Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zipper Bracelet

What's a blogger to do when her husband finally gives up a badly tattered pair of shorts??? Salvage every last thing she can from them. Am I right? I could not believe how long it took for him to give up on these shorts, in places they were bare threads. Wish I would have thought to take a picture of the shorts before they were tossed. The left over fabric was so thin, it couldn't be used for anything. I kept all of the buttons (cargo pants have lots of buttons) and the zipper. As soon as I cut the zipper off I knew I wanted to make a bracelet from it. So here's what I did:
I cut as close to the teeth as possible to remove the zipper. I wanted the bracelet to mainly be the teeth and the pull. I loved this bronze-y color to the zipper.

Insert a jump ring at the end of the zipper between the last of the teeth and the stop. I used a pair of pliers to open the jump ring (I don't have jewelry tools yet) and it worked fine.
This mess is supposed to show you that I sewed another jump ring onto the other end of the zipper. It was sort of like sewing on a button.
From here I added a clasp to one of the jump rings. You could use the hole in the zipper pull instead of one of the jump rings but then you would have to wear the zipper open or closed depending on where you put it. I wanted to have an option.
Which way would you wear it? Zipped?...
Or unzipped?...
I ended up wearing it zipped for the evening.

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  1. Cool, I like it! You'll start a new trend. I like it unzipped better so you can tell what it is. Gonna start looking through the house....

  2. that is pretty cool,, i like it unzipped, would look really great paired with a couple more braclets. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is just too clever and cute:) I am really into bracelets right now (but no zipper bracelets yet, lol) I am pinning this:)

    I would also love to invite you to share this or any of your other favorite posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop. (no rules and live all weekend) So hoping to see you there.

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    Have a great weekend!

  4. Love your zipper bracelet! I'm too old for such a piece, but I think it's really cool!