Natural charm bracelet

Sorry it’s been a while in between posts. We’ve all been struck down by a cold so I’ve spent my evenings slumped on the sofa this week. Anyway, I wanted to show you what I have been doing (in between medicinal glasses of red wine) even though it’s not finished!

I’ve been tinkering around with the idea of a natural charm bracelet for a while now. So I’ve been creating some ‘charms’ by covering the inside of acorn caps with gold leaf. Crazy I know, but they look incredible!!

I’ve also been collecting some vintage wooden beads to team them up with. The owls came from a bead seller on etsy and I just had to have them!

All I need now is a bracelet to hang them off. Macrame is making a huge comeback at the moment so I’m thinking of some kind of macrame band? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Obviously this isn’t a project for little ones. However it’s perfect for older ones and, personally speaking, I couldn’t think of a better gift.


 

 

8 Comments Leave yours

  1. Oooh, so nice for Christmas. How about crocheting a chain with some gold thread – how are you going to attach them, will you drill holes in the acorn cups. Can’t wait to see how the bracelets turn out!

  2. Kate #

    Hi Patsy…crocheting sounds great…I was even tempted to try macrame. Either way I have to learn a new skill so might be a while before it’s finished! It seems easy enough just to poke a hole in the cup using a pin so no need for drilling…

  3. Kate #

    Wow, what a brilliant idea! So simple and beautiful. I know you posted this last year, but I found it through a random search for something completely unrelated, and had to tell you how marvellous I think they are. You’ve really inspired me! The joys of the internet, eh?

    There are a lot of acorn cups around at the moment as it’s just gone into autumn, every year I look at them and wish I had an excuse to collect them because I think they’re adorable. Now I have one, yay! :D (I’m in Christchurch, New Zealand, and it seems this city has a bit of a “thing” for oak trees, there are more of them growing than native plants.)

    I will definitely be trying this. I might have a go with some silver leaf that’s been gathering dust for years. Did you dry the cups out at all first? Or just use them as-is?

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kate #

    Hi other Kate!! So glad you ‘get’ this! They really do look sensational. I always loved acorn caps and it’s great to find a way to preserve a few. I still have mine sat in a box…ready to be transformed into that bracelet!! I’m on the hunt for a few other nik-naks but will get there in the end.

    I just left them to dry for a few days…that’s all. They are still as good as new six months later. You can poke a hole in the end with a needle – perfect for threading.

    It’s lovely you have some wonderful oak trees but a shame about all your native plants eh….

    Have fun and let me know how you get on.

  5. Susan #

    Just found a stash of very large acorns (the botanical sign said “English Oak”. We are in the US for what it’s worth – the size was double what I usually find. I’m thinking Christmas garland?!?

    Anyway, I immediately came to look at this post when I got home b/c the beauty of what you’ve done here has always stuck with me.

    Any updates on this project?

    Thanks!

    Susan

  6. Kate #

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for remembering me!! I made a bell shaker toy here:
    http://www.minieco.co.uk/bell-shaker-with-added-bling/

    and a bracelet here:
    http://www.minieco.co.uk/that-bracelet/

    I love them too…they are little natural jewels! I think a Christmas garland would be stunning…or attached to a wreath maybe?? Would be really interested to see if you do make something. Please send a picture!

  7. Eva #

    Hi !
    I’m Eva (13) and I’m french. Sorry for my englisch (very bad…).
    Everything you make is just perfect ! Thank you so much to give them all these ideas ! Continu your website !

    • Kate #

      Many thanks Eva (wish I could write French as well as you do English ^_^)

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