Silk Fairy Ribbon Bracelets

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I’m excited about a new silk ribbon bracelet I finished the other day using a latte brown silk fabric ribbon.  This hand dyed sheer silk ribbon is sometimes referred to as “Fairy Ribbon”.

Sheer Silk Wrap Bracelet by Tracy Statler

This fairy ribbon bracelet has a pretty Bohemian look that I dressed up with some sterling silver flowers, different tones of warm brown pearls and a hand carved lip shell focal point.  If I were to name it I would call it “Bohemian WRAPsody”. I generally don’t name my jewelry but I think this one has enough personality for an exception to that rule!

The silk fairy ribbons are hand dyed sheer silk fabric strips that are stitched on the edges.  They come in an absolute incredible variety of beautiful colors.  They are supposed to be colorfast if they get wet.  Here is a picture of some of the silk colors I will be playing around with in the next few weeks.

The design options are endless.  They are beautiful just by themselves  – but add a few pearls, a little silver or weave with a chain and you can make a beautiful and unique wrap bracelet.

Silk fairy ribbons commonly cost anywhere from $3-4 dollars a piece and possibly a little less if you are purchasing in quantity.  More and more jewelry supply stores are starting to carry them.  Some designers are charging as much as $200 PER SILK BRACELET when they add a little bit of sterling.  You can save a ton if you purchase the sheer silk ribbon yourself and get a little creative.

Two Ways to Finish A Silk Fairy Ribbon Bracelet

I  have played around with two different ways to keep a sheer silk ribbon bracelet on my wrist.  I wore it to a party last week just tied in a beautiful bow on the inside of my wrist.  This is a pretty and easy way for you to finish the bracelet. You can put a few light beads on the ends to add a bit of heft and style or just leave it with the finished silk ends.  I have to say that twice throughout my evening I had to ask my husband to retie it for me.  It is not like I was dancing around or anything – just hanging out!  That experience made me go back to the drawing board and add a silver button and loop closure.  This has held the bracelet on my wrist much better and allows me to put it on myself easily.  However, I think I like the soft look of the bow a little better.  Either way, silk fairy ribbon is a beautiful material for making bracelets and will be sure to bring you plenty of compliments!

Leave a comment below and let me know if you like the look of this bracelet or if you have any experience using sheer silk ribbon for making bracelets.  Always ask me any questions about bracelet making in general and I will do my best to answer them for you in future posts.  Now Go MAKE BRACELETS!

19 Comments

  1. Good Morning,
    Do you knot the charms or do they “float” on the ribbon?
    Your bracelet is very cool!
    Thank you!
    Linda

    • Thanks Linda! They are “floating” by the pearl dangles I made and strung on the ribbon. Please enter your email address at the top right of the blog and you will get an automatic email each time there is a new post. I hope you will find some more useful information on my site! -Tracy

  2. HI,
    Can you please tell me where I can buy the fairy ribbon?? I cant seem to find it anywhere.
    Thanks

  3. Hello Tracy, I love, love, love your Chocolate Minx bracelet. Do you have any direction written down on how to make it.
    I L.O.V.E. it.

  4. tracy-

    ive been searching for the last few day to find these silk strands. your website popped up! love your style! also, i just made a purchase at Nina Designs and added your name into the referral box! they say youll get a $5 credit. enjoy!

    nicole

    • Thanks Nicole. How nice of you! : ) – Tracy

  5. just got an email ! I got a $5 discount too!!

    no prob Tracy!

    having fun today browsing your blog!

  6. Hi,
    Do you sell the bracelets you make? I love the Bohemian WRAPsody bracelet!

    Thanks
    Sonya

    • Hi Sonya. Thanks for asking. I do custom orders and I do sell things on request. That piece however is being featured in an upcoming jewelry making book and I do not have that exact piece as it is off to get styled and photographed for the book. I could make another that is similar however, I do not have that exact focal center piece.

  7. Hi,
    I was wondering where you got the silver flowers from & if they are the same as the silver flower on the bracelet to the farthest left. I just love that bracelet!
    Thanks

    • Hi Sarah. These are Thai silver flowers. I got mine from Fire Mountain Gems some time ago – but you can just Google Thai silver flower buttons and you will probably find multiple resources. Hope that helps!

      Tracy

  8. Thanks! Great tutorial on that bracelet btw. I appreciate it!

  9. Tracy, do you have any experience with silk sari ribbons? I ordered a whole bunch of skeins fom eBay and am in the process of adding beads and dangling glass gem shapes. I too do not know how to tie them. I tried buttons but they need to be perfectly measured to work. I am struggling! Can you offer any advise?

    • Hi Lori. I have used large hole beads as sliding closures and tied a knot on the other side of the bead. I have also attached clasps to them, such as an S-hook. I use wire to wrap the ssilk on either side of the clasp. If you go to the blog and search, silk ribbon bracelets or sari silk bracelets the posts will come up. Hope this helps!

      Tracy

  10. I have been trying to find wholesale silver charms and such for silk wrapped bracelets. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks. Tina

    • Hi Tina. http://www.ninadesigns.com is my favorite. They have an amazing selection of solid sterling silver, plated, gold and bronze charms in lots of different styles. They have a low wholesale amount of $50.00. If you put my name as a reference when you check out, you get a first time discount on your order!

  11. Hi….I love these bracelets! I’ve noticed the ribbon is sold in 34″ lengths at most sites I’ve searched. Does one length of ribbon make one bracelet?

    • That’s right Dina. You would not want to cut this kind of ribbon because it has nice finished edges. Have fun with them!

      Tracy

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