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.

 

Hoop Earrings Tutorial (Also Junk Earrings!)

Junk Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

In Wire Wrapping For Beginners, I have a pair of earrings that are Hoops with a Dangle.  In it, you could use pre-made hoops.

But, as you’re about to see, it’s really not difficult to make your own hoops!

Hoop Earrings TutorialHoop Earrings Tutorial

+ Bonus Junk Earrings Tutorial!

Hoop Earrings TutorialTools and Materials:

  • Round, 20 gauge wire.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bend nose (or you can use your needle nose) pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel
  • Jewelry hammer
  • Metal block or anvil on which to hammer

A quick lesson about wire cutters:

Wire cutters typically have 2 sides that cut in two different ways.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a pinch cut.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a flush cut.

The side that is toward the wire that you are keeping or using in the design is the side I’m talking about here.

Wire cuttersSo, in the photo, the LEFT side would have the flush cut and the RIGHT side would have the pinched cut.

We want to start with a flush cut almost always when we’re starting a project.  So it’s always a good idea to trim the end off with a flush cut.

Step #1

Hoop Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of wire about 3 1/2″.  Make sure to flush cut each side.

Make sure the 2 pieces of wire are the same length.  It matters less what the actual length is than that they are the same.

Step #2

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialUsing round nose pliers, make a loop in one side of each wire.

Step #3

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hoop Earrings TutorialStraighten the loops so they’re centered on the wire.

Step #4

Hoop Earrings TutorialLightly hammer each loop (and only the loop.)

Step #5

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialWrap around your ring mandrel to give the hoop it’s hoop shape!

See how the end of the wire just meets up withe loop.

Step #6

Hammer the hoop.  Put the loop over the edge so not to damage it and hammer, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ unhammered at the ends.

If you don’t have supplies for hammering, it’s okay.  Hammering helps the hoops keep their shape.  If you don’t, you’ll just have to be extra careful with your earrings.

Step #7

Hoop Earrings TutorialHoop Earrings TutorialUse your pliers to bend back a tiny part of the wire to make a “catch” that will hook into the loop.  This bent up part will be about 1/8 of an inch.

Step #8

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hook the earrings and put them back on the ring mandrel.  I like to push as far as I can because it will stretch the wire a little and make a more perfect circle.  Be careful, though, and don’t let the earring come unlatched.  If you push it down too far and the latch comes unhooked, you will mess up the shape of your hoops.

Step #9

Hoop Earrings TutorialYou could wear these hoops just as is, or

Hoop Earrings TutorialAdd a bead dangle or charm to them.

Or

Make Junk Earrings!

I actually had a customer tell me about these when they saw my hoop earrings with hardware on them.  She told me she had been to France and these “junk” earrings (or she might have called them garbage earrings or trash earrings or something else) were all the rage.  Basically, just put trash on a hoop and wear them.

I didn’t actually see these earrings, but I decided to come up with my own version based upon what she told me.

Step #10

Junk EarringsGo through your recycling bin and find plastic containers.  I have a combination of shampoo/conditioner and other bottles and toothpaste tubes here.  Plus washers.

You’ll need strong scissors for the plastic bottles.  Cut them into whatever shapes you like.

Step #11

Junk Earrings TutorialUse an awl to punch holes in the plastic pieces.

Step #12

Junk Earrings TutorialThen just slide on your pieces in any order or way you like!

Junk Earrings TutorialOther ideas for what you could put on your junk earrings:

  • Buttons
  • Tabs from soda cans
  • Paper – I would treat it to withstand the weather, though.
  • Gun wrappers
  • Washers
  • Rubber bands
  • Ties from bread loafs
  • Anything else you can think of!

Just remember that you’ll be wearing them on your ears, so don’t make them too heavy or they could pull at your ears, or worse, rip your earring holes!

Enjoy!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

The hoop tutorial is in Wire Wrapping for Beginners along with 9 other earring tutorials plus bracelet, necklace and wire wrapped rings tutorials.

Find out more and purchase hereWire Wrapping For Beginners.