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

 

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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.

 

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre is all the rage! I love the look of one color fading into another into another . . .

If you love it, too, this is a quick and easy bracelet.

Ombre Bracelet

 

Materials and Tools:

  • Seed beads in 3 different shades.  I used a dark green, a light green and clear.  You could use more colors if you wanted to, but just adjust the amount of beads so they’re even.
  • Beading wire.
  • A small amount of chain (perfect for using leftover chain, which is what I did.)
  • 12 4mm jump rings
  • 4 7mm jump rings
  • Crimp beads (I used 24)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Measure across the top of your wrist (the chain will be about half the length around your wrist) and add a few extra inches so you have room to work and cut the beading wire.

I cut about about 7 1/2″ total.

Cut 3 pieces.

Step #2

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Grab a 4mm jump ring.  Make sure that it’s closed securely.  This would also be a good time to use soldered jump rings instead.  These jump rings do not need to be opened again.

Step #3

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Put the beading wire around the jump ring.  Add a crimp bead, a bead and another crimp bead.  (I always use 2 crimp beads.)  Close the crimp beads securely.

Step #4

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the darkest color.  When you’re adding the beads, thread the beads over the end of the other wire, too.  I used 20 seed beads, but you may need to adjust that number based on how long your wire is.

Step #5

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the middle color.  Again, I used about 20 beads here.

Step #6

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the lightest color.  For this, I used 15 beads, but my clear beads were a little bit larger than my green beads.

Step #7

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Follow step #3 for the other side.

Step #8

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #9

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Make 3 identical beaded strands.

Step #10

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Open a 7 mm jump ring, add the jump rings at one end of the 3 strands and close the jump ring.

Step #11

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Braid the 3 strands.  I did this relatively loosely.

Step #12

Open a 7 mm jump ring and add the other ends of the 3 strands jump rings.

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Cut chain in the length to go across the rest of your wrist to complete the bracelet.  Cut in half.  Then add one half to the 7 mm jump ring and close.

Open the 7 mm jump ring on the other end, add the chain and close.

Step #13

Add a clasp and you’re done!

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

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