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Classic charm bracelet

Truly a classic, this charm bracelet is a must-have for every jewelry box.

Charm bracelets represent “a few of your favorite things,” so pick charms as eclectic and eccentric as you! This items shown are just a suggestion, because charms can come from just about anywhere. Salvage them from broken jewelry or mate-less earrings, or buy clearance or thrift-store jewelry with charms you can remove. You can also make your own charms by drilling found objects and coins.

Classic charm bracelet view 2
So many choices when it comes to charms! In these versions, the dark tones of base metal chain make the perfect palette for colorful enameled charms.

SUPPLIES

  • 5–6 9–20 mm charms
  • 3–4 6–8 mm round beads
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) chain, 16–17 mm links
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) chain, 13–14 mm links
  • 8–10 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 1–3 14 mm jump rings
  • 6–7 mm jump ring
  • 15–17 mm lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters  

Charms in this project from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, firemountaingems.com. Chain from Michaels, michaels.com for store locations. Check your local bead store for supplies.


INSTRUCTIONS

Classic charm bracelet Step 1
1. Decide how long you want your bracelet to be and cut two pieces of chain to that length. On a head pin, string a 6–8 mm round bead. With the largest part of your roundnose pliers, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three or four round-bead units.
Classic charm bracelet Step 2
2. About 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the ends of the chains, attach a round-bead unit to a corresponding link on each chain. Complete the wraps. Attach the remaining round-bead units as desired.
Classic charm bracelet Step 3
3. Trim the head from a head pin and string a charm and an optional 14 mm jump ring. Make a set of wraps above the charm as for a top-drilled bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make five or six charm units.
Classic charm bracelet Step 4
4. Attach the charm units to the large-link chain as desired. Complete the wraps.
Classic charm bracelet Step 5
5. Open a 6–7 mm jump ring and attach an end link of each chain and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Attach a 14 mm jump ring to the other end of the chains.
MATCH OR MIS-MATCH, YOUR CHOICE
Hang mismatched charms from a bit of leftover chain as in steps 3 and 4 of the bracelet. Or, pick just one theme from your bracelet (perhaps eco-awareness) to make earrings.
Classic charm bracelet matching earrings
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