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Crafty jewelry: Braided Charm Bracelet tutorial

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 13th 2011  |  0 Comment
Charm friends and family with some customized craftiness!

photos: kirsten for we heart this

Welcome to my July DIY of the month at we heart this! Inspired by the latest trend of friendship bracelets, this one lets you pick your three favorite colors to make a one-of-a-kind, custom Braided Charm Bracelet.

You’ll want to make several – some for yourself to stack on one arm – and some to give away to your friends. They’re so easy to make, you’ll probably find yourself making quite a few this summer season.

Supplies:
 Three skeins of embroidery thread
 Sewing needle and thread
 Jewelry clasp
 Scissors
 Jewelry pliers
 Jump rings
 Charms
 Clear nailpolish, optional (not shown)

Green Tip: take charms from broken or old jewelry and repurpose them with this fun bracelet.

Instructions:

1) Measure your wrist, and multiply that by two. Cut nine strands of embroidery thread using this measurement, and tie them together.

2) Trim the ends if needed, and separate into three groups of three. Braid until you reach the length of your wrist plus a little extra.

3) Repeat with the two other colors. Group them together and tie together. Tieanother knot where the braids end. Trim down if needed.

 

4) Using the jewelry pliers, attach jump rings to the strands of the bracelet. Then, attach charms. You can do this at random or set intervals – it’s up to you.

5) If you’d like the charms to stay in place, insert a jump ring straight througha braid.

6) When you’re done adding the charms, take some needle and thread and attach the jump ring to one end of the bracelet. Repeat with the other half of the clasp.

7) If you’d like, dab some clear nail polish on the knots for extra security.

And you’re done. I hope you enjoy customizing your own charm bracelets for wearing or gifting!

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Source: weheartthis.com