Charm BraceletsBy Becky Green
Building a Pandora style charm bracelet is easy, can be cost efficient, and is also fun! Charm Bracelets have been around for centuries. People over the years have made charm bracelets for many different reasons, often reflecting their personal cultures and beliefs. The great thing about Pandora style charm bracelets is that they reflect your own personal style and taste. Whether you are trying to make a bold statement, or you want to create an elegant piece of jewellery, how your charm bracelet looks is totally up to you. To start your charm bracelet out, you are first going to need to pick out the anchoring piece, the chain.
The chain of your charm bracelet can be made from a number of different materials. I recommend a sturdy one because you want your bracelet to last and be somewhat durable, since it is on your wrist. There are many metals you can make your chain out of, such as gold, white gold, silver, nickel, platinum, or even strong or weaved strings like hemp, leather, or bamboo. Size and length is also up to you, depending on how many different charms or beads you would like to place on your bracelet. Be careful though, if your bracelet is too loose it will get caught on things easily and can get broken. You can find these chains at local jewellery stores, craft or hobby stores, or even at local superstores. There are also many different stores online that offer Pandora style chains and charms. I purchased my charm bracelet and charm beads from http://www.myluckycharms.co.uk. They have an excellent range of products and are sure to fulfil your needs. Now that you have picked out the chain for your Pandora style chain bracelet, you can begin the fun part of picking out the charms.
How you pick out the charms for your bracelet is up to you. Keep in mind that if a Pandora style charm bracelet is what you desire, than you are looking for charms that come in the rounded shape and form of beads. You can choose to have a theme for your bracelet if you wish, like cultures, flowers, religion, colours, or can choose random charms that you find that you like. If you are looking to have a more elegant bracelet I would choose metal charms that all follow a theme. If you are looking for a more casual bracelet pick out charms of different colours, or charms with lots of detail.
Adding beads to your charm bracelet will also give it a more dramatic effect. You can choose beads of any material or size that you want. Any glass beads, metal beads, or hand crafted beads will do. You want beads that are going to compliment the charms. Many people like to place a pattern of beads in between the charms that they have picked out. In many cases the beads are just as beautiful or detailed as the charms themselves. But again it is your personal preference.
After you have picked a chain, and have had it cut to size, and picked out your charms and beads, you need to select the type of charm clasp/ charm stopper you would like on it. There are many places where you can get these from I got mine from http://www.myluckycharms.co.uk. The clasp/stopper will stop the charm beads from falling off the charm bracelet when you remove it from your wrist.
With all of the necessary materials it is time to start assembling your charm bracelet. Attach part of the clasp to one end, and make sure it is secure. Then, start stringing the charms and beads onto the bracelet in the order of your choice. Continue that pattern until you have all of the beads and charms that you want on it. Next you will secure the other end of the clasp on to the open end. After you are positive that the clasp is on securely your bracelet is ready to be worn!
Pandora style charm bracelets are becoming more and more popular every day. You can make different bracelets for different occasions, and incorporate them into the many different styles of clothing you may wear. They also make great gifts. If you are looking for a unique idea for a close friend or family member, make them one too. You could also use the charm bracelet to remember certain occasions or trips, and collect the charms and beads from those special days or places. This will create a bracelet that carries special significance and memories. If you like the way that your bracelet turns out, make a matching ring or pair of earrings to go with it.
Remember to get all of your supplies before you start to make your bracelet. This way you aren’t trying to fix it or undo the clasps on it. Also remember your bracelet doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. Have fun and make the bracelet a stylish reflection of your personality. That’s the benefit of a Pandora style charm bracelet; it’s whatever you want it to be!
About the Author: Becky Green, aged 28, has been making charm bracelets for many years and has had success in selling them in retail markets. Her work is sold on many websites and she now makes a living selling her jewellery.