A few months ago I ordered some jewelry-making supplies from a new Etsy shop, Geometric Land. Jewelry making projects are some of my favorite because when I’m done I get to wear them! And while I’ve been thinking about what to do with these supplies forever, it wasn’t until today that I got to work.
My original plan was to add some color using a few different colors of blue paint. First, though, I needed to choose a chain. I had a thinner more antique chain from Michael’s or a thicker chain that came from Fire Mountain Gems. I tried the Michael’s chain first and could have just stopped there. I think the simple shape of the bead is beautiful and it looks great just like that.
But I didn’t stop there, because I then I wondered how the brass tube would look threaded on some metallic leather cord.
Yeah, pretty awesome. I finished of this simple bracelet by tying a knot at the tail end and adding a jump ring and cinching tight around both cords near the looped end.
So easy I could make hundreds of these in an afternoon. To wear, just push the knot through the loop.
But I still had plans for a chain bracelet with colorful stripes so I went back to work.
I painted a different color block design on each of three brass tubes.
This time I used acrylic paint (and then sealed with with a clear sealant) but I would recommend that you use nailpolish. It will last longer and have a nice glossy enamel finish.
After all of the pieces have been painted, let them dry.
Then add the chain.
And this is the finished bracelet. But I kept thinking that it would also make a great necklace, so I cut a length of chain to use as an extender and attached another clasp to one end.
Now it can be worn as a necklace and a bracelet.