I’m rather lazy. Hence my penchant for jewelry DIY tutorials which don’t require any tools. not even pliers! Like most lazy people, I like hardworking projects, which multi-task, such as this hair tie & bracelet
What you need:
– Elastic thread
– Metal chain
– Scissors (or cutter pliers, as shown in the picture)
As you can see, you don’t even need any special equipment such as pliers- not that I think pliers are difficult to use but they can be intimidating if you’ve never used them before 🙂 This is a great starter craft project!
Where you can get these items from: any craft store or email me for the price of a kit.
Tip: If you don’t like working with pliers, you can ask the craft store to cut the chain to your preferred length.
1. Cut a length of elastic thread that can go around your wrist 3x. Double up the elastic such that both lengths are equal.
2. Insert the doubled end of the thread (i.e the loop) through the last link of the chain and bring the other 2 ends of the thread through the loop and tighten.
3. Bring the 2 ends though the other end of the chain and knot. Cut off the excess elastic and glue.
Once dried you have a nice summery hair tie or bracelet- I recommend making a few and wearing as a stack of bracelets!
Pandora inspired bracelet
I never used to understand the appeal of Pandora bracelets and would wonder who-on-earth would pay so much for such a blah thing! But then I tried stacking a few of them together and they looked quite different 🙂 The price tag, sad to say, was still ridiculous in my opinion. So I decided to make my own version- and I guess quite a few other people must have had the same thought as there are now a ton of Pandora-type charms that you can buy!
This is SO easy to make, I bet even a 3-year kid could make it in 2 minutes! The most difficult thing would be choosing the charms 🙂 I decided to go for a simple 3-charm bracelet but, really, the sky’s the limit 🙂
What you need:
– Silver bracelet
– Charms that you want to add to it
Make sure these are meant for the bracelet you bought/ have a large enough hole to fit the bracelet through!
Step 1: Thread it
Thread the charms through the bracelet in your desired order.
And you’re DONE! Just close the clasp round your wrist- it’s easy to manage one-handed, hurray- and you’re ready to party! 🙂 The charms in the top picture make the bracelet on the left, but I’ve also made a few other versions to stack up, shown below 🙂
These were so popular, I had friends asking me to give it to them right after I made them! So it’s back to no-Pandora in my wardrobe once again. At least till I can hit the bead store 🙂
My favourite version
Hermes inspired bracelets
I was SO sure that this piece was inspired by a Hermes bracelet that I saw. But now that I’m Googling the bracelet to refer to it for this post, I can’t find it! So I guess we can say that this piece was inspired by some designer, but I just don’t remember which one 😛 Or maybe it was 100% me. LOL I like that thought better!
What you need:
– craft/ jewellery glue- most people use E6000. I alternate between E6000 and the above Korean brand, 401 and I’ve chosen 401 for this project as it dries much more quickly than E6000. And smells a lot better!
– Black cord (I used 20 cm/ 8 inches but I like my bracelets loose and i have a larger wrist than most! I believe the typical bracelet is 16 cm/ 7.5 inches)
– Silver-coloured beads (I used 4 small silver beads, 2 large ones & 1 centre piece)
– 1 silver-coloured bail (the ending to fasten/ hook the bracelet)
Step 1: Glue it
Apply 2 drops of glue into 1 side of the bail then insert the black cord into it. Hold it for 10 seconds then leave on waste paper to dry.
Make sure you don’t squirt too much glue in or it’ll spill out when you insert the cord 🙂 That happened to me once- argh!
While leaving to dry (10 minutes or more), arrange the beads in the desired order. After the glue has dried, thread them onto the cord. I prefer to leave mine to dry for at least an hour- it doesn’t hurt to be sure 🙂
Tsk tsk, which DIYer doesn’t paint their nails? How shoddy of me!
Step 3: Glue it again
Glue the other end of the cord to the other end of the bail i.e. repeat Step 1 for the other side!
This project makes the centre bracelet (Below) but I think they look better in a stack so I made a couple of different ones to layer up 🙂 I’ve worn them so many times, and received so many compliements on them, they’re now my go-to piece when I can’t decide what to wear!