Sunday, October 7, 2012

DIY Safety Pin Bracelet



A couple of months ago I was in a boutique with my mom and daughter just browsing around.  As I was looking I came across some beautiful bracelets on the bottom shelf of a glass case.  Instantly I was intrigued.  I had never seen a bracelet like that before.  What was even more intriguing was that it looked like it was custom made.  I looked more closely and realized that it was made from beads and safety pins!  Wow!  What a cool idea.  I studied it a little longer and determined I would try to make one myself sometime.   

Hence the safety-pin-bead bracelet.



The supplies are simple.  I used 80 safety pins, a little bag of blue beads and a little bag of clear beads. I also used about 22" of elastic cording to thread the pins together.   I wanted to give it a little interest so I decided to alternate the color of the beads on the pins.  One half were a blue combination, and the other half were clear.  The assembly is really pretty simple.  Layer the beads on the pin, enough beads so that the pin just barely closes.  A word of advise:  hold the beads tightly when you begin to close the pin.  If you don't, and lose your grip, beads will fly everywhere.  Believe me, I almost gave myself a heart attack as I wasn't expecting it.  :0)  I made sure I held them tightly after that so as not to repeat that catastrophe. 


After you have beaded all your pins....it does take a little while, but if you expect that to be the case it won't overwhelm you, you can just work on them a little at a time..... thread them onto two elastic strings- about 10 inches each.  You do want it to be elastic cording because it must stretch to get over your wrist.  The key when threading them is to alternate the colors and the tops and bottoms of the pins.  First right side up, then right side down.....continue that pattern.  This will enable the bracelet to keep a consistent thickness.  Otherwise the top or bottom will be wider than the other.  (See picture below)


When you have finished, tie the beginning of the top string to the end of the top string.  Then tie the beginning of the bottom string to the end of the bottom string.  Tie them both securely.  Cut the excess strings and you're done!!  You now have a beautiful bracelet to wear or give as a gift.  Happy creating!




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34 comments:

  1. Wow, this is aweaome!!!
    It is soooo gorgeous and feminine, a genius piece!!! Will make myself some...today!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Andrea

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  2. This is so cute. I love it.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  3. What size safety pins did you use?

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  4. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  5. Amazing! You did a beautiful job and I love the look of it :) Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day :)

    Blessings to you,
    Stephanie
    www.theenchantingrose.blogspot.com

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  6. Gorgeous! Looks super expensive and chic! I love the bead colors you chose :)

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  7. I love this! I don't know if I'd have the patience with those tiny beads, but yours looks amazing! Visiting from Overflowing With Creativity link up.
    http://kaminskiscreations.blogspot.com

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  8. Lately, I have seen these sort of bracelets EVERYWHERE and I am seriously anxious to try them. I know my next trip to the craft store will include supplies to make one of these... in fact, it may include supplies to make a few. I know my grandmother and her sister would love them, as well. I can't wait to make some as Christmas gifts!

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  9. Your bracelet is so cute! Love the colors.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner! Hope to see you again this week :)

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  10. Way cute! Will be making some for teacher gifts this year!

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  11. Really beautiful! did you do anything to prevent the pins from opening after? or is there not really a chance for it to open because of the beads?

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    1. Danielle,

      I didn't do anything to prevent the pins from opening. They are on the inside of the bracelet, so they stay pretty secure because of that. As you mentioned, the beads also keep the pins quite tight.

      Hope this helps.

      Melissa

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    2. I had the same question.

      How can the pins open inside the bracelet? When you put on the beads, it is on the open side of the pin. So the outside would be exposed to opening.

      I love the look though and may try this myself. Thank you.

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    3. Sorry, Ladies, you are right, the opening is on the outside of the bracelet. I have not had any problems with them opening though. Some of them were even quite hard to close, because I layered the pins right up to the top. Just as they are made with safety pins, I think they should be perfectly safe.

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  12. LOVE IT! Thank you so much for the idea, I'm sure my girls will LOVE making these!

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  13. This is fabulous! I will definately be making a few for gifts!

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  14. Love this!! I am always envious of crafty people! I lost my crafty mojo as adulthood approach and this was one of my first steps into reclaiming it! I ran out to the store today and made this and it turned out great. Now I have a Christmas present for my mom!

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  15. I have trouble keeping the ends of elastic thread from coming apart after tying. Any suggestions?

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    1. I have had this happen to me with elastic before. Two things I can suggest: pull really, really tight...... or get some different elastic. The time I had trouble, no matter how tight I pulled, how many knots I put in it, it would always come undone. I just had to finally buy some different elastic thread.

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing. Wonderful craft for my daughter and I to do together, she loves making jewelry and this looks so cool:)

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  17. what kind of beads did you use and where did you get them? Thanks

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    1. The beads I used were from Walmart, I believe. They come in those little tubes. The tubes I had purchased had different sizes in them. I would not recommend those, as I had to sort through all of them to get the small round ones I needed. The tubes, however, are one of the most cost efficient, so they are a good option if you can buy the ones that have all the same size beads in them. :0)

      Melissa

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  18. This is absolutely a beautiful piece of jewelry
    i didn't realize how it was made until i looked really close. it looks like an expensive piece but isnt really from what i see

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  19. It's lovely - truly eye-catching. Hard to believe it is made simply with safety pins and seed beads

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  20. I love the colors! I think I need to make myself a bracelet....

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    1. You'll have to let me know what colors you choose! :)

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  22. WOW this is super awesome. I have to make this immediately :) Pinned!!

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  23. Me and my daughter just finished making this. We worked on it over 3 days.. it was very tedious putting all of the tiny beads on the safety pins! I wish I would have seen to use the 1 1/2" pins before we made it, I was trying to decide on the 1" or 2" and I ended up getting the 2", also we had 80 pins but we ended up not using them all and even then it was a little big. We used the same beads except they were pink and turquoise, plus we used some wooden beads too, but I think we should have left those out because it just doesn't line up very well.. but it still came out pretty good for the first time. Now that I know what to do I think I may try to make another one with just the glass beads and smaller pins. But I will enjoy this one first :) Thank you, this was a fun project and I got a great piece of jewelry out of it.

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    1. Great! I'm glad you ended up having fun making it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  24. Can you explain how to thread the pins on to the elastic, do you thread the top first then use the second string and go through the bottom? And do you keep pins all the same way? Sorry am being blonde I know. I have just bought black and white beads so am starting tomorrow.

    Thanks for a great idea :)

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    1. No problem, Funky Knitter! I string the pins on the the elastic one at a time. I thread the top of the pin, then the bottom of the pin, then I go on to the next pin. I alternate the top and bottom. So in other words the top of one pin should touch the bottom of the other. You may be able to see this by the third picture. Trust this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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