How to Make Your Own Upper Arm Armlet

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Upper arm jewelry adds an extra dash of bling to a simple summer outfit or a more formal dress, and they are much easier to make than they look. Whether you go for the bangle, the cuff or the beaded variety, you can make several of these to accent your wardrobe.

Chains and Beads

Stack these stretchy bands or wear them separately for a new look every day. Glass crystal beads add bling to your armlet, but you can also use gemstones.

Things You'll Need

  • Stretch beading cord
  • Scissors
  • Link-style chain -- 5 inches
  • Side cutters
  • Beads
  • Jewelers' glue or clear nail polish

Step 1

Cut three pieces of cord that are 1 1/2 times the measurement around the part of your arm on which you’ll wear the armlet. Cut the chain in half to make two pieces that are the same size.

Step 2

Fill one cord length with the beads of your choice. Tie the ends in a double knot and add a dot of glue or nail polish on the knot to secure it. Repeat with a second cord.

Step 3

Add beads to fill the third cord about one-third full. Slide the end link of one of the pieces of chain onto the cord. Add four beads and then slip the other end of the chain on the cord to make a loop.

Step 4

Place four more beads and the second chain on the cord in the same way before filling the rest of the cord with beads and tying the ends. Add the glue to the knot.

Step 5

To wear your new armlet, put the two plain beaded bracelets on top of the chained one.

Memory Wire and Beads

Memory wire holds its circular shape, so it wraps easily around your arm.

Things You'll Need

  • Memory wire
  • Memory wire cutters
  • Beads
  • Memory wire end caps
  • Jewelers' glue

Tip

  • Use wire cutters made for the memory wire, as regular side cutters can be damaged by the specialty wire.

Step 1

Cut wire the length that makes an armlet of the length you want. Wrap it around your arm to check it.

Step 2

Glue a cap bead on one end of the wire so the beads don’t fall off while you’re working.

Step 3

Add as many or as few beads as desired to the wire before adding the cap bead to the other end with a dot of glue.

Wired Spiral

This style is one of the simplest to make.

Things You'll Need

  • 12- or 14-gauge dead-soft jewelry wire
  • Mandrel
  • Rawhide hammer
  • Jewelers' anvil
  • Jewelry punch or awl
  • Metal nail file
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 headpins
  • Beads
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Side cutters

Step 1

Cut a piece of wire that is 2 1/2 times the measurement of your upper arm.

Step 2

Place the center of the wire on the mandrel and bend the wire around the mandrel to shape it. Use the rawhide hammer to help with the shaping, as needed.

Step 3

Remove the wire from the mandrel and place one end on the anvil. Use the hammer to flatten about 1 inch of the wire on each end.

Step 4

Your armlet is ready to wear now, but you can add a little texture by punching a hole in the flattened sections of the armlet and filing the edges of the holes with the metal nail file.

Step 5

Add beads to the headpin and make a simple or wrapped loop before cutting away the excess length.

Step 6

Open the jump rings, add the beaded dangles and slip the rings into the holes you punched in the bracelet. Close the rings.

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