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Project By Kate Richbourg
Sample by Robin Tobias

The inspiration for this project goes back to the years when Kate was a little girl. Her Grandmother Rose loved to collect trinkets: all kinds of jewelry parts, components, and beads. She would spend hours poring over the treasures and assembling original creations. While making Treasure Chest Kate found that same feeling; time just seemed to slip away… just like the hours she spent playing with Gran’s treasure chest of beads. This vintage-inspired color palette is inspired by treasures once lost and now found, stashed away in the attic.

This 4-wrap design is a combination of three techniques… looming, leather, and rosary loops. For quick and easy one-stop-shopping, click the SHOP tab above. Consult the following notes for help on completing this project:

Begin by making a 5 ¾” loomed section on a Jewel Loom using Half Tilas, True2s, and Little Shadows. Finish with a tube slider as described on page 2 of our Crystalline project handout. Please note: if the tube does not slide on easily, use a pair of needle nose pliers to very very gently pry it open to enlarge the channel so it slides on easier. You may also substitute the Little Shadows for the 8/0 seed beads that are usually used inside the slider when finishing.

Next, cut a 13 ½” length of 5mm leather, string the slider beads spaced evenly across and adhere on each end to End of the Line 11 with Zap Glue. Instructions for this technique are on page 3 of the PDF Handout.

Download the Making Rosary Loops PDF and use fifteen 8mm semiprecious rounds connected with rosary loops to form a chain.

Consult the Project Map below to see the layout and connect the three segments together, finish with the Cuties clasp and you have your own attic treasure!

2mm- Pastel Montana Blue
$8.25
Half Tila TLH2035- Metallic Khaki Iris
$6.75
Little Shadows- Antique Copper Plate
$20.66
Evolve - Antique Copper
$3.92
Transformation- 8mm
$10.95
Safari- 8mm
$10.95
Gold - Fine C-Lon
$6.35
Gold - Micro C-Lon
$2.95
2 inch Eye Pins- Copper
$4.95
Antique Copper Jump Rings - 5mm/18g
$4.95
Cuties- Antique Copper
$3.35
Small Slide Tube- Antique Copper
$3.50
Navy- 5mm
$14.95
Beadsmith Big Eye Needles
$6.95
Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel
$4.35
Jewel Loom
$8.50
EuroTool Round Nose Plier
$12.95
Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers
$12.95
Xuron Thread & Cord Scissor
$19.95
Project Map

A note on sizing from Kate. The overall length of this piece is 29” and fits my 6 ¾ ” wrist with a bit of wiggle room. Think about it this way, you are essentially making a bracelet that is 4x your wrist measurement with a couple of extra inches added to accommodate for the room needed to wrap around your wrist. If you need to adjust the length, the easiest section to shorten or lengthen is the section of rosary-looped 8mm beads.

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