DIY Orange Bracelets

Because I’m thinking orange this week I thought I’d share a couple DIYs that pre-date this blog. The bracelet above is one I did over a year ago and it’s really simple to make. The chain was from Michaels and I used embroidery floss to wrap two lengths of it together…. that’s it! It also reminds me of the project Honestly WTF posted a few months ago – they’re both takes on the same general trend.

This one is made from Indian glass beads wire-wrapped to a chain. It’s a simple technique that looks cool when it’s repeated with tons of beads. Have I convinced you to learn wire-wrapping yet?

19 comments

  1. Ashleigh says:

    I LOVE the top chain/embroidery floss bracelet. I made one of my own but it looks a little off – did you just loop the thread all as one strand (of multiple strands) or did you do some different kind of threading pattern? I imagine it wasn’t just spiraling a single uber loop, just because the back of your bracelet looks like more is going on and mine essentially looks the same on both sides.

    Any tips!? Thanks!

    • alicia says:

      I started with a long length of a few strands of floss and threaded them through the end of both chains and pulled until I had half the length of floss on each side. Then I criscrossed them on the back side and pulled them through the next chain link to the front. In the front I just threaded them across and through the opposite link to the back side. Does that help? I wish I had pictures!

  2. annie says:

    I LOVE the embroidery thread and chain bracelet too! I tried to make it and for some reason mine is looking a little off too. Maybe I am making it more complicated than it needs to be, but I am just not getting the end result that I want (that looks like your’s). Any other helpful hints….

    • Alicia says:

      What does yours look like- what’s going wrong? Maybe I’ll make a short video that shows how to do this. It’s simple to do but hard to describe!

    • Alicia says:

      Hi Erin! Did you see my comment to Ashley? That’s about the best I can explain it but if you tell me what problems you’re having – or better yet, post a link to a picture – I’m happy to try and help!

    • alicia says:

      Oh, it’s really not! Just take two identical pieces of chain and use embroidery floss to lace them together. You can put several (10ish) pieces of embroidery floss (each about 24in long) together and do it all at once and it would only take a few minutes!

  3. Maja says:

    Hey. Well, this one is very nice! Seems like you are very creative person. I like that!

    I was wondering if you would mind if a used the picture for my website. (I have a website, where I make my own jewelleries and sell them) :)

    Love Maja

    • alicia says:

      Hi Maja,
      Thanks for asking but unfortunately you cannot use the photo for that purpose. If you’re making your own jewelry for sale, I highly recommend that you take pictures of your jewelry so that your customers will know exactly what they are getting.
      Alicia

  4. Lauren says:

    Hi Alicia,
    I am also a crafty person and I was wondering if you could tell me how long the pieces of the first bracelet on this blog were. I would also like to know how to connect the two ends. I am a beginner at these things so have no clue what to do. The reason why I wanted to know how to make them is because I think they would make great Christmas gifts for my friends!
    Lauren

    • Alicia says:

      The chain on the first bracelet was about 7″ I believe. What I normally do is just wrap it around my wrist to measure and then snip or bend to remove any extra links of chain. To connect them with a clasp I used one small jump ring on the end of each chain and then took a large jump ring and attached it to each of the smaller jump rings to join the two pieces of chain together. (So in total that’s two small jump rings and one large jump ring on each end of the bracelet.) Then I attached the clasp ends to the large jump rings – I used a lobster claw clasp but you could use an S hook, a magnetic clasp or any style you like. Hope that helps!

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi there! Would you mind sharing where you prefer to buy your jewelry making supplies? Local or website? (chain, clasps, etc) Love this! Enjoy your day! -S

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