I am a child of the 60’s and I love all things eclectic, boho, gypsy, hippie, retro, vintage and chic. I recently found some retro vintage inspired bracelets on eBay that can be mixed and matched and I decided I wanted to make my own bracelets. I love to make my own retro vintage jewelry for myself & I plan to make some for stocking stuffers for Christmas. Jewelry making can be affordable and everyone loves homemade.
Before you start making retro vintage jewelry, you will need to collect the charms. I find mine at thrift stores in our area and some of them are on broken necklaces and bracelets but I take them apart and re-purpose them. I also find my charms on Etsy and eBay. We don’t have a Michaels in our area but anytime I am near one, I stock up on everything I need that they carry for jewelry making.
After you have your charms selected, you will need to decide what type of beads you want to use. I love colorful beads for all things retro, vintage and boho but sometimes I like to dress up and for those times, I always select pearl type beads. I’ve been known to take apart necklaces to use the bead for my bracelets.
You will need to purchase clear beading elastic (1mm elastic cord). This can be found just about anywhere jewelry supplies are sold. If you don’t live near a craft store, there are a lot of supply stores online. You will need some jewelry chain as well for the charms.
Next you will need to select spacers and a clasp. These can also be found anywhere jewelry supplies are found.
Now you have to put all of your supplies on your bracelet.
Please see this informative video that explains how to make your own bracelets. I found this video on YouTube when I started making my own bracelets and have used it as a reference since.