Romans loved jewellery and solid gold bracelets and rings were often worn by women. Bracelets in the form of snakes were very popular and it was thought that the were worn for protection as they would ward off evil.
They were often worn in pairs around the wrists or upper arms.
Have a look at this beautiful example which was found in Pompeii. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pompeii_and_herculaneum/highlight_objects.aspx If you live near London why not go along to the British Museum this summer to have a look at it?
Here is a quick and easy way to make your very own serpent bracelets. You will need some toilet roll tubes, scissors and pencil and some gold paint.
Firstly, draw the outline of your snake gently spiralling around the outside of the tube.
We used spray paint which is very quick but you could easily paint it with gold poster paint.
You could add details with pencil or pen, or even add some gems or glitter glue.
Why not make a Roman gown to go with it?
We would live to see your finished bracelets – send us some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org