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Friday, September 20, 2013

FREE Friday Afternoon DIY Project!

Finally, back in the swing of things with doing project posts.  Today I will show you how to make your very own lovely adjustable wire bangle bracelet like this one.



Time:
Less than 30 minutes

Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

Skills Needed:
Cutting wire
Forming Loops

Materials Needed:
14 Gauge wire (I used Red Brass that I ordered from JewelrySupply.com)
Any selection of large hole beads

The beads I used here are 34742152 - 5pc Tis the Season Large Hole Star Mix- Blue/Gold and are available at your local A.C. Moore beginning October 4th, or from Prima Bead. (available now)

Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Heavy Duty Wire Cutters or Parrot Beak Memory Wire Cutters
Aerosol can or soda can
Ruler 
Dremel or metal file
Steel Bench Block
Nylon Hammer


Instructions:
Measure, cut and straighten 13 inches of wire. Wrap around aerosol can. It should overlap.

At about 3/4 of an inch from the end, make a right angle bend using chain nose pliers and thread on the beads.


Wrap end around the wire a couple of times.  Tighten with chain nose pliers.
Make sure that it is not too loose that it comes undone or too tight that it won't slide up and down on the wire.

 










 


Repeat on the opposite side.

















File ends of loops so there isn't any sharp edges that can cut or scratch.





If your wires are a bit wonky and overly bendable.  Straighten them and then give them a good whack with a nylon hammer against your steel bench block.
Wonky wires here.

Whack!  Whack!

Hammering it will work-harden it so that it won't bend up when you wear it.



All finished

Sound off in the comments to let me know what you think!