This beaded charm bracelet is very easy to make, it takes a couple of hours depending on your skill with the pliers and how fat your fingers feel!!
You will need:
Pair of short nosed pliers
Pair of cutter pliers
- Enough jewellery elastic to go round your wrist twice (or play it safe like I did and use 90cm)
- Approx 60cm of large link chain (I used 1cm) Tip: avoid chain with links that aren’t closed as it tends to come off the bracelet when the elastic is stretched…oops!)
- 8 x 14mm round or oval beads plus 1 focus bead (I used a silver coloured bead)
- 3 x smaller complimentary beads (I used 1 x 10mm and 2 x 6mm)
- Approx 11 charms and/or buttons
- 14 x 9mm jump rings
- 4 x calottes (Necklace Ends, also known as calottes or clamshells, are used to attach the necklace or bracelet thread~ we're going to use them to attach our ball chain to a jump ring. Calottes and bead tips are metal findings that cover the knot at the end of a string of beads. Calottes (also called clam shells) clamp sideways over the knot. Adding a drop of glue or clear nail polish secures the knot/chain. Close the bead tip with pliers.
- 4 x headpins (Headpins look like small thin nails. Put a bead on a head pin, bend a loop in the top, and you have a dangle! )
- approx 13mm of ball chain
- optional (but VERY handy) florist wire or beading needle
Calottes, headpins, jumprings and ball chain
Ok, lets get started.
Thread the jewellery elastic through the chain, this is where a bent bit of florist's wire or a beading needle really helps.
Your chain should now be 'scrunched' up along your threading material.
Now add your large beads.
Open your jump rings by twisting them front to back, do not pull them apart as this pulls them out of shape, and pop them onto your charms and/or buttons
You will need to thread the smaller remaining beads onto the head pins to make some dangle charms.
Tie the loose ends of your threading material, adjusting for fit before cutting off the excess. Tip: try adding a drop of clear glue to the knot for extra security.
Cut your ball chain into 3 different lengths.
Attach a calotte to each piece of chain securing with a small blob of clear glue if preferred.
You are now ready to attach the charms/buttons, beads and chain to your bracelet, pausing to admire your handiwork at regular intervals!
Ta da.... finished!
How smug do you feel now?