I know most people seem to be coming here purely for the DIY, so i figure i’ll give the people what they want. Another designer inspired bracelet that is easy and inexpensive to make. This project was inspired by the Lizzie Fortunato 2 strand disco bracelet and yes, it is yet another jewelry project involving embroidery thread. If I had to pick one item that is a must have for every DIY’er this summer, it’s embroidery thread. I keep finding new uses for it left and right. When I saw the disco bracelet on shopbop, a lightbulb went off in my head because i knew i already had the same kind of chain in my jewelry supply arsenal. It took me a little while of playing around with the weaving technique before i felt confident that i had figured out exactly how the original bracelet was made, but i think I cracked the code! The nice thing about this particular project is that you can customize it to your liking by using whatever color thread you like and use whatever special charms that make it feel like you. I used ombre thread to get that subtle color change and an eagle and feather charm. This DIY project takes about an hour from start to finish. And you only need a few simple materials which i’ve linked to below.
For this project you will need:
- wire cutters
- needle-nose pliers
- scotch tape
- 80″ of embroidery thread ( i used this kind )
- 12 – 14″ of box chain (here is the exact one i used)
- 2 small charms (try etsy if you don’t have any)
- a lobster clasp
- (2) small jumprings
- (5) 4mm jumprings
- 1 solid round gold link
Begin your bracelet by taking the box chain and cutting it into two 6″ pieces using the wire cutters. I have a pretty small wrist so my finished bracelet is 7.5″ long. If you need your bracelet to be larger, then cut your chain to be 6.5″ each for an 8″ bracelet or cut it to be 7″ long for an 8.5″ bracelet.
Next, take the embroidery floss and cut a piece that measures 80″ long. (That should be long enough even for the people making larger bracelets. I had about 24″ extra length leftover when i finished mine.)
Then take a 1″ piece of scotch tape and carefully roll one end of the thread in the tape so it looks like the plastic bit on the end of a shoelace. (pictured above) Make sure you roll it as tight or skinny as you can because this will be how you weave the string through the box chain.
Snip off the top of the taped end at an angle to form a point that will be easy to thread through the chain.
Lay the two pieces of chain side by side so they look like the two above. Take the non-taped end of the thread and pull it through the center of one of the top links. ( i accidentally photographed it using the taped end, disregard that)
Pull the end of the thread through the top of the other piece of chain, coming from the back and pull it towards you.
Tie the thread into a knot.
Make sure it’s secure and then trim off the excess. You are now ready to start weaving the thread through the chains. This is where it gets tricky and a bit time consuming.
So begin by turning the chains over so the knot you just made is in the back and take the taped end of the thread and pull it through the top left link like the picture above.
Now pull the thread through the open link one row down from the one you were just in and pull it through the back and toward the front. (if my words don’t make sense just study the pictures, it might be easier.)
Next take the thread and pull it through to the back of the link on the right side and out in the direction of the arrow in the picture.
Now you’re gonna go around the outside of that right link and back through it from the front (pictured above)
and then under the back and through to the front of the left link. (pictured above)
Above is just another view of where you should be. Hopefully i haven’t lost you yet. I know it’s kind of confusing.
And then you start a new row all over again by once again going around the left side, jump down one row and thread the taped end through the left link and pull out through the front, then over to the right link and repeat all of the steps you just did for the first row.
Keep doing it, making sure you keep everything tight so that the two rows of chain start to stay together where it is woven. This weaving part takes awhile but if you do it while watching netflix or something it will actually be pretty relaxing.
Keep weaving… if you are using the variegated thread like mine you will start to see the color change which adds a nice look to the bracelet i think.
When you finish the last row tie it off.
Make sure it’s tied tight and then trim off the excess thread.
Okay now we are ready to start adding the jumprings but before we do, we have to make sure that the end links on the bracelet are all facing the same direction so the jumprings can be linked on properly. If you look at my image above you can see which ones we keep and which ones we get rid of. The 2 extra links on the right side of the picture are the ones that are facing wrong.
So i simply take my pliers and pry them off.
Now you can see the two end links are facing the right direction and we can easily attach the jumprings.
Take three of the larger jumprings (they should be about 4 -5 mm in size) and your pliers.
Slide two of them onto the end of the bracelet. One through each open link.
Then take the third jumpring and slide it onto the other two jumprings and slide the lobster clasp onto it, then close it shut with the pliers.
Do the same to the other end only instead of using a 3rd jumpring, slide on the solid ring and close the 2 jumprings.
The final step. attach your two small charms to the ring using the two smaller jumprings.
All done! I know that was a lot of steps, but the finished bracelet looks great and only cost 1/10th the price of the real one and you get to say you made it yourself!
I made 2! Once you get the hang of it, the 2nd one goes even faster.
That was probably the most image heavy DIY i’ve done to date. Maybe next time i should hide the steps behind a cut? What do you guys think? I know some people hate having to click a link to read the blog post. Let me know. I’m listening.
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