DIY: Delicate Chain Bracelets

All though it could be said that I’m the queen of “more is more,” lately, I have been obsessed with dainty little baubles…  especially in the form of delicate chain bracelets.  I’ve bought a few here or there, but then it dawned on me – why not make a few, repurposing some old chain necklaces that I no longer wear.  They’re incredibly easy to make… I made three – one with a safety pin, another with a gold tube bead, and one with a little star charm.

I’m wearing the homemade versions on the right side.  On the left side, my bracelets are Cartier, Gorjana, and Derng.

Materials / Where to Buy:  Old necklace or delicate fine chain // charm // safety pin (I used a tiny brass one that came in this set.)  // 3mm jump rings // 6mm jump rings // needle-nose pliers // tube bead //wire nippers (not pictured)

To make the tube bead bracelet:  1.  Take your necklace (leave the clasp on – you’ll skip a step,) and string on a tube bead.  // 2.  Snip off the excess so that the bracelet fits your wrist (usually somewhere around 6-7 inches.  // 3.  Add a 3mm jump ring. // 4.  Add a 6mm jump ring.

To make the safety pin bracelet:  1.  Snip off about 2-3 inches of chain.  // 2.  Add a small jump ring. // 3.  Connect the safety pin.  // 4.  Connect jump ring and chain to the opposite side of the chain.  // 5.  Connect another small jump ring and then your clasp… done!

To make the star bracelet:  1.  Take one of your necklaces and snip off 6-7 inches, depending upon the length of your wrist.  // 2.  Add a small jump ring to each side (and a clasp to one side.)  // 3.  Add a 6mm jump ring to the other side. // 4.  Add your charm to the middle of the bracelet… and you are done!

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  1. wonderfulandmarvelous:

    What a cute idea! I especially love the one with the safety pin.
    xo Andrea

    6.25.12 Reply
  2. Absolutely love this DIY – I cannot get enough of delicate jewely lately!  Looks like I’m headed to the craft store today 🙂

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    6.25.12 Reply
    • Oooh I hope you give it a go!!  If you do please send me a pic! xx

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  3. inhonorofdesign:

    Okay especially love the safety pin one! These are beautiful! Going to make a few:)
    x, Anna

    6.25.12 Reply
    • Yay!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.  🙂

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  4. really cute idea!

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  5. OK, absolutely love this because I am loving delicate jewelry lately. I have two necklaces I never take off because they’re so delicate you can even add on bolder pieces without them getting in the way. This is a must! PINNING! 🙂 

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    • Yay, so happy you like it.  I do the same with my delicate pieces.  They’re great on their own, or really fun to layer with bigger pieces.

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  6. Elizabeth Schneider:

    Ok please please please sell those safety pin bracelets, they could not be more adorable! I want a necklace too 😉 Now start that shop!

    6.25.12 Reply
    • Haha, I will try!!!  🙂  A necklace version would be so cute.

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  7. Jasmine // Webhautejas:

    simple. easy. cute. ….i love it! 

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    • graceatwood:

      Thanks Jas! xx

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  8. Cassia Lewis:

    Adorable! I need to try this. I tend to make massssiiive chunky jewellery but maybe I should try something new!! 

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  9. MeganElissa:

    SUCH a good idea! I have so many necklaces that I just haven’t wanted to get rid of but never wear… Now I finally know what to do with them!

    notyouraveragebeachbum.blogspot.com

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  10. Great DIY! I am a huge fan of simple, delicate jewelry. That star pendant is too cute!

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    • graceatwood:

      Thank you! I love the star, too – so simple + easy to wear!!

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  11. i need to do this. on the asap. love love love! 

    6.25.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Yes, yes, you do! I will be so proud!!

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  12. Viviana Carmona:

    These are so pretty and delicate! I’ve been loving all the delicate jewelry lately so this is a must try for me!

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    • graceatwood:

      Thanks, Viv! I hope you try it!!

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  13. How lovely! I especially like that you re-purposed an old necklace and the safety pin is so fun. I feel like I have two jewelry personalities too: go big or go home or seriously minimalist.

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    • graceatwood:

      That’s such a great way of putting it, I’m exactly the same! Big + bold, or just a few delicate chains. 🙂

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  14. These look so pretty!  I’ve seen a few other really easy diy jewelry tutorials.  I may need to get some tools soon!  Love these!

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    • graceatwood:

      Thanks Lauren! You really should – so easy and fun!

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  15. Love these!

    6.26.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Thank you!

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  16. Courtney:

    Very nice!

    6.26.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Thanks, Courtney!

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  17. I can’t get over that safety pin one… it’s so cute.  I have to try making some dainty bracelets like this. 

    7.7.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      You need some! xo

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  18. I can’t wait to make these bracelets!! They are so cute.  Thanks for sharing. 

    8.13.12 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      aw, thanks Jacquie! So excited to hear how yours turn out! xx

      8.14.12 Reply