Creating a beautiful Christmas charm bracelet is second nature to my friend, Saundra, who owns a successful business where she sells her unique creations.
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Demand is always high for her jewelry, but never more so than at Christmas.
She recently shared with me that she would be making a two-sided charm bracelet for a friend.
Intrigued, I asked her how she did it.
Now that I know, I’ll tell you!
Charm Bracelet Materials:
There are various items you need to purchase for this charm bracelet. They are:
• 7 – 71/2″ chain large enough to hold charms of your choice
• Toggle clasp (small or medium-sized)
•12 – 15 Christmas charms (Be sure to add some charms that are enameled for color!)
•50 heavy duty head pins
•Assorted small to medium beads in red, green, white, pearl, or crystal (These are the beads you will put on your head pins, and they are optional.)
•2 large split rings to attach your toggle to your chain
•40 – 50 heavy gauge jump rings to attach your charms
•Round nose pliers (This tool is used to make a loop for beads on head pins.)
•Flush-cutters (This tool is used to trim head pins and eye pins.)
•Split Ring Opening Pliers
•Third Arm Jewelry Tool (This tool is optional, but makes it easier to add the charms.
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Charm Bracelet Construction Method:
First, decide whether you are making a one-sided or two-sided bracelet.
Then, cut your chain to size, after measuring your wrist. Cut your chain with wire cutters or simply open the links.
Use the split ring opener to open and slide circle toggle into split ring. Do the same to the other end.
Try the bracelet on to make sure you leave enough room for the bracelet to slide slightly on your arm.
Next, line up your charms on a piece of paper towel.
Construct your head pin charms; two beads of different sizes work well.
You will now need to wrap the top of your head pins. Go to YouTube and look for a video showing you how to do this; that way, you can stop and start the video as needed.
Lay your bracelet on the paper towel and add the charms, using the Third Arm tool.
Take your time and have fun! Add large charms first, skipping every other link.
Once that is done, add the smaller charms to accent the larger charms.
Now, you know how to make unique charm bracelets to give as gifts, sell at craft fairs, or keep for yourself!
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