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Jan 3, 2011

While sitting here waiting for my Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy to dry I remembered I forgot to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grandfather’s spoons. Well actually it’s really more like the bracelet I pounded flat, stamped poorly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamping. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just gotta love those crafty daughter’s that venture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cherish.

All I could think of was the saying my grandfather would say from time to time when you got really focused on the imperfections of a project… he would say, “It’s good enough for who it’s for.” I of course would just roll my eyes because I feel everything has to be perfect. Darn type A personality. But it did make me chuckle as I was stamping away.

And since I love it when pieces have a story behind them well besides this being my grandfather’s spoon notice the “L” and the three marks to the right of it… those marks are remnants of my not so good stamping . I smacked the letter and it shifted twice on me always going to the right and let me tell ya it was making me pretty moody. So on the 3rd whack I smacked it really hard and you guessed it, it shifted again. So I looked at dad with the look of can you fix this on my face (I felt like a little girl again asking him to push the arm back into my doll that my brother pulled out)… so he smoothed it out as best he could. Then, I had dad stamp it as I was not even going to have that thing shift to the right again. If it had, I would have thrown it out the shop and across the street. I know my limit when it comes to this kinda stuff and three times is it. LOL

After it was all stamped I used a ball peen hammer and tapped away all around the edges. I love things to look worn and really like how the edges turned out.

Then I attached some rhinestones to it using E6000. I find it funny that the quote says, “Never Settle 4 Less” and I used rhinestones and not diamonds. How ironic.

Okay, looks like the crackle paint is dry so back to book stuff.  Happy Monday!

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  • Lynette

    Girl…I really want a bracelet like this!!! Argh!!! Love it!!!

    • Thanks Lynette, I really do like it a lot.

  • Love it Lisa. Glad your dad was there to save the day on that L. :)

    • Thanks, Dee Dee. I’m glad dad was there to save the day too or I fear this would have ended up in a ditch.

  • Aunt Brenda

    Lisa, you know that Grampa always wanted us to do our best, but he always wanted us to be realistic about what the best was! He did beautiful work and it was always good enough for who it was for… including his children and grandchildren. How lucky were we?

    • Yes he did and I try to be realistic but you know me…

  • Lisa, this is a beautiful bracelet with a wonderful story behind it. Cherish it always.

    • Thanks, Susan. I will certainly cherish it always and wear it often.

  • I love this. wear it to CHA so I can see it in person…please.

    • Thanks, Wendy. I will be wearing it at CHA for sure. Can’t wait to see you. Not much longer. Hugs.

  • Julie

    Oh Lisa – what a great job – I love it!!!

    • Thanks, Julie. I might attempt another one. But dad is almost 6 hours away. LOL.

  • Oh Lisa what a treasure. To think that someday you will look back on this and reminisce how you and your dad made such a beautiful piece of jewelry together and not just that but with something of your grandfathers. Priceless. tfs hugs

    • I know Cherie, it will always be a treasured keepsake.

  • Jan

    Greetings Lisa,

    The bracelet is priceless..even though you did use rhinestones! I wish my Daddy was still here :(
    I loved all the goodies you and Dad POUNDED out for the holiday. I took your adivce re: glitter glue techniques and products… needless to say, the DETAILS and end results have been terrific. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my questions.

    Happy New Year,


  • Rox

    OMG, Lisa! I am so envious of your talent! The bracelet is fabulous. And now with the fun history it’s even more precious. Thanks for sharing. VERY cool!