Jewelry DIY: Silk x Chain Braid Bracelet / Necklace

Posted on June 7, 2012

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Hello!~ Hope everyone is having a great day! I generally keep my posts focused on beauty, but Pretty Gossip (as the tagline reads) is about “all things that help us look and feel pretty.” So~ I asked myself, “What makes me feel and look pretty besides makeup and skincare?” The answer was easy: JEWELRY!

So… I’m super excited to share my first jewelry DIY with you, not only because I love me some bling bling ;) but also because it’s a hobby of mine and this DIY in particular is uber easy! No wire wrapping experience or tools required. All you need to know is how to braid and tie a knot!

This jewelry DIY is a silk and chain braid piece that you can wear as a necklace or as a bracelet! It’s super simple to make and oh so versatile! Let’s get started!

~~ Here’s how to make your very own braided silk x chain bracelet and necklace! ~~

  1. What you’ll need:
    - Crystals or stones
    in whatever colors you want. I chose pink and lavender crystals.
    - Linked chain
    about the thickness of the threads. I chose a silver chain.
    - Silk thread (8 mm) with fixed needle. You can match your crystals or not! I chose to match.
    * each thread pack comes with 2 yards, so feel free to use the entire 2 yards if you want an extra long chain. I only used 1 yard which wraps around my wrist 4 times with enough room to tie twice.
    * make sure that the silk thread will be thin enough to go through the beads/stones you plan to use.
    * make sure that your thread has a fixed needle so that you can get the beads onto the thread
  2. Knot the ends of your silk thread (tight). * If you plan to use just 1 yard of silk thread like I did, unwrap the silk thread from the board completely, then measure 1 yard from the needle and cut off the excess. Basically, you want to make sure that the thread you plan to use has the needle attached to it! ;)
    * if you don’t like the look of the frayed ends, just add a little glue (fabric glue works best) to the ends and let them dry!
  3. Thread in the beads or stones to both of your silk threads. I used 7 beads on each strand because I like the number 7!
    * if the beads get caught where the needle and thread meet, just use something like what I’ve shown (inset photo) to flatten the little metal loop holding the thread.
  4. Cut your silver chain to the same length of your silk threads.

  5. Take all three strands and tie a ‘big knot’. I chose to leave about 1 cm between the big knot and the beads just for some additional movement.
  6. Braid away! I chose to braid it moderately tight. Feel free to braid as tight or as loose as you’d like.
    * I used a little binder clip to hold the ends, and used my toes to hold the clip while I braided the strands. ;)
    * as you get to the end, you’ll want to leave enough room to comfortably tie your ‘big knot,’ add the beads, and tie your small knots to hold the beads!
  7. When you get near the end, make a ‘big knot’ to hold the braid together. Then, add your beads and tie a knot. I again left about 1 cm between my knots and beads. Cut off excess chain and silk thread.

Viola! You’re done! I love wearing this piece because it’s intricate, delicate, and has a lot of movement. I think I will make a few of these in different colors and lengths and layer! If you have any questions, please ask me in the comment section below!

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What DIYs have you tried? Please share with me! xo

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