I’ve been meaning to make something out of zippers ever since I saw the amazing jewelry creations of Kate Cusack. I love when designers take ordinary, everyday items and transforms them into something even better and more artistic. Below are some of Kate’s amazing zipper bracelets that inspired this DIY project:
To get started, this is what you’ll need:
- 2-4 metallic zippers about 40cm long. The longer the zipper the better.
- Sewing needle and thread (try to choose colours that blend with your zipper colours).
- Superglue or a glue gun. I prefer super glue because it’s more smooth, but you might also need a paddle pop stick to spread the glue.
- Last but not least, a good pair of scissors.
So I made two kinds of bracelets- a loopy one (not sure how else to describe it) and a simple layered one. Here are the steps:
- Before you start, split the zippers down the centre so you have two strips.
- If you’re making the loopy one, all you’ll need is a needle and thread. You’re basically just folding the zipper in a zig-zag, then sewing together the points that touch (see the images below). Depending on how thick the zipper fabric is, you’ll need to do the same for the reverse side as well. I didn’t do that for mine because the fabric was thin and I also like the ruffled effect of the reverse side (you can see this effect in the top image of this post).
- The layered one is a lot more simple. You can basically layer your zippers in which ever way you want using what ever colours. All you need to do is cut them at the desired length then glue them down on top of each other so you have a layered strip. Then, close the strip using a short piece of zipper and glue over the joint.
Those of you who have read my other tutorials before are probably familiar with my poor instructions but I imagine this project is fairly straight forward so go forth and conquer!