Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results. None of the bracelets were very difficult to make. The hardest part was selecting the beads!
This one is for one of my nieces - it's made with a package of Swarovski Elements crystals. I can't remember the name of the color, but it had 3 shades of blue and a slightly tan/peach color. I added some round silver beads and a couple of different silver spacer beads (all 4mm).
This one is for another niece. It was made with a silver bar stamped with "Peace", miscellaneous purple beads, two silver 2-strand rectangular beads, a few silver spacer beads, and two sizes of round silver beads (all 4mm, with one round silver 3mm).
This one is for yet another niece. This one has a silver bar stamped with "faith", black aurora borealis beads, silver spacer beads, and silver round beads (all 4mm).
This one was my first attempt at a braided wrap bracelet. I used black 4-ply waxed Irish linen and 3mm silver round beads. The bracelet is about 30" long, and is just wrapped around the wrist 3 times, then fastened with a button closure.
When I showed the bracelets to Lulu, she immediately asked me to make some for her. That's when I knew they were a success! If your 21 year old daughter wants some for herself, then she really likes them, LOL!
The easiest closure to do is a button closure - you just make a knotted loop at one end and tie a shanked button on the other. Once waxed linen is knotted, it isn't letting go, so a knot or two is all you need. The other closures weren't terribly difficult, but they do require more tools and a steady hand.
Most of my supplies were purchased a few at a time from Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann's. I watched for their 50% off sales on beads and jewelry findings - and I used their 40% off coupons (sometimes 50-70% off at Jo-Ann's) for things that don't usually go on sale. I did pick up a few items from Consumer Crafts. In general, their regular prices are the equivalent of 40% off at Hobby Lobby, but they do carry some things that Hobby Lobby doesn't. Their shipping is usually a little pricey - around $8 - but if you sign up for their emails, you get a 10% off code - and then watch the emails, because this past weekend, shipping was a flat rate of $1.97.
I swear, I've got the bracelet-making fever now!! These would be great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or just-for-you!