How to Make a Charm Bracelet
Fashion enthusiasts, this is for you. Charm bracelets are fun. You should have them at all times if you care about your looks. The good thing about charm bracelets is that you can make them all by yourself. Here is a guideline on how to go about making a charm bracelet for yourself.
- Materials needed
Before you kick start the process, choose a suitable working area where you get less disruption. The working table should be spacious and clear. Then have a checklist to ensure you have all the materials you intend to use. Here is a list of stuff you need to make a charm bracelet;
- Lobster claw clasp
- Jump Rings
- Customize the chain
It would be best if you customize the chain to fit into this procedure. A 10-inch chain will serve the purpose. You can cut this chain from an old necklace or recycle an old charm bracelet. If need be, you can purchase a jewelry chain from a craft store and tune it to for this purpose.
- Attach a lobster claw clasp
Once you have your 10-inch chain, it is important to attach Lobster claw clasp on one end with a jump ring.
- Hang the charms on your chain
Once done, it is time to hang charms on your bracelet. Using jewelry pliers, attach jump rings to the charms you intend to hang to your chain.
You must be asking yourself how to go about this. It is quite simple. Using needle-nose pliers open the jump ring crooked and not pry apart. This ensures that the normal shape of the jump ring is maintained. Once open slide in the charm.
Since the charm is on the jump ring, use your pliers to move it over the hoop of your bracelets. If you are completely satisfied with the direction the charm is facing, you may now want to close the jump ring. Press the ends of the jump ring together using the jewelry pliers.
If you have a number of charms to hang on your chain, keep repeating the process until you are through.
How to Make Charms Out Of Paper
The process of making charms using papers for your bracelet is easy and straightforward. You don’t need a special skill to make a charm out of a paper. Read through this subsection, and you will be up to the task.
- Materials needed
Most of the materials needed in this exercise are readily available and won’t cost you much. Here are the key materials you require to undertake the process;
- Plain card stock
- PVA glue
- Nose pliers
- Jump ring
- Decide on the design of the charm you want to make
Once you have decided on the design of the charm, sketch it on the charm pattern on the card stock. You will do that using a pencil. Explore your creativity and come up with something that appeals to your eyes.
You can borrow ideas from the internet just to make sure the pattern you choose is simple and unique. Avoid choosing complicated patterns as this will consume much of your time and may not be appealing. Sketch at least three identical charm patterns on the card stock. Once you’re through, cut them out using a pair of scissors.
- Decorate Your Charm
Decorate your charm using your favorite color. You will use markers of the colors of your choice. Do it gently to ensure the charm looks beautiful. There are numerous ways of decorating your charm. It narrows down to what you want. For example, you can paint charm with one color, let it say black or red. Then, using you is a pencil draw your favorite diagram. Try to be as creative as possible.
- Punch it
After that, identify the top side of your charm and punch it. This allows you to attach your charm to your bracelet or necklace.
- Attach the jump ring
Using nose pliers attach a jump ring to the charm. Do not close the ends of the jump ring. Once you have attached the ring to the necklace or bracelet you can now close the ends of the jump ring.
How to Make Charms Using Resin
To make charms with resin, here is a simple procedure on how to go about it. You must be creative when you want to make charms with resin.
What is required of you?
The materials you need to for you to make charms with renin are as follows;
- Hand gloves
- Nose mask
- Stir stix
- Clip art printed on a transparent sheet
- Resin molds for crafts
- Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner
- 1-ounce Reusable Mixing Cups
- A pair of scissors
Work in a well-ventilated room and make sure you have your hand gloves and face mask. This is because resin may cause allergies to your body. Never touch it with your bare hands.
Before you kick start the process of making charms, spray a light mist of Castin’ Craft molds release and conditioner in the wells of the mold. Wait for a few minutes for it to dry. Use a pair of scissors and cut out your preferred clip art from the transparent sheet.
Dealing with Resin
The medium contains both the resin and hardener. Both products are mixed in equal amounts that is 1:1 ratio. Therefore, measure 10 cc of resin and 10cc of the hardener. Pour the two liquids in a 1-ounce reusable mixing cup. Using the Stir stix, stir the solution the mixture for them to mix together.
- Filling the Resin
Well, depending on the design of the resin craft molds fill the resin in the wells to halfway. Remove any bubbles that may appear.
- Placement of the Clip Art
Place the pieces of clip art into wells that contain resin. Use the stir stix to make any adjustments. Also, press down the clip art to release any trapped bubbles. In case the clip art floats, use the stir stix to push it down.
Finally, allow the resin to dry as per the manufacturer’s direction. Avoid any temptations to touch the resin to check out whether it is dry. Fingerprints may mar the resin. Once dry, demold the resin by twisting the mold and gently removing the resin. Use sandpaper to smoothen the edges of the resin. Your resin charms are now finished. Congratulations.