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DIY Wire Wrapped Bangle: How to Use a 3D Bracelet Jig
Unleash your inner designer using a 3-D bracelet jig, and create unique bangles using nothing but wire and a few beads!
Hey friends! I've been playing with a new toy lately, The 3-D Bracelet Jig. I am loving this little tool because it helps you design and shape your own wire bangles. I've got a minimalist-look cuff that I'll be showing you today, and there's room for so many modifications that it should really get your wheels turning! Something to note: While this isn't a difficult tool to use, I would not recommend this as a beginner project if you're new to wire wrapping. However, if you have some experience in forming jewelry from wire, hiding your ends, and creating tight wraps, you'll love this tool!
Here's what you'll need:
- Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig
- 20-24 inches Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire - 14 Gauge
- 6-8 feet Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire - 20 Gauge
- Wire Cutters
- Chain or Bent Nose Pliers
- Optional: Nylon Jaw Pliers
- Optional: Size 6/0 Seed Beads
This bangle is constructed like a cuff bracelet, and then joined together at the end. This is because I have smaller wrists and the entire jig is a little large for my wrist. But the great thing is, you can arrange the pegs in any way to create your wire form bracelet. I started with wide ends that narrowed to wire wrapping in the center - so when joined, one side is wide and the other quite narrow. Feel free to adjust this form to suit yourself!
Arrange your pegs to guide your wire. Each peg can serve as a either a guide, or you can create loops around the pegs.
Cut about 20 inches of wire (more or less, depending on how many loops you would like to create) and position the starting point in a place where you can cover it with wire wrapping. Note the arrow above - that is the end of the wire on the other side, wound up and around the second side of the jig. I will be covering this whole section, so I made a pair of loops, and it doesn't matter that in the end there will be three layers of wire around the narrow side.
Next, cut about 6 feet of 20-gauge wire and wrap the narrow side. You can see here the the third wire is poking out just at the edge of the wire wrapping, because I overlapped my starting and ending points at this section of the bangle.
Wrap all along the narrow side of your cuff. When you reach the end, use a pair of pliers to pinch the end of the wire down into the bracelet so that you won't have a sharp edge sticking out.
I was planning to simply wrap the two wide sides of the bangle together, but I got it in my head that this design could use a hint of color! So as I cut about 2 feet of 20 gauge wire and began wrapping, I added a bead to every third wrap, creating a little row of them.
When you finish the edge, press it into the bracelet wherever possible. You can see that I tucked the end of the wire slightly into the wire wraps in the photo above. If any ends are exposed, you can use a small file on them to smooth them, but bear in mind this can mar your wire if you're not very careful.
This design is less a pattern, and meant more to inspire your own creativity using the 3D jig. I'd love to know if you give it a try, and what kinds of designs you create. Happy crafting!
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