DIY Wire Wrapped Bangle: How to Use a 3D Bracelet Jig

Posted by Adrianne Surian

Unleash your inner designer using a 3-D bracelet jig, and create unique bangles using nothing but wire and a few beads!

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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!

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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
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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!

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Arrange your pegs to guide your wire. Each peg can serve as a either a guide, or you can create loops around the pegs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

~ Adrianne