A few months ago
a lovely lady by the name of Patti, asked me if I would be interested in recreating something from her and her siblings baby bracelets. She wanted to give them as Christmas gifts and wanted a necklace for each of her sisters, a bracelet for herself and to simply restring the one for her brother.
This is what was inside the little red box that her mom had kept them in.
In case you aren't familiar, these were hospital identification bracelets that they used from the 1920's until the early 1980's to help keep the newborn babies from mistakenly being given to the wrong mothers. They were made from small glass beads that were strung on a cotton cord and closed with a slotted lead bead, pinched until flattened like a small button.
Patti left it totally up to me as to what to make with these treasured bracelets.
After some thought, I decided that since they were so special, they needed to have something timeless and classic. I decided on some luminous pearls and silver.
Each necklace and the bracelet are two strands. One is wired and the other is strung.
I really enjoyed making these and hope that they will cherish them for many years to come.
I think Patti is a pretty special sister for thinking of this, and I feel so fortunate that she allowed me to be a part of her special surprise to her family.
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