(Did you notice that I said SAINT Valentine's Day? I think people have forgotten that February 14 is the feast day of St. Valentine...not purely a Hallmark holiday.)
I digress. Back to making a little gift for someone you love.
Here is a simple bracelet that will take an experienced beader just 15 or 20 minutes to put together; a newbie can finish it up in about 30 minutes, with a little help.
I used red rondelle crystal beads, with gold beadcaps, strung on Softflex beading wire for one half of the bracelet. To give the beads some 'breathing room,' I added a size 11 seed bead between each crystal unit.
I crimped one end of the beading wire to an open jump ring and added a lobster claw clasp. The other end was crimped to about three inches of chain to complete the bracelet. I covered the crimp beads with gold-plated crimp covers to give it a finished look.
Selecting the charms was the fun part! Most were attached with open jump rings, except for the red crystal ball. I used a headpin and two small gold beads on the top and bottom, then attached it to the chain with a wire-wrapped loop. There are ten charms on this bracelet, but it can be made with fewer. Depending on the number of charms and the cost of each, a bracelet like this can be made for between $10 and $20 dollars. (All of my supplies came from The Bead Garden (www.thebeadgarden.com), my local bead store.)
Don't you think it's charming?