With a little creativity and the right metal jewellery findings and adhesives, you can make a coin bracelet without bulky frames or drilling holes through the coins. Metal jewellery findings are bails, wire pins, end caps, bead caps, earring wires and other components used in jewellery construction. Look for the findings to make a coin bracelet at speciality bead stores, online jewellery suppliers and some craft stores.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- One-part epoxy adhesive
- Glue-on fold over bails
- Two flat pad glue-on bails
- Jump rings
- Round nose pliers
- Bracelet clasp
Measure your wrist. Arrange the desired type of coins in a horizontal row about 2/3 of this measurement. The bails and the clasp will add overall length to the bracelet. You can also measure the length as you make the bracelet to determine if you need more or fewer coins.
Turn the coins so that the sides you prefer to be face up in your bracelet design are face down in the row.
Dry fit an open fold over glue-on bail between two adjacent coins. Fold over glue-on bails have two wide, flat ends with a length or two of wire connecting the ends together. They are generally used to fold over the top of a jewellery component so that the flat ends sandwich the component and the centre wire creates a loop that you can slide over a beading cord. In this project, the wire remains straight and connects the coins together.
Dry fit another fold over glue-on bail to the next two coins in the row. Notice that the coin in the centre will have two flat sections of the glue-on bail. Each coin on the bracelet will have two flat sections of a glue-on bail, even the coins on the end. Stagger the placement of the flat sections, if necessary, so that both will fit on the coin.
Spread one-part epoxy on both flat ends of a fold over glue-on bail. Spread one-part epoxy glue onto the back of two adjacent coins where the flat section of the bail will land. The length of the centre wire between the two flat ends is the maximum allowable space between the coins. Read the glue's instructions---you may have to wait one minute for the glue to set.
Press the flat ends of the glue-on bail into the glue on the back of the two adjacent coins. Apply pressure for one minute.
Follow the process to attach the flat sections of the fold over glue-on bails to join the remaining coins in the length of the bracelet.
Glue a flat pad glue-on bail to the coin at each end of the bracelet. This type of bail has a flat pad on one end and a closed ring on the other. The closed ring is the bail to attach the bracelet clasp.
Open two jump rings with the pliers. Slide one jump ring through each closed bail ring. Slide one half of a bracelet clasp over each open jump ring. Close the jump rings.
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