This week’s Mini-Make project is inspired by my favourite book as a child, The Secret Garden. Since then, I’ve always had a fascination with old-fashioned keys (and gardens!), so when the new little key charms arrived at Beads Direct I knew I had to make something with them! I love charm bracelets, but I find that sometimes they can look a bit too chunky and heavy. With this in mind, I only used the key charms with Swarovski bicones and repeated them across the design, to keep it light and delicate. The wrapped loops of the Swarovski bicones gives a more handmade finishing touch! This is also a really effective way to give the bicones much more movement when wearing your bracelet, so they gently sway and glisten in the light.
Silver Plated Oval Belcher Chain (CH406)
Swarovski Crystal Bicones Paradise Shine 6mm (AC1431)
2x Titanium Plated Small Key Charm Pk2 (CR0165)
Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp (SS32)
Silver Plated Jumprings 4mm (F0623)
Silver Plated Headpins (F0035)
- Cut a length of chain 6 inches long or one inch smaller than the size of your wrist.
- Open a pair of jump rings and attach your lobster clasp to each end of the chain.
- Take four crystal bicones and create a wrapped loop on a headpin for each one. You might find our video tutorial on how to do this helpful.
- Attach your charms alternating between crystals and keys along your bracelet. I find this looks best, spacing them about 2cm apart or leaving 4 chain links in between.