I don't know how, exactly, number six--make a piece of jewelry--ended up on my 31 Before 31 list, but I did know exactly whose help to enlist in completing the task. You may remember Mary, my friend who pledged to spend $0 on clothes, shoes, and accessories in 2010. While she is not allowed to buy accessories, she is allowed to make accessories. Which means she has become absolutely stellar at beading in the last six months.
Mary signed us up for a wiring wrapping class at the local bead store. This was my first time in a bead store and I just about lost my mind over all the bazillions of beads to choose from. It took me thirty minutes to choose the eight beads for my bracelet. And another 15 minutes to choose my toggle (that would be the little thingamabob on the end that keeps the bracelet on your wrist).
The class itself was three hours long. You are probably wondering how it could possibly take three hours to create a bracelet with eight beads. I was wondering that myself, actually. As it turns out: wire wrapping? Hard. This was an advanced class and it took nearly two hours to create my bracelet. Okay, so nobody actually said it was an "advanced" class, that's my own interpretation, but wire wrapping was much more complicated than just stringing some beads on a piece of string. All those wire bits between the beads? Handmade by me!
I'm super proud of my bracelet. The thing cost $17 ($7 plus the class fee) and took me two hours to make, after all. As a result, I've been choosing my clothes for the past three days to match the bracelet.