By Katja Kromann

Make a chunky bracelet with beads and chains.

Make a chunky bracelet  with beads and chains.
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A couple of weeks ago, B took a summer class in dessert making from around the world offered by Sur la Table. Each day, they made four desserts from a different country: the US, England, Mexico, France and Italy. The classes were held at the mall quite a bit away from where we live, so I had two hours of free time on my hands while he was at class each day for a week. So I went shopping...

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

1 Pants, 2 Sweater, 3 t-shirt dress, 4 shoes. 5 bracelet - this blogpost. They didn't have the exact color of pants and t-shirt dress on the website, but they were in the store.

Ok, I am actually not much of a shopper, but I did manage to find this outfit at H&M. The shoes I bought a couple of weeks earlier from Target.

It's a comfortable, every day outfit and something I would also wear to a brunch or a Mom's Night Out. Only then I would dress it up with a bracelet. At first I considered a necklace, but I am not much of a necklace wearer, which you wouldn't guess by my profile photo. (I'll share how I made that necklace another time.) I much prefer to wear a bracelet for some reason.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

I wanted a bracelet with gold and orange and I was in the mood for something quite chunky. These are the supplies I used.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

First I cut some of the chains to 7 inch lengths. I measured an existing bracelet that I already have, to determine that length.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

I used a gold (I use the term "gold" lightly here) pin, an orange ceramic bead and a small gold bead to stop the pin from going through the orange bead. I looped the end with my jewelry pliers - they have round tips - see two pictures down - while attaching it to one of the chain links.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

Here is that finished strand with five ceramic beads in the middle.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

For the beaded strands, I used jewelry fish line. First I added a crimp bead at the end. It's a little circle of metal and it can be crimped onto the fishing line in stead of tying a knot. A knot would just unravel, I think. Then I added this gold bead tip knot end cover over the crimp bead. I also used this crimp beads and fish line when I made the beaded garlands for the miniature Christmas trees for our Christmas table last year.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

I added some orange beads to the fish line and closed the other end in the same way, just in the reverse order. Thread on the gold bead tip knot end cover, then put the crimp bead on the line, crimp it, cut the excess fish line, and close the gold thing over it. Don't make it too tight or the strand of beads will be all stiff feeling.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

Here is the finished strand. I made five of these.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

I made another one in the same way, but alternating between two different kinds of "gold" beads.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

Then I laid out all the strands and my gold closure.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

Next, I used some gold loops to put everything together. These turned out to be on the thin side. I will switch them out with some thicker ones for better durability next time I go to JoAnn's which is where I bought all the supplies you saw here.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

I put half of the strands on one ring, the other half on another ring, then put them on the big closure thing. At the other end I did the same, only I spaced the bracelet with another ring between the two rings with all the strands on them and the ring of the closure pin. That way there was enough room to angle the pin to have go through the closure ring. Phew... that sounds much more complicated than it actually was.

how to make a chunky bracelet jewelry

And here I am wearing the bracelet with my currently favorite watch, which I talked about here. And I am wearing the outfit as well.

#DIY a chunky #bracelet - #jewelry

Did I just answer my question of what I should wear when Better Homes & Gardens comes to shoot our bathroom remodel in a little while? Maybe... ;)

Do you prefer to wear bracelets over necklaces, or the other way around?


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Katja Kromann
About Katja Kromann

I am a Danish American decorating life in Seattle. I love all things design and DIY.

I can’t think of anything more fun than coming up with project, making it, photographing it and sharing it with you on my websites.

I am a Graphic Artist and homeschooling mom to a teenager by day.

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