The zippers for this tutorial are from K and C Supplies. You can find all sorts of colors and varieties of zippers in the online shop here. (Plus buttons! Oh, yes, there will be a button jewelry tutorial soon, too!)
Let’s get started!
- 3 – 7 inch YKK Zippers. Pick them up at K and C Supplies.
- 12 Fold over crimp ends. Available at any craft store.
- 7 mm jump rings
- Lobster clasp
- Chain nose pliers and another pair of pliers
Optional materials for customizing your bracelet:
- Head pins
- Lucite flowers
Then just slide the pull down and off the zipper. (Definitely save this for other projects!)
Alternatively you can just cut across the zipper right above that little metal thing at the end. Like I mentioned, you will lose a some of the length of the zipper and ultimately your bracelet by doing that.
Repeat this for all 3 zippers. Whichever way you chose, do it the same for all of the zippers.
Repeat for each zipper. You’ll end up with 6 of these.
HINT: I like to pull on the crimp end to make sure it’s secure before moving on.
(I usually use a pair of bent nose pliers and a pair of chain nose pliers. Use whatever pliers you feel comfortable with.)
Maintaining the integrity of the circle, pull one pair the the pliers toward you and the other away from you. Do not pull the circle apart and do not pull to the sides.
To close a jump ring, just do the same, but the opposite.
I also made a video tutorial about how to properly open and close jump rings:
Braid the zippers. I made 3 groups of 2 zippers each and just did a regular braid.
Here are some ways to customize it:
(Feel free to get creative here!)
For a video tutorial on how to make a bead dangle, here’s a video I made:
Want to take it a step further?
Make some more bead dangles. Click here to learn how to make these dangles with Lucite flowers.
Instead of making a braided bracelet, you could make a single bracelet. These would look awesome stacked. Imagine a bunch of different colors down your arm. You can add a dangle like I did here, or just keep them plain.
Have fun making zipper bracelets! Let me know how they turn out!
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