There are endless ways to creatively document your life: journals, scavenger hunts, photo collections--but let's get more unusual. What about friendship bracelets?
Silkworm and I have turned some of our favorite sunsets and sunrises into jewelry with this idea. We're going to be selling them at our Etsy shop someday--but we also wanted to teach you how to make your own out of your photos!
Method of holding friendship bracelet down (bull nose clip, tape...)
Small metal stamping blank (with hole) or tiny locket charm
Letter and number metal stamps (if using a stamping blank)
Paper and pen (if using a locket charm)
Step One: Pick your favorite photo of a sunrise or sunset. Figure out when it was taken (the date and time), and if you can remember where, plug it into this coordinate generator. Keep the photo and its information readily accessible and move on to the next step.
Step Two: Take your metal stamping blank and, on one side, stamp the coordinates of your sunset or sunrise (i.e. 23 N, 67 S; no degrees symbol unless you have a metal stamp for it, and you can use the "i" stamp sideways for a negative symbol; if you have a period, you can use decimals for a more exact location), and on the other side, stamp the date and time (write the date like an expiration date with no punctuation; leave a space between the hours and minutes of the time, unless you have a colon stamp). If your stamping blank is too thin to use both sides, use two stamping blanks. If your stamping blank doesn't have a hole to thread it onto your bracelet, use a hammer and nail to punch a hole where you want one.
If you don't have metal stamps, you can use a tiny locket charm with a piece of paper with the information on it inside. Silkworm and I actually wanted to opt for this method because we wanted to include a photo of the actual sunset we used, but we couldn't get to the craft store to get lockets.
Step Three: Make the friendship bracelet based off of the colorful sky. You can use any pattern, but ones that make a gradient work best (chevron, candy stripe, diamond, zigzag). If it helps, for finding the right colors for your project, take the photo to the craft store to pick out specific colors of thread instead of trying to find a not-so-matchy match in a bulk package of threads.
Step Four: Use a jump ring or wire to attach your metal stamp(s) or locket. Jump rings may not fit through homemade holes in stamping blanks, but thinner wire will, and you can just make a homemade jump ring out of that. We threaded our wire through the strings right before the last knot closing our bracelet, but you can put them anywhere you'd like.
I think this is my new favorite way of documenting life. It's a wonderful feeling to wear on your wrist the sunset from the day you met somebody, or accomplished a life goal. Let us know if you make any sunset or sunrise bracelets, or even other kinds of life-documentation jewelry, because we'd love to see what your creative mind comes up with. And keep an eye on our Etsy shop if you're up for purchasing a bracelet we made!