Chains & Charms Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This gypsy boho charm bracelet combines several strands of chain with a mix of rustic charms.

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you sell this style of bracelets, you could pre-make the multi-chain part of this project, and then let customers choose the charms for you to add to the chains.

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Several strands of chain, each the same length as your wrist measurement. (I used four strands of base-metal chain.)
  • A collection of charms, coins, mini-pendants, or whatever you’d like to hang on the chains. (I used four manufactured charms plus a locket, an antique donut-shaped coin from India, a flower textured mini-tag, and a hand stamped mini-tag.)
  • Jump rings for your charms.
  • Two large jump rings for the ends of the bracelet.
  • One clasp.
  • Pliers for opening and closing jump rings – flat nose or chain nose.

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make a
Chains and Charms Bracelet:

Cut your chains so that each is the same length as your wrist measurement:

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Choose a handful of charms, tags, mini-pendants, keys, coins, or whatever you wish:

Assortment of charms for Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Set out your two large jump rings for your bracelet ends.

(If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tip for opening and closing jump rings.)

Jump rings for Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lay out your chains, side by side, with links at each end lined up neatly:

Chains for Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread one end of your chains onto one of your large jump rings:

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then thread the other end of your chains onto your other large jump ring. Your bracelet should now look something like this:

Chain bracelet for Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now set out your smaller jump rings for your charms:

Jump rings for Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Note: As you attach your charms to the chains, thread each jump ring through links in two adjacent strands of chain, instead of through just one strand.

That way the chains will be anchored side-by-side, instead of separating, flopping, and tangling when the bracelet is worn.

Choose the charm you want to have in the center of your bracelet. Attach it at the midpoint of your bracelet, with the jump ring threaded through the two center strands of chain:

Making the Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Add the charms you want to have on each side of your center charm.

Thread the jump ring of one charm through the top two strands of chain.

Thread the jump ring of the other charm through the bottom two strands of chain:

Adding charms - Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue adding charms, working outward toward the ends of your bracelet, until you’ve added all the charms you wish:

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now attach your clasp to one end of your bracelet:

Add a clasp - Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And now your bracelet is finished:

Finished Add a clasp - Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The clasp in action when the bracelet is fastened:

Clasp - Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I like having the charms and clasp contrasting with the chains.

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Although I used four strands of chain in the charm bracelet here, you can use more than that – and you might even want to mix different kinds of chain instead of using all one kind.

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You could even splice small lengths of leftover chain together to create your strands.

Or if you’re a chain maille enthusiast, you could make your own chains from scratch! :)

Chains and Charms Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Although the photos above are all bracelets, you could also use longer chains to create a chains and charms necklace!

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Comments

  1. I never thought of doing multi strands of chain for a charm bracelet. That’s a good idea! And then going through 2 strands with a charm to hold them in place better.

  2. Wanda says:

    What a great idea! I have a couple of craft shows coming up and I was trying to come up with new ideas for bracelets. I’m going to try this and see how it works out. Thanks Rena!

  3. Fantastic idea! You could even mix the chain finishes, gold and silver or silver and black.
    Last year while on a cruise I collected the free charms that we were given coupons for at each port. They came with a lobster claw clasp so all you had to do was snap it on to the chain. I now do this with all my charms making it simple to add or change them as needed.
    My customers really like the added convenience.

  4. Love this.. really interesting. I think I’ll give it a try. I love the old skeleton key.

  5. love this, pinned and thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays

  6. Oh my this is so pretty! I would love to have one! Love jewelry….and who doesn’t right? Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  7. JaneEllen says:

    Love your bracelet, the rusticity or industrial look really captured me attention, lots of others I noticed from your comments. I found you thru Make the scene Monday and I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. Look forward to seeing what else you do. Love your style and ideas.

  8. So cute! I really love the aged pieces, very cool looking.

  9. Love the multiple strands of chain on this. Have a bunch of charms in my stash that I can’t wait to use for a project like this! Pinning.

  10. What a neat bracelet. I love the look. I’m sure it jingles, too. Fun! I’m tweeting and pinning this. Have a lovely day!

  11. Cute bracelet! I really like the charms, especially the key and lock. Great tutorial!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday

  12. I love the tip about putting the jump ring though multiple chains. This bracelet is really cool!
    ~Kelsy

  13. I love it! So pretty, I think even I could make this lol. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week.

  14. Super cute project! Love it and all details!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  15. This is really cute and would be so much fun to personalize!

    Linda

  16. Love this. In fact, I think I might be able to make it with the help of your directions. Thanks, Rena! Linda

  17. Love it! Thanks for sharing on What Are You Doing?

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your charming bracelet with Saturday Spotlight.
    Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon!

    April
    Angels Homestead

  19. Great tutorial. My teen daughter would love this bracelet. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  20. So cute and creative thank you for sharing at One More Time…

  21. I really like this! I am visiting from Raising Imperfection and I”m so glad I followed over! I am new to jewelry making and have been looking for tutorials and help! Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ll be following you!

  22. Turned out super cute!! I love it. Love the keys.
    Shawna

  23. Oh my goodness how I adore this! Such a cool way to personalize with all your fav things!

  24. I absolutely love these charms!

  25. Judy Gilliland says:

    Love the bracelet. Do you mind me asking where you purchased your chain and the size of chain?

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