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Two Cool Metallic Bracelets You Can Make Yourself

One has spikes, one has chains, and both are great for layering with other jewelry. Vote for your favorite in this Craft Wars challenge.

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Crafting a bracelet can go way beyond your summer camp days of threading beads on twine — as these two stylish ladies demonstrate.

First, Geneva from A Pair and a Spare shows how to make a studded cone bracelet.

Here's how she did it.

1. Collect your supplies. You'll need about 20 metal stud beads (search on Ebay or Etsy for the type that you can thread a needle through), a length of elastic to fit around your wrist, two clamp beads, beading pliers, and scissors.

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Here's how to do it:

1. Gather materials. You'll need a decorative gold hinge, about a foot or so of gold chain link (in any size you choose), a closure (either a clasp or a hook), and beading pliers.

4 Measure your bracelet. Place the hinge on your wrist and decide how loosely or tightly you'd like it to fit. Trim off the extra links, making sure each piece of chain is the same length. Attach the two chains on each side with an open link.

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Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.

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