Hi, Patina | DIY Mixed-Metals Patinated Stretch Bracelet

I more or less swore off stretch bracelets sometime around 2006.

I was at an out-of-town concert to see several bands I adored – the Summer of Ska tour or Ska is Dead or Summer of Dead Ska, whatever, who knows, it was a combo of similar words – and I was really, really excited to be there. In true I’m young and stoked and don’t know what to do with all the energy from my social anxiety fashion, I was adorably, pathetically into moving around. There was dancing, over the top head bopping, probably some exaggerated clapping… And at one point I even threw my arm into the air to make a fist during some important part of a song. (Probably off beat by a second because teenage awkwardness is real.)

Thanks to all those nerves from being sixteen in a crowd of people I thought were infinitely cooler than I was, I accidentally applied too much force behind my fist-in-air movement. In cringe-worthy slow-motion I saw my stretch bracelet fly off of my right wrist and into the air. It spun, propelling itself further into the sky before hitting a person on stage – a guitar player from Streetlight Manifesto, I believe – in the arm. He understandably looked annoyed. I understandably looked bummed. The guy next to me saw it happen and understandably looked perplexed. The moment is burnt into my memory forever.

But I’m a grown ass woman and stretch bracelets are the easiest kind to wear, so they’re coming back as my normal wrist option. Look out, guitar players! They could come zipping your way at any moment!

Make this patina-inspired stretch bracelet using a green or turquoise round beads, gold geometric beads, and bronze rings large enough to fit over the other beads. String them together on stretch cord, then add patina-colored accents like a patina charm and tassel. Triple knot that stretch cord and get ready to rock your new bracelet.

Well, maybe don’t rock. You know what could happen. Regular wearing should be fine.


  1. Sylvia Fohlin
    September 20, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I was inspired by this gorgeous bracelet, but couldn’t find my elastic cord, so I used memory wire instead. It really came out well. Thanks for this great idea!

    • September 28, 2017 / 2:56 am

      Oh how neat! If you posted a picture on social media, tag @ohjuliaann so I can see it. I’d love to see how it turned out with memory wire!

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