The very mention of a Pandora Bracelet sends chills down my spine. You see, I love Pandora bracelets. I love everything about them. But, since they can get expensive, I had to find cheaper alternatives to my love for expensive jewelry.
As I’ve learned to make jewelry, I soon realized I could create imitations off of the real thing. That’s right. You can make knock off jewelry. A DIY Pandora Bracelet is a beautiful gift you can give friends and family, or just give yourself. Either way, once you know how to make these easy DIY bracelets, the skies the limit; you can make anything!
What You Need for Your DIY Pandora Bracelet:
Pandora look alike beads(Charms), or something similar (different sizes)
”Bead Stringing Wire”
Clasp (Hook and ring. You see on bracelets and necklaces)
Wire Crimper (Buy ½ off at the craft store: coupons!)
DIY Pandora Bracelet:
Step 1: First you would assemble your beads and charms in the order and pattern you would like for your bracelet.
Step 2: Take your wire and size it to your wrist, but give yourself a few inches of space in case you mess up later on. I know from experience, and it’s a pain to have to start over again.
Step 3: Make sure you keep track of your wrist size. You can use a paper clip or a clothes pin, or whatever else that you can find. Take the paper clip, and size it in the middle of the wire, giving room on each side. You don’t want to have to re-size again.
Step 4: Make sure that you have the right amount of beads and charms to fit in your allotted wrist space.
Step 5: Then you will take one of your crimp beads and place it on the wire right at the spot where your marked one side. Take your crimper, and if you look closely, there are two holes on it. Use the first one that looks like a tiny elbow noodle. Take the crimper and place it over the crimp bead and squeeze. It will be bent, and you will then use the other hole on the crimper that is shaped like an oval, and squeeze the bead again in half.
Step 6: Grab one of your clam shells, and if your crimp bead is on the right, slide it from the left. Make sure the clam is facing towards the little bead. If you don’t know how to slide it on, notice the little hole in the center of the shell. That’s where the wire goes through.
Step 7: Cut your wire right down to the bent crimp bead. Then close your clam shell shut with pliers, or anything that you can find. Just make sure you don’t squeeze too hard, or you’ll break the clam shell completely.
Step 8: Take the hook part of your closed clam shell and slide the ring part of your clasp through it. Then fasten the hook on the bracelet.
Step 9: Put on your beads and charms, and the make sure it’s the right size.
Step 10: You’re going to want to do the same thing to the other side of the bracelet, except you will put the clam shell on first. Make sure it’s facing outwards. Then slide your crimp bead inside. It is going to be a little difficult, but bend your crimp bead flat and then in half like you did to the other one, just this time, inside the clam shell. Take your time doing this. There isn’t a rush. Plus, you want it to look its best.
(Make sure that you the bead closer in, so the beads will be tighter. If the beads aren’t tight, they will move around, and that will look bad.)
Step 11: Cut off your wire, and close the clam shell. Then you want to put the other end of your clasp on and fasten the hook shut. And you have just completed your Homemade Pandora Bracelet!
DIY Pandora Bracelet Tips:
You can find coupons to 40% off to most of the craft stores. For anything that is expensive, use the coupon. You will save money.
Also, when you get your crimp beads, clam shells, and clasps, make sure they are all the same color. It looks better that way.