How to make cool bracelets even if you are not so "cool"! If you have thought about a great new hobby and maybe cool bracelets have come to mind, maybe you will want to read on. Years ago I met an elderly antique dealer in upper state New York at an antique show.
I looked over her wares and fell in love with the little parts and pieces she had to make jewelry out of. Ever since then I have been making brooches, bracelets and necklaces out of these parts I purchased from her. Just the process of finding pieces and then creating an piece of art out of them is very rewarding and can put the fun and joy back into your life.
A few pointers I would like to share with you have changed the process into an easier one for me. If you can, buy a good set of jewelry tools. My first set I got at Sears and they were fine for a beginner but I needed sturdier pliers. I bought a wonderful German set and they have planted me over 15 years. You can find these at jewelry tool websites.
The next tip is without you can solder your pieces together you will need the proper glue. I highly endorse a glue called "GOOP" or E-6000. This is the same glue by a different brand name and it stays put for well over 20 years. I think you will probably get bored with your pieces before then, but even so you can re-glue them for another 20 years. This glue takes a little getting used to, but it is the one to use. I tried super glue … it fell apart, two part epoxy, it fell apart too.
If you like to make bracelets I would offer this tip also. It's fun to make charm bracelets and add your special pieces to it. You could solder a ring onto a piece or you could glue those special pieces onto something with a ring and then attach it to the bracelet. The rings, and this is very important, must be sturdy enough and must be closed properly. You must open the ring and slide on the charm, slide the ring through the sturdy chain bracelet and the close the ring together so that no gaps are in the ring. If you leave a gap in the ring this may snag on clothing and pull the ring apart.
If you have a nearby jeweler with a torch you could have him sold your charm creation on to the bracelet. I have another option also, you could also use a split ring. This is a ring that already overlapped and you slide your charm onto it and then slide it onto your bracelet and no gap is present to be concerned about. No soldering is needed. I hope this helped some … it is so much fun to make brooches too.
Collecting little vintage pieces is fun and you could make some gorgeous vintage brooches for yourself and friends too. I would offer this little tip to you. Buy a good sturdy base piece and then pile on your collection. Use a good sturdy clasp back and use the E6000 glue to secure it. So much fun. Enjoy and I'll be back for more hints on how to make cool bracelets and ideas for settings findings and jewelry ideas.