Chain Bangles – Chaingles!

June 5, 2015Allison Murray
Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

I’m not even going to try to pretend that I’m not a big ol’ dork. Because I am. Not the kind that watches Star Trek or Star Wars (in fact I get the two confused pretty regularly much to the chagrin of those types of dorks) but I guess I’m my own brand of nerd. I like bad jokes. Like terrible puns and jokes kids tell. Most of the time when people tell me a joke I don’t get it. Unless they’re under 12 years old and then I’m laughing my head off!

I often come up with things that just tickle myself. And I kind of talk to myself a lot. Well, I say that I’m talking to my pets, and in a way I am, but I often just go off on a tangent all to myself. You see I work at home and I live alone. Exceptin’ my 4 cats and 1 dog. I don’t really care to watch television and I’m one of those kind of weird creative types and I’m very talkative. That all adds up to me talking to myself.

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

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But that’s cool because that can lead to some ideas for projects I love. It goes something like this… what else can I put into resin? Hey, I can put chain into bangle molds. Chain bangles. Hey! Chaingles! And boom. Just like that I’m making bangles out of resin and chain. All because I am an amazing self conversationalist :)

For this project you will need:

  • Bangle molds
  • Resin
  • Chain – I used some seriously big ass chain I got from the trim by the yard department at Hobby Lobby (on half off, boom!)
  • Industrial strength glue

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

Place your chain inside of your bangle mold. I used the biggest chain I could find. That also meant that I couldn’t manage to open a piece of chain and connect it back on itself. It was too thick and too heavy. In fact I actually had to pry the dickens and even trim at the open end to finally get it to open up at all. Forget about putting it back together. Not gonna happen!

If you can connect your chain with the links that’s awesome and will look the best. But if you can’t grab some super strong glue, like E6000 and glue it together like you see mine is. Let the glue dry completely before continuing.

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

Put your chain into your mold and then pour resin in to the depth you want. I wanted about half and half… meaning half chain in resin and half chain not in resin.

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

You can tell I sort of overshot it but I’m still happy with the results. Oh, and if you need help with the resin whatnot, I didn’t cover it here at all but I do really well with this golf flecked resin bangle tutorial over here.

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

But there she is! I love it and it looks pretty high fashion. I WISH that I could have found a better way with the chain but I’m still happy with the results overall. What do you think? Are you loving it?

Clear resin and chain make the prettiest DIY bracelets. Looks high fashion!

Comments (2)

  • Mike

    June 6, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Wow Allison… Everytime I read your blog, I find out more and more of how much alike we are. :) You’re lookin’ at a 100% dork here that finds things like numbers and science cooler than movies and TV shows. I’m not much for television either, except for the occasional DVD that I like to pop in when I have nothing else to do. My favorite reads are mainly non fiction type things, like on science or self help type things. I admit that I am a bit of a manga/anime geek, but now that I’m in my 30s, even that that has been toned down some. And yeah, I don’t get the whole Star Wars/Trek thing either. Never watched a single movie or episode.
    And hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little intellectual monologue every now and then, right? :) I have those too in the confines of our apartment. I call it thinking out loud. And the best part of it is, my stutter doesn’t even emerge when I have my monologues! I don’t get nervous when I have one selfie conversations! :)
    So you’re cool Allison. :) I thought I was the only one who did these kinds of things. I’m so happy to learn that I’m not the only one!
    And great bracelet by the way! So awesome! :)

  • Mike

    June 6, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    P.S. please forgive any spelling or grammar mistakes that I may have. I’m on my iPod and its hard to type. :)

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