The Geeky Rabbit: Jewelmint Coachella Inspired DIY

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jewelmint Coachella Inspired DIY

I decided to do my own version of the Jewelmint Coachella one rainy weekend, and I love the effects!

FYI, the Jewelmint Coachella is described as a chain necklace which can be worn as a bracelet, and measures 38 inches long with a 3 inch extender.

I picked up some craft supplies the previous day and decided to get the materials needed for the necklace/bracelet. Of course, my own inspired version won't be the same as the Jewelmint one. I used thick stainless steel chains and a pink leather cord to do the braids, and each of my braid had only one strand of material (be it chain or cord) whereas for the Jewelmint one, each braid strand had either two chains or one chain and one cord.

Adding a lobster clasp at the end, though I will not use it much!

The end and start of the chain (whichever way you look at it, either ends can be considered as the start). I had started braiding from the smaller end, and added an extra knot after I finished braiding everything.

The braids look really pretty! It wasn't easy to braid chains, and I recommend using flatter chains for such a project. Also, do take note to braid slowly and make sure that there are no kinks in the braid. If there are any, undo the portion and re-braid the area. It will save you a lot of trouble subsequently.

I had used 1m stainless steel chains, thus after discounting the length for the tassle and braids, the eventual chain was only about 80cm long. It is a tad short to be looped around the neck more than once, so it hangs as a pretty knot necklace that can be used to do layering. It goes around my wrist three times as a bracelet. I personally prefer to tie a knot when using it as a bracelet than to rely on the lobster clasp, as i feel that the lobster clasp makes the position of the bracelet awkward. That's just my little preference!

I've been into bracelet layering lately, and I usually wear lots of thinner bracelets on the side of my wrist where i wear my watch. I prefer to keep larger bangles on the side that I do not wear any watch as I'm worried that the stiffer metal or rough edges may scratch my watch face or nick the leather strap. The trend of stacking bracelets seem to be catching on, and I can't wait to make more goodies along the way. It's a great way to test out new ideas, and also take some time off from work and stress!

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