DIY: Bright Chain Bracelet

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.



  1. tere lópez says:

    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.

  2. Kim says:

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

  3. CopiercMal says:

    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.

  4. Cycle Heart says:

    It’s the best time to make a few plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    I’ve read this submit and if I may I desire to recommend you some attention-grabbing things
    or suggestions. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles referring to
    this article. I want to read even more things about it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *