As I mentioned a week or so ago, I felt the all-consuming DIY compulsion to make this Matthew Williamson bracelet, shown to me by my younger sister. As luck would have it, I had all the supplies, so it was a perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon crafting. (Arts and crafts for me, Star Craft for B. Everyone has their hobbies...)
(left image via)
It's pretty simple and repetitive, once you get into a rhythm, so don't let all the step-by-step photos overwhelm you. Also, one of my favorite parts of this project is that is very customizable. And shall I just mention this was less than $10 in materials, compared to the hefty 175 pounds (about $275) price tag? Keep reading for the how-to and different ways you can interpret the bracelet.
Tools and Materials:
Curb chain (enough to go around your wrist)
Pom-pom trim (same length as chain)
Jump rings (10-20)
Thin cord (I used approximately 62 inches)
Begin by creating a chain sinnet, with loops a similar size to the links of your chain. This chain sinnet tutorial is an excellent step-by-step. Make the cord chain as long as your metal chain.
To finish, pull the loose end of the loop through.
Next, thread the longer, loose end through the first link of the metal chain, then back into the next loop down of the cord chain.
Bring the loose end of the cord back around and up and into the next link of the metal chain. Then, thread it down into the next loop of the chain cord. Repeat with all the links of the metal chain. If you find that you have more loops in the cord than links, it's easy to undo a few until you have an equal number of loops and links.
Knot both ends of the cord through the last link.
Use pliers and jump rings to attach a clasp to both ends of the bracelet.
You certainly could stop here with the bracelet-- I really like the cord and chain look. Maybe add another color cord to the other side of the chain for some extra color?
Line up the pom-pom trim with the bracelet, and trim if necessary. You can keep the ends of the trim from fraying with Fray Check or by fusing with a lighter.
Open up the jump rings with pliers, then push one end of a ring through the trim. Close the ring back around the chain. Repeat with other jump rings. I used about 10, connecting the trim to every other link of the chain.
Another idea: this could make a really cool necklace if you extended the chain so it was long enough to reach around your neck.
Once all the rings are in place, you're finished! I'm quite pleased with the result, and love that this can be interpreted so many ways, like without the pom-poms, with them, or as a necklace.