How to Make a Bangle Bracelet using Flat Artistic Wire

SKU VID-0867
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Bangle bracelets are great to wear stacked in multiples on your wrist or as a single simple fashion statement. In this video learn how to create an elegant and boutique-worthy bangle bracelet using a connector link and 3mm flat artistic wire.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com and silver version of tierracast quatrefoil link 16 millimeters but there's a lot of links on the betta Holly website to choose from so you could definitely pick your favorite and then the artistic wire that I'm using is flat it's three millimeters across by 0.75 thick and you get three feet in a package so you're going to make three of these bracelets with the package of flat wire you get in terms of tools that you're going to need you'll need a pair of oval rubbers mandrels now if you have a round mandrel that will work as well I liked using the oval because it really gave me the shape that I wanted you're going to see right here on a side view what we've got here so it almost creates like a teardrop shape but a round will work as well and I've got the smallest pair of rubbers oval mandrels but I'm going to be using the larger size and nose on them you're going to need a cutter and I have a little bit of a heavier duty cutter than what I usually use this is a Zirin cutter just because this is quite thick and I don't want to potentially damage my fine flush cutters a rubber mallet a oval bracelet mandrel and I've gone ahead and I've made size markings on mine if yours doesn't have size markings and you're interested about how would you go about doing this we have a separate video on beadaholique.com showing you how to add the sizing guide and then just a ruler so what you're going to do to begin with is you're going to take your connector link and you're going to lay it on your ruler now I want to have a 8 inch bangle bracelet at the end so what I want to do is go not to the 8 inch here I actually want to go to the 9 inch marking and that's going to help to account for these little overlaps and that this is a little bit raised away from the mandrel so just keep in mind put your link down and then add an inch to whatever your final size is take this I'm going to unwind it go right up against there I'm going to lay it out make sure it's flat and right here at the 9 inch mark I'm going to cut it so I'm done with my ruler I'm done with my wire I can go ahead and put those aside now I'm going to take my oval mandrel I'm going to grab the tip of my wire right between the two noses and I'm just going to rotate now I like using a mandrel plier because is a consistent diameter for the shape all the way across the nose versus being like a round nose plier that's tapered at the tip and gets wider towards the base so that's a really nice consistent shape so now I want to go to the other end and do the same thing making sure I bend it in the same direction as the first one there we go and I'm not you notice I'm not bending it all the way around so my tip of my wire is not touching the length of the wire so this is what we have thus far go ahead take your link and put it into one of the loops now we're just going to lay it flat our work table and I would not normally be working on a cloth but if you're at home just go ahead and work on your work table itself and I get this at a good angle where I can hold the link and then just tap it with the rubber mallet I'm not using much strength at all here just tapping and so it's secure enough at this point but when I actually finish this piece I'm going to tap it some more on the mandrel so grab your mandrel and lay this down in the middle of it along the 8 inch marker or whatever size you're going for now that you take your finger press the wire around the mandrel so it comes up towards the top so go ahead twist it all the way around pull it off this is what we have gently link it put it back onto the mandrel maybe a little bit bigger than eight inches here maybe more like this is 8.5 so it's just a little bit more than eight inches and now at this point hammer on the wooden mandrel now we don't normally recommend hammering on wooden mandrels you'd want to steel mandrel for that but because we're using a rubber mallet and we are just tapping we're not really doing metal smithing it's okay I'm gonna go back and do the other side as well okay really get those nice and secure shape it can use your fingers it's the beauty of wire as it is able to be worked and Bend okay and now so this ended up being about about eight and a quarter a little bit shy of eight and a quarter so pretty close and there we take it off we have a nice shape now this is actually really very sturdy because this wire is so thick you can find all the supplies for this project along with a lot of other inspiration and ideas at beadaholique.com you

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