I received this funky little bracelet as a gift 8 years ago for my birthday. As the story goes, I was wandering through the East Village with my boyfriend, and we stumbled upon some rainbow wrist skittles that caught my eye- this bracelet by designer Ronni Kappos. Each one of her bracelets is unique and uses vintage German glass beads that were produced prior to WWII tied along fine silk cord. The price tag was a whopper for a couple of 19 year olds, but I was a lucky lady when I got this as a gift a few weeks later :)
Years later, I was pretty bummed when a piece of the cord frayed after some regular wear, but finally decided that today was the day to re-vamp this retro classic!
I (literally) just got back to Australia from Los Angeles. After clocking 14 hours of sleep on the plane, I was feeling extra crafty.
This was my first time to LA and one of the neighbourhoods I got to check out was Silver Lake. Silver Lake was described to me as a “true wide brim studded boot hell scape” by a local, but I found it to be more akin to Melbourne/Willamsburg (with more male models). The first stop after getting out of my UberPool, a sluggish 70 minutes from Sawtelle, was Beadsource. Just one of those random situations where you’re like “hey cool, a bead store. I’ve got nothing better to do, let me check it out”
I was feeling the vibes from the moment I walked in, the shopkeeper was Aussie and we chatted a bit about Melbourne/LA/life. Browsing around through all the beads I found this awesome Danish silk cord that looked pretty spot on for fixing my broken bracelet- Griffin Silk thread. I eyeballed the selection of cord withs and went with 0.5mm Black (lucky guess). I really like this cord because It has a flexible needle at one end which makes beading a breeze. Now that I had all my supplies and high vibes, I was ready to goooooo! Below are some tips on how to revive a relic piece of jewellery. This project cost $4.99 USD and took a little over an hour.
First things first, I cut up the bracelet using staight mayos, probably not my first choice but they are sharp and oddly the only scissors i have at home. (Future surgeon here)
This cord is awesome for beading because it has this flexi-needle. The design is quite similar to sutures. Next up I strung the beads onto the cord, onto the far end so that the left over cord on the needle-end could be used for another project. After each bead I tied a simple overhand knot.
Tying knots flush with the ends of the bead got a little tricky as I went on, so I used a stuck needle to manoeuvre the knot into place before tying it off.
Things were starting to look good. The most tedious part was tying the knots flush. In hindsight, i probably should have researched the knots used to string pearls and could have devised a better knot system…but that’s for another time.
Ta-Da! After 4 years of collecting dust in my jewellery box, this bracelet is as good as new!