How to Make Interesting Jewelry Out of Gum Wrappers
By Sabrina Baum
To get started, you'll have to collect
lots of gum-wrappers. The long, skinny inside wrapper from a stick of
gum is exactly the right size for a chain-link bracelet. (If you use the
outside wrappers, your links will be too short . Save them for your bead
To make the links:
1. Fold the gum wrapper in half, lengthwise (a.)
2. Unfold, and bring both edges to the center (b.)
3. Fold together lengthwise, with the edges inside. (c.)
4. Fold in center, crosswise (d.)
5. Fold both ends to the center (e.)
6. Fold in center, crosswise
Repeat steps 1 to 6 with all of your wrappers. To make a chain, like
your wrappers together:
Each link has two 'arms'. One side of each arm is folded and the other
side is leafed. It's easier to work with the folded side when connecting
your links. You will be slipping the arms of each link into the folded
slots of the link before it. (f.) When you put the first two links
together, your chain will have an 'L' shape. The third link should go in
the opposite direction and the fourth link will make your chain look
like a 'W'. Continue putting links into your chain until your chain is
long enough to go around your wrist. Slip the last link into the
slots of the first link and tape it in place with cellophane tape.
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