ECT TV Episode 51: Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51

In Episode 51 of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I’ll show you how to make an adjustable bangle bracelet.

Then you can express your creativity by choosing and making charms to add to it.

Watch the video:

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet:

ECT TV Episode 51

Materials and Tools:

  • 14 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Charms to add (any you like.  You can use bead dangles or pre-made charms)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 51

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Measure the wire around your wrist, allowing room to get the wire over your hand and cut the wire.

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make a loop on each end of the wire.  One loop will go up and the other will go down.  (This will make more sense as you keep reading through these instructions.)

I made a relatively large loop, so I held the wire in my round nose pliers close to the handle.

To make a loop hole the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through the top and you should be able to run your finger over the top.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust the wire on the pliers and complete the loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Use chain nose pliers to bend up the loop and make sure that the loops are facing opposite directions.  You can twist or bend the wire to accomplish this.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Open the loops just like you would open a jump ring.  Do not pull the loop apart, but instead open it front and back and maintain the circle shape.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Place the wire from the bracelet in the loops and close the loops.  You can see in this photo how one is facing up and one is facing down.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make sure your bracelet is in the shape that you want it and hammer it with a nylon or rawhide hammer.  Hold the part where the double wire is off the steel block (you won’t be able to hammer that part.)

Hammer gently to harden the wire.  The nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Add charms and/or bead dangles as you like using jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a short helpful video.

To keep your charms in kind of one spot, place them where the wire is doubled and make sure that your loops are closed completely.  Otherwise they’ll move around the entire bracelet.

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

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ECT TV Episode 15: Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Ep 15Video Episode:

 

Stacked BraceletsBracelets, oh how I love them!

I love to mix and match them and stack them together.  The stack above includes the bracelet in today’s tutorial, as well as simple strung bracelets and a double bracelet.

The warm weather is the perfect time to show off your art on your wrists.  Just keep adding bracelets until you feel like it’s enough for you.  I really don’t think there is such a thing as too many bracelets.

Here’s the Bangle Bracelet Tutorial:

Bangle BraceletI’ll teach you how to make a fabric wrapped wire bangle bracelet and then you can use some of the suggestions to make different bangle bracelets like beaded bangles or adding some bead dangles to them.

How to Make a Bangle BraceletTools and Materials:

  •  Fabric scraps (22″ long by 3/4″ wide)
  • 18 or 20 gauge wire and 24 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose and/or needle nose pliers
  • A can or something cylindrical to form the bracelet around.

Optional for making other bangle bracelets:

  • Beads
  • Head pins to make bead dangles
  • 7 mm jump rings

Step #1

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

How to Make a Bangle BraceletMeasure around the largest part of your hand with the 18 or 20 gauge wire.  Add about a 1/2″ extra wire.

Step #2

How to Make a Bangle BraceletForm the wire into a circle.  I used a tin can.  Be creative and see what you can find around your house.  It does not have to be exactly the right size because you can adjust the wire into a bigger circle after you get the circle formed.

Step #3

How to Make a Bangle BraceletUsing your round nose pliers, create a loop on one end of the wire.

Step #4

Make a bend in the other end of the wire to put through the loop.

Note:  if you are making a beaded bangle, you won’t be able to do this step now.  Slide your beads on first.

Step #5

How to Make a Bangle BraceletHammer the bangle.  This helps the bangle keep it’s shape.  Do not hammer near the ends.

**NOTE:  I left this part out on the video.  I have been wearing the bracelet I made without hammering it and it is holding up just fine.  So if you don’t have a hammer and steel block, don’t worry about it.

Step #6

How to Make a Bangle BraceletCut a strip of fabric about 22″ long and 3/4″ wide.  I just tore my fabric instead of using scissors because I wanted that frayed look.

Step #7

How to Make a Bangle BraceletStart wrapping the fabric around one end of the wire.  I like to start at the end with the loop.

Step #8

How to Make a Bangle BraceletCut off several inches of the 24 gauge wire.

