8 Sep

One can never have enough bracelets for a fun arm party. So, this week we are getting high on a gold chain and pearl bead bracelet DIY. You just need a few tools and supplies and you will be upgrading your wrist action in less than 30 minutes. Lets get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30cm Gold Chain (Chains with medium size links work better)
  • 31cm Gold/Brass Jewelry Wire (I used 0.44mm size wire)
  • 25 Gold Pearl Beads (I used 5mm size beads by Jewelry Essentials from Michael’s)
  • Jump-ring & Clasp
  • Jewelry Wire Cutter or Scissors
  • Pair of Jewelry Pliers

Step 1: Begin by cutting the wire into three 4cm, two 3.5cm, and four 3cm pieces using the wire cutter or scissors. Then split the chain into one 24cm piece and two 3cm pieces. My 24cm piece had 48 individual links and each of the 3cm pieces had 6 individual links. Use the pliers to open one link at the end of the 24cm chain and join the two ends of your 24 cm chain together so it is a complete circle.

Step 2: Open a link at one end of the 3cm chain and attach it to any link on the 24cm chain. Attach the second 3cm chain exactly on the other end of the 24cm chain. It will be approximately 12cm from where you attached the first one since our chain is 24cm long.

Step 3: Pick a link that’s right in the middle of the top half of the 24cm chain. It will be approx. 6cm  from the links where you attached the 3cm chains in step 2. Then take one of the 4cm wires and pass a small part of it through the link you picked and twist the shorter wire end around the longer part so that the wire is securely attached to the link.

Step 4: Now that the wire is attached to the chain, add 5 pearls beads on the wire.

Step 5: Pick a link right in the middle of the bottom half of the 24cm chain and secure the wire with 5 beads by passing the wire through the link you picked and twisting the shorter wire end around the longer part.

Step 6: We will be attaching the rest of the wires on alternating chain links on the top half of the 24cm chain. Start with the two 4cm wire pieces and secure them on links that are one link away from where we attached the first wire. Then add four beads on each of the wires.

Step 7: Secure the beaded wires on the bottom half the 24cm chain. Secure them on alternating links from the link where we attached the first beaded wire.

Step 8: Repeat attaching wires on alternating links on the top half of the 24cm chain, beading the wires and then securing them on alternating links on the bottom half of the 24 cm chain. You will be adding one less bead as you move away from the center wire with 5 beads. Use the 3.5cm wires for adding 3 beads on each side of the center and use the 3cm wires for 2 and 1 bead on each side of the center.

Step 9: Once all the beading is finished, use the pliers to attach the jump-ring and clasp at each end of the bracelet.

Then you have your own gold chain and pearl bead bracelet! You can use a different color chain or beads and make a completely different bracelet. Here we attached beaded wires on alternating links on the 24cm chain but you can add beads on every link and get a very different looking arm candy.

I hope you enjoyed making the bracelet! It’s time to stack it with your other bracelets and accessorize any outfit. Follow along on Facebook or Pinterest to stay up to date with my inspirations and next DIYs. Till next week, get your creative fix & stay HIGH on DIY!

19 Comments on “high on BEAD & CHAIN BRACELET diy”

  1. Lisa M October 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing! I pinned it so I can try it out later.

    • HIGHonDIY October 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM #

      Thanks Lisa! I would love to see your version~

      • Mel October 7, 2015 at 12:48 PM #

        Hi there, I have just had a go at this for a present for a friend. I haven’t done much crafting but my mum have me a starter jewellery kit that I’ve had for two years, and you inspired me! My version is turquoise and pearl on silver… But I can’t post a photo on here…?

  2. Alma September 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM #

    Hello! I found your blog through craftgawker. I instantly fell in love with this bracelet and attempted to make it. If you get a chance please check it out…


    I really like your blog and will visit often! 🙂

    • HIGHonDIY September 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM #

      Thanks Alma! I liked your version of the DIY esp. the use of different size chains, nice job!

  3. Jewelry Rage September 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    Wow love this bracelet awesome tutorial thanks!

    • HIGHonDIY September 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

      Thanks 🙂

  4. Cath September 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM #

    Hi! I love this. So pretty and elegant. You’re an inspiration.

    • HIGHonDIY September 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

      Thanks Cath, I hope you give it a try!

  5. lici September 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    Heya HIGHonDIY,
    I love your DIYS and hope you’re not going to stop blogging! 😉
    Greets lici

    • HIGHonDIY September 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM #

      Thanks Lici! Definitely not planning on stopping : )

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