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How to add charms to a charm bracelet

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Maybe you’re a charm lover. Maybe you buy vintage and new charms for your bracelet all the time. Whatever it is, you’re not entirely sure how to get them on your bracelet in the most secure and visually pleasing way. Fortunately, that’s what a jeweler’s for! Read on to learn more about how to add charms to a bracelet.

Two Types of Charms

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

This interesting fish pendant/charm was given a special bail to fit an 8mm chain.

Charms come in two styles; standard and “European.” A standard charm consists of the design, which has a loop at the top, usually with a jump ring. This allows for the charm to be strung on a chain or physically soldered to a link on the chain.

A European bracelet charm is another term for the type of charms you see on Pandora bracelets. They’re constructed to look like a massive bead with a large enough hole to thread through a thick bracelet or bangle. While they can be worn on other chains, they can’t be physically soldered like a standard charm to fit them in one location on the bracelet.

The Process of Adding Charms to a Bracelet

Aside from slipping it onto the bracelet yourself, there are two scenarios in which a jeweler needs to be used in order to attach charms to a bracelet. The first one is when you can’t get the charm over the end of the chain due to the width of the clasp. The second scenario is when you want the charms to be attached so that they remain fixed in one place.

In order to get the charms onto a bracelet with a wide clasp, the jeweler simply cuts open the jump ring at the top of the charm and puts it around the bracelet. Afterwards, the jeweler solders or lasers the jump ring shut. This method is also used to put charms in specific locations on a bracelet- the jeweler simply has to repeat the same process, but instead threading the open jump ring through a specific link on the bracelet. In situations where there is no discernible link for the jump ring to go through, the jeweler will solder the charm directly onto the bracelet, or even modify the charm to integrate it into the chain’s design by putting two loops on either end of the charm.

Cost and Turnaround Time

Depending on the material, it’s $20 to open and solder a charm onto a bracelet. Platinum and gold are more expensive to work with, and stainless steel takes a longer time due to the nature of the metal. Turnaround time is affected by the number of charms needed for placement and may range from 1 day to a week.

Now you’re set on how to add charms to a bracelet! If you have something you’d like to modify, comment below and we can help you get started.

We loved having charm bracelets as kids. We got charms any time we traveled and we still have our bracelets! But a few of our friends have been puzzled about how to add charms to their own or their kids’ bracelets. So we made a little video to show you how. All you need are two pairs of pliers. And a charm bracelet, of course!

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Here’s the video we made. Follow along as we show you how to line up the charms and count the links to place the charm in just the right spot. Then we’ll show you how to open and close a jump ring to attach the new charm to the charm bracelet.

Video HOW-TO: How To Add A Charm To A Charm Bracelet

How To Add A Charm To A Charm Bracelet

Materials

Charm bracelet
Charm
Jump ring

Tools

Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers

Steps

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

1. Lay out your bracelet so all the charms are hanging off the same side.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

2. Count how many links are between each charm. Then count out that many links to find the spot for the new charm. We marked our link by pointing to it with a pencil.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

3. Open the jump ring using the two pairs of pliers. To do this, hold the right side of the jump ring with the chain-nose pliers so that half the jump ring is flat inside the jaws and the split or opening in the jump ring is pointing away from you. Grasp the left side of the jump ring with the round-nose pliers. Open the jump ring by pushing one pair of pliers away from you and pulling the other pair of pliers towards you, like opening a gate or a door.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

4. Set down the round-nose pliers and continue to hold the right side of the jump ring with the chain-nose pliers. If the charm is not already on the jump ring, slide the charm on the jump ring. Slide the open jump ring with the charm into the right link on the bracelet.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

5. Use the round-nose pliers and the chain-nose pliers to close the jump ring using the same motion in reverse that you used to open the jump ring.

This makes us want to start a new charm bracelet! There are so many cute charms out there! What jewelry repair questions do you have? Leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We’re here to help!
Happy Crafting!
Jennifer & Kitty

Before you complete your order, you’ll be prompted to decide if we should attach your charms or not. just say yes!

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

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Attaching Requests

Want your heart next to your star? Let us know in the “Order Comments” box in Checkout. Not fussed? Then we’ll space them evenly along the bracelet.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

How do we attach them?

