Contrary to what you may think, metal charms don’t have to be used in a specific way. Flat back charms can actually be used upside down as a drop pendant, letting you connect it to yet another charm. The flat surface allows you to glue it onto something, such as an earring post or purse. In this project, we’ll show you how to use this technique on a braided chain DIY belt. This DIY will also help you take your jewelry-making skills up a notch. Plus, you’ll be all ready for festival season!
- Snake Chain (at least 18 feet)
- Chain Ends (12)
- Darice 12mm Jump Rings (2)
- Thin Ribbon
- Darice Feather Charms (odd number)
- Darice Flat-back Charms (odd number)
- Darice Large Clasps or Darice Lobster clasps
- 3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers
- Jewelry & Metal Glue
Step one. Cut a strand of snake chain long enough to wrap around your waist, plus 1 inch.
Step three. Apply a dot of glue to one chain end. Add to a strand of chain and clamp in place. Repeat with the remaining five strands (on one end only). When you’re done, you should have six chain ends left.
Tip: Use masking tape to secure the end of the chains while you work.
Step six. Add a chain end to each strand.
Step seven. Gather the chains and glue.
Step twelve. Glue the charms to the chain at equal intervals. Let your DIY belt dry completely.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.