How To: Wire Cuff Bangle Base
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This bangle cuff is super easy and for many of you, you will be able to look at the pictures one time and get it -- however I was making these wrong for the first few days in trying to prefect the technique. I always started the cuff at the hook. I made the hook very fist and then made the big loop for the catch. I spent a lot of time trying to align my wires and they never came out right, I thought maybe I was not ever going to get them the way I want them. Then one day I flipped the design and started from the opposite end and make them faster and more perfect every time! Even if that little bit of advice is helpful to you I'll feel like I've done my job!
Just one more thing to remember. Wire is a learned skill. It does take a few tries to get your tension right and 18 gauge wire is thick. Its even harder to work with so be sure you leave yourself room for error and try a few before you expect perfection.
Each photo have the instructions but if you you just like transcript then scroll to the bottom and there will be instructions all written out for you.
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xo Emily Kaniasty
- Trim 18 G wire 15-20 inches. Trim 20 inches if you're a beginner. its helpful to have plenty of wire to hold on to.
- Fold wire in 1/2 creating a U shape
- At the tip of the wire bend one piece back to a 90 degree angle
- Using an ink pen as a guide create a circle with the wire starting at the 90 degree angle
- Align wire and place the straight tail through the big loop
- Hold all three wires with a flat nose plier around the big loop
- Hold tight
- Wrap the tail of the looped end around the two wire attached to the base
- Wrap 3 times around the wires trim access and apply pressure over coils with pliers
- Use the pint glass to help align and smooth the two wires
- Push and Smooth the wire towards the U
- Use your fingers to guide the U closed
- Once the wire are close enough switch over to a flat nose plier
- Apply gentle amounts of pressure
- Apply pressure until there is no space left between the two wires
- Use you glass once again to help smooth out any uneven wires
- To end the remaining tail, grab the wire with a tool or your fingers and bend it straight back towards the cuff
- This creates a kink in the wire and should hold the wire in place. Apply pressure with a flat nose plier just to be sure
- Trim any access wire, right at the beginning of the coils
- To create the hook, take a flat or round nose plier and hold the tool right at the tip of the folded wire
- Hold the tool tight with your hand and turn the wire outward creating a little hook.