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Leftover chain links bracelet

Use up snippets from previous projects for budget-friendly jewelry

Wondering what to do with those snippets of chain from previous projects? Connect them with beads from your stash for a bracelet that gives you strands of style at no extra cost! Make it boho, casual, or classic — this is the perfect use-it-up design.

When choosing beads, limiting your palette to three colors presents a more unified look. But for a boho look, mix your metals and multicolored beads. To keep it classic, stick with pearls or crystals in one or two colors.

Read the project instructions below, or click here to download the free project PDF.


Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 23–40 4–12 mm beads
  • 4–12 4 mm spacers
  • 4–5 ft. (1.22–1.52 m) assorted chain, 3–11 mm links
  • 6–8 ft. (1.83–2.44 m) 22-gauge wire
  • 16 4 mm jump rings
  • four-strand slide clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose or bentnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • smartphone or digital camera
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Step 1
1. Arrange 1–4-in. (2.5–10 cm) pieces of assorted chain and beads on a work board in eight rows, each about 7 in. (18 cm) long. Space the bead sizes, shapes, and colors, leaving a few links of chain on each end of each row. Snap a photo for reference.
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Step 2
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Step 3

2. To make a connector: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bead, or a few beads with a spacer, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make as many bead connectors as required for your design. 

3. To make a chain strand: Referring to the order in your photo, attach the loops of the connectors to the pieces of chain in the first row, completing the wraps as you go.

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Step 4
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Step 5

4. Repeat step 3 for the seven remaining chain strands.

5. Open a jump ring and attach an end link of the first strand to the corresponding loop of half of a slide clasp. Close the jump ring. Use jump rings to attach the remaining strands, pairing two strands per loop. Check the fit and trim links if necessary. Repeat on the other side, positioning the remaining clasp half correctly.


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