DIY: Upcycling a Necklace into a Panja Ring-Bracelet

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Diy upcycle necklace to panja

My style changes. A lot. The same charm necklace I fell in love few years ago now sits in the corner of my jewelry box, gathering dust. For today's DIY, I decided to transform a simple necklace into something über trendy: a panja.

But pray tell, what is a panja? They go by a lot of different names, though most would recognize it as a ring-bracelet combo (because that's what it actually is!). It also goes by many other names, like a hand harness, armor bracelet, or hand flower. Now that you know what a panja is, I'm going to show you a super-easy way to DIY one - let's get to it:

Materials

Materials DIY Panja

  • Simple charm necklace (look for one with multiple small charms)
  • Jewelry pliers (the essential three, shown from left to right: wire-cutters, flat-nose, round-nose)
  • Ring base
  • Strong glue (I used a glue gun, but crazy glue or E-6000 works too.)

Step One:

Step 1 DIY Panja

Using your jewelry pliers, completely disassemble the necklace. Most jewelry charms are connected to the necklace chain with jump rings (little wire circles), which can be easily be opened (as shown below) by gripping one end with round-nose pliers, and prying it open on the other end with flat-nose pliers. The same motion is used to close them.

Pliers jump ring

Step Two:

Step 2 DIY Panja

Wrap the now-charmless necklace chain around your wrist and secure the clasp so that the chain fits somewhat loosely. Using your pliers, detach and remove the rest of the chain. My jewelry chain was comprised of larger chain links, so I could simply remove them by opening up the jump rings (see step one). Thinner and/or finer chains can be cut with wire-cutters.

Step Three:

Step 3 DIY Panja

Drape the rest of the chain onto your hand. Measure a length of chain from the bracelet to around the base of your finger. Again, detach this from the rest of the chain.

Step Four:

Step 4 DIY Panja

Attach a larger jump ring to this end of the chain. Attach this to the bracelet portion. I find that the bracelet is easiest to remove when the clasp is on the side of the hand, so I positioned it so it's "halfway" down the bracelet chain when clasped.

Step Five:

Step 5.1 DIY Panja

Pick several charms and connect them to the jump ring. The photo below is how your panja should look after closing the jump ring.

Step 5 DIY panja

Step Six:

Step 6 DIY Panja

Almost finished! Glue another charm onto a ring base (make sure the charm has a loop for a jump ring). Connect the ring to chain that's connected to the bracelet.

The Finished Product:

Finished Product DIY Panja

That's it - You've created a trendy panja out of an old necklace! Feel free to play around with embellishments different combinations of chains and charms.

Feedback please:

What do you think about panjas, or body jewelry/unconventional jewelry in general? Would you do this DIY? Are there DIYs you want to see the tutorial for? Let me know in the comments!