Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DIY: Snake Wrap Bracelet


This DIY starts off pretty crazy - but I promise the finished piece is way cooler! You might even have all of the supplies already...except the rubber snake.

If you're into accessories of any kind, I'm sure you've noticed the snake trend going on in rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. It's been around for a while, so I kind of wish I thought of this earlier - but it wouldn't hurt to make it anyway. This bracelet was inspired by the pieces below...




Supplies:

- Rubber snake (Mine was $1)
- Metallic spray paint (not shown)
- Paintbrush & acrylic paint of the same color, optional
- E6000/super glue
- Snake chain (appropriately named!) *
- Rhinestone flatbacks, optional
- 2 coiled leather crimps
- Several jump rings, at least one big one
- Jewelry clasp
- Jewelry pliers & scissors

*My bracelet wraps around my wrist 3 times. My wrist measurement is 6.5 inches, and I used roughly 32 inches of chain (or 16 inches when folded in half). Since the snake head overlaps the tail, the entire snake component of the bracelet is 2.25 inches (aka the entire length of the tail) You can use my measurements to adjust accordingly, depending on the measurement of your wrist.


1) Cut off the head (about 2 inches) and tail (about 2.25 inches). I threw away the rest of the snake before I could start feeling bad for an inanimate object.

2) Spray paint! You may have to pause in between layers, as it takes a few minutes for the paint to stick to the rubber. Repeat on the reverse side.


3) When that's dry, you can touch up any missed spots with acrylic paint, if you'd like.


4) Carefully pierce a hole in the tail. I alternated using scissors and pliers.


5) Attach a jump ring.


6) Pierce a hole in the base of the head. Keep in mind that you're going to be putting jump rings through these holes, so don't make them too far from the edge.



6) Attach the largest jump ring.


Closeup of the snake chain.


7) Insert the chain through the jump ring on the tail. Take the ends of the chain and glue into the coiled crimps. (I didn't have any gold crimps, but I had some silver ones on hand - however, whether or not you want them to match is totally up to you.)


8) Attach to the jewelry clasp with a jump ring.


9) Hook onto the jump ring in the head.


10) Glue the bottom of the head to the top of the tail. And if you'd like, glue rhinestones to the eyes.

EDIT: A reader commented on the Facebook page suggesting red rhinestones for the eyes, which would be pretty cool. I do have some colored rhinestones, but they're all way too big for the eyes. I also then realized that rhinestones along the top of the head would look pretty sweet. I think I might do that to mine!




The finished piece!

I don't even own any snake jewelry, but I love this DIY because of the materials, more so than the actual concept. It uses something completely random and unexpected (and maybe slightly strange). As I said on Twitter and Facebook - when I uploaded a cell phone shot of the rubber snake & scissors - I really pushed the crazy button with this one. But it was totally worth it, in my opinion ;)


I also want to say thank you (x 100000) to everyone who said congratulations on the About.com job and/or the CNN feature! I tried to thank everyone individually, but there's been so many comments and tweets, I may have missed a few. But you know that I totally appreciate the support; I'm really excited for everything.

xo,
kirsten

44 comments:

  1. This is a really cool DIY! I don't really care for snake jewelry but you make me want to try this!

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  2. WOW. you nailed it with this one. I would have never thought of that.

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  3. Goodness, woman. my jaw just dropped. I am convinced youre the most creative DIY'er out there.

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  4. This is brilliant! I'd love to spend a day in your head to see how you come up with these crazy ideas =) x

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  5. That is bananas!!! And I love it. Nice work, you creative girl.

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  6. This is AWESOME - really creative yet practical. I also think I may try this :)

    PS - I'm a new follower because of your CNN feature, and I love your blog!

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  7. incredible!!! so creative!!!

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  8. this is sooooo incredible!! OMGGG, you're amazing!

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  9. Great DIY! Amazing that you thought of it! xx

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  10. this is awesome-- love your blog! recently did our first DIY here:

    http://fyinspire.blogspot.com/2011/04/making-something-with-your-own-hands-is.html

    was looking for something to do w/ leftover embroidery floss and looks like your tassel earrings might be the perfect fix!

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  11. Love this! So fun and creative.

    xox Courtney Michele

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  12. Very creative, I might make one next week!

    http://a-little-awkward.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is fantastic!
    xx
    Soccer Mom Style

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  14. Hey, just wanted to say that I just discovered your blog and am deeply impressed with your creativity!! I love crafting myself and feel very inspired by your tuts, keep up the amazing work

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  17. OMG this is sooo cool, I love it!! Thanks for posting this :) I´ll go and do one for myself... xoxo

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  18. WOW! hands down the most creative DIY I have seen in a long long time! I love it.

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  19. So inventive! I love animal inspired jewelry!

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  20. this is so great, i can't wait to try it makes me think of all the other animals i could use too...

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  21. This is awesome! You are so creative!

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  22. Absolutely GENIUS!
    I make YouTube videos on DIY Fashion if you'd like to stop by and see (:

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    U'LL LOVE IT!!

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  24. super nice DIY! I'll try to make it too! (:
    nice blog btw. follow each other?
    xoxo Floortje

    http://floortjeloves.blogspot.com/

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  25. This is amazing. Love it.
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  26. very creative...I am totally amazed at how you were able to make something from scratch dear...

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens
    @mistytewest

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  27. amazing! will def do this over the weekend, thanks for sharing!
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  28. I love snakes! And I finally have an excuse to buy rubber reptiles- what's not to love?

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  29. oh my god you are so creative. I love your work

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  30. How creative!! I love snake bracelets.
    Awesome DIY.

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  31. Those gold jewelries are fabulous. I love the snake bracelets as well. I want to see how people will react if they see this snake bracelet on my wrist. Where can I find them by the way?

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  32. I love the idea of painting the snake's head with color gold. However, it would be a best jewelry if it was a real one, a genuine and authentic gold snake's head.

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  33. GORGES IDEA
    XXX
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  34. Wonderful bracelet! Loved this tutorial and I would like to try this on my weekend.

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  35. Love it!! Thanks for another great DIY idea, Kirsten!

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  36. This is great!! I love the idea of using plastic animals as jewelry- I may have to recycle a few of my childhood ones. :P

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    xx

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  37. It looks creepy but nonetheless it has this appeal where you would want to wear it every time you go out.
    spinner rings

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  38. Excellent writing about magnetic bracelet . it is actually from keep writing cheap rubber wristbands

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  39. wow, this is a Great idea you have i like that! thank you so much for shearing!

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  40. The granddaughter (6) would be very upset if I took away her favorite toy!

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