How to Make Adjustable Wire Bracelets – DIY Adjustable Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

How to Make Adjustable Wire Bracelets – DIY Adjustable Bangle Bracelet Tutorial


Hey there! Jessica here from JewelrytutorialHQ.com. Today I’m going to show you how to make
an adjustable wire bangle bracelet. There are lots of different ways you can make
bracelets like this – I’ve seen a lot of people making them with Artistic wire. I actually
think that’s probably not the best way to go because Artistic wire is very soft wire,
so those bangles tend to bend out of shape really easily. So the easiest way as far as I’m concerned,
is actually to use Memory Wire, so that’s what I’m demonstrating this bracelet on
today so we don’t have to mess with shaping or hardening the wire or anything that goes
along with working with softer wires. You’ll need the bracelet size memory wire
coil for this project, and I’m using a silver plated version because I’m going to add
some sterling silver charms but any finish will do. Very important – when you’re working with
memory wire, you want to use tools that are specifically for cutting memory wire so you
don’t ruin your good wire cutters. These are memory wire shears made for cutting steel
which is a lot harder than many other jewelry wire materials that you might be used to working
with. The first thing you’re going to do is take
your memory wire coil. You want to cut off about 1 and a half loops. See where the wire overlaps here, go to the
other side and make sure you’re on the second coil down and cut it about there. So, just about one and a half loops – it doesn’t
has to be too exact here. And that’s going to give you enough wire
to overlap so your bangle will be adjustable. You’ll also need a pair of round nose pliers
and some flat nose or chain nose pliers. I like to use my heftier tools when I’m working
with memory wire since it’s pretty hard on your tools. So just keep that in mind. After you’ve cut your wire, come in here
and we’re going to turn a loop in one of the ends here. I’m going to turn the loop out so it’s
facing away from the rest of the coil so it’s easier to work with. Roll that loop around. If you’re used to working with silver and
other regular jewelry metals, this wire is going to seem really hard to work with. You’re going to roll that loop around and
make sure it’s closed up all the way. You may need to come in with your flat nose or
chain nose pliers and just close that loop up the rest of the way. You can just do that by wiggling it front
to back. I messed up the shape of the loop but that’s ok because we’re going to turn
it on its side. Here, we want to bend this at a 90˚ angle.
So I’m going to bend this, holding it like this, I’m going to bend this up towards
me, or straight up to the ceiling. Grabbing it with the flat nose pliers and
just bend it like that. At this point, if you want to add some beads,
you want to go ahead and do that. We want to make sure that the beads are going to go
about 3/4 of the way around. I’m using 4mm czech glass beads and for
this size you’ll need about 24 or 26 of them. Just make sure the holes are going to
be big enough to fit over 22 gauge wire, which is about .64mm in diameter. That looks good to me. Now that I’ve got the beads where I want
them, I’ll slide the other end of the wire through this open loop. At this point, you’ll want to double check
and make sure you just have about 3/8 of an inch or about 9-10 mm of wire overlapping
the last couple of beads. That’s about how much wire you’ll need to make a loop and
have the loop land in the right spot outside the beads. Now I’m going to turn the loop in this end. And before I close this loop up all the way
I’m going to go ahead and slide on all my charms since I’ve already got them made. We’re not going to learn to wire wrap dangles
in this video – I have another video that shows you how to wire wrap bead dangles, and
if you’re new to wire wrapping and want to learn the basics I have a free wire wrapping
crash course that’s 3 video lessons that will teach you everything you need to know
to make wrapped loops and dangles properly – you can find it at my website at jewelrytutorialhq.com/freeworkshop. Make sure the beads are in the right spot.
Before we close up this loop, we need to bend it. This loop is facing this way so we we need
this one to face this way, in toward the other piece of the wire. And I’m just going to hook this other wire
through the open loop there and come back and close the second loop really well. So that’s how to make an adjustable wire
bangle bracelet. I hope you enjoyed this video, thank you so much for watching! Don’t forget
you can come join me in a free online wire wrapping class where I’ll teach you how
to make wire wrapped loops and dangles so you can make bracelets, necklaces, and earrings
– you can sign up (it’s totally free!) at jewelrytutorialhq.com/freeworkshop. Hope to
see you there! Until next time 🙂

33 Comments

  1. So I registered for the free wire wrapping workshop and clicked the link to confirm my registration.  The first email says after I do that, I'll receive my first lesson "right away".  All I keep getting when I click on this confirmation link is the same:  "Congrats! You're registered for my free Wire Wrapping Workshop. Check your inbox for an email with the details in a couple minutes. In the meantime, invite your friends to join us –The more the merrier!".  Am I doing something wrong?  I've checked my junk/spam folders, too!  No first lesson.

  2. Thanks for this tutorial. I've been trying to figure out how to make the adjustable bangle and wouldn't have thought to use memory wire. It makes good sense. Love it.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this video. I've been trying to make similar
    bangle bracelets with delica beads, like the ones in these pictures: https://wanelo.com/p/38874141/silver-gold-delicate-bracelet-layering-bangle-bracelet-delicate-bangle-minimalistic-jewelry.
    What wire do they use for these bracelets? Because I see that they add a
    clasp instead of a loop to close it. Also these are more oval shaped,
    is that something you do by hand or do they sell bangles in that oval
    shape somewhere? Thank you in advance!

  4. Hello! I loved the idea of this and bought some bracelet size memory wire, but it's only 55mm wide – way too small to be a bracelet. Did I miss something?

  5. Hi Jessica,
    I requested the free trial on wire wrapping and confirmed registration from my e-mail, but have not received the video. Please help.
    Thanks,
    Elaine

  6. Hello Jessica, would you mind sharing with me where you got these charms from? I have been doing my best to shop for charms online but I've never done it before. I don't have any type of craft store where I live and I'm not finding anything online that I like. I do love these!. I'll be signed up for your Wire Wrapping for Beginners Class by the time you read this. I'm looking forward to your classes. Thank you

  7. Hi Jessica. Can 1 flush/ wire cutter be used for all sizes of memory wire/ copper wire/ artistic wire etc? Does this tutorial applies for expendable rings? What are the tools required?

  8. Hi Jessica – you tutorial is awesome. However, I may not be..lol..I tried a couple of times to make this but when I put it on, it expanded and would not spring back into shape. What am I doing wrong???
    Thanks.

  9. The beads you add as to touch each of the ends of the loops or can I leave a space without beads  between the loops? Thanks

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