Happy Weekend! Today I’m sharing a bracelet I’ve been trying to make since before Christmas! I put the beads on the safety pins, arranged the pins countless times, and have used two different types of string…neither of which worked! I was about to give up and toss the project to the side again when I had a new take on it–why not skip the string and use ribbon? I make some other jewelry using ribbon clamps and jump rings so I already had these on hand…and I think it worked. Here is what I did:
- Seed Beads (I used the 6/0 size)
- 45 Safety-Pins
- Ribbon of a Width that will Fit Through Safety-Pins
- 2 Ribbon Clams/Crimps
- 2 Jump Rings
- Lobster or Other Clasp
- Ruler or Tape Measure
- Bead Tweezers (Optional, but Helpful)
- Nylon Jaw Pliers or Other Pliers
Start by selecting your beads. The number of beads per safety-pin will vary due to the variation in bead size. For the safety-pins that I had it typically ranged from 5-6 beads per pin. Continue this process until all of your pins have beads–be forewarned, this can be a bit of a tedious process, but it’s worth it in the end!
Line your pins up in the desired pattern, making sure to alternate the top of the safety-pin with the bottom of the safety-pin. If you do them all in the same direction one end will end up being “thicker” or wider than the other.
Next, cut your ribbon to the desired length. Since the average wrist size of an adult female is 7-inches, I cut the ribbon just over that since some will be lost to the ribbon clamps, and some will be gained by adding the jump rings and claps.
Then secure one end with a ribbon clamp and start “stringing” the safety-pins in the order you have chosen. Again, make sure you are alternating the top and bottom of the safety-pins.
Once all of your pins are on, secure the open end with your other ribbon clamp. Then, add a jump ring to both ends and the lobster clasp to one of the jump rings. Guess what? You’re now done! All that’s left is to…
So what do you think? Do you like it? Do you have any ideas on how to improve it? Please share!
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!
PS – For another great Safety-Pin Bracelet check out the one from Grow Creative!