Bungee Cord Bracelets: Jewelry That's Colorful, Fun & Easy!
There's nothing like a little color and fun to spice up a wardrobe. That's what these bungee cord bracelets will do for you.
I pitched my magazine to the side, and I pulled out a few not-so-worn bungee cords. Yes, I keep bungee cords. Doesn't everyone? Using the bungees, wire and glue I had on hand, I created my own version of a bungee bracelet without spending a dime.
Of course, I wanted more options; so I bought a few craft store findings and some twisted satin cord from the fabric store.
Even if you have to buy supplies, your bungee bracelets should cost less than $6 each, and you can make one in about 25 minutes or less. Materials
- Bungee cords - Buy a multi-color pack from a dollar store and save money.
- Glue - I like E600 because it glues anything to anything. If you don't want to spend the extra cash, use your favorite beading glue.
- Wire - 16 or 20 gauge wire from a craft or hardware store.
- Twisted satin cord- (Optional) Thick satin cord from a fabric store home décor or trim section. It will give your bracelet a dressier look.
- Round nose pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Cut two 7 inch wire pieces for each bracelet.
- Cut a bungee or satin cord piece that's your wrist size less 1 and 1/2 inches.
- The hook and eyes will add some additional length.
- Coil two wire "tubes" using round nosed pliers.
- If you have difficulty making a wire "tube" with round nose pliers, coil the wire around a dowel rod or ink pen barrel that's the same size as your bungee.
- Use a pair of pliers to bend back the top coil of your wire tubes to a right angle
- This will create a loop at one end.
- Add a little glue to the ends of your cord
- Let the glue dry a little
- Insert the cord ends into the un-looped ends of the coiled tube.
- The cord will slip into the tube more easily if you rotate while pushing.
- Use your pliers to tighten the bottom coil of the wire tubes to for extra holding power.
- Add a wire figure 8 to each end. See "3 Simple Wire-Working Jewelry Making Secrets..." for the instructions.
- Add a wire shepherd's hook clasp. The above article also has clasp instructions.
|This version uses twisted satin cord|
and craft store findings
When you create your bracelet with bead caps it's even easier than the wire version.
I found a prepackaged findings set that included jump rings and an extension chain, so assembly was simple and quick.
- Add glue to the ends of the bungee cord or satin cord.
- Allow glue to dry a little.
- Push cord ends into the bead caps, rotating while pushing makes it easier.
- If you can't find a findings set like I did, buy bead caps, jump rings and a clasp separately at a bead or craft store.
Make longer versions of either style for quirky, funky, colorful bungee cord necklaces.
From my article previously published on Yahoo Contributor Network