Well gals, my post about Bunning yesterday really got my DIY wheels turning. After coming across this incredibly great trend of bun chains aka bun accessories/jewelry, I realized just how easy this would be to make myself. I also saw opportunity to change up the chain for other sweet beats, ribbons, etc.
So here, my latest DIY, I show you step by step how easy it is to create this look at home for the low low. I’ll even show you how to create interchangeable bun accessories, the possibilities are endless!
:: The Inspiration ::
I spotted this trend on Pinterest while browsing bun images and immediately fell in love. Anyone who makes their own jewelry can easily spot an easy to make necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings. Bun Chains however, this would be a cinch! Here’s my favorite part: Asos sells a Bun Chain for $17.50. That is crazy, considering I just whipped up two Bun Chains for probably less than $5. Plus, you can tell other girls you made it yourself! That is always fun!
:: My Version ::
I wanted to create a bun chain that was small and easy to wear. Something I could wear to work but also wear out on the town, without feeling too “rocker”, “club” or “trendy”. So I opted for a smaller chain. The beauty of this DIY, is that you can make yours look any way you like, with any length you like. I like the idea of using a jump ring, as it allows you to make several Hair Accessories, which can easily be connected to Bobby Pins.
:: Tools ::
All of these can be purchased at your local craft store. If you don’t already make jewelry, I HIGHLY reccomend you just keep these items on hand anyway. This is a great go-to kit for repairing broken costume jewelry. I have repaired and reshaped many a necklace this way!
Jewelry Making Chain – This can easily be purchased at Michael’s. I had an old roll of Silver Chain in my jewelry kit already
Jewelry making Pliers – I use my own pliers for jewelry making, however you can honestly use any old pliers you have around home.
Stringing Wire Nippers or End Cutting Nippers – Either of these tools will work to cut a soft metal chain.
Two Bobby Pins – This is pretty self explanatory. I try to purchase ones that match my hair color.
Two Jump Rings – Jump rings can be purchased in packs in the jewelry making aisle of any craft store. They are small metal circles often found at the ends of necklaces or used to make connections. Make sure you buy jump rings that come with a small “slit” or spot where you can pry open the ring.
Confused? Check out Fire Mountain Gems Jewelry Making Tools resource page, and other awesome resources for novice jewelers.
:: The How To ::
Step 1 – Measure and Cut Your Chain
I started with my longest piece since I was doing a tiered bun chain. My first piece of chain was 5.5in and I dropped down 1in each time. So the next piece of chain was 4.5in and the last was 3.5in. Really, the lengths of these are up to you! Mix up different types of chain for a really cool look, use more layers, etc.
Step 2 – Pry Open the Jump Ring
So this step might be a little tricky for a novice jewelry maker, however once you get it down it’s easy. All Jump Rings are made with a small “slit” which allows you You will need to position one half of the Jump Ring inside of your pliers, and use your thumb as leverage to open the ring. You want your pliers to grab hold of enough of the Jump Ring so that creating this leverage is easy on your fingers. If you happen to have two pliers (like moi), you can use your second set of pliers instead of your thumb.
Step 3 – String your Chains
Now that your jump ring is open, you want to string your chains onto the jump ring. Make sure you do it in the following order: Longest chain first, second longest, then shortest chain. This will ensure you have a nice “fan” effect, and your chain will lay nicely under your bun. Once all of the chains are on the jump ring, close the jump ring using the same technique as you did to open it. Just move your pliers and thumb in the opposite direction.
You’ll want to follow the same steps to string your chains onto the second jump ring, making sure you string longest to shortest. However, if you want to create a really neat criss cross effect, you could probably change up the order in this step. Make sure you close your second jump ring, so the chain doesn’t fall off.
Step 4 – Add the Bobby Pins
Ok this is the easiest part. Slide the Jump Rings onto your Bobby Pin. Be sure when you do this, that each Bobby Pin is facing the same way, ridges side up. This makes a difference when sticking the pins in your bun. By using the jump rings, you can create several different interchangeable bun chains, using whatever Bobby Pins you have around.
:: The Finished Product ::
I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of obsessed with this look. This is certainly THE way to spice up an otherwise bland bun. Go crazy and make a lot of these! I can’t wait to see what else I come up with!
I was so excited that I made my first Bun Chain, I decided to sort of make a Bun Bracelet using some sparkly clear beads I had leftover. In the photo it’s hard to see the sparkle, but it definitely catches the light. It is quite an unexpected yet sweet addition to a bun. I basically took some small jewelry string, tied one end to a jump ring, added a bit of super glue to ensure my knot would hold, strung the beads on, and closed the other end off by tying the other end of the string to the other jump ring.