Sunday, January 27, 2013

diy: Stone Filled Metal Bracelet

As of last autumn, the hardware store has become a new source of inspiration for me. I have quite a few projects lined up using odds and ends found at the hardware store, all of which are still fashion/home decor related. I'm excited to share them! Past hardware store related projects included the Wood Coaster Set and the Vinyl Tube Bracelets. Here's yet another one: a bangle bracelet, embellished with a copper test cap filled with jewelry gel and stones. Copper test caps are used in sewage plumbing; this one cost about $1.50 at Home Depot.

As for jewelry pendant gel...I've actually never even used this before, so this was something new for me. It's a great non-toxic alternative to epoxy, and has practically no odor. I found mine at Michael's for $7.99.

See how I made the bracelet, below! -- 


- Copper test cap, found at Home Depot for about $1.50.
-  Small stones/pebbles (I bought these at a touristy cave exhibit in Pennsylvania, when I was in elementary school!)
- Strong craft glue such as E6000
- Metal bangles (I used 2 thin bangles, but you can also use 1 thick bangle)
- Jewelry pendant gel. This is by Aleene's and is available at craft stores in the glue section.
You can also use clear nail polish, though this is a lot more manageable, with little to no odor.

1) Fill the test cap with a thin layer of jewelry pendant gel, using the nozzle to disperse evenly throughout the cap.

2) Make sure that the layer of gel is even.

3) Begin placing stones into the gel.

4) Continue adding more stones, adding gel when needed.

5) Continue until the cap is full (or until the cap is partially full, it's up to you!). You can also add another layer of jewelry gel over the entire thing if you'd like.

6) Let dry for at least 24 hours. Jewelry gel dries completely transparent.

7) Glue the bangle(s) to the other side of the test cap. Let dry.

I really want to do some more experimenting with this jewelry gel. Luckily, the hardware store is a great place for inexpensive metal components. Definitely need to brainstorm a few more ideas using these supplies!


  1. Really inspiring and creative!!! Greats from Spain

  2. Wow very creative DIY! Love it :)

  3. What a fab DIY, it looks amazing...x

  4. Very creative, might have to give this a try!


  5. Love this DIY! Gonna give it a go myself :) xx

    Shannen |

  6. I love this bracelet! I'm a huge fan of finding things to turn into jewelry or collages at the hardware store so I can see doing so many things with this large bezel. I have never used Jewelry Pendant Gel but am so glad you tried it and it worked - I've used resin but would like an alternative. Posted the top photo and link back to you on truebluemeandyou.

  7. This is so pretty, Kirsten! :)

    Jamie Kate

  8. This is such a fabulous idea! I love it! :)

  9. Lovely and excellent! !

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  10. Never used this gel either. You've got me curious!

  11. loooove! could you recommend a place to get the bangles?

  12. That is so pretty! I'll have to try jewelry gel instead of epoxy.

  13. I love the stones, and I love the bracelet more because you made it with such easy to get items!

  14. that's a really cool diy, and extra special because you've had the stones so long!

  15. Super cute~ Your blog is one of my favorites for DIY ideas and has inspired me to start my own DIY blog :) Do you have any tips on how to promote a new blog to a wider audience?


  16. This is so cute! I can't wait to make one for myself!

  17. Wow! This idea is simply brilliant! really inspiring! Thanks for sharing!And if you'll have time I invite you to visit my blog to take a look at my DIY projects!
    Best wishes!

  18. Very creative idea
    I would like to try this also

  19. I just found this post, after having made something similar but in ring form. I thought I was original, but you know what they say about great minds. :)


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