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DIY Friendship Bracelet Hand Charm

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I love a good arm party, and goodness knows I have a sizable collection of golden rings, so anything that combines the two is more than okay in my book. I’ve been eyeing this BaubleBar hand chain and this hand lariat from Nordstrom for awhile, so I decided to try my hand at combining the hand chain silhouette with a colorful friendship bracelet for a sparkly, summery statement piece.

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For this project, you’ll need the following:
• embroidery thread
• a small length of delicate chain
• a small length of curb chain
rhinestone cup chain
• jump rings
• lobster claw clasp
• plain gold ring
• square pronged connector
• needle-nose pliers
• sewing needle

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1. Start by making your friendship bracelet. I decided on a chevron pattern using five different colors, which determined the width of the bracelet. Here’s a good tutorial if you didn’t go to camp and are therefore not familiar with the art of friendship bracelet-making. Don’t forget to leave extra string on the ends so we can finish them neatly.

2. Now that we have the base bracelet made, all we have to do is add on to it. I started by cutting a length of curb chain that was exactly as long as the friendship bracelet. Then, I simply tacked it onto one side of the bracelet using a whip stitch. You can see these stitches in the photos (using turquoise thread).

3. Next we will add our rhinestone chain to the top of the bracelet. For this step, I simply tacked on the chain using little stitches across the chain in between the rhinestones. The nice thing about sewing onto a friendship bracelet is that the pattern hides stitches pretty well, so you don’t have to be too careful. If you look really hard, you can see these red stitches in the photos.

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4. Once we have our bracelet assembled, it’s time to finish the ends. Make sure both sides are tied off nicely and trim any excess thread. Then, dab a little bit of super glue into your square connector, place the knotted end into the finding and hold for about 30 seconds until the glue has somewhat set. To finish, simply use your pliers to fold the prongs down, tightly secure the knots.

5. After the glue has dried completely, use a jump ring to add the clasp of your choosing to one side of the bracelet and a jump ring or extender to the other.

6. Now it’s time to connect the pieces. First, measure the length between your wrist and where the ring will sit on your finger and cut a chain to this length. For reference, mine was about four inches.

7. Add a small jump ring to either side of the chain, and attach one end to the curb chain on the bracelet and the other end to the ring.

8. Style alone for a simple statement, or layer up with a stack of colorful bangles!

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DIY Rockstud Magnets

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You know how, when you first move into a new place, there are always a few things—ok, a lot of things—that you didn’t anticipate needing? Well, for me, one of those things was magnets. You don’t realize how necessary they are until you start receiving a bunch of wedding invitations in the mail and you have nothing with which to stick them to your fridge except a lone Alamo commemorative magnet.

Much to my chagrin, a pack of regular old magnets was surprisingly hard to find. Several unsuccessful trips to Target confirmed what I already knew: it was time to take matters into my own hands. After all, if I was going to order a bunch of blank magnets online, I might as well make them pretty. This revelation may or may not have come to me while I was absentmindedly scrolling (yet again) through Valentino’s rainbow-hued spring collectionet voila! The Rockstud Magnet was born.

Things I love about these magnets: they’re strong enough to hold an invitation and RSVP card to the refrigerator door without slipping, they allow me to pretend that I own, at last, a pair of Rockstuds, and they took practically no time to make. Let’s get started, shall we?

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For this project, you’ll need the following:
square craft magnets (mine were 3/4″ x 3/4″)
• leather (I bought a couple of bags of remnant leather at Hobby Lobby, but you can also order scraps on Etsy if you want to choose individual colors)
• gold pyramid nailhead studs (mine were 9mm x 9mm)
• seam ripper or small leather awl
• needle-nose pliers
• a pair of sharp scissors
• glue gun

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1. First, cut out your pieces of leather by tracing the magnets in pen on the reverse side of the leather and carefully cutting out the rounded squares.

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2. Center the stud on the square of leather and firmly press down for a few seconds so that the prongs leave indentations.

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3. Using your seam ripper or awl, punch small holes in the leather, using the indentations as a guide.

4. Insert the prongs of the stud through the leather, and use your needle-nose pliers to flatten the prongs down, thus securing the stud.

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5. Apply a pea-sized dot of hot glue to the top of the magnet (make sure you know which side attracts to the fridge!) and press the studded leather onto the magnet, holding firmly for a few seconds. Make sure you don’t use too much glue or it will seep out the sides.

6. Use your finished magnets to display pictures of bags and shoes you one day hope to own. Or, you know, the aforementioned wedding invites. The possibilities are endless!

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