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« on: May 29, 2009 08:17:44 PM »

Eleven jump rings -  $1.00
One lobster claw clasp - $2.00
Knowing you'll never spend money on your maxed out credit cards again - Priceless.

I can't believe I found creative inspiration from the recession, the credit crunch for you royal subjects, but I did and here's the result.  The Credit Crunch Bracelet is a great way to take your credit cards out of rotation, at least for a while.   

It's a perfect project for creating a great conversation piece out of old credit cards and perhaps impress the financial goddess that is Suze Orman. 

Sure, there are a few things that I already had to finish this project.  Namely the disc cutter.  I used the largest hole to make the punches, but you can mix it up and add different sizes through out your own bracelet. 

And of course I have had way too many credit cards, as well.  I only used two cards (for a total of 10 discs), but someone might make a necklace version and use several more.   You might also want to use several cards for a variety of designs and patterns. 

Here's the disc cutter.  (It obviously works on plastic, but also thin metals, I'm tackling aluminum cans next)

(yes it's rusty, but like wrinkles, rust just means it's had an interesting life.)

You could also just use a pair of sharp industrial scissors and cut out of your shapes?

There are a couple different disc cutters out there, but I got my disc cutter here:

I also had hole punches

(I have two versions, but I like the hand held one (blue) because you can see what you are punching)

See what I mean..., wait I don't want to get a head of myself. 

First, punch or cut your pieces.  It's best to work on a hard surfaces, like a cement floor.

If you are hand cutting your cards a) be careful and b) trace your design first.

If you are using a disc cutter, stick the card between the slit and place the punch peg in the hole.  Next, hammer the punch peg to make the disc.  Think happy thoughts like - NO MORE FINANCE CHARGES FROM YOU!

Make sure it's a firm strike, don't be weak about it, you want clean sides to your punched piece.

Here it is...(take that Visa you evil bastard)

Continue until you have enough discs (don't forget matching earrings -  Wink)

Now punch your holes.  You saw the hand held version first, here's the second technique. 

Open your jump rings and begin to make the attachments, if the rings are thin enough you can use your fingers or grab a pair of pliers.  Create the connections between each disc.

Use another pair of pliers to finish the connection.

My father always said credit cards were evil, but I think this bracelet looks rather nice don't you?

« Last Edit: June 02, 2009 10:10:23 AM by craftymofo » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009 08:24:09 PM »

Ha i love this.

We've got a few expired credit cards laying around...
but we haven't got that disc cutter..

GOOD job!

« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2009 08:29:05 PM »

Ha i love this.

We've got a few expired credit cards laying around...
but we haven't got that disc cutter..

GOOD job!

Use a high quality pair of scissors.  I've used my kitchen shears to make cuts, you could create different shapes! 
« Last Edit: May 29, 2009 08:31:25 PM by craftymofo » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009 09:52:07 PM »

Love it! And one of the best tutorials EVER!  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009 10:05:58 PM »

very cool!!

« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009 12:02:10 AM »

Your commentary made me crack up while reading this. This project is a true silver lining to the credit crunch. A new accessory and avoiding maxing out cards... what more could you want? Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009 05:31:01 AM »

Awesome! It would be cool if you made rings out of the cards as well (punching a smaller hole in the disk). So many options!

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2009 07:31:21 AM »

i dont have many credit cards but i deffo have a few gift cards that have no cash on lying about!

maybe you could use the disc cutter and hole punch combo to do stuff like buttons?

they would probably look out of place on clothing, but could make a great bag fastening!

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2009 10:02:07 AM »

These are some great ideas that y'all have suggested!   

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