet not well enough. Look at it and answer yourself: could I wear it? Make it again and again until the answer is YES. When i begin i made all the bracelet at least 3 times. Then you get better but it takes time. Every Etsy buyers know that everything is handmade so, even if it would take a day more it is better than ship something your are not proud of.

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Recycled Bicycle Inner Tube Feather Earrings

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January 15th, 2018

I recently found these amazing earrings made from recycled bicycle inner tube from several Etsy sellers and you know that every time I see something interesting I always need to try them on my own. This time I have a particular advantage because my father is a cyclist so I can find tons of  this inner tube ready for thousands of different projects!

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What you need for this project is a used (or a new) bicycle inner tube, a pair of good scissors and a pair of clips for your earrings. Of course you have to be good at cutting but this is more or less everything you need. If you want to start with a easier shape that’s good, you can make every shape you want, a leaf, a heart, a geometric figure! Inner tube are quite long and with just one of them you can make 7/8 pair of these so don’t blame yourself if you don’t get results at the first attempt.

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At the beginning just cut an 8 cm long peace of inner tube and then open it up and wash it very gently. The hardest part of the project is that the rubber of the inner tube remain folded so you have to cut it with more attention. Luckily feather are not regular so you don’t have to be too much precise, just pay attention to make clean cutting.

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Start cutting from the bottom, after several attempts I found that is the best strategy and follow the pattern in the picture. At first on one side then on the other one. Probably your first feather will be strange or crooked but you will get better with time. Once your feather are completed, just put the clips. The rubber is easy to pierce!

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There are some many different shape that you can do, If you make a search on Pinterest you can find beautiful ideas, maybe even easier than this, that could fit better your first attempt, see here some inspiration:

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As Usual, in case you want to buy them without any effort they are available on my Etsy shop.

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The Perfect Black Necklace

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November 29th, 2016

In this last few days I have experimented a little bit with polymer clay. I really like the simplicity of this shape i made, and i like to share this easy project with you. What you need is simply a pack of black polymer clay and a wood stick, I used one of take away sushi 🙂

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I used the entire black pack, I rolled it in my hands to make it softer and then I created a strip as you see in the picture.
I put the stick over the clay and I started rolling. In this way the clay rolled over the stick as a big skewer. I did that until the clay joined itself completely. Once done, I cut of the border with a knife and I removed the stick from inside the clay. It left a hole where the string will pass through.

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I bent it and put it into the hot oven (120 degrees) for about 30 minutes. Once cooled I inserted the string and closed it with 2 lovely hearts. I really love to bring this necklace short but long too so, I did not cut the string, I just closed it with a bow.

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This project is quite easy, and can be done in several colors. Also mixing some beads could be interesting. In case you want to buy it It is available on my etsy shop.

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