I am very excited right now because I just bought 2 cool tools that I have wished to own for a long time but never could afford to buy them. I bought them at the website TheFriendshipFactory.com. The Friendship Bracelet Maker Clip Board was only $14.99 and the Lanyard Maker was $29.99, but I used the coupon code BFF and saved 20% off my order of $40 or more and saved $9. With shipping, my total was $39.97.
I have been making keychains for my Etsy Store and there are a couple of patterns people have asked me to make that I just couldn’t make and now I can with the lanyard maker. I could literally make them now, but it is so much easier with this tool. Okay so the one thing in particular people are asking for is a lanyard that wraps around your neck like a necklace for holding an ID badge or bus pass, but more specifically an electronic cigarette. The patterns that I am going to learn will also make bracelets, so I can literally make more than a few things that people want me to make, not just the few things I am currently capable of making.
The My Lanyard Maker will also make it easier to pull the strands tight when making a keychain. I have been pulling them way too tight which I think looks good, but that’s my opinion and I’m sure it would look just as good if it weren’t so tight, and perhaps it will take me less time to make them if I am not trying to pull them too tight.
So here are the few patterns that I can make as lanyards and/or bracelets with the My Lanyard Maker.
These use the tubular material, I think they are called noodle, but I am going to try using what I have, but if what I have doesn’t work then I guess I will have to add to my collection of supplies lol. I would prefer not to spend any more money though lol. I like all of these, so I look forward to what they will look like.
I learned to make friendship bracelets when I was homeless at 17 and was couching it at a friends parents house. Well, I don’t know the technical term, I was sleeping on someone’s couch, hence the term couching it lol. Anyway, we tied the embroidery floss to a safety-pin that we pinned onto the knee of our pants and went from there, but it always tore a hole in my jeans at the knee so that is why I stopped doing it. You could use a clipboard, but does a clipboard have slots for you to rest your floss in numbered slots? I think not! I guess you could improvise, but screw it, I want this gadget.
This is the basic pattern that I learned and the only pattern that I was ever interested in making because all the rest were beyond my brain capacity.
The website MyFBN has so many more interesting patterns that I would much rather make, and they have full written instructions as well as video instructions for some of their patterns. Who wants a plain old stripe pattern when you can wow your friends with hearts for Valentine’s Day, or Ghosts, Bats and pumpkins for Halloween as well as turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas trees for Christmas? Yes, you can literally make a cool bracelet for every occasion.
I have been making the keychains nonstop for nearly a year now and it is time to switch gears to give my fingers a rest because they are literally cracking and splitting because this work dries my fingers out so much you wouldn’t even believe. I have to slather Vaseline on my hands at bedtime to put moisture back into my hands and heal those cracks. It’s unpleasant to say the least. I’m going to start wearing leather gloves to protect them when I work.
So anyway, look forward to some new items in my Etsy store in the coming months.