Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Make Charm Bracelet Tutorials

The concept of the charm bracelet can be traced all the way back to prehistoric life, when primitive humans wore trinkets and treasures to signify important events, wealth, and status. This tradition continued in different forms throughout history, and gained even more popularity during the Victorian era, when memory jewelry became a fashion staple. Around the 1960’s the charm bracelet got one of it’s most impressive makeovers - tiny metal dangles that represent people, places and things that the wearer wants to remember, usually attached to a chain base. Many of these traditional charm bracelets have become cherished family heirlooms. Like a family quilt or photo album, they represent the life of people we want to remember.

Today, we still use the word charm to describe these little mementos and trinkets, but with the increased availability of jewelry making supplies, the charm bracelet itself has gone through another transformation. Thanks to jump rings and head pins, we can make our own charms out of just about any material imaginable, in any color, for any style. Here are just a few ideas for creating your own variation of the dangly charm bracelet.

Springtime Carnival Charm Bracelet

Black and White Lampwork Charm Bracelet
By The Beading Emporium and Judy Markwell

Hug Me Covered Button Charm Bracelet
From The Quilted Fish and Sew Jewelry

Forgotten Garden Bracelet

Edgy Paper Charm Bracelet Idea
From Sandy’s Space

Silhouette Charm Bracelet
From pluckymomo

Butterfly Dream Charm Bracelet
From BeadsOnline

Ardennes Crystal Bracelet

Bohemian Butterfly Bracelet

Do you like to make charm bracelets? Do you prefer pre-made trinkets, or making your own unique dangles?

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  1. What a coincidence! I just made my first charm bracelet - each of the 20 'charms' is a different variation of peyote stitch. It was great fun; I expect I'll be making more.

    Thanks for the all the pretty examples in this post!

  2. Awesome round up! Obviously I love charm bracelets and usually make my own dangles.

  3. I made my first (and only) charm bracelet this fall to celebrate 25 years of life with my younger daughter. I bought charms that related to events in the past 25 years and she loved it. It was fun to do. I'd like to try more.

  4. I love charm bracelets. Mine is one of my most prized possessions. You've done a great job expanding on a theme. You can never have too many dangles!

  5. LOVE that Forgotten Garden bracelet! Although I never wear it, I treasure a charm bracelet I got in high school that is filled with significant memories for me.

  6. Thanks for featuring my paper scraps bracelet


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