Sunday, 8 June 2014

DIY Adjustable Wire Bangles

adjustable bracelet 1

This week's project was inspired by K.L of awesome Youtube channel SecretLifeOfABioNerd who created a video tutorial for similar bangles after being disappointed in the lack of adjustable ones available. As someone with slim wrists who finds it impossible to buy bangles that fit I noted down this idea on my to-do list and today I wanted to share the results!

For the step-by-step I'm going to show you how to create the simple version of the bangle shown on the left of the picture above, but you can also easily create a more embellished bracelet like the one on the right. I have included a short section with more information on the embellished design at the end of the post!

To make your own adjustable bangles you will need: wire, beads, jewellery pliers, wire cutters
Optional: additional beads, headpins, charms, jump rings

Tip! Make sure you choose beads that will easily thread onto the size of wire you have chosen, you don't want to find that the holes in the beads are too small to thread onto the wire!

adjustable bracelet 2

1. Start by measuring around your wrist to determine what size the bangle should be. Cut a length of wire that is approx. one and a half times the size

2. Take one end of the wire and use your pliers to bend it into a right angle. Then use pliers to turn the end into a loop which locks around the main circle of wire - remember not to make the loop to tight otherwise you won't be able to slide the wire through it to adjust the bracelet

adjustable bracelet 3

3. Thread beads onto the short section of wire - you can add as many or as few as you like!

4. Repeat step two with the other end of wire, again creating a loop around the main circle of wire and your basic beaded adjustable bangle is finished!

adjustable bracelet 4

Embellished version
  • For this example I threaded on additional beads before creating the first loop so that there would be decoration all of the way around the bangle not just on one side
  • I added on two leaf charms using small jump rings which can easily be opened/closed using jewellery pliers
  • Finally I created my own charms using some extra beads, including those that may not have been the correct size to thread onto the wire. To do this simply thread your bead onto a headpin and then use pliers to create a hanging loop

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives!
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