Basketball Finals - DIY Team Colors Bracelet

Written by
Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Published on
March 2, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST March 2, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTnd, March 2, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

C'est La Vie Finals Bracelet
Whether you defy history, or regularly make history, we've got your colors -- over 80 colors to choose from, and a nice variety of frame setting options.

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue


Designer Tips

  • Glue 34ss flatback Swarovski crystals into frame charms. Allow to set. See tips for most secure gluing bond.
  • Polish raw brass bracelet with ultrafine sanding sponge. (Or tumble with steel shot and ShineBrite for a couple hours.)
  • Wipe thoroughly with a soft dry cloth to remove any dust and oils.
  • Apply Adirondack ink color of your choice to words; allow to dry for about 60 seconds. Wipe with a clean dry cloth. When fully dry, polish off excess ink with ultrafine and microfine sanding sponges.
  • Use 16-gauge 10mm jump rings to add the basketball charm and team color charms.

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 each #44-940-12-AG TierraCast Antiqued Gold Plated Britannia Pewter Basketball Charm
  • 1 6-pack (use 1 piece) #02-088-34-22 Swarovski 34ss Topaz 2088 Xirius Rose Flat-Back Crystals, No Hotfix
  • 1 6-pack (use 1 piece) #02-088-34-18 Swarovski 34ss Sapphire 2088 Xirius Rose Flat-Back Crystals, No Hotfix
  • 1 6-pack (use 1 piece) #02-088-34-20 Swarovski 34ss Siam 2088 Xirius Rose Flat-Back Crystals, No Hotfix
    or other colors of your choice (see link above)
  • 3 each #41-864-12-4 TierraCast Charm, Stepped Round Bezel Setting w/ In-Line Loop - Gold Plated
    (or #41-864-11-34-4 TierraCast Charm, Beaded Round Bezel Setting)
  • 1 each #51-720-012-316-0-S Brass 3/16" C'est La Vie Bangle Bracelet, 2-5/8" ID
  • 1 each #86-110-005 Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Red Pepper
  • 1 10-pack #69-257 3M Sanding Sponges, Set
  • 1 ounce [use 4 pieces] #37-178-2 Yellow Plated Jump Ring, Round, 10mm
Adhesive
  • We normally recommend a 2-part epoxy when gluing crystals. However, due to the low profile of the 34ss Xilion flatback crystal, and the protective frame, Loctite is also a good choice. We recommend either of the glues below, as good choices for foilback crystals.
  • #60-244 Adhesive, Loctite Ultra Gel Control SuperGlue
  • #60-215-100 Swarovski 2-Part Epoxy Adhesive, 9030 CG500

Tools

  • #69-081 Jewelry Pliers, 5", Ergonomic, Bent Chain-Nose
  • #69-083 Jewelry Pliers, 5", Ergonomic, Chain Nose
  • Optional, when polishing large batches of items: #69-281 Tumbler, #69-355-08 ShineBrite, and #69-282 Steel Shot