Step #9

How to Make a Bangle BraceletIMG_4277How to Make a Bangle BraceletWrap the 24 gauge wire around the end of the fabric.  Make sure to pull tightly and make sure that the fabric is secure.

Use pliers to make sure the wire ends are pushed in.

Step #10

How to Make a Bangle BraceletContinue wrapping the fabric strip all the way around the bangle.

Note:  if your fabric has one right side, make sure to keep that side on the top.

Step #11

How to Make a Bangle BraceletAfter you have wrapped the entire bangle, use wire to secure the other side as well.

Step #12

How to Make a Bangle BraceletThen close the little wire that you bent up and put it through the loop.  Close the bangle by pushing that little wire down.

How to Make a Bangle BraceletVariations:

How to Make a Bangle BraceletMake a beaded bangle instead.

How to Make a Bangle BraceletBeads and fabric, both!

Fabric with bead dangles:

 

How to Make a Bangle BraceletHow to make a Bangle BraceletTo make this one, just follow the instructions above.

How to make a Bangle BraceletThen use the Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial to make bead dangles.

How to make a Bangle BraceletAttach the bead dangles with jump rings.  I used 7 mm jump rings.

How to Make a Bangle BraceletMy dangles do not slide around, but I think it’s okay if they do slide around.

You could also make beaded bangle and add bead dangles to it.

Make several and pile them on all at once for a great look.

 

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet
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How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

 

Tools and Materials:

 

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

  • Fabric scraps (22″ long by 3/4″ wide)
  • 18 or 20 gauge wire and 24 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose and/or needle nose pliers
  • A can or something cylindrical to form the bracelet around.

Optional:

  • Beads
  • Head pins to make bead dangles

Step #1

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Measure around the largest part of your hand with the 18 or 20 gauge wire.  Note:  Do not pull the wire tight because you’ll actually be forming it into a circle.  Allow a little extra room, but not too much.

Step #2

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Form the wire into a circle.  I used a tin can.  Be creative and see what you can find around your house that’s the right size.

Step #3

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Using your round nose pliers, create a loop on one end of the wire.

Step #4

Make a bend in the other end of the wire to put through the loop.  Note:  if you are making a beaded bangle, you won’t be able to do this step now.

Step #5

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

Hammer the bangle.  This helps the bangle keep it’s shape.  Do not hammer near the ends at this point.

Step #6

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Cut a strip of fabric about 22″ long and 3/4″ wide.  I just tore my fabric instead of using scissors because I wanted that frayed look.

Step #7

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Start wrapping the fabric around one end of the wire.  I like to start at the end with the loop.

Step #8

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Cut off several inches of the 24 gauge wire.

Step #9

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

IMG_4277

 

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

Wrap the 24 gauge wire around the end of the fabric.  Make sure to pull tightly and make sure that the fabric is secure.

Use pliers to make sure the wire ends are pushed in.

Step #10

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Continue wrapping the fabric strip all the way around the bangle.  Note:  if your fabric has one right side, make sure to keep that side on the top.

Step #11

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

After you have wrapped the entire bangle, use wire to secure the other side as well.

Step #12

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Then close the little wire that is sticking out through the loop.

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Variations:

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Make a beaded bangle instead.

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Beads and fabric, both!

Fabric with bead dangles:

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

How to make a Bangle Bracelet

 

To make this one, just follow the instructions above.

 

How to make a Bangle Bracelet

 

Then use the Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial to make bead dangles.

 

How to make a Bangle BraceletAttach the bead dangles with jump rings.  I used 7 mm jump rings.

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

My dangles do not slide around, but I think it’s okay if they do slide around.

You could also make beaded and add bead dangles to it.

Make several and pile them on all at once for a great look.

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

How to Make a Bangle Bracelet

 

I can’t wait to see what you make!

This would be the perfect project for Project Jewelry this month, since this month’s theme is FREESTYLE!  (Yep, make whatever 2 pieces of jewelry you want!)

Click here to learn more about Project Jewelry and scroll down to the bottom for the latest challenge.