I guess I’m on a bracelet kick this week. I ran across some old metal bangles over the weekend. They were inexpensive to begin with, and a little beat up because they were well-loved a few years ago. But rather than toss them, I thought I’d give them a little facelift.
I “made” these out of wire, some skinny bangles stacked together, and a little bead chain.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going for when I got started, I just started playing. My camera battery also died while I was playing, so this won’t be a full tutorial or anything, but if you happen to like the looks of these, or they spark an idea of your own, I’ll try to explain what I did. :)
For the red one, I just stacked three silver bracelets together, wound some red bead chain around it, and wrapped it with wire between each bead to secure it. This sounds easier that it was to get started – I found pretty quickly that I needed to attach the bracelets together to get it to stay put. So I secured it with a little bit of wire in a couple spots before I got started:
That made wrapping so much easier.
At this point, I have no more in-progress photos. But I was having fun playing, so I kept going. I did opt to wrap a second round of wire on this bracelet because I liked the looks of it.
Then I tried this one, which I don’t like as well, but it works with the others.
This one was just using both silver and Vintaj brass wire, wrapped in different directions on three black bracelets stacked together, about 5 or 6 times around. I use 24 and 26 gauge wire.
Then I found myself with two silver and two black bangles left. So I decided to combine them, and I did a simple, snug wrap in a couple places to hold them together.
When you’re wrapping tightly like this, it’s easy to pull too tight. In this case, that would just mean pulling the bracelets on top of each other instead of holding them neatly side-by-side. So where I wrapped, I held the bracelets in place with my plastic-coated pliers and wrapped close to them.
Then, to smooth the wire out, I used my regular pliers to smash it nice and flat. :)
I think I like this one the best. :)
So, nothing fancy today, just playing with things I already had to give them a new look!
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