Sometimes being a fangirl is what gets my muse inspired. I’ve made no secret about the fact that I love Arrow (see 10 Reasons Why Arrow is Awesome), so it was only a matter of time before my crafting skills would apply to this obsession.
While wandering through the bead aisle at my local craft store an idea hit me. Hmmmm, I wonder if they have a charm in the shape of an arrow? Within five minutes I found one:
Now came the serious job of brainstorming how to turn this little charm into a piece of wearable art. I settled on creating a bracelet because I still love my compass necklace way too much to give it up. Instead of the usual chain or bead combination, I decided to make something a little different. I went into the leather crafting aisle and found the perfect thing! A leather snap bracelet with stitching holes along the side.
To fill in the stitching holes, I went straight to the cording aisle. After much contemplation, I settled on some thin green hemp cording, (green is Arrow’s signature color). Not only is it strong stuff that doesn’t fray, but it’ll give the bracelet a rustic look.
When I put it all together, I ended up with a great Arrow Bracelet:
Here’s how I did it:
First, I split the hemp cord into a 2-ply string instead of 3-ply.
Then, using an embroidery needle I backstitched the cord into the pre-punched holes on the leather strap.
I left the ends long and then tied them off in a square knot. To hide the ends, I wove them into the stitches (just like a knitter!).
To attach the arrow, I took a leftover single strand of hemp cording and wrapped it twice around the base of the arrowhead. Then, I used a needle to pull each strand through the bracelet holes. I tied the ends into a square knot and wove in the ends.
I repeated the same process at the base of the fletching.
Lastly, I slightly bent the arrow charm to follow the natural curve of my wrist.
All told the whole process took about 30 minutes. How’s that for some awesome fan art!?
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What’s your favorite thing this week?
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