Friday, February 14, 2014

Wire Wrapped Bangles

Wire Wrapped Bangle Bracelets

Today I am going to write a tutorial on how to make these cute bangle bracelets. They're really simple and look great, plus the items you'll need will probably already be in your stash (or at least cheap to purchase).



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.






2 comments:

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