June 25th, 2012

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DIY: Delicate Chain Bracelets

All though it could be said that I’m the queen of “more is more,” lately, I have been obsessed with dainty little baubles…  especially in the form of delicate chain bracelets.  I’ve bought a few here or there, but then it dawned on me – why not make a few, repurposing some old chain necklaces that I no longer wear.  They’re incredibly easy to make… I made three – one with a safety pin, another with a gold tube bead, and one with a little star charm.

I’m wearing the homemade versions on the right side.  On the left side, my bracelets are Cartier, Gorjana, and Derng.

Materials / Where to Buy:  Old necklace or delicate fine chain // charm // safety pin (I used a tiny brass one that came in this set.)  // 3mm jump rings // 6mm jump rings // needle-nose pliers // tube bead //wire nippers (not pictured)

To make the tube bead bracelet:  1.  Take your necklace (leave the clasp on – you’ll skip a step,) and string on a tube bead.  // 2.  Snip off the excess so that the bracelet fits your wrist (usually somewhere around 6-7 inches.  // 3.  Add a 3mm jump ring. // 4.  Add a 6mm jump ring.

To make the safety pin bracelet:  1.  Snip off about 2-3 inches of chain.  // 2.  Add a small jump ring. // 3.  Connect the safety pin.  // 4.  Connect jump ring and chain to the opposite side of the chain.  // 5.  Connect another small jump ring and then your clasp… done!

To make the star bracelet:  1.  Take one of your necklaces and snip off 6-7 inches, depending upon the length of your wrist.  // 2.  Add a small jump ring to each side (and a clasp to one side.)  // 3.  Add a 6mm jump ring to the other side. // 4.  Add your charm to the middle of the bracelet… and you are done!

43 Responses to DIY: Delicate Chain Bracelets

  1. wonderfulandmarvelous June 25, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    What a cute idea! I especially love the one with the safety pin.
    xo Andrea

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks, Andrea!  I hope you give the project a try!!

  2. PennyPincherFashion June 25, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Absolutely love this DIY – I cannot get enough of delicate jewely lately!  Looks like I’m headed to the craft store today :)

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Oooh I hope you give it a go!!  If you do please send me a pic! xx

  3. inhonorofdesign June 25, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Okay especially love the safety pin one! These are beautiful! Going to make a few:)
    x, Anna

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Yay!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.  :)

  4. candids by Jo June 25, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    really cute idea!

  5. The Avg Girl Guide June 25, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    OK, absolutely love this because I am loving delicate jewelry lately. I have two necklaces I never take off because they’re so delicate you can even add on bolder pieces without them getting in the way. This is a must! PINNING! :) 

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Yay, so happy you like it.  I do the same with my delicate pieces.  They’re great on their own, or really fun to layer with bigger pieces.

  6. Elizabeth Schneider June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Ok please please please sell those safety pin bracelets, they could not be more adorable! I want a necklace too ;) Now start that shop!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood June 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Haha, I will try!!!  :)  A necklace version would be so cute.

  7. Jasmine // Webhautejas June 25, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    simple. easy. cute. ….i love it! 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Thanks Jas! xx

  8. Cassia Lewis June 25, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Adorable! I need to try this. I tend to make massssiiive chunky jewellery but maybe I should try something new!! 

  9. MeganElissa June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    SUCH a good idea! I have so many necklaces that I just haven’t wanted to get rid of but never wear… Now I finally know what to do with them!

    notyouraveragebeachbum.blogspot.com

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Yay! Please send me a pic if you do it!! (stripesandsequins@gmail.com)

  10. Stephanie June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Great DIY! I am a huge fan of simple, delicate jewelry. That star pendant is too cute!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank you! I love the star, too – so simple + easy to wear!!

  11. christin schindewolf June 25, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    i need to do this. on the asap. love love love! 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Yes, yes, you do! I will be so proud!!

  12. Viviana Carmona June 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    These are so pretty and delicate! I’ve been loving all the delicate jewelry lately so this is a must try for me!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Thanks, Viv! I hope you try it!!

  13. Erin @ Thanks, I Made It June 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    How lovely! I especially like that you re-purposed an old necklace and the safety pin is so fun. I feel like I have two jewelry personalities too: go big or go home or seriously minimalist.

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      That’s such a great way of putting it, I’m exactly the same! Big + bold, or just a few delicate chains. :)

  14. Lauren M. Ferreira June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    These look so pretty!  I’ve seen a few other really easy diy jewelry tutorials.  I may need to get some tools soon!  Love these!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Thanks Lauren! You really should – so easy and fun!

  15. The Curvy Girl June 26, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Love these!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 26, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you!

  16. Courtney June 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Very nice!

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood June 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Thanks, Courtney!

  17. Kara Endres July 7, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    I can’t get over that safety pin one… it’s so cute.  I have to try making some dainty bracelets like this. 

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

      You need some! xo

  18. Jacquie Rutherford August 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    I can’t wait to make these bracelets!! They are so cute.  Thanks for sharing. 

    • Grace Atwood
      graceatwood August 14, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      aw, thanks Jacquie! So excited to hear how yours turn out! xx

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