June 4th, 2012

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DIY: Chunky Link Ball Chain Friendship Bracelets

As you know from this and this, I just can’t stop making friendship bracelets!  They look so good mixed + matched, piled high… adding the perfect, summery pop of color to whatever it is that you’re wearing.  Today’s bracelet is a bit more blingy than the others I’ve made so far… and if you’d like, you could make it the more conventional way (using a clasp + jump ring vs. string…) or even make a necklace!  There are so many ways to get creative with this project.  For extra credit, try it using resin or tortoise links.  I made three – in turquoise, orange, and light pink.

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{Worn with my previous two bracelet DIY projects:  Chain Friendship Bracelets and Triple Ball Chain Bracelets}

Where to buy:

Chain (approx. 4 inches)  // Ball Chain  (approx. 10 inches) //  Embroidery Floss (about one skein) // Embroidery Needle // Sharp Scissors

1.  Begin by firmly (double) knotting your floss to your chain. // 2.  Add your ball chain to the chain, and slowly wrap the floss around both the chain and ball chain. // 3.  Continue to wrap – you’ll see a beautiful pattern emerging! // 4.  When you get to the end of the first link, pull the embroidery floss through the second link and continue wrapping.

5.  Continue to wrap.  // 6.  As you get to the end of the chain, just keep wrapping along… // 7.  Continue wrapping until you get to the place where you started.  Knot your floss to the first end.  // 8.  Trim your knots, and you are nearly done.

9.  Cut off three pieces of floss, about 36″ long, each.  Take them together, and fold in half.  Thread the loop through the first link of chain.  // 10.  Pull the ends through your loop.  // 11.  Pull tightly, and braid for 2-3 inches, depending on how long you want the bracelet to be.  // 12.  Repeat on the other side… you’re done!

70 Responses to DIY: Chunky Link Ball Chain Friendship Bracelets

  1. Alyssa Hertzig June 4, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    gorgeous! i love the way they look all stacked together. so pretty for summer!

  2. Supal June 4, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    These are beautiful! 

  3. Julie & Lauren June 4, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Gorgeous as usual, Grace! I’m eyeing that chunky turquoise and gold one. Perfect for summer! X

  4. MissMarlboro June 4, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Great idea!! I’m definitely gonna do this :)

  5. Mad Max and Family June 4, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    I LOVE these.  If only I had the time and patience to make them!

    Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

  6. The Curvy Girl June 4, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    LOVE THIS!!!!

  7. The Curvy Girl June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    LOVE THIS!!!

  8. Viviana Carmona June 4, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    These are so amazing!!!! Seriously, you need to open a shop.

  9. Gabrielle | Savvy Home June 4, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    These are stunning!! Open a shop please??? X

  10. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} June 4, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Ok can you open up a shop now please! This one is my favorite of them all, so chic!

  11. ALyson -- TAGG June 4, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Love this! Ditto on opening a shop. Until then, just adoring what you’ve made. 

  12. Kristin & Megan June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Now THAT’s an arm  party! Love the orange and pink!!

  13. Megan Zietz June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    these are so creative and cute Grace!

  14. Zoi June 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    great colours i love it!

  15. Denise Atwood June 4, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Love these Grace!!

  16. Erica & Lauren June 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    awesomesauce!!!!

  17. Mimigdesign June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Where did you get the chunky chain? Can you provide the link please?

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Mimi, There is a link in the “Where to Buy,” under the photo! It came from M&J Trim.

  18. Jordan - Queen of LA June 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    ahhhhhh stop with the amazingess! i love the orange one so much!

  19. Sarah June 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I LOVE THIS! This may be my favorite bracelet DIY you have shown yet! So fun :)

  20. helenazurow June 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    love this bracelet, my favorite one out of all you made :) 

  21. Alyssa June 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Great bracelet diy!

  22. Sarah (Saturday Sequins) June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Wow, cute! I love the two chain types together. :)

  23. taradear June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE GRACE! youre brilliant! im making these for sure :-)

    xx,
    Tara


    http://www.thewondergirl.com

  24. Gaby June 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Gorgeous! love them!

  25. Alex Hubbard June 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Bah LOVE! I need some in every color :)

  26. Thelifeofclare June 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Oh love these!!!

  27. Melissa June 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks for your sweet comment about my GG feature!  You should totally try those no-bake truffles sometime :)  These friendship bracelets are so fun… much cooler than those wimpy ones I made when I was little ;)

  28. designchic June 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    So cute…love the turquoise!!

  29. Louisa June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Love this diy! I will have to give this one a try as well!! 

    Louisa
    http://www.circasundayafternoon.blogspot.com

  30. Savanah Macaulay June 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I just love these!!  You just can’t stop rocking :)

  31. navy & orange June 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    amazing!

    xoxo navy & orange

  32. Kara Endres June 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    OMG, that’s so great! I saw this on your instagram but didn’t realize they had the ball chain on it as well. Super cute!

  33. Stephanielyncarter June 8, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Where do u buy the chunky chain from?

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 8, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Stephanie, It’s in the post under “where to buy!” There is a link to MJ Trim, who sells it online!

  34. Amelia Amphonphong June 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Amazing DIY! I have got to try this out!

    – Amelia 
    http://www.allonthewrist.com

  35. Daniela June 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Loved this DIY! thanks for sharing :)

    http://thegoldenavenue.blogspot.com

  36. Tisha Green June 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    What a killer DIY! I LOVE friendshp braclets! Thanks so much for sharing =)

  37. Chippy Harris June 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Lov it, Gotta try it.

  38. Jovanafagot June 14, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Ho great.

  39. Cristina Cunha June 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Great work!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you, Cristina!

  40. Cristina Cunha June 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Great work!

  41. Çi?dem Y?ld?r?m June 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Amazing bracelet!!!

    http://birihalktan.blogspot.com/ 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      thanks so much! :)

  42. Leah June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    these are so nice!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      thank you Leah!!

  43. kilimci girl June 24, 2012 at 4:30 am #

    I’ll do it!  :)

    http://www.dilarakoseler.blogspot.com

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      yay! Please share a pic if you do!!

  44. Dizzydezz55 June 29, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    So clever! What do you use to cut the chain with?

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Thanks! I used wire cutters. :)

  45. Pam July 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Silly question: What if you want a clasp of some sort? What do you recommend? Thanks!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood July 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Hi Pam! In that case, I would attach the chain to a clasp (I’d use a large lobster clasp,) with a jump ring, and just tie your floss to the first link of the chain. No braiding. You’ll also have to use a little more chain so that it fits all the way around your wrist. Hope that helps.

  46. JulesFashionWeek July 7, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    very pretty !!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood July 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  47. Julia_W August 1, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I love these bracelets! But where did you bought the thick chain? I can´t find them in my local art supply store.

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood August 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Julia, I link to the chain in the Where to Buy, just below the second photo. It is from M&J Trimming. They sell it online and it’s actually very affordable.

  48. Stephanie December 11, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    These are beautiful, thanks so much! Can’t wait to try them! Do you have a tutorial for the the 1st and 4th bracelets in the last photo of this blog? Thanks, Steph

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  50. lindsey March 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    love this. are these possible to make without the ball chain?

  51. nancy May 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    what is the style# of the chain from M and J? or can you tell me how many millimeters and the product description? thanks! these are GREAT!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Nancy,
      I’m not sure – it’s your standard ball chain – nothing special. I know that M&J carries two sizes, and that this is the smaller one. Sorry that I can’t give you a better answer than that… happy crafting!

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