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!