I’ve been looking for the perfect bracelets to start my own arm party and found some pretty woven chain bracelets from Aurélie Bidermann at Net-a-Porter. Only there was a nice price tag attached to them. Because one 300 € – bracelet does not make an arm party, I decided to make one myself! I already wore it in some of my latest posts and since I got a few emails asking me if I could post how I made it… here it is, my first DIY!
1. What you need: cotton thread in 6 colors, a chain bracelet, 2 hair pins and scissors (I got all my equipment at Veritas).
2. Cut 2 sets of 15 strands of thread, with each set measuring four times the length of the bracelet. You can use two sets of the same colors like me or make two different ones, depending on the colors you got. (Tip: If you use the same set of colors, it’s maybe easier to use 2 different hair pins to do the steps).
3. Knot all the threads at the top and leave about 2,5 cm above the knot (trim the threads so they’re of equal length). Put each set between a hair pin (makes it easier to weave through the links)
4. & 5. Lay the threads to the left of the bracelet. Pull the right set of threads from under the first link and over the top of the left side of the link.
6. Lay the 2nd set (left one) over the first (right one). Pull the second set from under the same link and over the top again. Repeat the steps while moving onto a new link and put the first set on top of the 2nd set and pull it out from under the 2nd link and over the top left. Lay the second on top of the first and pull it out from under the 2nd link and over the top left again. (I went twice through each link because the links are rather big, if your bracelet is smaller linked you should weave through each link only once).
7. Repeat the steps until you reach the end of the bracelet.
Ta-daaah! Part 1 of the arm party is done and you’ve yourself a woven chain bracelet! That was easy huh? You can also repeat the process on the other side of the bracelet (like this) if you like. There really are dozens combinations possible. Have fun experimenting!