I was browsing a local hardware store for some hooks last week and happened to walk by the electrical wire and chain link department. Ordinarily, I never give those aisles a second look, it’s typically your mundane chain link and boring wire, but at my local Orchard Supply & Hardware they had about a dozen reels of chain link labeled ‘decorative’ that actually looked attractive enough to create something with. I spied some brass plated and smallish silver link chain and all I could think was, you know what, those would make some cool looking bracelets.
Jewelry or handbag quality chain link is available from a lot of places and at all price points, but at that moment I was completely absorbed with the idea of making something pretty out of that decorative chain link from a home improvement store. Plus I’m all about statement jewelry these days, I’m rarely drawn to dainty pieces anymore. So here’s my latest crafty somewhat quirky creation: link bracelets made with decorative chain found at a hardware store.
To make these, you actually need some decent looking chain link, I happened to spy several that were pretty cool at my local OSH.
You’ll also need some pliers and some jewelry making supplies too, specifically lobster clasps and smaller jump rings to pull it all together. Glass beads add a little class to the edginess of the oversized (and cheap!) chain link.
Cost per bracelet: Lobster clasps $2.79; jump rings $2.79, glass beads $5.99, 1½ ft chain link $2.Pin It