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

DIY Cuff Bracelet - Egyptian Style with Drop Crystals and Chain

To Make It:

Build the Base of the DIY Cuff Bracelet

  1. 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.
  2. Cut the trim with a pair of tin snips.
  3. File the rough edges with a metal file.
  4. 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

  1. String a small strip of a broken chain onto a jump ring and attach to one end of the brass strip.
  2. String the other end of the broken chain onto another jump ring and attach towards the front of the brass strip.
  3. Repeat with the second piece of broken chain. But attach it to the opposite end of the brass strip.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Use the needle nose pliers to create a loop with the eye pin, at the top of the bead.
  3. Use the wire cutter to cut away any excess metal.
  4. Use the loop to attach the crystal to the brass trim using a jump ring.
  5. Repeat for the remaining beads.

DIY Cuff Bracelet - Egyptian Style made with a bit of brass banding & a few broken jewelry parts. Super easy to do. Would even make a cute anklet if you prefer.

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 :-)