Tools 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.
- Head pins to make bead dangles
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.
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.
Using your round nose pliers, create a loop on one end of the wire.
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.
Hammer the bangle. This helps the bangle keep it’s shape. Do not hammer near the ends at this point.
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.
Start wrapping the fabric around one end of the wire. I like to start at the end with the loop.
Cut off several inches of the 24 gauge wire.
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.
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.
After you have wrapped the entire bangle, use wire to secure the other side as well.
Then close the little wire that is sticking out through the loop.
Make a beaded bangle instead.
Beads and fabric, both!
Fabric with bead dangles:
To make this one, just follow the instructions above.
Then use the Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial to make bead dangles.
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.
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!)