I want to have all the bracelets all the cool girls have. The tons and tons that can be stacked into “army candy”. Not only is it pretty but who doesn’t want to sport something called “arm candy” anyway?
When I started to look into buying some of these bracelets I have seen on Instagram and sometimes even conveniently tagging the proper shops I realized I simply cannot afford that business.
And how do these instagram chicks? It looks like they spend a lot of money on keeping their hair blonde and appearing to be effortlessly and perfectly wavy. Where do they get a hundred bucks per bracelet and 15 of them to boot?
It’s a conspiracy I tell you but I still want that freaking stack. The kind I can mix, match and be a cool girl with. Just like I do when I can’t buy, I DIY. Let’s hit it.
Keep an eye out and when craft store chain is on sale half price snap up a couple that you love and coordinate well together. I got 4 chains to make 4 bracelets for only about $14.
Now that’s a stack I can afford! Pick up matching findings including lobster clasps and jump rings. Expect to spend another $3 on this unless you do the 50% off thing again and get it down to a buck and a half!
Here are my chains. I wanted some big ass rhinestones and I was able to get just that. I’m not so into silver right now and anything I could find gold was not so great or even trashy looking so I went bronze instead. Isn’t it lovely? Again, that is $13.50 – less than any ONE of the bracelets I have been able to find from arm candy stacks on IG – babababoom!
Most of your chains are going to be around 7 inches and that will work for a bracelet for most people if the chain is on the medium to thinner side. The bulkier chain gets the more you need to make it around your wrist. It seems crazy, I know, but try it out in the store. The thinnest will get around easily, perhaps with length to spare, and the larger may not quite make it around.
Luckily we have jump rings. All you need to do to turn these beauties into bracelets is add a lobster clasp to one end and as may jump rings as needed to make the chain fit to the other side.
Now if the chain is actually too long, you can trim to fit. Be sure to err on the side of caution if you don’t want to necessarily lose length.
1 down and 3 to go!
Now check out that stack. I’ve started making things to add some color up in here and to extend my stack making collection. For now, my four are just fine and coming in at about $3.50 apiece, I’m beyond thrilled!