I love handmade jewelry. I especially love handmade jewelry that’s fun and easy to create! And since it’s a new year, it’s the perfect time to try a new look! I’ve seen these little wrapped bracelets wandering all over the internet, and I wanted to create my own with a little personalized charm. Here’s a simple how-to so you can make your own!
Figure out the length you’d like your bracelet to be. Loosely wrap the ball chain necklace around your wrist twice. Hold your finger on the measured point, and use a tape measure to find the length. This measurement will help you figure out the length you need for the Latigo Lace. Double your ball chain length and add 2 inches.
Example: My ball chain measurement was 16 inches. 16 x 2 is 32, plus 2 inches = I cut my Latigo Lace to 34 inches.
Fold the Latigo Lace in half. On the looped/folded end of the Latigo Lace, use a piece of embroidery floss to tie the loop in place (the loop should be ½ inch from the tied spot to the top).
Grab your embroidery floss and ball chain necklace. Place the clasp end of the ball chain necklace into the tied loop on the Latigo Lace and secure the ball chain necklace to the Latigo Lace.
TIP #1: Do a quick size-test-run. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist twice and if the bracelet is too long, unwrap the embroidery floss a bit and trim the Latigo Lace at the new desired length. Sometimes all the tight wrapping on the bracelet can make the finished piece longer than expected.
Time to start wrapping! Bring your embroidery floss over and in between two balls. Bring the embroidery floss around and under the Latigo lace. AND REPEAT. Over and over until you reach the end of your measured Latigo Lace.
Note: I did a double wrap in between each ball, but you can do a single wrap. I just thought it looked more colorful with the double wrap.
TIP #1: I recommend spacing-out and relaxing while wrapping your bracelet. Watch a good movie. It won’t take too long to wrap, but it’s sort of relaxing. Maybe you could make multiple?
Tie the end of the embroidery floss to the end of your bracelet. A quick way to do this is split the end of the embroidery floss in two, wrap the pieces around the bracelet and knot.
Use your wire nipper to cut the ball chain necklace at the end of your wrapped bracelet. You need about 3 balls at the end to fit into the ball chain clasp.
Now that your bracelet is finished, let’s customize it! I’ve provided a free print out for you to use and make charms for the bracelet. It’s really easy and fun to do. Let’s get started. Print out the page I provided and pick a design, OR you can make your own design. All of these designs will shrink to about 20% of the original size with the shrink film.
Place a piece of the Grafix Shrink Film over the shape/word you’d like to use. Use the permanent marker to trace the shape and let the ink dry for about 5 minutes.
TIP #2: When the black ink is dry, try adding some color with sharpies! I think a red heart would be cute. You could even trace the shapes with a colored sharpie.
Use a hole punch to cut a hole right next to the traced word/shape. Use scissors to cut out the piece, leaving a small bit of plastic space between the word and hole.
Time to bake the charms.
First, I recommend reading the directions for your shrink film to find the set up for the oven, baking sheet, parchment paper and cooking time. My instructions had me set my oven to 300 – 350 degrees and place a piece of parchment on the baking sheet. Put the charms on the parchment paper and place ANOTHER piece of parchment over the charms. Bake for 2 - 3 minutes. Take out and let cool. I did a quick test run and found that 330 degrees + just over 2 minutes works best for my oven. See what works best for you.
When the charms are cool enough to handle, slip a jump ring through the charm’s hole. Link the charm onto the looped end of the Latigo Lace on your bracelet. And you’re done!
TIP #3: If you want to make another, try making a quadruple wrapped bracelet! All you need to do is attach the clasp of one ball chain necklace, to another. Repeat all the steps above! You could even try out 2 colors of embroidery floss. Just skip a ball in the wrapping process with one color, and wrap the other color in between the skipped balls.
This little bracelet is a perfect gift, or keep it for yourself…. I won’t judge. Hee. My red wrapped bracelet is a gift for a friend.
As always, I would love to see if you make this project yourself. Just share it in our Idea Exchange! Share any tips/tricks/customizations you make!