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Jewelry making

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All the Trimmings: Handmade Fabric Store Jewelry

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Jack-Chain Necklace

Steps:5
A trip to the hardware store uncovers an unexpected trove of jewelry-making supplies -- one find, lightweight jack chain, can be used to fashion a chain necklace like no other.
Materials
  • 28-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • 12-inch piece of #16 size brass jack chain
  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear drying white glue
  • Scissors
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Brass-Nut Bracelet

Steps:6
Be inspired by the inexpensive everyday materials you find in a hardware store -- and string brass “beads” (really wing nuts, thumb nuts, and hex nuts) on cotton cord to craft a bracelet with a cool industrial vibe.
Materials
  • 10-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • Ruler
  • Two small brass wing nuts
  • Two small brass thumb nuts
  • Three M5-size brass hex nuts
  • Scissors
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
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S-Hook Cord Bracelet

Steps:5
Wristwear crafted of knotted cotton cords and hooks might have a nautical flair, but this bracelet derives its style from a surprising source -- the hardware store. You can easily tie one up yourself with a few basic supplies.
Materials
  • 12-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch S-hook
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Twisted-Rope Necklace

Steps:6
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Rope
Here’s a simply chic necklace with an unexpected twist -- it’s made of materials commonly found in the hardware store. All you need to make your own is a length of cotton rope and a pair of aluminum sleeves and glue.
Materials
  • 64-inch piece of 3/16-inch cotton rope
  • Two 1/4-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Scissors
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Spaced-Hex-Nut Necklace

Steps:7
Your local hardware store is a surprising source for the supplies to make this delicate necklace. A length of cotton cord is the base, tiny steel hex nuts become beads, and an S-hook serves as the closure.
Materials
  • 20-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Five M4-size steel hex nuts
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch S-hook
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Brass-Nut Necklace

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Metals
Common brass hex nuts and wing nuts rise above their status as hardware-store staples to become beautiful beads strung on a natural cotton cord necklace.
Materials
  • 48-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Two small brass wing nuts
  • 14 M5-size brass hex nuts
  • Scissors
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Graduated Hex Nut Necklace

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Metals
Take a second look at these shiny faceted beads -- in another life they are steel hex nuts found at any hardware store, but they transform into a modern, minimalist necklace when strung upon cotton rope. You can easily make your own version in minutes with just a few basic supplies.
Materials
  • 26-inch piece of 3/16-inch cotton rope
  • Six M8-size silver hex nuts
  • Two M10-size steel hex nuts
  • One M12-size steel hex nut
  • 5-inch piece of cotton string
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
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