Jewellery Style

Anti-Valentine’s Day Bracelet

Does this caption puzzle you? Guess it should. It is as it seems rather unusual to see something that is against the tradition (yes, it’s actually a tradition) called Valentine’s Day. Although going back to the martyr St. Valentine who married people despite a prohibition called out by the emperor Claudius II. in 269 A.D. and was therefore decapitated, Valentine’s Day has been known to be largely promoted by flower and candy shops.

In my experience it’s a bigger deal in the US than in Europe, and personally I’m not a big fan of that day (give me flowers every day please, and you can keep the candy) and naturally so aren’t most people that aren’t in a relationship. But even if you are (and I am), taking a funny approach to Valentine’s Day by crafting something for the opposite is hilarious to me. If you don’t like someone, just give this to them as a gift, or wear it for offending people that are rude to you. (Note: I do believe in swear words and telling someone in the face if he was nasty to you that he can f*** himself. Sorry for not being sorry about that).

You need:

  • Letter beads
  • Faceted glass beads (in a colour of your choice)
  • Eye pins
  • Small jump rings
  • Normal jump ring
  • Jewellery clasp
  • Gold chain or pearl cotton
  • Jewellery pliers

anti-1It’s rather simple: First lay out ready your swear words (I looked up a bunch if you need inspiration) and decide on one. Thread the beads on the eye pin and close it by making another eye with your jewellery pliers. Bend it a little.

anti-2Next, thread a single faceted glass bead on another eye pin and close it the same way. Repeat the process so you have two in the end.

Connect your word to the threaded beads on each side.

anti-3With the small jump rings, attach the gold chain to one threaded bead, then measure the optimal length for your bracelet and sever the chain there. Sever the piece of chain in the middle and attach the other piece to the other side of your center piece.

anti-4Apply a normal jump ring on one and a jewellery clasp on the other side. If you want to do it with pearl cotton, just knot the pieces to the jump rings!

The funny thing with these bracelets is the perplexing effect: People think you’re wearing a cheesy friendship bracelet or children’s bracelet until they see what’s written on it. Of course you can do this with every word you like! But I find this rather comical. If you don’t, I don’t care 🙂

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    DMD
    25th January 2016 at 6:47 pm

    We absolutely love the idea! Valentine’s Day is cute for the one who loves it, but it’s always a little bit too cheesy. So this DYI is great, it adds some fun in this day! Great blog, we will definitely come back to find new ideas !
    http://dmdmagazine.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      25th January 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you very much, I feel flattered!

  • Reply
    Iris
    25th January 2016 at 9:26 pm

    This is so cute! Glad I discovered your blog <3

    xoxo Iris

    http://www.adashoffash.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      26th January 2016 at 8:15 am

      Well thank you!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    26th January 2016 at 12:53 am

    Loved this! I would have given these to all my dormmates in college for fun.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      26th January 2016 at 8:16 am

      Thanks! It is a funny gift, even if it’s meant ironically 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily
    26th January 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Ha ha – this is great! This would be a cute project for kids – maybe with nice words, though 😉 I have forgotten over time how to make a nice eye at the end of a pin. Could you post a tutorial on that? I know there is a certain technique.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      26th January 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Glad you like it! That’s a good idea, I will definitely do that for my next jewelry project.

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    Laura Hager
    27th January 2016 at 6:38 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      27th January 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I’m so glad you like it!

  • Reply
    Romina
    2nd February 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Love the idea!

    Romi | http://www.blaastyle.com

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      3rd February 2016 at 6:21 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    5th February 2016 at 4:48 pm

    This is incredible.

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      5th February 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Traveler Lisa
    8th February 2016 at 11:15 am

    What’s the name of the PlugIn for this cool Instagram-Badge at the bottom ? 🙂

    Hope you had a nice weekend! 😉
    xx Lisa – JoyDellaVita Travelblog

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th February 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Let me see…it’s just called ‘Instagram Footer’!

  • Reply
    jennamariia
    11th February 2016 at 11:39 pm

    You are right, Valentine´s day IS much bigger in America than in Europe. Especially where I come from. My american friend was shocked when he heard that me and my beau don´t have any special plans for V day. We actually have an alternative for Valentine´s day and it´s basically called “friends´ day” and celebrates friendship instead of love. Maybe you can celebrate that this sunday? (:
    http://wanted9097.blogspot.fi/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      12th February 2016 at 12:54 pm

      That is an amazing idea! So much better than this commercial celebration, thank you for telling me this!

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    […] This has been my boyfriend’s favourite dessert since I know him (I honestly don’t know if he’s eaten it before that). Because I am usually not that into Valentine’s day and we don’t overly celebrate our anniversaries, I usually end up doing this for him. In my opinion it’s always a wonderful way to show someone you care about them and put some effort into making something that they like by cooking or baking. Plus, this recipe is so easy and quickly prepared that you can really do it last-minute! What do you think? Of course, if you hate Valentine’s Day, you can try one of these Anti Valentine’s Day bracelets! […]

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