These beautiful wire wrapped bangles are all the rage right now. They're fitted with gorgeous precious stones, semi precious stones, acrylic, tin and so many other types of beads! They are gorgeous and even better when stacked! #armparty
So how do you make these? It’s rather easy, actually! I will show you the basics of how wire wrapped bangles are made, and it’s your job to take it to the next level with your own creativity.
First thing are supplies needed:
- 18 gauge semi hard wire (I chose gold for this demonstration)
- Strand of stone, you will need 3
- Long round nosed pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Champagne (optional)
Choose three stones that you think pair well for your beautiful bangle!
Now it’s time to unwrap some wire for the base of your bangle. There are many ways to create the right diameter for your bangle, but my suggestion is measure you palm and drop maybe a quarter inch. So if your palm is 8 inches, drop the bangle diameter to 7.5 or 7.75. What is most important is that it fits over your palm but doesn’t fall off! Another option is grab your favorite bangle and use this as your guide. I like to free hand this, but you can always use a cup or drinking glass to help you steady your wire! Next make three or four loops with your wire. If you have heavy beads, use more loops.
It doesn’t have to be pretty at first! You will then start to even out the wire so that it looks more like a circle. As you are making the bangle more even, make sure that there is about 1-1.5 inches of a tail sticking out. You will use this tail to secure the four loops together.
Once the four loops are secure you can test it out to make sure it fits, also use this time to make sure the loops are even. If they are, go ahead and continue wrapping that tail around. Then use your pliers to clamp the wires down so you don’t get scratched!
Take the other end of the wire still attached to your roll and measure out how long your stone is, plus another 1.5-2 inches past the length of the stone. Go ahead and cut the wire and then place the stone on the wire.
Fold the stone parallel with the bangle. Once you have adjusted the stone, wrap the tail around the bangle, like you did the first time.
For the next two stones, pull out some of the wire and use the stone to measure how much wire you need. I suggest that you give yourself at least 1.5-2 inches on either side of the stone to account for space between stone and bangle and three to four wraps of wire around bangle base to secure it. Measure out and cut wire. I suggest use pliers to turn that 1.5-2 inches of wire up so that it is easier to twist around bangle.
Repeat wrapping, placing stone, and wrapping other side, like the first stone. Be sure to use pliers and cutters to smooth out ends of wire so you don’t get cut!
Continue this process for third stone. If you opted for champagne as a supply, be sure to treat yourself!
Finally, let’s make those stones a little more secure by spreading out the wire under the stone. Just use your thumb to do this.
Finish the next two stones. CONGRATULATIONS, you are done!
Now you have your very own wire wrapped bangle! There are lots of way to change and be creative with this process, so create the best way that works for you!
Happy Jewelry Making!
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