How To: Wire Bangle Bracelets
Posted on March 05 2014
Let learn how to make these B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Wire Bangles!
I have seen wire bangles in places like etsy, and scrolling around looking at jewelry online. However, I had never stopped to make one until recently. I don't know what I was waiting for because the second I started making them they have been a huge hit on my social media pages. It could be the fact that I have been making these bangles with the most beautiful crystals I have seen on the market. The large sparking crystals really set the bracelets off and will stop anyone in their tracks.
Today, I am going to take you through the steps to make my version of a perfect three stone bangle. I have seen these bangle where there is a bunch of wire going around and around the stones/crystals... but I actually think that is a waste of wire and the wire is not the show stopping part of the bracelet so I don't bring it to the forefront. Also, I have not been able to find a demonstration of this bracelet anywhere on the market, so I hope this helps you.
You will need:
- Metal Wire Bangles for size points. There are two sizes of bangles so I have both in the photo
- Snipers and Needle Nose Pliers
- A kitchen glass that has a nice taper (I only had my paint water glass here)
- A&SB Crystals (3pcs) (Click Here to Shop)
- Artistic Wire 20 Gage (Click Here to Shop) 4 feet for standard and 5 feet for Large
I have both of my wire bangles stacked on the cup so you can see the size difference. The standard bangle is the one I will be demonstrating today.
Step 1: Create the Shape
Start wrapping your wire around the cup, using the bangle as a size guide. The bangle is also good because you can really push down on your wire and make all of the strands match up. When you have reached the point of the picture there should be 4 strands going around the cup and then two strands out from under my hand. The wire strand on the left is measured at about 3 1/2 inches, and the longer strand is about a whole foot. It should look like you could get another wrap, and then some.
It is safe to remove the bracelet from the glass as long as you hold on to reach of your coils so they don't unravel. The strand that is 3 1/2 inches will be where we add our first crystal.
Step 2: Add the Crystals
Follow these boxes to add your first crystal on to the bangle
BOX 1. Right where you thumb meets the bangle take the 3 1/2 inch wire and bend it back to a flush 90 degree angle.
BOX 2. Wrap the wire around the bangle until you have reached three prefect wraps. You want to be strong with your wraps and make sure they are nice and tight with no gaps.
BOX 3. Add your crystal on to the wire tail. NOTE* The crystals that are being used in the picture are very large, you wnat to keep the size of your bead into consideration.
Turn the crystal about 1/4 of an inch from the base of the bangle bracelet. This way the crystal will rest nicely on the bangle. Then bend the wire coming out from the other side of the crystal straight down.
BOX 4. Wrap the tail around the bangle until you have reached three tight, aligned wraps. NOTE* Really be strong with the wire. I always say, you are the boss of the wire... if you take a class in store.
BOX 5. Snip the access tail
Now we are ready to add the rest of the Crystals to the bangle bracelet. The other 12' (or so) of the wire is what we will be working with now. We will slowly follow the steps in the next box below.
BOX 1. We need to visualize the way the three crystals will look on the bangle. Sometimes Mine can look a little off... What I like to do is lay them out and eye it.
BOX 2. Once I have visualized my three crystals and I have a pretty good idea of where I need to start my next wrap, I take my needle nose pliers and make a sharp 90 degree angle with the tail wire.
BOX 3. Wrap tight and secure with the tail. I like to keep it uniform so I wrap around three times. Add your crystal on to the tail, Turn the Crystal 1/4 of an inch from the base, then bend the remaining tail straight down.
BOX 4. Wrap three strong aligned coils around the base of the bangle.
BOX 5. we need to redirect the tail of the wire so it will be headed in the same direction as the rest of the bangle. I use my needle nose pliers to create a sharp 90 degree angle. You can see in the photo that all of my wires are headed in the same direction and I am ready to place my third crystal.
Step 3: Finishing Up
BOX 1. Follow steps 1-5 in the above box to add the crystal on to the bangle. This time we will snip our access tail of of the bangle.
BOX 2. Notice in all of my finished bangles I have spread out the wire underneath the crystal to create a shelf for the crystal to rest on. I do this by using my thumb nail, and I spread them out one at a time. Sometimes if any of my wires have become loose during the construction I am sure to spread that one out first so it matches the rest of the bangle.
BOX 3. Take your flat nose plies and press along any coils that may not look as tight as you would like them too.
BOX 4. Be sure you tuck the snips down by applying pressure over the top with your round nose pliers. Even the shortest tail can catch on your sweaters.
Step 4: Make a bunch!
These bangles are so much fun to wear! I am sure that all of your friends and family will love them too! Be sure you check out our selection of beautiful crystals because I really thing that is what makes these bracelets really POP!
I really hope you found this online lesson to be helpful and inspiring. Remember to make all of your jewelry with confidence because that is the key to creating beautiful pieces!
Follow along as I make this bangle on youtube!
Leave me a comment if you have any tips or tricks to add to our viewers experience!
As Always... Happy Beading,