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Belt Bracelet DIY

A great way to nurture creativity is to try something new.  This belt bracelet DIY is a low-cost, fun way to expand your horizons and make something fun that you can show off to your friends.

Leather bracelets are trendy, earthy and so versatile. Leave the leather unadorned or attach a button, an old broach or an item that has special meaning to you to add your own personal touch.  You may even have a belt in your closet that you can use for this project.

Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • Narrow belt (approximately 1/2 inch wide)
  • 2 – 1/2 Inch Ribbon Crimps
  • 7-10 Split Rings
  • Lobster Clasp
  • Headpin
  • Decorative Beads

Tools:

  • Scissors • X-Acto Knife
  • 2 Pairs of Round Nose Pliers
  • Split Ring Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

1. Use your ruler to determine a straight line across the belt, near the belt buckle. Use your X-Acto knife or sharp scissors to make a straight cut to remove the belt buckle.

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2. Loosely wrap the belt around your wrist 3 times to measure length needed. Hold your finger to mark where the end of your belt meets on the third wrap. Lay the belt flat on your cutting mat making sure to keep your finger at the spot where the to ends met. Subtract 1.5 inches from this length to allow for your ribbon crimps and closure and cut belt to length with x-acto knife or scissors. Wrap the belt around your wrist again to make sure you have cut off enough to leave a 1.5 inch space between the two ends on third wrap.

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3. Attach ribbon crimps to each end of the belt. To do this simply slide your belt into the opening and squeeze the entire length of the crimp with pliers tightly.

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4. Connect 2 split rings using the split ring pliers.

5. Attach the lobster clasp to one end of the split rings.

Split Rings on Lobster Clasp

 

6. Attach the other end of the split rings to the ribbon crimp.

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7. Make a chain by attaching at least 5-7 split rings.

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8. Attach split ring chain to the other ribbon clasp.

Split Rings to Crimp

 

9. Thread beads onto the headpin.

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10. Form a loop at the top of your beads by wrapping the wire around the nose of your round nose pliers.

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11. Thread the open loop onto the end of your split ring chain. To close the loop simply hold your loop with one set of round nose pliers and use the other set of round nose pliers to grasp the end of the wire and wrap it around the base next to the bead. Once you have done this snip the wire close to the wrap and bend in the end so that it doesn’t catch.

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12. Try on your fabulous new earth friendly triple wrap belt bracelet!

Triple Wrap Belt Cuff

We hope you enjoyed this DIY project.  If you would like to see more of our bracelet designs click here.

We hope you are having a happy and creative summer!

West Bottoms Shopping in Kansas City

One of our favorite things to do, aside from making jewelry out of vintage and upcycled materials, is  shopping for vintage and upcycled materials.  We go to yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets and salvage yards to find material and inspiration.

As we mentioned in a previous blog (Hang Ups at Lucky Dog Vintage), Kansas City has a neighborhood called West Bottoms that is made up of antique stores and art galleries housed in historic buildings.  If you love an original artsy and vintage vibe and are in the area, it is definitely worth visiting.  The first weekend of every month is a big deal in this area – it’s called Warehouse Weekend/ First Friday Weekend and all the stores are open.  We thought we’d share our First Friday shopping adventure with you by taking you to the stores that we visited today.

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Hickory Dickory is a great store that has an inside and outside retail area.  I found some typewriter keys and fabulous vintage earrings there.  They are only open on First Friday Weekends but are worth the month long wait to check them out.

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Next stop:  Lucky Dog Vintage!  Of course they are our favorite not only because they carry our jewelry line but also because they have beautiful repurposed furniture, home décor and unusual finds.  Look what else we found there – Junk Mafia’s Junk Journal!  Junk Journal is a great place to learn about great new finds in the world of repurposing.  To learn more about Junk Mafia visit their website at www.junkmafia.com.  Lucky Dog Vintage is open Friday & Saturdays every weekend of the month and extended hours Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s of First Friday Weekends.

Third Stop:  Stuffology.  One word:  Gorgeous!  They are open First Friday Weekends and by appointment.

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Fourth Stop:  Liberty Belle.  We fell in love with the metal art that was located by the door.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Fifth Stop:  Bella Patina.  Three floors of fabulous vintage, antique & repurposed furniture, and decorations.  They are open First Friday Weekends only.

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Sixth Stop:  Restoration Emporium.  Check out these displays!  There is so much to love about this very large store which is full of repurposed home décor items.  They are open First Friday weekends of every month.  On their Facebook page they note that they have Boutique hours on Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 10-3pm.

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Seventh Stop:  Nook & Cranny.   Nook & Cranny has typewriters, vintage jewelry, silverware and antique books so of course we fell in love with this store!  They have so much diverse and interesting stock that you need some time to properly go through this store.  They are open every Saturday of the month and Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday on First Friday Weekends.

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Eighth Stop:  Good Ju Ju. Good Ju Ju is a store made up of more than 20 antique dealers so there is an excellent variety available.  Our favorite find today was the pink antique Maytag washing machine.  Good Ju Ju is open First Friday Weekends.

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Ninth Stop:  Rag and Bone.  This was our first visit to Rag and Bone and we loved it!  They have a great selection of re-purposed furnishings, original art and unique vintage treasures. Check out their record department.  How cool is that display?  Rag and Bone is open every weekend.

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Whew, nine large stores in one day!  We didn’t even come close to visiting all the amazing stores in the West Bottoms and are excited about our next trip down there.  If you’d like to learn more about Kansas City’s historical West Bottoms you can visit their website at www.westbottoms.com.

Have a great week!