DIY: Bright Chain Bracelet

by Alicia on January 13, 2011

Yesterday my latest Marie Claire arrived and I was looking over this spread. The brilliantly-colored accessories are so energizing. Perfectly timed, since even here in Houston we’re experiencing a cold snap. (I have some company in the studio from the plants that normally live on roofdeck.)

Here’s how to make your own bright woven chain bracelet!


- Chain – Use what you have, or what you can find. I used 6mm x 11mm twisted cable chain similar to this. About 12in – 18in.
- Cording – Check your local fabric store, or consider shoelaces! I used about 30″ of 1/8″.
- Endcaps – Optional, but I like the finished look. Requires 2 per bracelet. Mine are similar to this.

If you don’t want to run around collecting all the materials yourself, you can buy a kit with everything you need from me in my Etsy shop.

1. Cut your cord to about 30 in. Be sure to tape each end to prevent unraveling. Cut 2 (or 3) lengths of chain about 6″. Since the bracelet simply ties on, it’s easily adjusted to different wrist sizes.

2. Line up your pieces of chain and begin by threading it through the links of the chain as pictured.

3. Continue threading until you’ve reached the end of the bracelet. Then, cut the extra cord to about 4 – 5 in in each end. Finish by gluing on the endcaps. You can use jewelry epoxy, or even Super Glue.

4. Tie on and wear. But first, make some more- they look great together. On the pink and orange bracelet I used three layers of chain.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

tere lópez March 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

hi! from sunny puerto rico

i just did this bracelet. it is awesome. i used three large chains (7″) and 1cm cord in yellow. if you want, glue the end cap with and eye pin in the middle, then add a lobster clap. thank you for the tutorial.


SF Newton December 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I think a necklace or matching earrings would be cute also


Alicia March 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Glad you liked it AND made it! A clasp would def make it easier to put on than tying.


Divya N May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

beautiful and perfect for my juicy summer collection


Lili August 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

Love it.


Alicia August 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks Lili!


Kim May 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I love your work and looking forward to making them. What do you think is a reasonable price to charge for them?


Alicia May 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Well, it depends on what the materials cost you and that can vary widely depending on if you are buying at retail or wholesale and at what quantity. The best recommendation I can give is to point you to Megan Auman who has written tons about this. Here are some of her posts about pricing:


CopiercMal June 1, 2012 at 3:28 am

Hello, I’m an admirer of your blog from France. Just wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, your work has caught the attention of a French blogger who seems to think it’s ok to simply paste & copy your pictures That’s something that just drives me nuts. I’ve already told her my point of view by pointing out to her readers this situation, but of course my comments are deleted. I thought it was the least I could do to let you know what she does with your work.


alicia June 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hey, thanks for letting me know. Hate to see that stuff happening, but it looks like that post is gone now. Hope that puts an end to it!


Alpanic July 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

it’s eAsy and really nice. i will do it! thanks


anushia July 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

why dont u do it with ribbon instead it would look much nicer


alicia July 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

I liked this way these looked :) But I’ve done a version with ribbon, too. Check out


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