A few years back I used to do silversmithing and I must admit that I do miss it a bit. Not that I was great at it, but it was a really good excuse to just do something for myself and I love being able to look at something and think ‘I made this.’ With two kids getting out a blow torch just got a bit too tricky so jewellery making became something that was consigned to my past, I’m super excited therefore to be working with Jewellery Maker today to share about their new craft kits including this DIY charm bracelet which are a great way to fit some creative time and jewellery making into your life. What’s more, read on and I’ve got a great offer for you from Jewellery Maker too!
Jewellery Maker sell a range of kits but I couldn’t resist this cute charm bracelet kit with it’s sweet leaf and owl charms. The box contains full instructions on how to make your bracelet as well as a long chain (about a metre), jump rings, clasps and of course the charms themselves. The only thing it doesn’t contain are pliers which you might want to use. These will of course make the job easier but I checked if I could make the kit without them too and I could cut the chain using kitchen scissors and although pliers will make for an easier job you can manoeuvre the jump rings using your fingers.
The bracelets themselves were really easy to make and took me about ten minutes to make so they’re perfect if you don’t have hours and hours to spend learning something new. I love to see results quickly so they were perfect for me! You start by cutting the chain to length and adding jump rings and a clasp and then you can add each charm where you want.
I started with a bracelet just with the leaf charms which looks really effective but one of the suggestions Jewellery Maker make in the instructions is to add a second chain. To do this you need to add a second chain to each of the jump rings at the end and I found it looked best if I made my second chain for my bracelet slightly longer this time.
I put some of the owl charms onto this second chain, I originally intended to only use a couple but I really liked the chunkier feeling it gave the bracelet so I ended up using five charms on each chain. Even after finishing two chains on this bracelet there was a lot of materials left over so the kit would easily make a couple of charm bracelets – it would be fun to make one for a friend too which would make a great gift or if you have older kids it would be a really nice project to work on together making one for each of you.
I loved this little craft kit and think the Jewellery Maker craft kits are really well priced so you could easily buy one for yourself guilt free or they’d make a great birthday or Christmas gift for a friend. The kit gave me the perfect excuse to have some me time again now the kids are back in school – something I hope I’ll get the chance to do more of again.
Jewellery Maker offer for Crafts on Sea readers
Jewellery Maker craft kit’s start from £7.95 which I think is a bargain but they’ve got an even better offer for Crafts on Sea readers! Order one of their craft kits before 7th October using the code CRAFTSJM and you can receive a free tool kit and free p+p on your order too!