Got old brooches? Upgrade them into a pretty bracelet

Craft vendors know the value of unique bracelets, and their high prices speak volumes. Rather than purchase bracelets made from old brooches, try your hand at making your own. Dig through an old jewelry box to find old brooches and a plain cuff bracelet. Love yard sales and thrift stores? The tiny treasure found in boxes and baskets may end up on your next DIY bracelet.
When selecting a brooch for a bracelet, remember that the brooch should be large enough to draw attention to the bracelet. Each brooch will serve as the centerpiece of the bracelet. Consider colors and designs to make several bracelets that match different ensembles.
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Materials
- 2 brooches
- Wire cutters
- Preformed blank metallic cuff bracelet
- Clear E6000 adhesive
- Tan faux suede cord
- Scissors
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Instructions for Cuff Brooch Bracelet
1. Remove the pin and locking from the back of a brooch with wire cutters.
2. Apply E600 clear adhesive to the back of the brooch.
3. Press the brooch firmly against the center of the metallic cuff bracelet.
4. Allow the glue to dry before wearing the bracelet.
Instructions for Braided Brooch Bracelet
1. Cut three lengths of faux suede cord, each measuring approximately 24-inches-long, from the spool.
2. Lay the three pieces of cord vertically on a flat surface. Tie one end of the three pieces of cord together to form a knot.
3. Braid the entire length of the cord until reaching approximately 3 inches from the bottom.
4. Gather the loose pieces of cord at the end of the braid and form a loop. Make a knot to secure the loop.
5. Cut excess cord dangling from the knot.
6. Open the lock mechanism on the brooch.
7. Slip the pin through the center of the braid, then lock the pin to secure it to the cord.
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