Make a beautiful refashioned brooch pin bracelet for yourself or to give as a gift! This stretchy bracelet couldn’t be easier to make. Below are all the how-tos and links to the supplies.
Where to Find Unique Brooches and Enamel Pins
You can find beautiful brooches and enamel pins almost anywhere that sells jewelry. You may even have a few tucked away in your jewelry box!
Thrift or antique store are great sources for vintage pins. I found the antique cameo pin for $10 and the pink flower brooch for $4 at my local Fleatique! Flea markets, estate sales, and even yard sales are great places to look.
If you do head to a thrift store, keep an eye out for beads while you’re there. Sometimes you can find inexpensive strands of vintage pearls or bags of loose beads that you can repurpose!
You can also buy pins in sets or in bulk. I found this beautiful set of 5 Assorted Pearl and Rhinestone Brooches (shown above) on Amazon. This is a great option if you’re planning a wedding and want to make brooch bracelets as Bridesmaid’s gifts, or if you just want to make a bunch to sell!
What Beads to Use
You can really use any beads you want. I used different size strands of pearl beads because the neutral ivory color seems to work well with different colors and types of brooches.
Here’s a link to the beads I bought glass pearl beads in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm sizes (link to Amazon).
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How to Keep Your Stretch Bracelet From Breaking
It’s true that stretchy bracelets can wear out over time but there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your bracelets when making and wearing them.
- Use three overhand knots and add a bead of G-S Hypo Cement on the knot. More on that below.
- Size your bracelet correctly. Your stretch bracelet should fit snugly enough that it doesn’t fall off but it should not be tight to the point where you need to over-stretch the cord when putting it on.
- Roll your bracelet gently over your hand and onto your wrist to avoid over-stretching.
- Always remove your stretch bracelets before showering, swimming, or anytime they may come in contact with water.
- A brooch pin (check how the pin is oriented–vertical or horizontal before buying)
- Beads (I bought these glass pearl beads in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm sizes on Amazon)
- Elastic String Stretch Cord for Jewelry (0.5 mm clear)
- G-S Hypo Cement (clear)
- Beading needle
- a sewing measuring tape and rulers
How to Make a Brooch Pin Bracelet – 5 Easy Steps
Determine what size bracelet you need by measuring your wrist. My wrist was about 6.5″ but I measured out 7.5″ inches in bead length for a looser, more comfortable fit.
Put your beads in a row to measure them. I’m making a 7.5-inch bracelet so I measured out the beads against a ruler to get the correct number and to make my bracelets all uniform size.
Use your wide beading needle to thread the beads onto your stretchy cord. You can cut the cord from the roll and add a bead bug of clip to the end if you like, just make sure you have enough elastic cord and extra to knot. I kept mine on the roll while beading in this DIY.
Give your stretch cord a couple of light stretches before tying knots! Then tie with three overhand knots, tighten in different directions by pulling on the cords but do not overstretch. Cut the ends.
Add a dot of G-S Hypo Cement to the knot then pull the knot under a nearby bead.
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Repeat and make 4-6 individual bracelets depending on what you think looks best with your brooch.
Unclasp the brooch pin and slip it over all of the individual bracelets. To keep the pin from opening up add a dab of hot glue to the clasp.
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