Hammered Bangle Bracelets Tutorial

Hello and welcome to another jewelry making
video brought to you by KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today, we’re going to be using heavy gauge
wire to make ourselves stacked bangles. I’ll show you how to form it and shape it, and
also how to wrap on some beads or other decoration. So to make our bracelets, you will need some
heavy gauge wire. This is 12 gauge. You could also use 14 it would be a little finer, 10
would be heavier. Use what you have on hand. I have about a 10 and a half inch piece here.
We’ll also need some fine gauge wire and I have here about a yard of 28 gauge. You could
use something a little heavier 26, even 24 would work and it would give you a different look. And then for decoration, you can use cup chain.
You only need about three inches or you can just some beads. And here I have three inches
of beads already strung on my wire. For tools, you’ll need a chasing hammer and
a bench block or an anvil to pound it on. And one of these is really helpful, though
not absolutely necessary, it’s one of these leather sandbags. I’ll tell you more about
that. You’ll also need some round nose pliers and wire cutters. And if you have a bracelet
mandrel, that’s great. I don’t, but I do have this clay one that I made that serves the
same purpose, or you can just find yourself a jar or a bottle that is about the width
that you would like your bangles to be made. So the first thing you’ll want to do after
cutting your heavy gauge is to take some time and use a file to file these ends flat. And
if you want, you can round them slightly since the wire is so heavy, just to make them smooth
and rounded. The next thing you need to do is some hammering
of your wire. Now you can hammer directly on this sandbag, Another great use is that
you can put your anvil or bench block on it. It will help hold it steady and also dampen
some of the sound. So, we’re just going to go ahead and use our
hammer and hammer all along the length of this one side of this wire. We’re going to
basically make it so that it has two flatish sides. You do want to be sure that you start
with wire that’s fairly soft. If it’s already hard when you start it, it’s going to be very
difficult to shape and form. And especially, the more you pound it, the harder it will get. So go ahead and just hammer all along one
side. Now you can see I’ve gone ahead and pounded one side of my wire flat. And you
can see it’s curved towards that side and that’s just perfectly normal because you’re
stretching out the wire. But now what we’re going to do is just kind
of straighten it out. And this will actually end up being the outside of our bracelet.
Just straighten that out a little bit so that you can pound the other side. And as you’re
pounding, go ahead and allow it to curve. Make sure you keep the side that you just
hammered down. And kind of use your non-dominant hand just to allow that to curve up. So now
what you should have is a flattened piece of wire with two sides.
Once both sides are hammered flat, you can shape your bangle by putting it on your form.
Like I said, either a bracelet mandrel. And the nice thing about a bracelet mandrel is you can
hammer right on it. Just a round form will do, a bottle or something about three inches
in diameter. And take a little time to make yourself a
nice, round shape. Now, these end wires are going to be curled back, so you can actually
have them overlap each other just a little bit. And once you’re satisfied with your round
shape, you can place this on your sandbag and hammer it some more. And that will further work harden the metal so that it will hold its shape. It’s a kind of a nice thing the way
the leather just grips the metal and really holds it in place for you.
Don’t worry about making an absolute perfect round shape. These are supposed to have a rustic
look. So it’s at this point, you can take your round nose pliers, and I use the widest
part of my pliers. And I’m just going to grab that wire and make a big round loop with it.
Just like that. And this isn’t hard to do, you just have to make sure you grip it tightly.
It’s the same way you make any loop, you just need to put a little bit more muscle into it. And then again, you can put it on your sandbag
and hammer those so they’re both on the same plane. And there’s your bracelet. Now later
on, if you want to, you can wire these together to make it a true bangle or you can leave
them separate so that it’s a little bit adjustable, more like a cuff bracelet.
And now, we can add our decoration. What I have here is three inches of beads and I’ve
strung them onto some wire. And I’m just going to center them on to this other end of the
bracelet. And then wrap the wire for about a quarter, 3/8 of an inch, nice tight coils.
You want to pull on the wire as you do this so that it’s wrapped tightly, because this
is what’s holding your beads in place. If you find that your wire’s making loops and
kinking just undo the loop, don’t pull on it or you’ll end up with a weak spot that will
break very easily. Just straighten out that loop.
So now I’m just going to do a wrap or two back to my bead. Hold that first bead in place
on top of your bracelet and wrap this wire around the wire that’s holding the bead. And
it depends on the gauge of the wire you have, how many wraps that you do. With this very fine
gauge, I’m going to do about three. Slide another bead down, kind of press down
that wire and then go ahead and do the same amount of wraps. Keep going all the way to
the end of the beads. So here you can see, I’ve wrapped on all of
my beads. I have just a little bit of that wrapping wire left. And I’m just going to
wrap that until it runs out. And then use this wire that was at the other end just to
wrap that towards the bead. Just to make it nice and neat, and finished and even-looking.
And then, when you’re done just trim off that wire. And you can use pliers to kind of
tuck that in so that it’s not going to catch anywhere.
This is a cuff bracelet. If you want to make it into a bangle, all you need to do is wire
these two loops together like I did with these. That was just about six inches of wire and
I went around this way and went around the other way, tucked in the ends. I used flat
nose pliers to squash that flat. This time, I used cup chain instead of a string
of beads. And I wrapped it just the same way, about a quarter of an inch beginning and then
three wraps between each rhinestone and a quarter of an inch at the end. But either
way, you can stack these together. It would be great to add a few more, maybe some pearls
and some clear crystals and have some great stacking bangles.
So here’s another look at the project we made today. I hope that you like this and you’ll
give it a try. It’s very satisfying to make all of the components for your jewelry, not
just using what you can purchase out there. If you liked this video, please make sure
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videos you might enjoy. Thanks for watching. Happy creating. Bye bye.

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