So this is what happens when you’ve got vintage what-nots and a few jewelry supplies lying around.
DIY Cuff Bracelet – Egyptian Style
Not your typical handmade item, this DIY Cuff bracelet is very easy and inexpensive to make.
What you’ll need:
- 4-5 crystal beads (with holes that go through the top to the bottom)
- 4-5 ornate brass head pins
- 6-7 brass jump rings
- 2 fairly thick pieces of broken brass chain (from a necklace)
- a strip of ornate brass banding trim (you can get it at any stained glass supply shop)
You’ll also need
- tin snips (to cut the brass strip)
- a metal file (to smooth the rough edges of the brass banding trim after you cut it to size)
- wire clippers (to cut any excess metal from the eye pins)
- needle nose pliers (to form a small loop with the eye pin)
- a sharpie marker
To Make It:
Build the Base of the DIY Cuff Bracelet
- Wrap a strip of brass banding trim around your wrist (or ankle) and mark where you want to cut with a sharpie marker. You want to leave enough space to slip it onto your wrist easily but not so much that it will fall off. I gave mine about an inch and a half or so.
- Cut the trim with a pair of tin snips.
- File the rough edges with a metal file.
- Bend and shape the trim around your wrist so that the opening sets in the center of the back of your wrist.
Add Chain to the DIY Cuff Bracelet
- String a small strip of a broken chain onto a jump ring and attach to one end of the brass strip.
- String the other end of the broken chain onto another jump ring and attach towards the front of the brass strip.
- Repeat with the second piece of broken chain. But attach it to the opposite end of the brass strip.
- Then cross over the first piece of broken chain to attach it to the front part of the strip.
Add the Crystal Drops to the DIY Cuff Bracelet
- String a crystal bead onto an ornate eye pin, so that the bottom of the bead and the ornate portion of the eye pin form the bottom of the crystal drop.
- Use the needle nose pliers to create a loop with the eye pin, at the top of the bead.
- Use the wire cutter to cut away any excess metal.
- Use the loop to attach the crystal to the brass trim using a jump ring.
- Repeat for the remaining beads.
NOTE: You might also want to consider making one as an anklet.
If you have any questions let me know in the comment section below :-)