Bangles are a common form of jewellery in many cultures and they come in various sizes, styles and forms. Bangles can be made from a variety of materials, such as glass, copper, bronze, gold and silver. Silver bangles are usually available in two different types. The first type is a basic solid circular bangle without a lever or hook for opening and closing, while the second type does feature hooks or levers to open and close bracelet. Bangles are easy to make and, with the proper tools, they can even be made at home.
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Things you need
- Sterling silver wire (16 gauge or your choice of thickness)
- Measuring tape
- Wire cutter
- Nose pliers
- Needle nose file
- Bracelet mandrel
- Needle nose pliers
Measure your wrist or the wrist of the person who will wear the bangle. Wrap the measuring tape around the wrist and note down the measurement, adding 1 or 2 inches so the bangle can comfortably fit onto the wrist.
Cut the silver wire with a wire cutter according to the wrist measurement. Use a needle nose file or a buffer to make the two ends of the cut wire smooth.
Bend one end of the wire with nose pliers until it creates a smooth loop. Place the wire between the nose pliers and carefully bend. Remove the wire from the pliers and adjust the loop to form an "O" shape. This will be the loop for the catch on the other end of the wire. Make sure it has no opening and forms a perfect "O" shape if possible. The size of the loop will be about 1/3 inch.
Bend the other end of the wire with nose pliers until it makes half a circle or a catch that can be hooked to the other side of the bangle on the "O"-shaped loop.
Bend the silver wire into a circle shape using a bracelet mandrel. Wrap the wire around the bracelet mandrel and tap the ends slightly with a hammer to set the round shape in place.
Place the bangle on the wrist and attach the hook to the loop to secure it.
Tips and warnings
- When using thicker-sized gauges for silver wires, you can bend the bangle on the bracelet mandrel without having the need to form a hook and loop.
- Use a soldering iron to attach the two ends of the bangle to make it into a circle without a loop and hook.
- You can add beads or other ornaments to the bracelet as well. Use a thinner silver wire and feed the beads into the wire. Use needle nose pliers to create a loop and attach the loop to the bangle.
- Make sure to always file the ends of the wire as sharp edges could cause injury.
- Be careful when using the soldering iron at home and wear proper gear.
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