DIY Tutorial: Zipper Bracelets

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DIY Tutorial - Zipper BraceletsDIY Tutorial: Zipper Bracelets
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkwLvdPTXU



Zippers! Since the invention of this nifty device, getting dressed and undressed became way easier and faster. They are so useful that zippers are used for bags, tents, luggage and many other things. We discovered a great video tutorial by Show Me Cute that will teach you how to make really cute and adorable bracelets from zippers!

Tools and Materials Needed:

1. 7 Inch Zipper (you can get a shorter or longer one according to your wrist size)
2. Scissors
3. Kitchen Lighter or Candle Flame
4. Crimp Bead
5. Pliers
6. O-Ring or Jump Ring (for jewelry making)
7. Jewelry Clasp
8. Jewelry Charms (Optional)

Comments/Suggestions:

1. To determine the length of the zipper, you would need to measure your wrist size. Use a tape measure and wrap it around your wrist. Make a note of the number at the point where the tape meets the 0 mark. Add a 1.5 cm allowance if you want an exact fit. You may add or subtract a few centimeters to adjust the size to your liking. You can divide the number of centimeters by 2.54 to determine the number of inches.

Another option that will help determine the size of your bracelet is to use an old bracelet that fits just right as a guide.

2. If you want to create a fun multi-wrap-around bracelet, use a zipper that is three times longer than your actual bracelet size.

3. You can make your own charms by using polymer clay. Make simple figures of things that you like. Insert an eyepiece before baking the clay and then attach it to to the zipper bracelet. You can also get three eyepieces and insert some beads. Close the end of each eyepiece with a pair of pliers. Get a jump ring and put these beaded eye pieces together. Close the jump ring and then attach this to the zipper bracelet.

4. You can also get bigger beads and insert them in the zipper before securing the bracelet with the crimp bead.

5. To create variety, you can get bigger sized zippers and make bracelets out of them. Mix small and big zippers to make your arm candy (bracelet stacking) look more interesting.

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