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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

a zipper bracelet tutorial ... ♥

Mother's Day always sneaks up on me :)
it's almost here, and i have a great handmade gift idea to share with you!

all week long, myself & the nine other bloggers, are sharing handmade gift ideas
that will make your mom, or any mom, feel super special ♥
yesterday Megan from the Remodeled Life shared the how-to 
for a pretty silhouette necklace ...
and i want to show you how to make one of these funky fun zipper bracelets
kay? let's make stuff!

you'll need: 
7 inch separating zippers ~ charms - beads
20 gauge jewelry wire ~ lobster clasps
and some jewelry pliers

this is really the only tricky part ...
using a drill with a small bit attached,
drill a hole through the clamp at the base of the zipper
(slowly & carefully :)

using the pliers, i separated the jump ring,
added the lobster clasp and attached it to the the base of the zipper
(where we drilled the hole :)

with scissors, trim down both sides of the zipper close to the teeth, 
while leaving a bit of the colored edge

to keep the edges from fraying i used the flame from a small candle 
to heat & seal the edges of the zipper 
(it will also burn off any stray pieces that are left after cutting)

now time to embellish!
i added a few charms and beads to the same ring that holds the clasp 
i really don't make jewlery all that often, so i just went with it! 
and tried different things until i found a combination i liked...
it's fun to experiment

once all the pieces are attached ... wrap it up in a pretty box and it's all set for mom!

(then maybe make one for yourself too :)

will be sharing another project tomorrow
be sure to hop on over and pay her a visit!
 happy crafting!

linking up here:


  1. love these! I am totally going to try this for my friends!!!

    1. have fun! once you make one, you have to make more! :)

  2. These are so cute Jaime!! What a great idea! :) Happy May, have a great day!! xo Holly

  3. Love them!! Oh so funky and fun. Thanks so much for being a part of the series, Jaime! xo

  4. Love these bracelets, Jaime! Just pinned to my Jewelry DIY board on Pinterest. Now I just need to get my confidence up to consider trying to make these myself! :)

    1. oh you can do it! jewelry is not one of my go to crafts either ... but you can't mess these up :) and you can be as creative as you want! thanks for the visit ♥

  5. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. Now to be brave enough to use a drill:)

    1. ha! have to confess the hubs drilled the holes for me :) but watching him do it, looked easy peasy! you go girl! ♥

  6. So stinkin' Cute, Jamie! Is it ok to make yourself a Mother's Day present? Lol. I want one :) Thank you for the sweet tutorial. Happy Mother's Day!!

  7. I love this! What a fun idea!! Pinning!!

  8. Soooo cute, Jamie! Loving this series! Also pinning!
    xo, Claire @ ALittleClaireification

  9. these are sooo cute! what a fun idea! :)

  10. These are GORGEOUS!! I know I'd love to be sportin' one of these babies!!

  11. These are absolutely adorable! I am going to have to make some...the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  12. Cute...forwarded the idea to my daughter. Would like the charms to be spaced out so they dont always fall to the bottom of your wrist- thx for sharing the tut. :)


  14. Love this! And you make it look so easy, too! I have to try this one!

  15. These are awesome and my daughter and I will be trying these very soon. Love your blog. I have been following you since I saw you featured in BH&G magazine.

  16. Wow Jamie, these bracelets are so pretty! How fun for mother's day! I love how you can personalize them with charms! Too cute. By the way, I'm loving your blog so much!

  17. Oh, I absolutely adore this! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!!

    Brooke - DesignedByBH

  18. How CUTE is that???! Love this - thank you for the tutorial :-)

  19. How CUTE is that???! Love this - thank you for the tutorial :-)

  20. Hey Jaime, where do you recommend getting these zippers from? I have found many but they look cheap.

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  22. These are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. I love the idea, too. Thanks for the tutorial. I think, though, you may want to change the description of the zipper. A "separating zipper" is one like in jackets where at the bottom both sides come completely apart, and you have to insert one side into the other. You've featured a regular zipper with the cross bar at the bottom, which is necessary for drilling and attaching the closure and charms. Hope that info. is helpful to you.

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  25. That is an amazing idea! Wonderful


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