How to Make Your Own Italian Charm Bracelets

Written by kathryn hatter
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Italian charm bracelets are a very popular and stylish piece of jewellery. Women and girls of all ages enjoy wearing these fashionable bracelets.

These charm bracelets originated in Italy but are now sweeping the United States as people discover how much fun it is to wear them. One of the interesting aspects of these charm bracelets is that the charms you choose can express various meanings, making your charm bracelet truly personalised.

Even more fun is to make your own Italian charm bracelet. You could purchase a kit, but making one from scratch is not difficult. Here are some instructions for making an Italian charm bracelet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Italian charms (including starter link)
  • Charm tool (optional)

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    Make an Italian Charm Bracelet

  1. 1

    Choose the charms you will use to make the Italian charm bracelet (see end of article for a suggested resource).

    Determine how many charms you will need for your bracelet. A bracelet for a small wrist will take approximately 17 charm links. A bracelet for a medium wrist will take approximately 18 links. A bracelet for a large wrist will take approximately 19 links.

  2. 2

    Arrange the charms in your desired order when you have decided on your bracelet theme and the number of charms necessary.

  3. 3

    Begin to create the charm bracelet.

    Italian charms have a loop on one end and a hook on the other. The bracelet must start with the starter link. You will recognise the starter link by the locking mechanism it contains. Connect the hook end of a regular link by aligning it with the locking loop of the starter link. The hook should slide easily into the loop. After sliding the hook in, lock it to complete this connection.

  4. 4

    Continue to attach the Italian charms to the bracelet. The regular charms do not lock like the starter link, but they should be sufficiently secure.

    Add the links you have chosen until the bracelet fits your wrist. The recommended sizing for a bracelet is to allow enough slack that it is comfortable, but not so much that it can fall off over your hand.

  5. 5

    Add the last link and lock it into the other side of the starter link to finish the Italian charm bracelet.

Tips and warnings

  • It is possible to link the Italian charms just with your fingers, but some people prefer to use a tool. See the end of the article for a source for purchasing a charm tool.

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