I am interested in making a charm bracelet for my daughter who has extremely small wrists. So, it is difficult to find a base bracelet that works for her. I was wondering if anyone has made their own starting with bulk snake chain, cutting it, soldering the end caps, etc....?
don't why that can't be done. The only thing is you have to make sure that one end is removeable in order to be able to add the beads. you could put a jump ring, clasp another jumpring and another clasp with the two clasps facing different directions. Make sure the jump ring soildered to the chain is small enough for the beads to slide over it. That would be the end with the two clasps, make the other soidiered jump ring a regural size for the lobster clasp to hook into.
It doesn't even have to be a snake chain, unless it absolutely HAS to look like a Pandora. Just about any chain that the beads will fit over will work. If the bracelet's completely filled with beads, what the base chain actually is won't matter.
My personal opinion is that doing it yourself is pretty labor intensive - especially if you are only doing one bracelet. But, then again, we do crazy things for our daughters, don't we?
You will have to use sterling silver chain to solder - if you use plated chain, the coating will melt off before the base metal.
Thanks for the advice. I will give it a try. :)
Annie I made two of them so far but I bought bracelets from Beadaholique. They come in many sizes there in sterling. You will need to go up about 1" in size than what your daughter typically wears to account for the larger beads. That is one of them that I made.
Chains at Beadaholique range from 6.5" up to 8.5" and don't forget- you can also use leather instead of the chain!
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That is beautiful. I will have to check out that site
Your bracelet is beautiful. Are those two silver stopper beads? Which ones did you order? I ordered stopper beads, but they were too large and didn't work. Thanks for any advice. Kate
You can get stopper beads that have an "O" ring inside that rubs against the chain so things stay in place. My LBS carries them.
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Just thought of something else. I do lots of Viking knit, and it would be easy to make the bracelet part using 28ga wire.