We use sturdy, sterling silver jump rings. These are the most secure method to attach charms

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

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How to add charms to a charm bracelet

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How to add charms to a charm bracelet

The Ultimate Guide to Attaching your Charms

If you have already started a charm bracelet, the charms from our site can be added to virtually any bracelet. There are a number of ways you can add charms to your bracelet, some of which are easier than others. All our hanging charms come with a sterling silver jump ring and a 5mm sterling silver split ring as standard, unless another attachment type is purchased. You can see all of our attachments below.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Charm Attachments

These are the main ways of attaching a charm to a bracelet (or anything, really!). There’s pros and cons to each: the lobster clasp is best for easy changeovers, and the jump rings are the most secure option (but need pliers to attach or re-attach). We sell all of these attachements, simply click on each one to purhase from us – next day shipping is available.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Lobster clasps are the easiest way to attach charms to your bracelet and are perfect if you like to move your charms around and swap them frequently. We can attach any charm to a lobster clasp for you before we send it out to you.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Split rings are like minature keyrings that are perfect for attaching charms at home. These are included with all hanging charms and require no tools for attaching. Not to mention they are a very secure attachment.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

No-solder jump rings are the standard attachments that we use to attach charms to bracelets. They are very secure and can be used for attaching at home. All you need is some small pliers or tweezers, which can gentlty pull the ring open to attach it to your bracelet, before being gently pushed closed again.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Hanger beads are perfect for turning any hanger charm, which comes on a jump ring, into a bead charm. Bead charms are ideal for snake chain bracelets like this one. If you add a hanger bead to your basket along with a non-bead charm, we can attach these together before sending them out to you.

Read our step-by-step guide

We’ve created a step-by-step guide below for attaching charms with a jump ring and a split ring. Attaching charms with a lobster clasp is super-simple, but if you’re having any issues, just get in touch!

Many designers of high-quality costume jewelry often left their creations unmarked, and it’s up to collectors to seek out ways to determine the true artists behind each of their pieces. Tracking down the authenticity of unmarked jewelry can prove to be a painstaking process, but there are tools and sources that can be used to positively identify almost any designer’s handiwork. These mysteries are sometimes solved quickly as the works of impostors, but those who dig deeper with a true eye for the subtleties of unmarked jewelry are richly rewarded.

Distinctive Markings

Every designer has her own personal hallmark that was inherently present in every piece of her jewelry. For some it was the type and shape of the rhinestones they favored, for others the way the metal was soldered together or the weight and appearance of the metals used. Many of these visual cues are better found on the back of a piece than the front. Each maker is known for his personal distinction, and occasionally other manufacturers may have tried to copy these peculiarities but were unable to, and therefore in some instances, this lack of ability to emulate another’s style might have become that designer’s very hallmark. Check for the type of clasp on a bracelet or necklace or the way a pin is attached to a brooch. Note these and other distinctions in your piece of jewelry and they will provide strong hints as to who crafted it.

Utility Patents

Clever minds can work in reverse and note the types of hardware such as clasps, hinges and screw-clips on jewelry. Many designers of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s bought patents from mechanism inventors for exclusive use on their particular brands and lines. You may not be able to identify the maker of your pair of earrings, but you might be able to determine who invented the clips that hold them on someone’s ears. Tracking down that information would lead you to discover that a certain manufacturer bought the rights to those exact type of clips from that particular inventor on a specific date or year, and that should help you find out who made those earrings. The place to start is with the patent number of the mechanism, and this is often referenced in the specifications of the patent, which are detailed descriptions of the mechanism with all of its working parts and how they are made. Specifications will also include the patent holder and any assignees as well as the unique features inherent in the patent itself. Keep in mind, however, that patents do expire, so this may not be the best place to begin your search, yet it could yield results in accordance with other information.

Art and Advertising

Design sketches and paintings were the templates from which jewelry makers crafted their works, and while not every design made it to production, the dynamics and colors remained steadfast foundations throughout a designer’s line. Using these artworks will sometimes lead to a clue as to who produced a certain piece of jewelry. Companies would also produce advertising campaigns for their jewelry lines that would appear in boutiques and magazines. Referring to the illustrations in these promotional materials could shed some light on a bauble’s origin. These methods are better used when you may already suspect that a piece of jewelry could be attributed to a specific designer who worked in a particular time period. Referring to the maker’s advertising campaigns will confirm such suspicions or urge you to search further into the artworks of other manufacturers who may have utilized similar designs and patterns. This process will definitely narrow down the possibilities as to who made your piece of jewelry. Seek out the names of artists who worked with certain manufacturers and consult their design styles to match your piece against their work.

