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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Create a Custom Nursing Bracelet

While there are endless possibilities for alphabet beads, bead with numbers on them have just as much potential.

Nursing bracelets are a wonderful gift for moms with newborns because they are stylish and functional. These bracelets serve as a helpful tool for a nursing mother to help her remember the time of the next feeding.
Each bracelet contains the numbers of a clock. The three beads following the number each represent a quarter of an hour. A movable charm attached to a lobster claw clasp is clipped in place to mark the time of the next feeding. The beads are strung onto memory wire so that the bracelet is easy to put on and take off. This way, nursing mothers can also switch wrists according to which side she is to nurse from at the next feeding.

To create this bracelet, you will need: memory wire, number beads, spacer beads (example above features Czech Glass fire polished beads and sterling silver stardust beads), a lobster claw clasp and a charm. However, in example the example above, a Swarovski crystal butterfly bead is attached onto the lobster claw claps using a head pin.

The number beads you will need are a set of 15: five "1" beads, two "2" beads and one each of number 0 and 3-9. We offer the number beads in a pre-counted set so you don't have to worry about ordering each number individually. Number beads are available in white plastic, rhodium plated pewter and gold plated pewter.

Helpful Tips

1) Make sure you have a memory wire cutter, memory wire will damage other cutters that are not designed to cut memory wire  

2) After you determine the approximate length of your bracelet, cut the appropriate length of memory wire, add additional length for margin of error.

3) String the beads in sequence from bottom of the coil and push the beads to the top. Otherwise, if you start from the top and push the beads down to the bottom, the bracelet will be backwards.

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