When I first saw the Tim Holtz word bands, I was immediately drawn to the meaningful sayings. I wondered what to do with the metal bands and purchased them even though I didn't have a clue what I would craft. Once at home I decided that I would really love some jewelry that included the thoughtful words. Using my Beadsmith pliers (see bottom photo), I gradually shaped the metal band into a curved shape. It is a really sturdy band so it does take a bit of muscle and time to get the gentle curve.
Actually the first bracelet I made with the TH product was the bracelet with the plain suede strap. After slipping the strap into the side openings of the metal band, it was easy work to at a bit of glue and squish the metal ends in place. A swivel lobster clasp was added and the bracelet was done.
To add a little feminine charm, I added some Vintaj charms and semi-precious beads. The second version of the bracelet (the first photo) was made using Beadalon Greek cord. A simple four-strand braid makes the straps fancier.
Sometimes if you really love a certain craft product but don't know what to make with it, you should just buy it anyway. It's amazing how your brain will think about it for awhile (sometimes months or years) and suddenly come up with a perfect solution. Well, imagine that! You DO have a creative imagination!