An open jump ring in sterling silver (or gold, for gold charms purchased) is provided with every charm we dispatch, in order that it can be added to a charm bracelet. Although it is customary, and advised, for a jeweller to professionally solder new additions to a charm bracelet, and this service is still offered by many traditional jewellers, there are a variety of alternative methods for attaching charms and we offer the following, all in sterling silver:

Link Lock The charm link lock is a locking jump ring measuring 5.5mm by 4.0mm. To fit, simply place your charm and bracelet link into the link lock, as you would a jump ring, and with a pair of pliers press the two ends together and push down the flap to permanently secure the barrel of the link lock.

Split Jump Ring Just like a mini keyring, this 5mm (diameter) split jump ring makes for easy attachment of charms and replaces the existing jump ring that comes with a charm (and can be easily removed). To attach your split jump ring, we offer for sale split ring tweezers, or simply press the ring of the charm against the end of the split jump ring to pop it open. The opening of the split ring can then be hooked onto the charm bracelet and then into the loop of the charm, before sliding the ring around until it closes, having reached the other end. Be mindful to angle loops so that as small an opening as possible is achieved. Any gap that has resulted from having been stretched should be closed shut to keep your charm secure.

Lobster Clasp The lobster clasp, which is very similar to a parrot clasp, is a secure attachment that allows for easy movement of your charms around your bracelet and enables the interchanging of charms to suit your mood/the occasion. If you purchase charms and lobster clasps which you would like attached (not soldered) free of charge, please note this in your order on checking out. Our lobster clasps are 11mm x 6mm.

Charm Link The charm link is designed to allow the combining of traditional charms with the modern spacer style charms and beads that are designed to slide and spin on their chain. The spacer bead has a ring onto which your charm can be easily attached, before sliding it onto the bracelet. If you purchase charms and charm links and would like them attached (not soldered) free of charge, please note this in your order on checking out. At 4mm, with a 5mm diameter hole, this link is sized to fit most Pandora style bracelets.

The only tools required to apply a charm to a bracelet are two pair of small needle nose pliers, or tweezers that most people have around the house.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet Step #1:
Find the break in the ring and hold it with the two pair of pliers, one on each side of the break. With a pair of pliers in each hand and the ring parallel with your body. Push away with one hand and pull toward you with the other. The ring should open as shown in the picture to the left. Never open the ring by pulling on both sets of pliers as this will weaken the ring and is almost impossible to put back together.
How to add charms to a charm bracelet Step #2:
Add the charm to the ring as shown at left.
How to add charms to a charm bracelet Step #3:
Add the opened ring with the charm to the bracelet at the desired location as shown at left.
How to add charms to a charm bracelet Step #4:
Close the ring by reversing the procedure in step one. Be sure that both ends are even and completely closed. If you have problems getting the ring to match, go a little past center and push the pliers toward each other to bring the ends closer to each other.

All of our sterling silver charms come with a ring called a jump-ring (unless bailed or component item). The ring is not a solid ring; it is a circle where both ends meet and is used to add charms to a charm bracelet or connect a clasp to a chain or bracelet.

If you look closely at the jump-ring that connects the clasp to a bracelet or chain you will notice that usually it is not soldered, this is for a reason. It is strong enough to hold the clasp under normal wear, however if for some reason you were to accidentally hang the bracelet or chain on something, this is usually where it will break. This serves two purposes. First, it allows the clasp to be inexpensively replaced rather than having to replace the whole chain or bracelet. Secondly, if the bracelet or chain were to hang, usually it will break at the jump-ring causing little or no damage to the wrist or neck. It is our opinion that a jump-ring on a bracelet or chain should not be soldered for these two reasons, especially for small children.

If you are rough on jewelry, or would like to have your charms more secure, have them soldered on. This can usually be done by a local jewelry store for a small charge.

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Introduction: How to Put Charm Bracelet Beads Onto a Loom Bracelet

Hi guys! Today we’re going to be putting ordinary charms and beads onto a loom bracelet! Enjoy the tutorial, and have fun!

A loom bracelet (any kind, but preferably a fishtail or single type)

A loom band hook

A small bead or charm

A loom band (any colour)

A loom bracelet hook (any type)

Step 1: Step 1

Put the loom band on the hook (look at the picture if you’re stuck!).

Step 2: Step 2

Grab the end of the loom band that doesn’t have the hook on it. Pinch it and put it in the hole of the charm or bead. Don’t push the band all the way through!

