I’ve been traveling for work a lot lately, and love bringing little projects to work on while I’m flying. On a recent trip, I decided to try making some personalized bracelets for the girls in my small church group (idea from here).
I used 18 ga wire for these, which I think was about perfect. Making the names turned out easier than I thought – I just used a combination of flat and round pliers to bend the wire into the names. For most of them, I sketched the names out on paper to test out how I wanted them to look. Surprisingly enough, security didn’t give me a hard time for having the pliers in my purse on either trip, but I have plenty of pliers so I was willing to lose a couple pair before I tried taking them on the plane. Having pliers in my purse even came in handy around the office the next couple days in a couple random instances – I might start carrying them around more often :)
After forming everyone’s names, I hammered them a bit flatter (with a jewelry hammer and block like these) to make them a little more durable, and then bent them slightly to fit better as bracelets. I finished them off by attaching them to some chain and a lobster clasp with 4mm jump rings. When I gave them out, I brought some extra chain and pliers so I could shorten/lengthen as needed, and ended up turning one into a necklace, which also looked great!