Junior Jeweler Badge Activity
Make a Chain-Loop Necklace or Bracelet
Jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive to be pretty and meaningful! Start learning how to create your own jewelry by making a necklace or bracelet out of wire.
Time needed: 20–30 minutes
- Thin wire
- Wire cutters
- Round-nose pliers
- A needle file
- A clasp (optional)
Jewelry is found in almost every culture on the planet. Sometimes it’s worn simply as decoration, and sometimes it holds great meaning.
Most jewelry is made from a type of metal. Jewelers use various pliers to bend the metal in amazing ways. In this activity, you’ll act like a jeweler as you use metal to make a chain-loop necklace or bracelet.
Start by using wire cutters to cut pieces of wire. The number and length of the pieces will depend on how big you want each loop to be. Begin by making one loop: twist the ends together to form a circle (pinch the ends together tightly with your pliers or file with a needle file so they’ll be smooth). Once you’ve made one circle, start the second loop of the chain by pulling the wire through the first circle and again twisting its ends together. When the chain is the length you want, twist the final loop through the first one, or attach a clasp. Ta-da! You’ve made your own bracelet or necklace. You can keep it for yourself or give it to a friend or family member as a gift.
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.