Step 3: Step 3

Pinch the end of the band again, and slowly push it through the hole until it’s nearly out the other side of the charm/bead. Then, get your hook and carefully pull the band through the hole. (If you’re stuck, look at the pictures!)

Step 4: Step 4

Put the left side of the band onto the clip. Your charm should now look something like the one in the picture.

Step 5: Step 5

Select this band on the bracelet you want to put the charm onto. Then, finally, clip the charm onto the bracelet (look at the picture!). Now go and show your friends your new charm on your bracelet! and maybe you can show them this craft and put charms on your bracelets together!

Fair warning, friends: I just tried adding eyelets to my jewelry projects last night. You probably know where this is going… get ready to see eyelets on all kinds of things now. Seriously, how am I just now trying this?? It’s SO easy, and it finishes punched holes in blanks such a professional-looking way! An eyelet hole is great for stringing charms and blanks onto chains, and it’s also great for the idea I’m sharing today: adding a sweet charm to a simple stamped design. I’m going to show you just how easy eyelets are today. Ready? Let’s go!

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

So I had to resist all temptation to call it a dangle-bangle. Because, of course, that just sounds silly. 😉 But the dangling charm adds so much character to an otherwise-plain stamped bracelet. It occurs to me now that I’m sharing these photos that “passion” with a heart may be mis-read… it’s totally innocent. I was thinking of my passion for creating when it popped into my head, so I just ran with it. I figured you guys are probably getting tired of seeing my kids’ names plastered all over my stamped projects, haha.

I got the supplies for today’s project from Goody Beads, which is one of my favorite sources for my metal stamping projects. Because these are specialty supplies, I’m going to leave links below to the exact products I used. They are affiliate links, which means that if you decide to make a purchase, it does support my blog. Relationships like this keep me in supplies to keep bringing you new project ideas. 😉

So let’s get to it! Here’s what you will need:

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

If you’re going to get started in metal stamping, Goody Beads has a dedicated category to stamping essentials for beginners. It’s actually a list that I hand-picked. You can also learn more at my jewelry stamping for beginners post from a few years back. I’m not going to get into how to stamp today, but I really do have lots of projects on the topic that you’re welcome to check out, including a video tutorial.

Assuming you have stamping supplies, or if you skip stamping a word to your bracelet and you’re going straight for the charm, here’s what else you’ll need for the eyelet part of the project.

    and hammer – I used a silver finish here, but you can choose a contrasting metal, too (hint, hint: I’ve got a project next week where I do exactly that!) (6 inches long) for a 3/32″ hole
  • Jump rings, Jewelry pliers, and a charm you love

First, I stamped my blank, and then punched a 3/32″ hole. I made it lower-than-center, so that it would appear more that the charm was at the bottom of the bracelet, but that’s not really a critical placement. Just make sure you don’t punch off the edge of the bracelet blank.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Next, I set my eyelet. Here’s how that works.

Put the base of the eyelet setter on a hard, flat surface – on your steel bench block is ideal. Putting it on a soft surface (like a wood table) is likely to mar that surface. Set the eyelet in the ring of the base. Place your blank on top so that the eyelet comes up through the hole, and then position the setter tool so that it fits into the eyelet’s grooves.

Hammer the top of the setter tool until it’s flattened down onto your piece – for me this was 6-8 taps with my hammer. I found that the front and back both looked equally good, so you can set your eyelet from either the front or the back of your blank. You’ll have a beautifully smooth finished hole!

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Next, you’ll need to bend your blank into a wearable curve. Some bracelet-bending pliers work great for this; just go around the bangle to create a continuous curve.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Finally, just add your charm with a jump ring to finish your piece! You may also want to use a small file and smooth the sharp edges on the blank, so that it doesn’t scratch the wearer.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

What do you think? Doesn’t it look so much more professional? And for so little effort… I’m never leaving an unfinished hole again, haha. You can even stack multiple blanks together and use eyelets to secure them, just by choosing longer lengths of eyelets.

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

Hope you had fun with this idea – I sure did. 🙂 Do you already add eyelets to your pieces? What other uses do you like them for?

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You’ll be able to choose sterling silver charms that truly represent who you are. Attach a sterling silver number charm to commemorate your wedding anniversary, or attach a sterling silver high school initial charm to celebrate graduation. With thousands of pieces of sterling silver jewelry to choose from, you’re sure to find something to love at Charm Factory!

How to add charms to a charm bracelet

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