How I Design My Pandora Bracelets

pandora-bracelet-designsWith Pandora and the other brands offering a plethora of charms, the combinations are endless!  The great appeal of charm bracelets is that they allow you to design and create unique pieces of jewelry that express your style and celebrate your memories.  However, sometimes it’s overwhelming to start and in this how to video, I offer my own take on bracelet design including some helpful tips.  How do you start your bracelet projects?  Are they pre-planned or impromptu?

  • Wendy Carr

    Nice video Leann! Makes perfect sense to me. Sometimes I get way too many of a color or style and need to make another bracelet or, I find a few that I like and have nothing to go with them….I have a box of charms that have no home:(

    • Leann

      Thanks, Wendy! Sometimes I look at the extra beads I’ve collected and an idea comes to me :). Don’t be afraid to change it up! 😉

  • koolchicken

    I love to do six muranos per bracelet with three of each color, so it’s two colors alternating. I feel like some of mine come about organically (like my life one and my sons bracelet) others I plan.

    I really like the way you use an openworks bead at the end. I like so many of them but never bought them because they’re weren’t “meaningful” to me. Now I think I’ve found my excuse to buy and use them. Also I’ve seen people use clips on the ends plenty of times, but I’m still not sold on it. I think I really need a safety chain. I usually take my bracelets off by the safe and they’re all pretty full, so I’ve had them fall on more than one occasion. I think I’m courting disaster by continuing to forgo a safety chain. Either that or I need to get better about only taking them off over my bed.

    • Leann

      Lots of symmetry! 😉 I’ve gotten used to taking off the bracelets without dropping them (knock on wood). I just wish Pandora would come out with more designs for the safety chains instead of the same 5. :/

      • koolchicken

        I do like symmetry! I’ve found that it’s the muranos that make the bracelet (if you wear them) and ensuring they complement each other and the look as a whole is harder with Pandora. I think if I used fewer it would be less of an issue, four or less and you can get away with having them all different and it not look crazy.

        Here’s one of my favorite bracelets. It’s for my son so blue was a natural choice. I found that it’s a bright color and keeping to two designs helps to enhance the design as opposed to drawing attention from the silver beads.

        For me it’s a bit tricky, I have dropped them all a few times each. Granted it’s been over carpet and sometimes I’m sitting but I don’t want to take chances. I agree we need more than 5 designs. Especially since I only like one of them. 🙁

      • Leann

        Beautiful!! I love the symmetry, you’re right, the Muranos are the spotlights of the bracelet. I’d love to see more of your bracelets, it’s always fun to look at other people’s inspirations and designs!

      • koolchicken

        Thank you! I’ll have to send you some photos when I get done rearranging my bracelets. I’m currently in the process of changing my life bracelet, this one is actually still a work in progress.

        I too love seeing what other people come up with as well as hearing the story behind the beads. I’m a big fan of some of yours. Especially your fairy tale bracelet. I’m working on one of my own right now. But I think it’ll end up being several bracelets as I like so many stories!

  • Marisela

    Great video Leann! Nice usage of openworks and clips at the ends! But I do like to have the safety chain, especially for clasp bracelets, just in case they may open. In my case, my first Pandora bracelet is not silver, but actually a two-cord one. At that moment, I was just looking for charms I liked (no special meaning, or even color). Then I had two simultaneous projects: one with a very special meaning (baby girl themed) and one that was totally symmetric (I don’t have any objections about having the same charm twice or even thrice, and since then I have made another bracelet like that). But now I am experimenting with “loose” bracelets, favoring the new cord bracelet and the bangle. For the full, silver bracelets, I like to have no more than three muranos. Here are my three first bracelets.

    • Leann

      Thanks, Marisela! Beautiful bracelets and thanks for sharing!! It’s such an evolving process, sometimes you get a bracelet that’s not what you were planning for at all. Your bracelets turned out beautifully! 😀

      • Marisela

        Thanks! In fact, the first bracelet evolved a lot. Some of the original beads went to other bracelet and a necklace. What I also do is that I use the bracelet designer at Pandora’s website. It’s true that not all beads are available; in those cases I use similar beads.

      • Leann

        That’s a great idea, I use the Pandora bracelet designer too but it’s awfully dangerous! Get too many ideas ;).

  • rose

    Nice video! You were wearing a white pearl ring in the video, can you tell me which one it is? Looks very pretty how you had the rings stacked!

  • TammySue

    Beautiful bracelets, Leann! I love your new video format. Have a fabulous time on your Pandora Cruise!!

    • Leann

      Thank you! I am having a blast :D.

  • Margarita Nieves

    HI Leann.I can’t buy 2 of the same either lol, just wondering do you have a gold Pandora b. I would like to see it! 🙂

    • Leann

      Yes, I’ve got one, I need to showcase it soon! 😉

      • Charmer

        Yes, I would love to see it too. 🙂 My first pandora bracelet which I started about a year ago is slowly transforming from a two-tone to gold. Waiting for another Rue sale to add to it!

      • Leann

        Me too! It’s the only way I can afford the gold charms :).

  • Guest

    Great

    • Leann

      Thanks!