I have been making keychains for my Etsy shop for nearly a year now. I have many different types of jewelry for sale, like stud earrings, hoop earrings, heart-shaped hoop earrings, hemp bracelets, hemp chokers, beaded necklaces and then the many different styles of lanyard keychains.
The one thing that I have wanted to make is something that I learned when I was 17 years old when I was homeless believe it or not. I was actually staying with a friend and her family and my friend’s sister taught me how to make these. I bought a few skeins of the embroidery floss, which by the way I still have. Unfortunately, this style you see in the picture was the only thing that I learned to make oh so many years ago.
This style isn’t what I will be making for my Etsy shop, perhaps it will be many months before I even list anything because I want to learn to make the bracelets so they look a bit more professional than something I threw together. If I’m going to ask people to pay me money for them, I want them to get their moneys worth.
I bought the “My Friendship Bracelet Maker” and the “My Lanyard Maker” from MyFBM.com.
Okay so these are just a few of the patterns that I want to make and sell on Etsy. “Just a few.”
I have already started making bracelets. It is a huge learning process and takes lots of patience and practice, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Here are just a few of the things I have made so far.
The pink one on the left is the zipper pattern which I made with the My Lanyard Maker. That is the main reason I bought that one. I know how to make the keychains without the toy, and perhaps I may make keychains with it in the future, but I personally feel it’s a lot faster to make them by hand. I mainly wanted to use that one for making the lanyards that are like necklaces as well as bracelets. It is difficult to do those by hand because if you let go of it once, it will unravel. You have to keep making it until it’s finished if you do it by hand which I can’t do with my carpal tunnel syndrome. I have to constantly put the project down and shake my hands out because they get numb. I do love the zipper pattern and I used the gimp that is more like spaghetti noodles rather than the flat, but I was asked to make that pattern using the flat kind, so I will find out if that even works.
The one in the middle which is still on the “My Friendship Bracelet Maker” is a work in progress, but nearly finished. I made the one next to it that is missing the purple first because this thing only has 10 slots and if I used all 6 colors, I would need 12 slots. Well, it looks okay, but I’d rather have all 6 colors. I am still going to give the one that is missing the purple away as a gift though. But you can see how loose that is compared to the one with the purple in it, and the reason for that is that I wasn’t making them tight enough. I was doing the knots, but I wasn’t trying to be perfect, I was just trying to make it. That one took me 2 hours to make, the one I am currently working on has taken twice as long and it’s not even halfway done. I think perfection takes longer lol. I do like it to be as tight as it can be.
The one on the far right is the BFF Mini Heart pattern. I chose that pattern because it was in the beginners patterns and I loved how it looked. I failed miserably in the beginning stages, you can’t see it but the first 3 hearts are a mangled mess because I didn’t quite understand the directions, but once I figured it out, it got better. It was as loose as the rainbow one that was missing the purple up until the middle when I started paying more attention to how tight I was making it. I would love to make another one to see if I can make a better one, but I’m thinking one with pink and black instead. I think that would look cool.
Anyway, like I said, it may take months before I list anything because I want to learn as much as I can. I have a bucket filled with beads which I can use to with these bracelets. I also have a LOT, and I mean a lot of embroidery floss that I can use to make these bracelets with. I’ve held onto all that floss just in case the day ever came that I might want to use them, and that day has finally come.