Introduction: Bike Chain Bracelet

If you have a spare bike chain or just want to be a cool biker, why not have a tight looking bracelet? This is how you make a breacelet out of a bike chain. It can be as tight or loose as you want (I chose to have it skin tight). I haven't had the time to fit a snap onto the bracelet, so once it is on, it's stuck until you get a chance to use your bike tool again. Have fun!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Here is a list of all the things you need to make this bracelet:

Materials:
Bicycle chain
Old rag
Degreaser (You can use a professional degreasing product, but rubbing alcohol works just as well. Watered down dish soap also works.)
Cup or tub (for degreaser)

Tools:
Bicycle chain breaker tool

If you don't know how to use the chain breaker, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVYV4WsYuVM

You don't have to watch the whole thing but it will help.

Step 2: Mix and Degrease

Mix dish soap and water about 50/50 in your mixing tub to get your degreaser (or just use you degreaser or alcohol if you have it).

Drop the chain in the degreaser and let it soak for about 2 minutes.

Step 3: Clean and Rinse

Take the chain out of the degreaser and run the chain through the rag to whipe off the excess grease.

Then, hose off the chain to get everything else off.

Step 4: Measure and Break the Chain

If the chain you got came in a loop, break the loop (mine came in one straight line, so this isn't documented).

Starting at one end of the chain, wrap it around your wrist till you complete the circle.

Depending on how tight you want the chain, you may want to put some slack in the chain while measuring.

Make sure that the link you measured at is the opposite link as the link at the end of the chain. For example, if the end of the chain you are working with is an inside link, the link you measure at should be the end of an outside link.

Hold onto the spot on the chain you just measured, as it is your wrist length and will be where you break the chain.

Then, using your chain breaker tool, break the chain at the measured spot.
Be sure to leave a little bit of the chain pin stuck in the end of one link as mentioned in the youtube video.

Step 5: Put the Chain On

This step may require a little help from a friend.

Take your chain segment and wrap it around your wrist. Put the two link ends together. It should take a bit of force and quseezing if it is a tight bracelet, and if you broke the chain right, there should be a little click as the links go together.

Have a friend hold the chain together as you use the chain breaker tool to drive the pin back in and complete the chain. This is quite hard but doable. Just keep trying.

...and voila! Your bracelet is done. Thanks a lot!

I will stress once again that this is a semi-permanent bracelet. It takes time and effort to get it on and off. Be aware of the effects that putting it on could have to your body and your life.

Comments

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akurnik made it!(author)2011-09-11

i´we just cut the iner link vith a grinder just a litle slice in the size of the pin, to the center, so i just can slip the inner link on the pin that is inserted on the outer link. The ring on the iner link can rotate, so it can actualy lock the pin in the link.

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11ericg made it!(author)2011-04-20

Find the master link pull it out find out how big you want the chain break it then put the master link back on there you broke it then you can just pull the master link off if you want the bracelet off

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wobbler made it!(author)2010-07-16

A chain around your wrist that you need to take off the link to remove? Great idea- just don't go near any machinery or when you catch it on that revolving flywheel your wrist will break before the chain, which will then proceed to tear through your wrist. Don't worry though, it will stop just as soon as your hand has been torn off. I'd fit a clasp that's weaker than your wrist just in case. People have lost fingers using machinery just because they've had a ring on. The bracelet looks great though, I'm off to make one.

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sciman1 made it!(author)2010-02-04

 i made one for myself out of motor cycle chain rocking? yes. heavy? heck yeah!!!

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Ingulit made it!(author)2009-11-26

My girlfriend bought me one of these at a Fair Trade store not to long ago (it has a clasp in between two of the links and is quite easy to take on and off; try putting that in your Instructable). Not-well-to-do people in India have been making these for years because it is the only metal they could find to turn into jewelery and sell. They have amazing craftsmanship when making these.

Here's the link:
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/bicycle-chain-bracelet

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Ingulit made it!(author)2009-11-26

On the topic of the clasp, you might be able to tell from the link, but this is how they made it (judging from looking at it on my wrist): They made the bracelet as long as they wanted and then cut off about an inch an a half, leaving only two "inner" links on either end of the chain (with no peg filling the outermost hole). They then fed cut iron rings (like how you make rings for chainmail; I think they are iron). Then they put the clasp (look at the picture; I have no idea how to make one of them, I think you have to buy it) on one of the rings and weld/solder both rings to make them continuous circles. You're done! Then you can just latch the second ring into the clasp to wear it, and vice versa to take it off. It is a very, very sturdy connection and is easy to use. Give it a try maybe :)

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Bandaids made it!(author)2009-11-23

if u leave the ends open you can make a clasp with a Safty pin instead of having it pera tached to your arm  or make ur own custom latch

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173349 made it!(author)2009-11-09

a SRAM powerlink will also hold it in place, an dbe easy to remove

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diy+man101 made it!(author)2009-11-04

how do you get the bracelet off?

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Duke+Luke made it!(author)2009-11-04

just break the chain, but make sure that the pin still stays in a little, otherwise its hell.

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diy+man101 made it!(author)2009-11-05

ok thanks

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R4Man18 made it!(author)2009-09-19

without being greased it can rust so be careful.

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-08-23

cool instead of putting the link fully in just leave a bit poking out when you put it on it will click ps i once saw someone using a bike chain for a bike lock so for the laugh and to teach hiom a lesson we took it off with a chain breaker

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Duke+Luke made it!(author)2009-08-24

that's hillarious! bet that pissed him off lol.

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-08-25

ye he replaced it with a combination lock afterwards like my version of the bracelet

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-08-23

heres mine i replaced the pin wth a piece of a bamboo skewer its a gold chain from my bmx:

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NoWaa made it!(author)2009-08-14

WOAH thats my finger!

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theRIAA made it!(author)2009-08-03

pretty sweet idea! i like it... hum could you put one of those little "gelly" watches in this somehow?

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Duke+Luke made it!(author)2009-08-03

what's a gelly watch?

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theRIAA made it!(author)2009-08-03

i dont know the name. like this

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Duke+Luke made it!(author)2009-08-06

to serve as padding?

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theRIAA made it!(author)2009-08-06

nope, so it's a watch lol

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kighel made it!(author)2009-08-05

Mine is rusting :(

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KaiserHSoze made it!(author)2009-08-04

Instead of reinserting the link pin, why not leave it most of the way out? I've made a few of these, and although they tend to rust after awhile, people seem to love 'em. The link pin can hold the bracelet in place with only one side of the pin inserted into the inner link which allows for the bracelet to be removed by bending it. It isn't very easy to get on as you have to find a way to spread the outer links with your thumb and insert the middle link at a slight angle until the link pin catches, but after some practice it gets pretty easy. The outer links start to bend after while which means they need to be replaced, but since I haven't gotten around to clear or powder coating mine yet I am replaceing them after a few weeks when they start rusting.

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wingbatwu made it!(author)2009-08-03

not so great if you have hairy forearms

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Chicken2209 made it!(author)2009-08-03

This is a cool idea

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BorisSpencer made it!(author)2009-08-03

You could always use a SRAM powerlink as the join, they're about 99p and with a bit of paractice can be released one handed.

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