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When it comes to thrifty crafting, jewelry making is our best friend. Because jewelry tends to be small, a little can go a long way. For starters, try one of these easy DIY projects using scrap chains for a one-of-a-kind bracelet. This might even make you think twice about throwing away broken jewelry!
- Sharp scissors
- Blank metal bracelet bangle
- Scrap chains
- Flat-back gemstones
- Strong craft glue (such as E6000)
Wondering where to find a blank bangle? Check out the jewelry aisle at your local craft store. Many jewelers use these blank bracelets for stamped designs. You can also browse Etsy, Forever21 or H&M. As long as the bangle doesn’t have any fancy-shmancy embellishments, you’re good to go. These typically cost $4-8.
1. Glue a few gems to the bangle. Don’t forget to leave small gaps in between the gems. If possible, leave the bangle in a “standing” position while it dries.
2. Once the gems dry, glue strands of chain to the underside of the bangle. Tip: Use a toothpick to apply thin lines of glue to the bangle.
3. Let the chain dry. If your bangle has a difficult time “standing up” (gem side down), place the bracelet in between two jar or bottle lids.
Once dry, your bracelet will look a little something like this.
4. Take each strand of chain and wrap around the bangle, until you can’t wrap anymore. Add some more glue to the bangle for the end of the chain; some strands may need trimming. You can do this once the glue is dried.
Once the glue has set and everything is in place, carefully cut away any excess chain. Your new bracelet is ready to rock n’ roll! We used a mix of different metal chains for a mismatched look.
What combo would you use for a bracelet? Let us know in the comments below!
Styled photos by Nick Wolf (Oakland, CA)