How to make a charm bracelet
2 closure techniques for self-made bracelets: slide closure and metal closure
2 different bracelets closures
1. Slide fastener for bracelets
This technique is particularly suitable for flexible material such as a nylon cord and is great because putting on the bracelet is child's play with this clasp.
- First you put the protruding ends of the bracelet parallel to each other.
- You start with one end of the cord that is placed over the other cord.
- The end is brought back up behind both cords.
- Then the end of the cord is passed back down through the loop. You don't want to overtighten the knot just yet.
- The whole thing is repeated on the other side, then you have to adjust the length of the bracelet by moving the knots.
- Once the perfect length has been reached, the knots can be tightened nicely. It is best to use pliers to help you exert a greater force. Now the ends have to be shortened. Tip: I put a dollop of jewelry glue on the ends so that they don't fray.
Here you can find instructions for a macrame slide fastener >>>
2. Attach metal clasps to bracelets
I like to use these bracelet clasps for coarser versions like the fishtail bracelet made of leather. But of course that's a matter of taste. Metal closures are available in all imaginable sizes, colors and variations. For example, there are small gallions or pinch closures, like the one I use here.
- For this type of fastener you need the following material: 2 pinch fasteners, 3 connecting rings, 1 fastener and 1 extension chain. You also need two jewelry pliers, scissors and, optionally, jewelry glue.
- First you have to choose the right clasp size for the bracelet and then place the clasp over the end of the bracelet. Tip: I like to dab some jewelry glue on the end of the bracelet so that the whole thing has additional hold.
- Now you can squeeze the metal fastener with your fingers.
- Now you take a pair of flat-nose pliers without grooves in order to be able to press the closure properly.
- The connecting rings can usually be bent open relatively easily with two jewelry pliers.
- On one side you first attach a connecting ring to the bending clasp, then another and then the lobster clasp. A jump ring is attached to the other end, followed by the extension chain.
These bracelets clasps are particularly suitable if they are to be a homemade gift and you do not know the exact arm circumference of the recipient.
In addition to these variants, there are many other fastening techniques for bracelets. They always have to be well coordinated with the bracelet and the respective knotting or tying technique so that the whole thing gets a high-quality touch. It's best to try a few different locking techniques to find your personal favorite.
You can find out how to tie the fishtail bracelet here.
Have fun doing it yourself!
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