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Silk Fairy Ribbon Bracelets

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 | 19 comments

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!

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