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Another Hex Nut Bracelet

My love of the hardware store continues with this hex nut bracelet. The inspiration for it came from a tutorial at Trinkets in Bloom.

Her bracelet differs from mine a little bit, but only because I was trying to use supplies that I already had. When I can, I try to fight the urge to buy all new supplies for every project. It helps me save some money, but it also forces me to get creative with leftovers from past projects. The more old stuff I use up, the more new stuff I can buy, right?

My initial modifications stemmed from not having enough of the right sized jump rings. The smaller diamond version I came up with actually fits my wrist better, so I guess everything works out for a reason. You’ll also notice that I used more jump rings than she did. That sounds a little nuts (yes, pun intended!) since I just stated that I went smaller because of jump rings. Going smaller left me with extra jump rings, so I used them. I did this to help the hex nuts maintain their diamond shape. If your jump rings are too big or you don’t use enough of them, the hex nuts morph into all sorts of other shapes. Said shapes are not as pretty to me as the diamond. Here’s a close up so that you can see my jump ring placement.

The decision to use leather instead of satin cording was based solely off of what I had on hand. I very fond of the effect the satin gives the bracelet since I am a sucker for color. Next time I’m at the craft or fabric store, I’ll pick some up and try the bracelet with it. I might also play with the hex nuts and come up with other shapes. All in all, I really like this bracelet. If you have basic jewelry making skills, this will be a breeze.

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Braided Hex Nut Bracelets

The ladies over at Honestly…WTF love shopping for craft supplies at the hardware store even more than me, so I get lots of inspiration from their blog. Last weekend I picked up some hex nuts to make their DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet. I already had kitchen twine, but you can find it at most grocery stores these days. I buy mine at a major chain. If your store doesn’t carry it, try a specialty food store or use another form of rope.

I tweaked their design just a little bit. To make the bracelet easier to wear, I used beginning and finishing techniques from Saved by Love Creations’ Braided Bead Bracelet tutorial. This gives the bracelet a closure of sorts by creating a loop that a hex nut can pass through. Another tip I suggest is adding some scotch tape to the ends of your twine. This will make it easier to thread through the hex nuts, and you can take it off when your bracelet is finished.

While I was at the hardware store, I found the coolest, hot pink cording. It’s actually called braided mason line. Since it was fairly inexpensive (around $3 for 250ft.), I bought it because I knew I could make some rad bracelets with it. A few days later I spotted a project on Honestly…WTF that uses it. See why I love this blog? Great minds thinking alike…

I decided to give the Hex Nut Bracelets a go with my hot pink cording in the place of the kitchen twine. The result is fabulous! I put a dot of Aleene’s Stop Fraying on the ends of the cording, but I’ve since learned that you can also melt it with a lighter. I suggest trying this with a scrap piece of cording first.

Not only are these bracelets super easy to make, they also make a great statement when you wear them. I can almost guarantee you’ll get questions about them!

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Painted Washer Necklaces

Sometimes I think I enjoy shopping for jewelry supplies more at the hardware store than the craft store. It’s usually cheaper and allows me the opportunity to repurpose something. This is a win-win in my book.

Looking around on Pinterest for new ideas, I found By Wilma’s tutorial for a DIY Washer Necklace. This necklace is not the pendant-style one with paper glued to a large washer. If you were hoping this was that, check out my post about making those washer necklaces. This necklace looks a bit more refined.

By Wilma only painted one side of her washers, but I chose to do both. In my past experience, washers can tarnish easily. A pretty color is more appealing to me than an ugly gray. I also thinks this makes the necklace more versatile. I had a lot of fun picking out nail polish colors. Since fall will be here soon, I chose colors out of my existing collection that are supposed to be on trend. You can check out the hot fall colors at Pantone’s website. Picking up on seasonal trends through accessories is far more affordable than buying a whole new wardrobe every four months. I finished the pieces of painting a layer of Mod Podge onto the washers. I am hoping (fingers crossed) that this will keep the nail polish from chipping off.

After I made one mosly following By Wilma’s design, I tried another with smaller washers in a different pattern. These necklaces have endless design possibilities. Since they are easy to make and cheap, play around with the shapes and colors. You might just end up with one for every outfit!

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