Thursday, September 1, 2011

diy: Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet


This project brings back memories, in more than one way. 1) I loved lanyard when I was a kid, and I clearly remember making sooo many keychains and bracelets. 2) This DIY reminds me of S&P's first ever project, the Braided Chain Bracelet, from last summer. And 3) My entire bedding set during my Freshman year of college were these exact colors. My comforter was reversible neon green and bright blue, and I even had hangers and towels in the same colors. By the time I graduated I was more into the blacks and darker jewel tones, but I still can't resist a good pop of color.




Supplies:

- Chain, twice the length of your wrist
- Lanyard, 1-4 colors
 - Scissors
- Jewelry pliers
- Jump rings
- Toggle or clasp closures




1) Cut two strands of lanyard, about 60 inches each







2) Fold both strands in half and tie a knot. Separate the strands like above; I used two colors so it'd be easy to follow along.






3) Fold the chain in half. Insert the two middle strands - one of each color/side - into the center link of the chain.





4) Take the outer blue strand and insert it directly through the next empty link. It should end up "behind" the chain.





5) Fold it over the chain and towards the left, and insert it through the next empty link. Keep repeating, and you'll end up with something like this. Make sure you pull pretty tight; the slippery finish of lanyard makes it likely to unwravel and loosen from the chain.

The chain might be kind of wonky while you'r doing this, but just keep on going. You can straighten everything out later.





6) Repeat until you reach the end of the chain.




7) Take the inner blue strand, and bring it under the chain and through the next empty link. I placed an arrow where the first "stitch" was.




Closeup.




8) Keep repeating until you reach the end of the chain. You'll want to pull tight like you did with the first strand, but make sure not to pull TOO tight. You'll later be weaving the neon green through the blue lanyard, in order to connect the two sides.






9) Take the outer strand of the second color - in this case neon green - and start weaving the lanyard through the chain. You're essentially repeating steps 4 and 5.




10) Repeat until you reach the end of the chain.



11) Taking the inner/second neon green strand, insert it through the next empty chain link. From here on you'll be inserting it through the adjacent blue stitch, then bringing it back into the chain.



I found it was a lot easier to work with upside down!

Green goes through the blue...




And then down through the next empty link.




Pull tight, and repeat.




12) When you're done with both sides, tie the strands off with tight knots, and trim.




13) Add the jump ring and bracelet closure of your choice.




14) Go back to the other side of the bracelet, unwravel the first knot you made and cut the two loops. Tie them off with tight knots and trim.



15) Add the other half of the bracelet closure.

                                            


Finished bracelet.






I had to make a black and gold version...the classic color combo that I love so much. The black lanyard kind of reminds of me patent leather, actually.

I'd really recommend using a thick, heavy duty curb chain for this. However, keep in mind that this probably means it's a bit hard to cut. You might need a wire cutter or jewelry pliers - but probably a wire cutter - to trim the chain. If you get the chain cut in a hardware or craft store, I'd also recommend maybe having the employee further trim the chain for you in the lengths that you need (again, twice the length of your wrist), since you're there anyway. I lucked out and happened to have two strands of this chain left in the length I needed...but I know this chain is impossible to cut with a pair of scissors or pliers. In other words: don't hurt yourself trying to cut this really heavy chain!





I'll really want to try this with leather cord in different colors...or just more lanyard. Maybe make some in fall colors?


Xo, Kirsten

  

90 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the little key chains I use to make in middle school. This is a much better version of it of course :) These braclets look great.

    -Amber

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  2. wow...thats beautiful...seriously

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  3. These are great! I need some heavy chain now....
    xoxoxo
    Lia

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  4. amazing! I wish I didn't throw out my zillion spools of lanyard from when I was a kid...

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  5. aha i wish i had lanyard as a kid ;) defs arm candy...i think i like the blk better too ;) love neon but for jewelry jewel tones are the go-to! :)

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  6. OMG is amazing! and definitely something that Ill try these days!

    I love it and thanks a lot for share :)

    See you

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  7. Love!! Such great tutorials, keep 'em coming!

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  8. LOVE this! i can't ever find really good curb chain, i need to keep looking for this.

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  9. Pinterest brought me here and I love it! This will be my weekend project!

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  10. omg these are so pretty! I need to find myself a gold chain I think :D xxx

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  11. Fab bracelet! good job darling! Beautiful!!! :*
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  12. great blog!
    congratulations honey =D
    xx

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  13. very very clever! i think i want to try it with leather or suede!

    xx grace

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  14. didn't know that lanyard could look chic and pretty...not campsite tacky.I love this!! great DIY!!

    ♡Amanda
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  15. I am so inspired by this post. Well done!

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  16. I love this, I'm going to have to try this; I really like the black and gold combination.

    -Aisha
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  17. Wow you have great talent! Very inspiring, i want one! xx
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  18. love it!!!!
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  19. sooo cute! Thanks! I was looking for a way to get rid of some of those lanyards!

