I want to tell you how to make this elegant chain bracelet step by step. It is not difficult at all. It requires only a few materials, patience and desire to differ from others. Personally, I like it very much, as it is very individual and multi-variant. Now, I will explain how to create the basis of the bracelet, starting from which you can experiment.
You can make this one.
And this is another bracelet, but it was made using the same technique.
But first let's have a look at the tools you will need for this particular project As an example I want to show you the way I’ve organized the tools in my workplace.
So, we need:
Round nose pliers
Bent-nose pliers with curved ends
Chain, about 1 meter
Pins with a loop
Before we start making a bracelet step by step, I want to say a few words about the materials that we will use, and also explain some specific necessary skills.
There exist a huge number of all kinds of chains for any taste and purpose. For a bracelet, you need a chain of the type shown in the picture. The weaving of this chain is called anchor. The bigger are the links, the larger the bracelet will be. Choose the color to your taste, but whatever color you choose, select the other components in the same color.
Clasps come in a variety of shapes. No advice will help here. It’s up to you to decide what you like best, which is more convenient and what will not irritate you. Pay attention to the magnetic clasps, they are very convenient when opening and closing.
In general, there are two types of pins: the ones with a ringlet on the end for linking with the next element, and the others with a hat or ball on the end.
Also, there are many decorative types. Usually, the pins are selected to match the color of the piece of jewelry.
Bend the pin at an angle of 90 degrees. Use wire cutters to cut approximately 9-9.5 mm off. Rotate your wrist, help yourself with your thumb, and twirl the loop. Continue to twist the wire until you get a nice round loop. Adjust the position of the loop along the main axis of the pin.
Well, now you got the loop. I advise you practice it several times.
Now, let’s proceed directly to the bracelet making process. The bracelet in the first drawing consists of 9 rows, but if you want to make a wider bracelet - increase the number of rows.
Prepare 3 rows of a chain. The length of the row is equal to the volume of your hand (about 9 cm). To do this, it is necessary to separate 3 fragments from the purchased one-meter chain. Enter the pliers or round-nosed pliers into the needed link and slowly move the handles of the pliers. The link will get parted. Now, disconnect the parts of the chain.
Connect two parallel rows with a single link. In the same way, connect one more row according to the following scheme
I recommend periodically checking the basis while assembling, comparing it to the scheme. Sometimes, inattention may lead to the wrong joining of the links, and we have to disconnect and reconnect them all over again. But this is fixable.
Joining the clasp is a crucial moment. The fastener should be thoroughly attached. It should not open and interfere with movements. Note, at the end of each row we should leave a free ring. It has to be attached to the clasp.
And now, select the matching connecting rings for the bracelet clasp.
Do not stretch the ends of the connecting rings along the axis in different directions from each other.
Even if you open the ring without damage, you won’t be able to give it its previous shape.
To open the ring, do the following: press one end with the pliers, and pull the other end to yourself or from yourself.
Thus, you open the ring by pushing the ends perpendicular to the axis in different directions.
Then, when closed, the ring will take the same shape and be flat.
You have two ways to close the ring: either squeeze both ends of the ring together with round-bends, or use a pair of pliers. That will help to make the ends close in the shape of the ring.
The picture shows how an already attached fastener looks like. Repeat the process of connecting the fastener on the other side of the bracelet.
In pictures 1 and 2 in the beginning of the article there is a bracelet decorated with brown bi-cones by Swarovski.
Through equal intervals there are inserted pins, which are rigidity ribs and part of the design at the same time. Pay attention for the beads not to protrude above the surface. You can insert decorative elements into the rings on the pins. In the first place, it's simply beautiful, and secondly, a small pear-shaped bead does not allow the pin to pop out of the base.
The small flower-shaped elements on our brown bracelet are attached by connecting rings directly to the base and give the bracelet completeness.
In order to understand what the protruding beads mean, look at the picture. You see that red beads protrude above the surface of the base. This means that the beads are matched by the wrong size.
They are bigger than they have to be. Such a bracelet will not be flexible and bend around the arm. The same happens with beads which are too small. They will fall into the gaps, they won’t be visible and all beauty is lost.
Pay attention to the beads of green color. They have the right size. The size of the bead directly depends on the size of the chain.
Well, that's it. I hope everything is clear. If something is not clear or there are any questions – don’t hesitate to contact me.
There is no greater pleasure than teaching like-minded people.
Wish you all the best,