Now we’re getting into more of my territory.
I am a jewelry maker by heart — and have been for decades.
Oh, the countless hours in craft stores searching for the perfect beads, or perfect findings, to make my pieces pop.
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All before I could even drive. Thanks, ma!
Fast forward to present day, and a quick scroll through Etsy usually meets all of my designing needs — in excess.
(Seriously, my Etsy wishlist is extensive.)
That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a leisurely stroll through the craft store or local bead shops but —for an introvert— what a time to be alive!
So, this project developed organically from pieces I have seen somewhere between the Pinterest + Etsy apps that are (9 time out of 10) running concurrently on my phone.
Read on for super easy tutorial that even a novice jewelry maker could master!
Step One: Gather Supplies
- Blank Metal Cuff
- E6000 Glue
- Piece of Pyrite (“Fools Gold”)
- Mortar + Pestle
- Safety Glasses
- Safety Mask
Step Two: Crush Pyrite
You will need the mortar + pestle, mask, and safety glasses for this step.
Keep an eye on the size of your pyrite pieces as you’re crushing.
I knew that I wanted some substantial chunks as well as dust, so, keeping the surface space of the bracelet in mind, I crushed accordingly.
Step Three: Glue
Run the glue across the surface area of the bracelet.
After, I leveled the glue out my with a toothpick, and rubbed any excess off with a paper towel.
Step Four: Press Into Pyrite
Then sprinkle the dust mixture onto the top to fill in any gaps.
Step Five: Dry + Wear
That said, I am an impatient being and I wore mine the very next day.
I loved how this turned out so much that I immediately ordered more cuffs for Christmas gifts and I am stoked to get crafting.
If you plan on recreating this, let me know in the comments!