Hey guys! Adrianne here with you today to give you some easy jewelry inspiration, and show you how to make the magic braid – which lets you wear layered DIY bracelets two ways! This faux-suede studded cord is perfect for this jewelry project because it comes in several colors, and it’s soft on your wrist. It only requires a couple of supplies, and you can make up a bracelet in about five minutes!
- Studded Suede Cord (I used aqua and hot pink)
- Crimp-on Ribbon Ends
- 6mm Jump Rings
- Lobster Clasp
- Jewelry Pliers
Now, a quick note. The ribbon end sets I used do come with a toggle clasp, and you can use it! I prefer lobster clasps because they close more securely, and since I think they do a better job, that’s what I’m going to recommend to you. But, if you don’t want to get the extra component, it’s optional.
Now – on to the DIY bracelets! To begin, cut three lengths of cord approximately 7.5 inches long. This will fit an average wrist. If your wrist is a bit smaller or larger than average, make your length adjustments here. Hold all 3 cords side-by-side with the studded side facing you, and crimp a ribbon end onto all three cords using your jewelry pliers. You don’t even need glue – the teeth on the ribbon end grip the cord securely.
Next, twist open a jump ring and attach it to one end of the bracelet, twisting it closed again with your pliers. On the other end, add the lobster clasp before closing it.
But you can also braid it – yes, even after you have finished the ends! It’s called the magic braid, and I’ve put together a 2-minute video to show you how to accomplish it. You can even un-braid it when you’re done, so you can always wear these DIY bracelets 2 ways!
If you’re feeling really sassy, you can even braid two DIY bracelets together! Just stack one on top of the other when you make your magic braid. It’s a lot of versatility for such a simple bracelet design.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).