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DIY: Panja, or Back-of-the-Hand Jewelry
I became obsessed with making myself a Panja [i.e., back-of-the-hand jewelry piece] since seeing the above in Vogue October 2009. For all it's highbrow designer, impossible-to-make-yourself fashion spreads, once in awhile the magazine showcases an idea that's just mindblowingly awesome. How cool is this rhinestone-and-chain Alyssa Norton piece that the model above is wearing? (All her jewelry is really eclectic and covetable...to sum it up to its lowest common denominator, she likes wrapping silk thread around rhinestone chains; making rhinestones "cast" in metal and set into jewelry as if precious stones; barettes with dangling cords and rhinestones; and chain mail. Def. check out her site if you get a chance!)

But I've had Panjas on the brain since about 2005, when I saw the above Hahn An Su (sp?) design in a Vivi Magazine. I didn't know what they were called then, but I definitely wanted one!

And then recently I saw this photo posted at Maverick Malone. She's such a cool girl - and has great style - she just wrapped this broken necklace around her hand and wrist and called it a day. Love.

I don't really know much about Panjas, so I am unable to educate anyone about them (and if they have religious significance I'm very sorry for my desecration and sacrilege) but....

Perhaps you can feel a DIY coming on?? LOL

I'm not paying $805 for the Alyssa Norton piece! So here's the DIY:

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Push the earring post through the center link in your chain piece. Using pliers, bend down and around the chain so the earring is secured and there's no scratchy post end sticking out.

  • Step 2

    Wrap the chain around your index finger - cut to size. Secure with a jumpring.

  • Step 3

    Fold both long sides of mesh interfacing in towards center. Fold again in the center so you have a long rectangular strip with all raw edges enclosed. Iron flat - the heat of the iron will fuse the mesh together.

  • Step 4

    Sew along long edge of mesh to secure the folds you made.

  • Step 5

    Fold each shorter end over and secure with hand-stitching.

  • Step 6

    Place earring flat and stitch bottom rhinestone dangle to center of black mesh. This is the tricky part - you just need to weave in and out of the rhinestones with your needle, securing them both together and down. You don't want the rhinestone dangles to move too freely across the back of your hand - so sew together inbetween the settings, and be carefuly of the thread catching on the rhinestone prongs.

  • Step 7

    Wrap the thread around the black mesh for a textural effect. (Here, to make it exactly like the Alyssa Norton piece, you can smudge silver fabric paint at intervals onto the black mesh, and decorate with rhinestones. I chose not to because I wanted more simplicity.

  • How to make a hand bracelet. Panja, Or Back Of The Hand Jewelry - Step 8
    Step 8

    Hand-stitch a snap and its counterpart to each end of the black mesh.

    You're done! Super-easy, right???

  • How to make a hand bracelet. Panja, Or Back Of The Hand Jewelry - Step 9
    Step 9

    Feeling the backs of my hands are sad and naked now without my Panja....

    Happy DIY'ing!
    xoxo
    Carly

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Omo
Omo · 2 projects
I use to take my Silver chain, wrap it around my wrist and my middle finger so that it would form this. I was always curious about this, so I Googled it and they called it an "Indian Slave bracelet" which was weird for me because @ that time becauseI pulled it out of my head. It is by pure accident that I've stumbled upon ur tutorial of how to make one. However, it is not an accident that I love it (everyhing happens for a reason). Than you and this is really great work =)
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you Leslie M. and lydia L.! The piece wasn't my original idea, but I was really proud of how it turned out! Definitely a way to recycle vintage rhinestones if ya got em!
Thanks for looking-
xoxo
Carly
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lydia L.
lydia L. · Skövde, Västra Götaland County, SE
just HAD to favourite this tutorial as soon as i saw the picture!!!...thank you sooo much!
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Groovy Mama
Groovy Mama · College Station, Texas, US · 11 projects
This rocks!
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