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  20. SO cool im def trying this one! x

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  21. I like this. Very interesting idea.
    thanks for this
    I also share my idea how to make another bracelet.

    DIY RHINESTONES BRACELET

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  22. I love the bracelet and the fluo colors!
    I am really happy i found your blog as it gives a lot of ideas regarding handmade special items we can make on our own!

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  23. I love how you've been! That great idea! My DIY this week has been a coat of flowers such as Gucci this season, I hope you like!
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  24. I love this one too @desdetener... I just revamped an old oversized sweater i found at a thrift store for $5.99. :)

    hope you like

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    xx Jess James

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  25. I love you. I love you. I love you.
    Thank you for posting this!!!!!!
    It's very easy to follow, and the end product is beautiful x

    sweetness xx
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  26. great tutorial! i'll def have to try this out!

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  27. What a great project. I used to be a sea ranger when I was younger and spent hours making lanyards. It is great to know that I could still put these skills to good use.

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  28. so in love with these. super creative and totally well done. I've got a new outfit post. would love to hear what you think. thanks love. xoxo

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  29. Fantastic Tutorial with such a innovation, Simply Loved it!!

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  30. I love the bracelets, but can we get a nail tutorial too! I love the grey/blue with gold tips!

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  31. LOVE. Pinned it, bookmarked it, absolutely love it.

    Are you selling some of these? *goes to look*

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  32. WOW, they look really beautiful, i definitely have to try to make those too! :)

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  33. WOW that looks amazing! very pretty... i didn't know that DIY bracelets could look that good

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  34. LOVE THIS :)

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  35. This is absolutely amazing!!! I was totally all about lanyards in my days as a camp counselor, but this is a great upgrade (and good way to use my leftover string from camp!) Any other hints on where to find a good curb chain (or what size)?

    PS - love your nails!

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  36. amazing!!! love diy!
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  37. Hello, i think that this post is the best that i have read.lovely bracelet!

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  38. Wonderful style so cute! i also love the this way bracelet, really cute. Thnak you very much for sharing this!

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  39. I love this idea and I would love to be on the e-mail list. E-mail: gijasue@hotmail.com

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  40. littlesisnika@hotmail.com

    making this in different colors for two of my best friends!

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  41. What wonderful idea here!very informative post.. I'm just interested to learn more about the bracelet!

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  42. Love the black and gold bracelet. Where did you purchase the curb chain?

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  44. Love this too! Def adding this to my next project list! -m

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  45. can't wait to make this mofo. so cool.

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  46. LOVE Your Blog! This is fantastic! Thank you!

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  47. Really love this post! Keep it up (:

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  48. very nice and explained everything beautifully. Thanks

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  49. hi.. i just write your blog on mine as worth follow blog ;). love your blog posts.

    anyway, what is lanyard? is it plastic? or ribbon-like?

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  50. Love this! I just finished making one following your directions...black lanyard w/ silver curb chain. AWESOME!

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  51. This is amazing. I'm planning on doing this during the slow hours at work. Also, I have the same green handled tool in your photograph!

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  52. Wow, I love love love this!! Amazing idea. I love the coloured one! All the best from Germany, Davina

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  53. Looking Fabulous and Colorful Bracelet!
    I always Love your Amazing and Creative Ideas. It's so easy to make at home. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea.

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  54. This is so cool. I definitely want to do this ^_^

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  55. Me encantó. Además lo voy a usar para una cartera.
    I love it. i'm gonna use it for a handbag's strap.

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  56. Great tutorial! I'm going to try this with yarn, cord and leather!

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  57. Ty! i did it came out nice :)
    i did pink ans baby blue.. thats the only yanr i had left, but im def.. gonna do a black one and white :) cant wait ty...
    please email so when you have new projects..
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  58. Ty! i did it came out nice :)
    i did pink ans baby blue.. thats the only yanr i had left, but im def.. gonna do a black one and white :) cant wait ty...
    please email so when you have new projects..
    karenguerra1991@gmail.com

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  59. It looks really good! Love it:)


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  60. I love it ;)

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  61. I like this idea, I can mix and match some colors. it is so fancy! Thank you for sharing.. :)


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  62. I just love your blog !!! saludos de Peru !!

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  64. soo cool! thank you for this post ;)

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  65. I love this!!!!
    Question: Where did you buy the chain?
    I have a hard time finding that gold chain.
    THanks

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  66. where can i buy braclet closures SOMEONE PLESSE REPPLY!!!

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  67. Aw I look so hard I don't know if I can do it I looks like I will take me 8YEARS

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  68. Your idea is great. When you add bead it looks more beautiful. I am really stunning and I wanna to make it myself. Thanks.
    Bead Caps

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  69. Just made two with suede cording and some plain open chain and they are so cool. Even made a ring with the leftover chain. Love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  70. This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic.

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