Remember those BFF necklaces you would get at the mall or even out of a machine when we were younger? I wanted to come up with something that was reminiscent of those but that would also be more suitable for us as adults so I went with: BFF Charm Bracelets! TierraCast is the perfect place to find pretty much everything you need to make these.
What you’ll Need:
- Jewelry Tools- something like this set 2 pliers and 1 cutter
- Chain- I’m using the Brass Cable Chain 5x6mm from TierraCast
- Jump Rings- I’m using Oval Jump Rings 20 Gauge 4x3mm from TierraCast
- Clasps- I’m using these from TierraCast
- Charms– various ones that represent you + your bestie!
For the simple bracelet I used the Wire Bracelet with hook opening in 12 gauge wire and the same charms
I wanted to show you two different ways you could make these bracelets. The 1st way is a bit more involved and helps if you have basic jewelry making experience.
Choose your charms! This will obviously be completely different and personalized to each bestie but I wanted to give you some ideas of how and what to select. I went with:
- Our Initials
- Our Birthstones
- Our Zodiac signs
- Flowers to remind us of vacations we’ve taken together
- Our Favorite Holiday
- She’s a dog person, I’m a cat person
- Our Grandparents both mean a lot to us so I chose charms to represent them
- Shared Interests
The list is honestly endless though! TierraCast has so many cute charms to choose from in several colors too!
Measure out the length of chain you are going to need. I did this simply by putting it around my wrist and cutting it a couple rings shorter than I needed to account for adding the magnetic clasp at the end. Use your wire cutters to do this.
Attach your clasps! I used the same jump rings to attach the magnetic clasps, one on each end. I chose the magnetic ones for the easiest on/off but there are also a ton of closures to choose from.
Use your jump rings to attach your charms to your chain. I chose to put a charm on about every other ring on the chain, this will depend on how many charms you use and how ‘full’ you want your bracelet to be.
Continue to add until you are out or satisfied with how it looks. Repeat steps for each bracelet, and you’re done! Now it’s time to gift or share with your Bestie!
The second way is to just pick up one of these pre made bracelets: Wire Bracelet with hook opening in 12 gauge wire and then using the same charms just slip them on one by one and you’re done! This would be a great beginner project for kids or a perfect last minute gift idea when you are on a time crunch.
Nik is a maker, day dreamer & potty mouth who loves cats, coffee and craft beer. She is a self taught hand embroiderer and will DIY pretty much anything she can get her hands on. You can see her work on Instagram @wastingthyme & @nikvphotography. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and her three awesome cats (that she can’t shut up about).