Tuesday, February 21, 2012

for the love of creativity: wrapped chain bracelet

I love the way an armful of bracelets looks but unfortunately I am several shy on unique bracelets that can be mixed and matched easily. So I decided I'll just have to fix that...here's my most recent creation.

When I saw J.Crew's bright dahlia color I knew I wanted to utilize it for this project it wasn't difficult to hunt down a similar color floss.

You'll need:
  • 1 skein embroidery floss
  • curb chain (I picked mine up at Michael's for $3.99)
  • 6 jump rings (Mine took 4 6mm and 2 9mm)
  • lobster clasp
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • super glue
  • tape (optional)

Measure 2 pieces of chain to your wrist (remember the rings & clasp on the ends will expand the length). Use your pliers to remove extra chain. 
Measure 3 pieces of floss to 6 times the length of your chain. Lay chain side by side and thread floss through topsides of chains. 

Pull floss so chain is in middle of floss. Thread floss through same links again. Your floss should now doubled (6 strings). Optional: wrap a piece of tape around your 6 ends of floss to join them so it's easier to thread into links.

Keeping your chain from twisting, continue threading your floss through links to join the chains side by side.

Once you reach the end tie a knot in the floss and add a dot of super glue to secure. Trim your ends.

Using your needle nose pliers, attach a medium jump ring to each end of chain. Then attach a larger jump ring to join the 2 medium jump rings. On one end attach your lobster clasp. All done!

Here's a step-by step to Pin It
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  1. so cute! I'm making some of these!

    1. You are so creative! Your bracelet turned out great. :)

  2. This is so cool! I'm totally going to try it :)annnd I had to "pin it"


  3. This is such a great idea! I'm not sure my DIY skills are up to par, but I'll be trying my hand at it soon : )

    Thanks for a great post!

  4. If only I had the patience to sit and do something like this. You did a beautiful job! Love that deep purple with the gold.

  5. I'm trying to wrap the chain but having a difficult time how did you do it

    1. I put a little piece of tape around the ends of my floss so it'd be easier to weave through the chain. Make sure you hold your chain side by side too. Still have questions? You can always email me at Kristina {dot} simplybold {at} gmail {dot} com! Hope this helps!

  6. just curious, how long did you cut the curb chains?

    1. Hello! My wrist is 5.5" around, I cut the chain to 6" and after placing on the jump rings and the clasp my bracelet came to just a hair longer than 7". Thank you for your interest! Good luck if you make it! I wear it almost daily and get lots of compliments :)

    2. Thank you! : )

  7. My sister and I just made this bracelet. It was our first DIY project so we had a hard time getting started, but now we love them so much! Thanks for the great idea :)

  8. I just wanna ask what is the color of the thread that you used? :)


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