DIY Pearl Bangle Bracelets

Featuring freshwater pearls from the Bead Gallery®  

6 per quad bangle    7x8mm potato pearls
2 per quad bangle    8x9mm pearls
15 per sept bangle   4x5mm rice pearls
48”    Beadalon 22-gauge gold German Wire (for each bangle)

Tools:    
wire nippers
chain-nose pliers
3D bracelet jig or cylinder the size of the bangle you want to make

Level: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes per bangle

1.    Place the posts in the 3D bracelet jig so that they are in a row around the jig toward one side of the jig. It gives you more space to hold the jig and it’s easier to slip the wire off in step 2.
2.    Using 48” of wire, bend the end of wire at the 3” point and hold wire against the jig.
3.    Wrap the wire around the jig three times. Pinching the loops of wire so that they don’t uncurl, slide the wire loops from the jig.
4.    Wrap the 3” tail around the set of wires three times.
5.    Use chain-nose pliers to make a 90º bend in the wire to accommodate the thickness of the bead.
6.    String the bead (or beads) and wrap the short wire around the bundle of wires 3 times. Trim the wire and cozy the coils together so that they’re tidy.
7.    Using the long end of the wire, go to the next spot where you want to add a bead. Wrap the wire around the bundle of wires three times, make a 90º bend in the wire, string the bead and wrap the wire around the bundle three times.
8.    Repeat step 7 as many times as is necessary for your bangle, and trim the wire. Cozy up all of the coils of wire and ensure that the wire ends are pressed against the bangle so they won’t catch on clothing or scratch.

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets, which include 3 cats, a flock of 12 hens, and a jaunty rooster named Kernel.

She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn to tap into their creativity as well!