Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY ~ Suede n Chain Bracelet

Hi lovelies!  With the long weekend ahead of us, I thought I'd share a quick and easy DIY you can do with the extra time!  Better yet, load up on supplies and bring them to that BBQ, a sure hit!  {Click to keep reading!}

You'll need:

  • Suede cord (I picked up this package at Michael's)
  • Chain (this fab matte gold I found at Michael's)
  • 2 jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Clamps
  • Super glue
  • (not pictured) jewelry pliers, scissors, end cap, eyepin

Cut about 6.5" of chain, and about 14" of suede cord, I chose this fabulous periwinkle color!  Weave your cord through the chain in an over / under fashion, ensuring to keep the links and the cord straight.

This is what it should look like.

Trim each end so the suede is about 1" longer than the chain.

Thread the jump ring onto the excess suede, apply super glue to the inside of the piece of suede, and fold it over on top of the woven suede, as shown above.  Repeat on the other side.

Use a clamp of some sort to hold the suede down in place for about 10 minutes.  While the glue is drying, you could make a quick tassel!  I cut six 1" pieces of suede cord, superglued them into an end cap, and inserted an eye pin through the hole in the end cap.  Then I let that dry for about 10 minutes.

Open the jump ring on one end and add the tassel and lobster clasp.

That's it!  This is such an easy project, it took less than a half hour, including drying time!  The customization options are endless, use a different color chain, use different color suede cord, or you could use some fabric scraps, ribbon, rope, etc!

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