Wire Wrapped Bangle Bracelets
Step one: Gather your supplies.
- You'll need a thick wire. I'm using what I believe is about an 18 gauge. (It was given to me in a large, unlabeled spool by my father.) You can use any gauge, as long as it is at least thick enough to hold shape.
- Thin wire. I used 24 gauge. This needs to be thin enough to do a lot of wrapping.
- Beads. Any beads, so long as the hole is big enough to allow them to be strung onto the thicker wire.
- Jump rings and clasp. This part is optional. I prefer the look of a clasp on my bracelets, but since the wire should be thick enough to hold shape you really don't need a clasp if you don't have/want one.
Step two: Cut the 18 gauge wire so that it is long enough to wrap around your wrist with a little extra. Add your beads.
Step three: Bend the wire so that it is a comfortable size and shape for your wrist. Trim the ends so that the tips touch together instead of overlapping, then add little loops.
Step four: Cut your 24 gauge wire and begin to wrap it around the 18 gauge wire. I used about 2ft. This will give you some extra. If you end up not having enough wire, you can simply cut more and continue wrapping with a new piece.
Step five: Wrapping, wrapping, wrapping... This will take a while.
Step six: One side done! Isn't this fun? Other side!
Step seven: Here's where you'll add your clasp. If you've opted not to use a clasp, you're done! If you are using one, proceed to attach it with your jump rings. You could just use the loops on the bracelet itself, but I prefer to add rings.
Step eight: Enjoy! Wear it with pride. Now that you've realized how easy they are to make, you'll be hooked.