Make a bracelet out of safety pins for a cheap but fashionable piece of jewellery. During times of economic hardship, such as war times, women made safety pin bracelets that resembled expensive pieces of custom-made jewellery. Create your own safety pin bracelet using pins laced with glass beads or maintain the simple lines of the safety pins without the glam of beading. Glue or tie ribbon around the ends of the safety pin for a softer appearing bracelet.
Draw out the beading pattern for your safety pin bracelet using a pencil and paper. Indicate on the drawing the bead sizes and colours for each safety pin on your paper pattern. Measure the size of the bracelet wearer's wrist with measuring tape to find out how long you need to make your bracelet.
Start adding beads to the first safety pin that is one end of your finished bracelet. Close the safety pin and pinch the head with the needle-nose pliers to close it tightly. Arrange the safety pins in coordination with the pattern, rotating the safety pins as you bead so the head and coil ends are alternated as you continue beading the remaining safety pins.
Measure the elastic cord to the measurement you made of the intended wearer's wrist. Double the amount you need and add two inches to the overall length of the cord. Cut the piece of cord off and keep it folded in half.
Thread one end of the folded cord through the coil end of a safety pin. Stick the other end of the cord into the hole in the head of the pin. Continue adding beaded safety pins until you have at least one inch of cord remaining on the ends.
Slide the pins downward so the fold in the elastic cord is exposed, and cut the cord at the folded crease so you have four ends of cord. Tie the ends of the cord together in tight knots on each end of the safety pins. Trim the excess cord and slide the safety pins over the knots in the elastic cord, so your bracelet is one continuous loop before placing it around the intended wearer's wrist.
Rotating the safety pins before adding them to the elastic cord ensures one side is no longer or shorter than the other on your finished bracelet. Leave the beads off the bracelet if you prefer a simple bracelet with exposed safety pins.
Tips and warnings
- Rotating the safety pins before adding them to the elastic cord ensures one side is no longer or shorter than the other on your finished bracelet.
- Leave the beads off the bracelet if you prefer a simple bracelet with exposed safety pins.
Things you need
- 50 coloured size 0 safety pins
- Seed beads in your choice of colours
- 4mm round beads
- Needle-nose pliers
- 1mm Elastic cord
- Measuring tape