Lately I’ve been seeing clothing zippers in fashions on the red carpet, in magazines and on TV. They’re also featured as design elements in everyday dresses, tops and jewelry. Since zippers are so in style right now, I decided to make my own zipper bracelets. Double them up for a stacked look or pair them with other bracelets for a layered look. Teens will love them because they’re edgy and different. Make them for yourself or your girlfriends for a gift that’s on trend without the hefty price tag. Have fun with all the different designs and looks you can create!
7″ or 20″ zipper (7″ wraps around your wrist once, 20″ wraps twice)
Crafting buttons, as shown (also called fabric studs, available in various shapes)
Jump Rings (found in the jewelry section)
Crimp Closures (found in the jewelry section)
Needle Nose or Jewelry Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
1. Gather your materials once you’ve decided on your color scheme and the design.
2. Push the teeth of the craft buttons through the zipper fabric along the length of the zipper or following your design. Use flat nose pliers to bend the teeth of the craft buttons flat on the wrong side of the zipper. Repeat until you’ve completed your design.
3. Trim the excess fabric after the bottom stop and zipper pull, but ensure you have just enough fabric to add the crimp closure.
4. Dab a bit of fabric glue inside the crimp closure, insert the fabric and secure with pliers, crimping the fabric as shown below. Repeat on the opposite end.
5. Attach the jump ring to the crimp closure, secure with needle nose or jewelry pliers. Attach the clasp to the jump ring, securing with pliers. Repeat on the opposite end, attaching only the jump ring. Add any charms you like at this point to either or both of the jump rings.
Cut the fabric off one side of the zipper and trim the other side with craft buttons. Then follow Steps 4 and 5 above. This makes a thinner bracelet with a slightly ruffled look.
Cut the fabric off both sides of the zipper, as shown below. Peel away any fraying edges, use No Fray if desired. Then follow Steps 4 and 5 above.
– Depending on the bottom stop of the zipper, you may be able to loop the jump ring through without adding a crimp closure.
– If a crimp closure is required, you’ll need one that matches the width of the zipper.
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