How to Make a Chain Link Bracelet

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Chain link bracelets are classic accessories you can add to spruce up any wardrobe. Worn as a staple in the 1980s, chain link bracelets are fun and easy to make. The actual jump rings needed to make the bracelet are affordable and stylish.

Things You'll Need

  • 20-pack of (5 mm) gold triple blend (gold, silver copper) jump rings
  • Pack of (8 mm) silver jump rings
  • Pack of gold (8mm) jump rings
  • Pack of copper (8mm) jump rings
  • Needle nose pliers
  • 1 gold, copper, or silver tone toggle clasp (not round)
  • Ruler
  • Purchase your jump rings from a local craft store such as Michael's, or order them online from www.artfire.com. You can buy a 20-pack of gold triple blend 5 mm jump rings for approximately $3. Consider buying an assorted pack of copper, gold, and silver-tone 8 mm jump rings which can cost under $6 dollars per pack. You can also purchase a small pair of needle nose pliers at the craft store.

  • Place each jump ring next to the other, starting with a gold 8 mm jump ring. Place the small 5 mm gold triple blend jump ring next to it. Then, lay a copper 8 mm jump ring next to the 5 mm gold triple blend jump ring. Next, add a silver 8 mm jump ring, then add another 5 mm gold triple blend jump ring next to that. Repeat these steps, alternating the silver, copper, and gold 8 mm jump rings until you have 7 to 8 inches in length of rings for linking.

  • Begin with the first jump ring (gold 8 mm) and open up each jump ring with the pliers. Be careful not to pull apart and damage the jump rings when opening them.

  • Link each jump ring to the adjacent ring, then use the needle nose pliers to clasp each ring together securely.

  • Attach the bar-shaped toggle clasp to the end of the last 8 mm jump ring and close firmly with the pliers. Insert the toggle clasp into any one of the 8 mm jump rings to close the bracelet around your wrist.

  • Inspect bracelet to ensure every jump ring is securely pressed together prior to wearing. If any jump rings are loose, use the pliers to tighten the ring.

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