I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for a year now and have never shared any DIY jewelry. In high school and college I took multiple classes on jewelry making. I did a lot of lost wax casting as well as soldering. But until I can convince someone to convert our shed into a studio with a gas line for a blow torch, I’ll just stick to simpler jewelry DIYs these days. Like this DIY braided chain bracelet. I’ve been in need of a nice silver, every day bracelet so I made one.
One of my favorite reasons for making my own jewelry is that I can customize the size. I happen to have really small wrists so most store bought bracelets are too big and constantly catch on things. Bangles are the worst, they fall right off if I let my arm hang straight down! The size of this bracelet is totally customizable. Might as well make yourself a little Valentine’s Day present. Heck, make two and give to a friend. Grown up friendship bracelets anyone? 👭
While I was trying to figure out what to make the bracelet look like, I knew I didn’t want just one chain. Twists can be very hard to keep twisted, so a braid seemed like a great idea. It’s not so dainty then, and I always love wearing texture – clothes or jewelry. I chose a snake chain rather than a link chain because I thought that would make the braid pop more.
Since I wasn’t able to find a snake chain on it’s own I used a necklace set. I cut the longer necklace in half which gave me three finished ends to hook together.
Then I braided. I cut the ends once I braided it to the length I wanted.
To finish the ends, I found crimps with loops that matched the ones that came with the chain. From there, I used my go-to glue to secure the chains. I then added jump rings and was done!