If you’re just getting started with jewelry-making, one of the skills you’ll want to have is making basic charms. Charms area simple and inexpensive way to add handmade touches to all kinds of jewelry. Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a classic charm bracelet. Since you’ll need several charms for it (usually between 10-12), it’s a great way to get some practice!
What you will need:
- Beads you love! To make a charm bracelet (like I’ll show you in the video below), try to choose beads that coordinate by color scheme, but don’t necessarily “match”. Using different sizes, shapes, finishes, and textures will give you a look with the variety that charm bracelets often have.
- Jewelry pliers: you need your standard long-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers, and wire cutters. This sounds like a lot of things for making such a small jewelry addition, but if you plan to keep making jewelry, these are your three basic tools that you will use for nearly all of your projects.
- Findings: 2″ head pins for making your charms, and if you plan to make a bracelet you will also want 7mm jump rings and also a charm bracelet chain.
If you’re not in a place where you can listen to audio, or you prefer the classic photo step-by-step, I also have a photo tutorial for making charm bracelets you can check out instead that I posted last spring.
Are you a beginner when it comes to jewelry-making? Are there any other specific projects or techniques you would like to see explained?