Easy DIY Projects - Chain and Gem Bracelet

Easy DIY Projects – Chain and Gem Bracelet

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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!

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Supplies:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Once dry, your bracelet will look a little something like this.

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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.

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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)

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