Introduction: Bike Chain Bracelet

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 This is a very easy thing to make. It is a old bike chain turned into a awesome bracelet. My friend actually threw it at me and I picked it up and turned it into a bracelet.

Step 1: Materials

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 You will need:
-A bike chain
-Some teflon tape
-A screw
-Possibly a hacksaw

Step 2: Fitting the Screw

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 You need the screw to fit through the ends of the bike chain. If need be, hacksaw off the end of the screw so it isn't so long. Unless you are using a nut you will want to hacksaw off the end.

Step 3: Teflon Tape

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 All you have to do is put one or two layers of teflon tape on the screw to get a good fit. You can always add more or take some off. Because of the stiffness of the chain the bracelet wont come off.

Step 4: Finished

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 Now you have a very simple, cool bracelet to wear around


crashtestracing (author)2010-01-07

I Love this! I made mine several years ago out of one of my many broken bike chains.

+++ An alternative way to make this is with a 'quick link' which is a chain link with a sliding lock, they can be found at any bike shop and look like [This]. It is helpful to wear down the quick link with a screwdriver so it holds more loosely. This makes a very effective and completely discreet clasp.

i know im 6 years late, but your link doesn't work :(

nick4592 (author)2013-07-18

How did you get rid of all the grease

Sabinbp (author)2011-10-07

Is there other mechanisms to make it easy to get off?

jptrsn (author)Sabinbp2012-01-10

You can get a "quick link" from a bike store. They are designed to snap together without tools if you break your chain when out on a ride. It might be easier to get on and off using one of those.

Sabinbp (author)jptrsn2012-01-16

I have one of those well At first it is kinda hard to get them off but when you get used to it ya it works quite well but Im a lazy person so I sized my chain as my fist so easy in easy out

bcavaciuti (author)Sabinbp2012-11-16

there is another way of doing it on another instructible which is to glue a magnet over one of the ends of the chain then cutting a pin(rivet,possibly a nail...any ferrous rod with a head that is big enough to let you get it out with your nail)

robbied (author)Sabinbp2012-05-31

there are other mechanisms, such as cutting a slot in one of the outer plates, between the edge and the pin, so you can 'unclip' the link and slide the middle part off the pin. Not my idea, the company that makes recycled bike chain jewellery came up with it (or used it).

i made this and after some thinking i used a rubber band and looped it through the holes so i can just slip it off


JoJoJo00 (author)2011-10-31

Haha good friend :/

yacpro13 (author)2011-09-10

Chains with hollow pins are more expensive but give a sick look too...they look more "finished". guess they're a bit lighter too :p

sadiecoons (author)2010-06-16

That is soooo COOL!! I love going to junck yards, and getting, well, junck, and turning it into fasion.

jakebaldwin (author)sadiecoons2011-06-24


This is old, sorry. Just needed to say it ;-)

And I like junk yards too.

xinistrom (author)jakebaldwin2011-08-19

lol, more than 1 year

Spydamonky (author)2011-06-23

I made one of these a year or so back, except I made a solid loop, so just re-crimped the two ends together. Pretty awesome until I grew out of it and had to remove the pin and break the chain in the process :D

redrider469 (author)2011-04-26

Just made one of these! They're awesome...just required a bit more work on my part than first anticipated.

cokecola (author)2011-04-15

The screw is what holds it together? How well does it work?

Jodex (author)2010-08-10

I just made one. Hoho, this is cool.

Finn McKee (author)2010-05-12

 do you think i could sell them at my local bike store? also there are bike tire belts on instructables i made some really cool!

KahlZun (author)2010-01-12

Would this work with a motorcycle chain

J@50n (author)KahlZun2010-02-04

any chain

masterochicken (author)J@50n2010-04-22

That's really hard though. I've tried. Heavy too.

headlessbubble (author)2009-12-23

great idea... however I might like your other bracelets better... did you make those?? (please say yes followed by instructions!) :)

MrLouque (author)headlessbubble2009-12-24

 I can't remember how to make those ones. you might be able to find a Instructable on it under hemp bracelets. I know it is a lot of 4's (thats the design you make with the string)

Miscelinious (author)MrLouque2010-04-21

So, square knots and half half-square knots i'm assuming. ;p

StumpChunkman (author)2010-04-19

Congratulations on being featured on ABC News!

sssssbooom (author)2010-02-04

I just used the pin that was already on the chain and used a file to make it easier to get on and off it is still hard to get off but it looks cool

history323 (author)2010-02-01

cool instructable
 I have that same watch!!!

Barrett M107 50cal. (author)2010-01-30

I Love It

cuchulain92 (author)2009-12-22

I use chain from small 2-stroke engines. It's about half the size.

oliver1986 (author)2009-12-09

nice to see i'm not the only bike obsessed nut wearing one!
i used an old Sram chain from my bike which had a "quick- link" on
if your doing this from a cut off, get one from your LBS from 50p
get sram as they're the cheapest around and mechanics have boxes of the things
sorry, bike geek

nice clear insturctable btw :)

Jodex (author)2009-11-24

Very cool! I'm gonna make one of these!    I think that that's what I say to every cool instructable : D But this is really cool!

Vulcanator (author)2009-11-22

you can take a link off and push the pin back in with a hammer and a drift pin punch.

f3rg (author)2009-11-09

Depending on what brand/model chain you're using, you could always just get a removable quick link, such as a KMC Missing Link:  Makes for extremely easy removal, and you can do without the screw and Teflon tape.

And as long as you're going with a KMC, get a gold X9-SL w/ hollow pins, and all the ladies will be on ya. ;)

MrLouque (author)f3rg2009-11-09

 My friend just threw it at me in that size, but yea it sounds like a good idea

fancypenguin845 (author)2009-11-09

aw cheezits i had oneof these but lost it
so ima make this :D

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