DIY: How To Make A Bracelet Using Bracelet Blanks


How To Make A Bracelet Using Jewelry Bracelet Blanks
Level: Easy

 Button bracelet made by me 


What is a bracelet blank?
A bracelet blank is a bracelet that has unfinished areas, blank spaces, or "blanks" (sometimes called "discs") that you can glue objects onto to create a finished bracelet. Bracelet blanks come in many different styles, from bangles to cuffs to link styles. They also come in different finishes, such as silver plated, brass, and vintage finishes. 


In this DIY I will be explaining how to make a bracelet with the link style bracelet blank.  Different styles of link bracelet blanks will have different sized discs, from small to large. You can buy bracelet blanks that have just a few discs, or many, as shown in the photo above.

Where can I get bracelet blanks?
You can find bracelet blanks at just about all major online jewelry supply shops, on Etsy under the "supplies" category, and at most large craft stores. All of the ones shown in this article are available from Rings N Things.

 What type of adhesive should I use for gluing things on to bracelet blanks?
The first thing you want to consider before selecting any type of adhesive is what materials you will be gluing together. This is very important. There are all types of glues and adhesives, but some are for specific materials. Rings & Things has a great guide to adhesives that you can read here. I really like E6000 glue. It's widely available, inexpensive, great for binding all types of different materials together, and it's super strong. Be sure to read the instructions on the label and especially follow any safety warnings. Do your gluing in a well-ventilated area! 
*Note: Certain types of blank bracelets can be soldered. This is an advanced technique that I may discuss sometime down the road, but for now, I want to keep this DIY easy! 

E600 Adhesive


What types of objects can I adhere to bracelet blanks? How do I make them?
Fun part! You can glue just about anything to bracelet blanks. 
Two things you want to take into consideration are weight and size. Aside from looking awesome, you want your finished bracelet to be comfortable to wear. Objects that are too heavy or bulky will make your bracelet uncomfortable, so try to keep it lightweight, streamlined, and balanced (both visually and weight-wise.) 

To make your bracelet: Simply lay out your bracelet along with your items and arrange them until you find an order that is pleasing to you.  Apply your adhesive to the bracelet blank and adhere your item. Allow to dry according to the directions on your adhesive. This could be from a few hours to overnight. That's it, it's that simple.

Here are a few ideas of objects you can adhere to bracelet blanks:
Vintage buttons
Beach glass or small pieces of stained glass (remove sharp edges first!)
Vintage typewriter keys
Bottle caps
Vintage costume jewelry (think orphaned earrings, broken pieces)
Natural materials such as lightweight stones or small wooden branch slices
Charms and findings: vintage brass finish is STILL popular!
Scrabble tiles or game pieces
Things made from polymer clay
Laminated paper - think photos, mini works of art, etc.
Here are a few different types of bracelet blanks:




Bracelet blanks come in a variety of finishes and are inexpensive (about $3 each)






Bracelet, 7.5", Disk and Loop, Oval




Bracelet, 8", Textured Square and Loop



Bracelet, 7.5", Disk and Loop

(all bracelet blanks shown above are from Rings & Things)





Check out these great examples!

button bracelet  brass vintage buttons
Bracelet by Candies 64 via Etsy


Beach glass and shard by Iris Design Sea Glass Via Etsy


button bracelet
Button bracelet by Sweet Floweret


1800s Steel Cup Button Bracelet
Button bracelet by Anastatias via Etsy


Layered button bracelets by Homestead Revival


Sea glass bracelet via Martha Stewart


Typewriter key bracelet by Joy via Etsy


Rad Bottle Cap Bracelet with Letters
Bottle cap bracelet by Sew T0tally Rad via Etsy


red vintage bingo piece bracelet ... lucky jewelry, vintage game cabochons
Bingo piece bracelet by Anna Marie via Etsy


earring bracelet
Vintage earring bracelets by Jeanette via Etsy


 Button bracelet made by me (above and below)




What do you think?
What types of items would you make your bracelet with?

11 comments:

  1. I love the vintage earing bracelet. I can't wear earings for pierced ears so this would be great for me :).

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  2. LOVE THIS TUTE! i'm gonna do this asap!thx for the info! love all ur jewelry!

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  3. Thank you for the inspiration. I have quite a few bracelet blanks that I have bought for other designs so think I will get my buttons out and give this a try. I love your buttons!!

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  4. Deliziosi! Grazie.
    Ciao.
    Rita

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  5. I'm going to find me a bracelet blank TODAY!

    Thanks so very much!

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  6. I have been making button bracelets this way and selling them in my jewelry line for about 15 years... they are fun and easy to make.. I think this started way back in the 50's ... a great way for beginners to start up.. don't make the same mistake e1 else does by making 200 of the same thing and expect to sell them all for 50 bucks each.. the profit margin is low for this craft unless you make your own bracelet blanks and use store bought modern buttons... and is often copied. be unique and you will do well. .. be a copy cat and you will surely fail... gl peeps.. great article... Simplicity has the same tutorial as a give away in their patterns section... ;)

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  7. Great tutorial! I really love the bracelets!

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  8. Just curious what your tricks are for uneven backs of the items you want to glue? Buttons are easy but vintage clip earrings are often rounded in back just enough so there isn't e ought surface area to glue to the blank (to filigree or whatever base your use). Would love some ideas from anyone who is doing this craft!

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  9. Does anyone have suggestions for gluing buttons or brooches to rounded metal cuff bracelets?
    I am having problems getting a flat button to stick to a curved surface

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