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Madie's Christening Bracelet - Easier Said than Done

Updated on May 26, 2011


Karen is one of my wife’s best friends and she was at our house telling my wife about her newest granddaughter Madeline.  She asked my wife if she would design and make a special bracelet for Madie’s christening which was going to take place in about two weeks.  My wife has been designing jewelry for years and has made quite a few christening bracelets, so naturally she agreed. 

My wife came to me about a week later and told me about being asked to design and make the christening bracelet for Madie, and told me she had the bracelet’s design work done, but she was swamped with other jewelry orders, and her regular job was going crazy.  She asked if I could help by putting the bracelet together.  She said she would lay it out and all I had to do was assemble it.  I though, how hard could it be to assemble a bracelet, so I told her sure, no problem.

Baby Girls Blessing Bracelet

Later that evening I went into my home office and there on the desk was everything needed to put together a small bracelet. Light Rose colored Swarovski Crystals, a Sterling Silver Cross and Heart, Fresh Water Pearls, Sterling Silver Beads, and a Sterling Silver Clasp to finish things off with. I sat down thinking I’d have this knocked out in 15 to 20 minutes. I’ve seen my wife do this hundreds of times, how hard could it be? All I had to do was string the different pieces onto the cord that was used to hold it all together and then crimp on the finishing clasps.

I started to thread the cord through the different beads and charms. It was going slow, so I tried to take the cord and run it through the holes in each bead, but once I got four of five beads on, the cord bent allowing the beads to fall off. I then took each bead one at a time, and by hand I slide them onto the cord. I was moving along nicely when I grabbed the wrong end of the cord and the next thing I was doing was crawling around the floor hunting for the charms, beads and crystals that I had just scattered. Having retrieved everything I dropped, I started to restring the bracelet; I had it just about finished when I realized that I had put the beads on in the wrong order. Taking the beads and charms off was certainly faster and easier than putting them onto the cord.

Starting over for the third time, I again placed each bead and charm onto the cord. Slowly but surely I got each piece put onto the cord and in the right order. I was finished with everything except the crimping of the clasp. I put a drop of glue onto the end of the cord and slide the clasp on. I picked up the crimper and squeezed down on the clasp. The only problem was, I had mistakenly grabbed a wire cutter, and after squeezing down on the clasp, I was back on my knees for a second time searching the floor for the charms, beads, and crystals that had slide off the cord after I cut the end off.

Baby Boys Blessing Bracelet

I had just collected everything from the floor when my wife came into the room and asked how things were going. I had been working on the bracelet for about two hours (more like crawling around on the floor) and I’m sure she was expecting me to be handing her a finished product. I asked her to hold her hands out and I poured the crystals, beads, cross and heart charms, fresh water pearls and one destroyed crimp into them, and told her I was having some problems. She looked down at her hands laughed and told me to move over. She sat down and went to work. It couldn’t have taken ten minutes and she handed me a beautiful Blessing Bracelet that any parent would be proud to have as a keepsake of a sacred moment in their lives, the christening of their child.

Karen came by two days later to pick up the bracelet and was elated by the quality and workmanship my wife had put into it. We talked for a few minutes, and Karen agreed that this Blessing Bracelet would truly become a keepsake of this sacred event, Madie’s baptism.

In years to come, if Madie were to wed, her parents could return the bracelet to her to be worn as “Something Old”. Madie would then use this beautiful Christening Bracelet for her first daughters christening, then holding and passing it onto her for her wedding. This could also be used for the christening of a boy, and saved and passed on for his wedding. It could or should become an Heirloom.


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      AC Witschorik 6 years ago from Victoria, Mn.

      Glad I could help

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      susiebrown48 6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I'm so glad I read this! I keep finding myself drawn to the beading aisle in Michaels, thinking "this looks like it could be fun and easy". I've never actually dived in, and now, I'm sure I won't! Thanks!

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      Peter 6 years ago from Australia

      Great story and I know only too well the feeling of bending down to pick up beads of the floor :-)