I decided to use the two states (NC and CA) as the charms, and had no trouble finding an abundance of options on Etsy. From there it was just a matter of getting all the parts and pieces for the bracelet. I used a delicate gold chain for the bracelet but also considered other materials like leather, cording, or metal bangles (look to Pinterest for more inspiration). Making jewelry does require some patience, but these bracelets weren’t too intricate, and are perfect for beginners. Let’s get started:
1. Layout jewelry chain and cut 5-6″ inches using the cutting pliers. Length is determined by wrist size and how you want the bracelet to fit. If you are making multiple bracelets, go ahead and cut multiple stands.
2. Using a jump ring, attach the extender chain to one side of the jewelry chain. Use two bent nose pliers to open the jump ring. At the end of extender chain, use another jump ring to attach the extender charm to the extender chain.
3. On the other end of the jewelry chain, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw. At this point, the bracelet should be wearable.
4. Decide where you want the charms to fall on the bracelet. I went with the center, but this is entirely up to your preference. Use 2 jump rings (1 for each charm) to attach the charms to the bracelet.
You’re done! And the good news is, these bracelets are basically fool proof. If you mess something up, just grab your pliers and try again. No harm done. Any DIY projects that you’re dying to try (or love to do)? Let me know in the comments; I’m always looking for inspiration for my next project!
XO – Courtney