Monday, June 6, 2011

Guest Post! The Answer is Chocolate's Hardware Bracelet

Hi all! Happy Monday!
It is deadline week for me,
so who knows what is in store for me for the rest of the week...
so instead you get some FAB guest bloggers!

You know how much I LOVE the hardware store,
well The Answer is Chocolate has a project right up that alley!
Thanks for being here Carol!

Hi there all of Holly's fabulous followers! I'm Carol from The Answer Is Chocolate where I blog about all kinds of creative things and as the name implies, chocolate!  I'm so excited to be visiting again here at 504 Main. Glad Holly's getting some well deserved R and R, gearing up to finish up her book.  How exciting!!

Like so many of us creative bloggers, I’d be lost without The Dollar Tree! I go there at least once a week just to walk the aisles and see what I might find. Last time I was there I found this pack of washers.

Dollar Tree Washers

I had some chain on hand in my jewelry making stash:

Blue Mountain Natural Elegance Chain

I got mine at JoAnn’s but you can get this or similar many places. I measured off two lengths bracelet size. I attached the two chains to either side of a toggle clasp using jump rings.


Then I went to work on my  washer charms.

I made sets of small, medium, and large based on the size of the washers, putting a jump ring on each:

Washer Charms

On the small ones, I put one of the smallest washers on either side. Then I just started adding these to the chain, eyeballing the spacing but not being overly precise.

It doesn’t matter which of the chains you attach your washer charms to. It all kinda blends.

If you haven’t ever made jewelry, don’t be intimidated. Working with chain is very forgiving and there are tons of  instructions out there. Here’s a video on how to open / close a jump ring and once you do that, you can open / close the links of chain…same principle.

Washer Charm Bracelet (2)

It's a fun project and has turned out to be a great conversation piece. I hope you've enjoyed this and if you have any questions, please pop over to my place and leave a comment ( make sure I can email you!) . Thanks again Holly for your as always, wonderful hospitality! Remember, doesn't matter what the question is:

Head Chocolatier,
The Answer is Chocolate


  1. hello carol and holly... what a great project! i love it and am putting it on my "must do" list! xoxo

  2. What a cool project!

  3. This is really cute! I saw something really similar at a store this weekend, but yours is so much more fun because you made it from hardware!

  4. So cute, Carol! Who would have thought hardware could look so chic! ;)

  5. So, so, cool! I love Carol's jewelry creations!


Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation! I sure hope you come back for more!