Arm Candy: Learn to Make 10 Bracelet Designs

Layering Bracelets in Fashion

When I think of jewelry trends over the past few years, stacking and layering seems to be The Big Thing. It seems the fashion world has decided that instead of some specific style, anything goes–and more is more. So people are piling it on, and stack rings, stacked bangles, and layered necklaces have become the norm. 


Anticlastic Foldformed Bracelet
by Jack Berry
Photo by Jim Lawson

Stacking and layering makes for a versatile trend, allowing everyone to mix, match, and make their own unique blend of metals, gems, jewelry styles, textures, and design elements. The yellow gold that's back in fashion? Yep. White metals? Sure thing. Metal darkened with patina, highly polished, or well textured? Bring it (all) on. Delicate and lacy, bold and chunky, bright colors and metallic neutrals–yes, yes, and yes. Anything goes, and the only rule seems to be that you can't have enough.


Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelet
by Connie Fox
Photo by Frank DeSantis

Why Wear Bracelets?

I'm especially fond of bracelets for two reasons. One, I can't wear them while I'm working because they clank on the keyboard–so it always feels like a special occasion or fun work-free time whenever I'm wearing one. The other reason is because like rings, bracelets are one of the few types of jewelry you can actually see while you're wearing it, so you can enjoy their beauty and style as much as the folks who see you.


Paper Dolls Cuff Bracelet
by Elizabeth Glass Geltman
Photo by Todd Murray

Why Make Bracelets?

Bracelets are a fun piece of jewelry to make, too. Because they're smaller than necklaces, they don't require as many supplies and make a nice shorter project to try out an involved bead weave or other jewelry-making technique in half or less of the length of a necklace. I'm much more likely to attempt an involved beading stitch on a bracelet than a necklace, because it'll probably take about half the time and I'm so impatient! Bracelets also don't need to be symmetrical the way some necklaces do, and they're a great way to highlight a pretty, unique clasp as a design element (remember to add a bead for a counter weight to keep your bracelet from sliding around your wrist). 

Stamped Cuff with Turquoise
by Sam Patania
Photo by Jim Lawson

10 Artisan Jewelry Bracelet Designs

No matter what style of bracelet you like to make (cuffs, bangles, and more) or what jewelry-making techniques and materials you like to work with (such as mokume gane, various metals, lampwork beads, gemstone cabochons, and wire) you'll enjoy our newest eBook dedicated solely to bracelets, 10 Bracelet, Cuff, and Bangle Projects: How to Make Bracelets from the Editors of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine.


In it you'll find tips and step-by-step instructions for ten bracelet projects covering a variety of jewelry-making techniques, including stone setting, creating hinges and textures, repousse, anticlastic forming, and more. Some of the master jeweler's tips in 10 Bracelet, Cuff, and Bangle Projects include making and using ingots, using pitch as well as repousse without pitch, a bracelet-shaping method that utilizes two straight pipes instead of a bracelet mandrel, soldering and annealing Argentium sterling, choosing a hammer, making a flexible bangle bracelet, and more–all for only a buck per project. Plus it's an instant download–no shipping charges and no waiting!

Grab your copy of 10 Bracelet, Cuff, and Bangle Projects eBook now so you can make the ten bracelet projects in it and/or repurpose all the jewelry-making techniques and tips you learn from it to create your own unique bangle, cuff, and other bracelet designs. Then pile them up each arm and enjoy your fashionable self!

What do you think of the layering and stacking trend in jewelry fashion? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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