Whether you wear sandals, boat shoes, flip-flops or go barefoot: your ankles get their opportunity to strut their stuff in the summer. I love the look of a simple anklet. It’s feminine and sweet – yet beachy – all at the same time. What’s even better is that anklets are VERY easy to make. You can choose a few different connectors and beads and have multiple anklets to sport all summer.
- Connector Charm (I Chose The Bow)
- A Length of Chain (Big Enough to Circle Your Ankle)
- 4 Jump Rings
- Bead (I Chose Turquoise)
- Head Pin
- Clasp Set
- Flat Nose Pliers (Two Sets)
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
I chose this bow connector for my anklet because I am loving bows these days. Not only are they huge right now – think Kate Spade and her jewelry line – but it’s simple enough to be match with nearly any other accessory or outfit.
The first step is to create the charm with the bead. Slip a headpin through the bead and then with your pliers, make a 45 degree “kink” about a quarter of an inch away from the bead. Using the round-nosed pliers, create a loop above the bead.
Using your wire cutters, trim off any excess headpin – and admire your handiwork! You’ve made a charm!
Connect the charm to the connector using a jump ring. Open and close the jump ring with two sets of flat nosed pliers, as opposed to your hands. You will get a much tighter close on the ends by using the pliers.
Use jump rings to attach either end of the clasp set to the length of chain. You will want the anklet to fit loosely around your ankle (as you don’t want the chain to snap if you flex your leg), but not so loose that it looks sloppy. Use another jump ring to attach the connector and charm to the middle of the chain. And you’re finished! You’re ready to wear a little bling with your flip flops!