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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Halloween Bat Chain Bracelet

By: Mollie Valente for Rings & Things

A gunmetal mesh chain and 3-D bat charm create a gothic bracelet from Rings & Things, perfect for Halloween. You can also replace the bat charm with a skull bead or other Halloween theme.


Bat Chain Bracelet


Materials:

  • 3 40-080-01-9 2.5" mesh-style chain links, gunmetal
  • 2 41-130-07-9 18x11x7mm small fan-shaped donut bails, gunmetal
  • 8" 40-099-12-9 Flattened long-and-short chain, gunmetal
  • 1 49-944-72 17x24x4mm 3-D cast bat charm, antiqued silver*
  • 1 39-348-9 22mm lobster clasp, gunmetal
  • 4 37-136-9 5mm round jump rings, gunmetal
  • 1 41-219-9 9mm split ring, gunmetal
  • chain-nose pliers
  • flat-nose pliers
  • side cutters

Instructions:

  1. Loop the 3 links together and add 1 fan-shaped donut bail to each end link.
     
  2. Use a jump ring to close each of the donut bails.
     
  3. Attach the lobster clasp to one of the jump rings.
     
  4. On the other jump ring, attach one more jump ring and the split ring.
     
  5. To create a security chain, attach the chain to the jump rings that closed the donut bails. Leave one side of the chain slightly longer, so the chain will drape.
     
  6. Attach the bat charm to the fourth jump ring and attach it to one of the other jump rings to act as a decorative dangle.

Jump-ring hint:
When you open and close jump rings, twist sideways instead of “ovalling” them. This keeps their shape better, which makes them easier to close all the way.

*NOTE: For a darker finish, the bat charm was oxidized with #86-354 liver of sulfur or #86-343 Win-Ox™ prior to assembling the bracelet.

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