One of Wired, Twisted, & Stoned’s favorite techniques in the world of wire wrapping is making bangle bracelets because they are easy to make, the design possibilities are infinite, they can be made to accessorize or dress up any outfit and they are fun to wear! You can wear one bangle bracelet by itself or you can wear more than one, depending on your outfit and your style. In this blog, you will learn how to make your own bangle bracelet.
- 8″ of 14g craft wire, depending on the size of your wrist. An 8″ piece of wire will fit around an average size wrist of 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wrist.
- A bracelet mandrel, a glass, or your own wrist. I actually use my own wrist to shape my bangle bracelets!
- Beads with large enough holes to fit onto the 14g wire. You can also wire wrap beads with wrapped loops to dangle from the 14g wire, which will be the core of the bracelet, as long as your loops are large enough to fit onto the 14g wire.
- Jump Rings
- Toggle Clasp
- Round nose pliers
- Smooth chain nose pliers (two pairs make it easier to make wrapped loops)
- Wire cutters designed to cut 14g wire through 20g wire (if you are going to make wrapped loop bead dangles to dangle from the core wire)
- Measuring Tape
- If your wrist takes an average length bracelet of 7 1/4” to 7 1/2” including the clasp, then measure and cut about an 8” piece of 14g wire.
- Flush cut the other end of the 8” 14g wire.
- Make a large loop on one end of the wire with your round nose pliers.
- Optional: Make the wire wrapped bead dangles to string onto the 14g wire.
- String the large hole beads and the wire wrapped bead dangles you made in the previous step to create whatever design you want. Continue stringing the beads and the bead dangles until you have 3/4” of 14g wire left on the other end.
- Once you have 3/4” of 14g wire left on the other end, make a large loop like you did in step 3.
- Bend it around your wrist mandrel at the appropriate place on the mandrel (being careful not to scratch any of the beads or bead dangles if you are using a metal mandrel) for your size wrist or bend it around your wrist to shape it into a bracelet. I usually bend them around my wrist to shape them into a bracelet and I adjust the shape accordingly with my fingers and hands.
- If the bracelet is too short, attach the appropriate number of jump rings to one loop on the end or both loops on the ends, while taking into account the length of the toggle clasp, so that it will fit your wrist.
Tip: For additional security, I use two jump rings instead of one to connect two components together. In other words, wherever you would normally use one jump ring to attach two components, use two jump rings to attach two components so that they serve the same purpose as a typical key ring; one that you have to slip your key in between two round metal wires that are adjacent to one another and wind it around until it is securely on both of the metal wires.
Tip: Even if the bangle bracelet is the correct length for your wrist after completing step 7, I attach a toggle clasp, or at least a hook to one loop on one end, so that I can clasp it for additional security around my wrist. If you are going to use a toggle clasp, the loops of the toggle clasp may be too small to fit two jump rings through them so you may have to use one thicker gauge jump ring to attach each half of the clasp to the loops on the ends of the bracelet.
Tip: If the bracelet is the correct length for your wrist after you complete step 7 and it appears to be secure around your wrist, then you have completed this project and can enjoy your new handmade, unique bangle bracelet!
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