Today I have for you an incredibly SIMPLE step by step guide to making your own stackable bangle bracelets.
I originally fell in love with this concept after discovering Bourbon and Boweties. I love their gorgeous gemstone bangles. I just don’t love the idea of paying ~$40 (+ shipping and handling) for 1 piece of costume jewelry..
After deciding to reserve my hard earned dough and seek other ways to get the same look, I gave etsy a try. It turns out, there’s quite a few (thousand) people out there selling “Bourbon and Bowetie” inspired bangles. These were about $20-$30 each- I clicked on bracelet after bracelet, studying how they were made….it took me all of 5 minutes to decide it really seemed quite simple.
I originally planned on getting really good at making these, and making a super awesome well-put-together post for you in the springtime, but since the temps are subzero out, I currently have the flu and can’t get off the couch, and my hands are itching to do SOMETHING, here it is, a little early 😉
If you had asked me as a senior in high school what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d have told you “a part-time OB-GYN and a goldsmith”. I know. LOL. I seriously considered minoring in gemology in college even though I have never in my life made a piece of jewelry. I’ve never even messed with beads and wire- so these are not perfect by any means, but they are perfectly cute and imperfectly made with my own hands.
What you need:
1. 20G Wire – gold
2. 26G Wire- gold
3. Side cutter (wire cutters)
4. Long nose pliers
5.Chain nose pliers
6. Beads of your choice
1. Using the 20G Wire, unravel enough to use for the bangle. I wanted my bracelets to be made of 3 loops of wire. The average wrist size is 8in around- my wrist is smaller so I made mine to fit me (6.5-7in). You’ll want to cut extra because you need to wrap the excess around the bangle to keep it from unraveling. Don’t worry about the wrapped ends of the wire, you’ll hide them with a bead.
2. Begin adding your beads. Use the first one to cover the bangle wire ends. Using the 26G wire, cut a piece long enough to string the bead, wrap it around the bangle, then wrap it around the bead, and then wrap it around the bangle again. You’ll need to do this on each end. See the pictures below.
3. Use your side cutters to clip all excess wire and the chain nose pliers to crimp down any bits that might be poking out.
How easy was that? Now, go make a few and get stacking!
What do you think???
I’d love to see pictures of your bangles if you try these 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!