I recently had the need for getting a Medical ID bracelet for one of my daughters; she is 7 and wanted something cute and cool. I wanted something that she wanted to wear and would keep on. After searching the web for options I did not want to spend $30 to 50 dollars for one bracelet. There were web sites that had bracelets like this, there best prices were around $25 for one. I wanted at least 2, kid’s loose stuff; it is always good to have an extra or two. So we decided to make them. I ordered the engraved ID plates (http://www.my-medical-id.com/product/Bracelet%20ID%20TAG); we went and bought some beads, clasps, wire, crimps and a crimper. We started just making regular bracelets for the family while we waited for the ID plates to come.
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies
- Crimper for Crimps
- Mechanical Pencil - helps organize beads
- Something to cut wire - Leatherman or scissors
- Bead guide or some thing to line up beads so they don't roll away
- Jump rings
- Wire - for example Tiger wire, It is a like a plastic coated metal cable
The ID Plate
I ordered my from - http://www.my-medical-id.com
This is where I got my ideas from but my are a little diffrent.
I put the clasps on the ID plate and then I can change the bracelet part without buying 2 clasps for each bead section.
We can make the bead parts and they can be diffrent for diffrent outfits. She can/could change it easily every day.
Step 2: The Process
First I cut the wire to about 1 foot, there is extra but with my big hands it is easier to get the beads on and work with it.
Then I put on 2 crimps and made a loop and crimped it, 2 of them just to be secure.
I had my daughter set up the beads in the tray the way/what she wanted, after all she will be wearing it.
I strung the beads on the wire.
Measured her wrist with the ID plate so it was snug but not tight.
Cut off extra wire, I leave it long and it will slide into the beads.
Put on 2 more crimps and make a loop slideing extra wire into beads, then crimp the 2 crimps.
The crimper has 2 slots one is round the other has a "w" shape, I use the "w" then round it with the other part.
Then on the ID plate I took one jump ring and a clasp, and I put one set on each side of it. So then I can just change the beaded part.
Step 3: More "Id"eas
Here are some of the regular bracelets we made.
And also a paracord attachment ( I ordered 4 ID plates, so this one will stay like that -- For camping, swiming ect)