How to use charm bracelets to make necklaces!

Hola, bloglandia! Today I wanted to share a quick and easy way to make necklaces using charm bracelets. Rings & Things has a great selection of ready-made chain bracelets with toggle clasps. The typical use is to leave the bracelet in one piece and add charms with jump rings for a charm bracelet. However, these bracelets are a bit longer than advertised.

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With clasps, the 7.5" bracelet measures 8.5", and the 8.5" measures 9.5" long!

It is always better to have too much chain vs. not enough, so think of those extra links as a bonus you can use to make coordinating earrings.  Or, do as I did and use two bracelets to make a necklace! Instead of removing extra links, you can also take advantage of the longer length by removing the bar from one and the loop from another to create a necklace!

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My pendant had two holes, so I just attached on bracelet to each hole and viola! A 19" long necklace.

Here’s another example:

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For this one, I attached the two bracelets with a single jump ring to my resin pendant.

These extra long bracelets also make great anklets.  And yes, they still make great bracelets! Here are two examples:

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I hung a handmade resin charm with a chain tassel, a steamboat charm and sparkly Swarovski crystals for my "Proud Mary" bracelet. I like to think Tina'd be proud to wear it!

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I simply removed a section of chain and replaced it with my handmade copper clay connector.

You might have noticed that all the focals for these pieces are handmade. Browse our resin and bezels, metal-working tools and metal clay selection to get busy making your own!

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