I couldn’t resist sharing this short tutorial on creating a succulent bracelet as I had a lot of fun making it. I was inspired by visiting Succulent gardens in Castroville, California. When you first turn into the nursery you get to see this amazing wall design which I feel in love with, you can see part of it below.
To start the bracelet I used a copper cuff. It’s a decent width and feels fairly comfortable to wear, you see it in the picture below. I also had a bottle of cold floral glue, I’ve made a link to the type I use here.
California seems to be the perfect temperature for these plants to grow and I feel lucky as I’m staying at a house where there are lots to pick from in the garden. I snipped around 10 heads of different sizes, colours and textures. You have to be fairly light handed with them as the leaves are quite delicate and can damage easily.
I started off with the large variegated succulent and then started building from there. Some of them seem to be harder to sit flat against the bracelet than others, but I only learnt this as I went along. If you have never used the cold glue before, the best tip I can give is to turn all the plant heads upside down. Then apply glue to their ‘bottoms’ and let the glue get a bit tacky. You can see what I mean in the picture below.
Another trick that I worked out as I went along was that some of the leaves that I took off the larger sections and would have rejected out of hand could be used to fill spaces. So you could build them into the design in a kind of layering effect. This was probably the case only with the variegated succulent.
The reason in having a good selection of succulents was that as I came close to finishing the design, I needed some more delicate pieces to pop into gaps and the smaller headed finer succulents worked a treat for that. You are working with tiny pieces of foliage but once you get used to that its ok.
I did find I moved a couple of succulent heads around to get the effect that I wanted, you can do this if the cold glue hasn’t fully set.
I was quite pleased with the finished design as it was my first attempt. I did add some delicate sections that were longer. I felt it gave the design some movement, you can see them
The finished bracelet felt quite comfortable sitting on my wrist and surprisingly is still going strong four days after I made it. See below for the finished article!