hex nut bracelet

Braided Brass Hex Nut Bracelets. Thanks to my new infatuation with Pinterest I have come across a number of fantastic ideas and DIY projects. This was such a wonderful and unexpected DIY gift find that I just had to try it myself! The bracelets were a smash with everyone who got one as a gift too.

These amazing pieces of wrist-candy are selling for upwards of $185 so spending the time to do it is truly worth your while! Follow the step by step instructions here. Please note my following tips as they will save you time:

1. The best size of brass hex nut is 8-32 (use 24 instead of the recommended 18 with this size) or 10-32, which are slightly bigger, here 18 is all you need. As far as where to buy these brass nuts, it was much more difficult to find than expected …. but ultimately Home Depot stocks them and the staff was very amused by my project. 

2. For my projects I used kitchen twine which frayed too easily so I would recommend something that can be easily threaded through the nuts - check your local craft store and experiment for best results.

Happy Crafting!

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Friendship bracelets have come a long way over the years. While growing up, we would simply braid 3 strands of brightly colored thread together and call it a day. Fast forward to now and you’ve got all kinds of crazy techniques to express friendship with, in bracelet form. Inspired by Pinterest, my friend Jannell and I got together and “UP'ed” our friendship bracelet with a few hex screws…18 to be exact. Here’s how it’s done.


What you need for the DIY:

Roll of twine, 18 gold or silver hex nuts, scissors, tape, and your crafty hands.

- Start out but cutting 3 strands of twine (or rope) measuring out to 1 yard each. It should be long enough to wrap around your wrist 3 times.

- Tie the 3 pieces together in a knot, and secure the twine with tape to any surface.

-Begin braiding the 3 strands together. Once you braid at least an inch and a half, take your nuts and begin braiding them into the bracelet.

-When braiding you want to make sure you’re adding the nuts to the outer threads. Be sure to hold the nuts tightly with your fingers as you’re braiding, otherwise they will begin to move all over the place. That’s no bueno.

- Once you have completed adding the nuts to your braid, you’re going to want to continue braiding till about an inch is left on the thread. Then of course secure the braid with a knot.

VOILA! You’ve got yourself a fancy hex nut friendship bracelet.  -brittany

DIY Knockoff Kenzo Hex Nut Bracelet Tutorial from inspiration & realisation here. As usual Donatella has combined several DIYs in a single post for making this braided hex nut bracelet and included a linked supply list. Left Column Photos: $121.97 (reg. $174.25) Kenzo Hex Nut Bracelet here (a Kenzo necklace here, Right Column Photos: DIY by inspiration & realisation. For pages more of DIY knockoffs of all kinds go here, and for hardware jewelry DIYs go here.

Kenzo Necklace using the same techniques:

brooklyn jorts

this took a lot longer than i expected, but i’m baaack! these photos are from last friday, which was a 5-star day, in which i got my new sofa delivered AND got the internet successfully installed.. almost 1 month after moving to brooklyn. it has been a long month. there is still a LOT to be done in my apartment, but at least now i have a place to sit. i didn’t foresee how strange and empty the place would feel after moving from a 1-bedroom to a 3-bedroom. first world problems, anyone?

after spending a good hour online friday, the man-friend and i decided to make our wonderful day even better by walking the dogs to prospect park.

here we are! just last night i was showing him these photos, and he asked why i never post his picture here. “because it’s all about ME” was my response, but today i feel like sharing.

i’ve been wearing this pair of cut-off jorts all through the process of moving. i guess it’s like a new brooklyn uniform. i had to finally wash them last week, yet i kept searching for them each morning, running through the apartment yelling “where are my JORTS?! i NEED them to LIVEEEE!!!”. it was such a relief to get them back. they’re nice and loose around my thighs, which, for me, is an important, yet hard-to-find feature in shorts.

i fancied-up my jorts with this shiny new hex-nut bracelet. noel and some other friends and i made these in brooklyn bridge park last week, after a failed attempt to see ‘breakfast at tiffany’s’. i’ve been having so much fun making simple jewelry this summer. i brought home a bag full of colorful plastic beads from ohio, and can’t wait to dig into it.

free people striped shirt, vintage crochet slip, hudson denim shorts (c/o), comptoir des cotonniers hat, anthropologie sandals, feed bag (c/o)

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My first project!  I’m doing the Hex Nut Bracelet today.

I got bamboo cord and toggle closures from Michael’s and a box of 100 hex nuts (#10-32) from Home Depot.  All told it cost me about $10.  I started with 3 lengths of cord about 1 yard long, but, as you can see, I had some trouble since the cord was so thin.  To combat this, I doubled up the cord so I had 6 lengths.  This worked a lot better.  The hardest part was keeping the hex nuts in place while I put the next one on the cord, but once I got the hang of it it went along really easily.  And Irene decided the cord was for her to play with more than once so if you’ve got cats, watch out!

Success!  I’m looking forward to wearing this!

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DIY | Hex Nut Bracelet

When I first started this blog, this was the first idea I had in mind. I was mostly drawn to how simple, yet expensive looking, the bracelet was. I bought all the tools, and actually had the first one mostly completed for almost a month now. I was stuck on how to finish the bracelet, because the instructions didn’t tell you how to. It’s as though the finished product on the site magically attaches to a person’s wrist!

After a lot of Internet browsing, asking people for their opinions, and a couple of trips to Michael’s, I finally decided to connect the ends of the bracelets by clamping end caps with loops at the ends of the strings.  Then, the magnetic closures were linked to the end caps with jump rings. (Magnetic closures the best, because they make putting the bracelet on yourself a breeze.)

The original bracelet (above) suggested using twine, but in the comments I saw that a girl used leather cord.  I loved the way hers came out, so I decided to use leather cord as well.  

The first bracelet wraps three times around the wrist.  Alice T suggested that the last loop just be the strings, so there would be three different textures for the bracelet. The second bracelet only wraps around the hand twice for a more simpler and generic version. My fingers cramped a bit after each bracelet I made, but I’m extremely happy with the way the two bracelets came out.