September 20, 2011

Chain, chain, chain... DIY Dannijo Cuff

Every so often, I like to pull out all the jewelry I don't wear, but still hang on to. It's usually divided into two categories: the keep collection (vintage and antique jewelry from grandmothers and great-grandmothers) and the junk pile. As a certified hoarder (just not TLC reality show status hoarder), I can't toss the junk pile jewels, but love to reinterpret what I've got. Here's a perfect example.

The inspiration: Dannijo's mishmashed cuffs, like the Glenn, below.

Recreating this melange of metal chain was a piece of cake with all the broken jewelry in the junk pile. 

Tools and Materials:
A base cuff (from my jewelry box)
Pliers, including one that can cut through chain
Super glue, like E-6000
Paper plate, or any disposable surface for the glue
Broken jewelry, old chains, scraps of chain from leftover projects.
Paste jewelry (I wanted to have a base layer with some sparkle, like the Sabelle bracelet, which allowed me to use up my mate-less costume jewelry earrings)

First, I used my pliers to break or snip off the backs from the earrings.

Squeeze a little glue onto the plate. It's smelly, so be sure if you use it to be in a well-ventilated area. Get only a little bit of glue out before adding each piece-- if it sits out for even a few minutes it will get gummy and difficult to work with.

I used the toothpick to put glue on the bracelet, and began attaching the costume jewelry first. 

Next, came the chain. I cut sections of chain as I went, and experimented with different placements before I glued.

After my short pieces of chain were attached, I took a long chain, glued one end near the cuff's end, and began wrapping the chain around the cuff. I glued the chain down near the top and bottom edges of the cuff.

Now, the hardest part. DO NOT TOUCH. Once I began fidgeting with it after everything was glued down, things began to come undone. The glue has to dry overnight to stay secure.


  1. This is so awesome!! I love it!!! (Going to share on my Facebook page.)

  2. This is too cute. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog!

  3. Anonymous8:59 AM

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! and i'm so glad i'm one of the lucky few who reaps the benefits!


  4. wow this is amazing, nicer and more unique than the expensive original!
    thank you for sharing!
    faye xo

  5. Great job!


  6. Anonymous12:07 PM


    XO Sahra

  7. This is so AMAZING! I love it! It looks so good - and not like you made it at all. It seems like a good idea if you have loads of jewellery lying around. Where can you get base cuffs from?


  8. @Safira-- I'd browse flea markets and craft stores. When all else fails, try Etsy!!

  9. Amazing tutorial!

  10. this is a fantastic tutorial! I will definitely be making this, I'll let you know when I do! I'm following you now=]

  11. Love this Idea.. Beautiful!!!

  12. Jenna4:44 PM

    I think yours is better than the original.

  13. I haven't seen these one and I adore it!!! love Dannijo so much so this bracelet is gonna be a must do for me!

    xoxo Julieta


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