Thursday, 12 March 2009

DIY #4: Charming Charm Bracelet

Over the years I've amassed quite a few lockets and charms - too many frankly. I've been seeing a lot of charm bracelets in stores these days, so naturally I thought why not make my own charm bracelet with the lockets I have that aren't currently being used. You will need:
Start off by cleaning up your old lockets and charms. I'd heard over the years that toothpaste can remove tarnish from old jewelry, but I'd never tried it myself before this project. Well it's true!! Rub a thick layer of toothpaste over the tarnished area and rinse with warm water. Your jewelry will sparkle without the use of harsh chemicals.

I used jump rings for my bracelet because I find them easier to use than split rings (these rings look like mini key chain rings), but you can use whichever you prefer. Open one jump ring using the pliers and insert one end into the hole on your locket or charm. Slip the open jump ring into one of the loops on your bracelet and close the ring with your pliers. Continue adding charms and embellishments as you like.


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great idea to repurpsoe old lockets. I have used the toothpaste trick for years on my rings - it really brings up a great shine.

Shanghai Monkey said...

It's true ... the toothpaste really does make jewelry shine. It makes me wonder what must be in it though. Ah, well it's probably still better for the earth than the commercial jewelry cleaners, and less expensive too ^_^

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