bracelet-hardware-DIYI like the rugged, steampunk look of unconventional jewelry made with hardware, and wanted to give it a try.  I found several building kits in the toy section at Dollar Tree, and they were full of interesting pieces of  hardware.  I bought one of the kits (to build a dog?) and started experimenting with the pieces.

I have come up with four jewelry designs using materials from this single $1 box of hardware!  See part 2 HERE.  Here’s our first project:  a “rusty” metal bracelet.
Supplies:

  • Hardware from a Toy kit
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewelry or super glue
  • Embossing ink and powder
  • Jewelry chain
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step-14Step one:  Press an embossing ink pad on the metal piece, and pour embossing powder on it.  I used a distressed powder by Tim Holtz to create a rust effect.  Tap off the excess powder.
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Step two:  Use a heat tool to emboss the powder onto the metal.  Be careful not to touch the metal because it will be very, very hot.  Let the piece cool.

Step three:  Use superglue or jewelry glue to add three rhinestones onto the metal.

Step four:  Add a chain with jump rings to make a bracelet.

I was planning to make the piece more masculine  for my boys to wear, but liked it so much that I added the bling and kept it for myself.  You could glue stones for a completely different look.  As I mentioned earlier, I have three more projects you can make from this one dollar store kit, so check back to see what the next jewelry with hardware project is!

Part 2

Part 3

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