Wire Beaded Bangle
These simple bangle bracelets are one of my favorite projects. Fast to make, and elegant. They work well using beads that are seconds, likefire polish crystals that had flaw that made them not work for the
project you meant to use them for, or the left over beads from a project. Or you can buy India glass mixes from Bead Babe and use beads from those.
a variety of beads 4-8 mm beads work best
18-20 gauge wire
needle nose pliers
about 15 minutes of time
Start with about 36 inches of 18-20 gauge wire, whatever kind and color suits you, however make sure it's not too thick to go through your beads, but thick enough to hold the shape. 22 gauge silver doesn't work well for adult size bracelets because it doesn't hold the shape will enough. However it will work fine for smaller children's bracelets.
String on about 9 and 1/2 inches worth of beads, more or less depending on your hand size. You can check by closing your hand like you were putting on a bangle bracelet and make sure it fits with about a half inch of bare wire.Move the beads to the center of the wire, and leaving a little space of wire, twist the end wires together just above the beads to close.
(number of beads shown is purely for illustrative purposes)
Now shape the beaded wire loop into a circle, and then take the free ends one at a time, and twist them around the beaded loop. I think of itas kind of like being free form with wire. When you get to the end of the wire you are twisting, crimp the end of the wire around a section of bare wire to close it off. There are a bunch of ways to modify this basic bangle, you can use colored wire around in after you finish the basic bangle in different colors to make a really bright bangle, or string beads on sections of the wrap wires. The colors and the style of this braceletis completely up to you. Make them smaller and they make nice napkin rings, or use alphabet beads to make a unique name bracelet. I hope you enjoyed this project!
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