How to make simple beaded bangles

Sometimes the simplest things are the prettiest. These simple beaded bangles are absolutely beautiful – elegant, charming, classic. They are also ridiculously easy to make, incorporating the most basic jewelry making skills which I will teach you here. Scroll on to learn how to make simple beaded bangles!

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

 

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When I say that these are simple I mean “my toddler helped me” kind of simple.

Yep, M very well-meaningly helped with this. He kept “choosing” beads and stringing them on for me.

At first, I made this using larger colorful seed beads and small wooden beads. It came out sweet and cutesy.

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

Then, I decided it might look nice with metal beads and the result is… WOW! Elegant. Classic. Perfect-for-stacking trendy. Just-a-touch unique. Something I’ll wear until they die…

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

I used a clasp because I have, well… a big hand. A big hand and a small wrist, which don’t match well with bangles. So I put on a clasp that’s somewhat subtle. It does break up the whole clean-ness of a single tone of same-size, same-shape beads, but it doesn’t show much and it DOES make it much easier to wear.

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

I want to try making these simple beaded bangles in mixed metals, but for now I kept it… simple! I am working on another mixed-metal project (stay tuned!) so I didn’t want to overwhelm my system with too many mixed metals 😉 .

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

I used basic round beads first since these are my powerhouse beads and that’s what comes to mind. But the when I went to my “storage” to drag out some more, I found these magnificent square beads that have a slightly rustic finish to them. 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

One of each made the perfect combo for stacking – adding interest but without taking away from the elegant simplicity.

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

Yep, this is one pair of simple beaded bangles that I ain’t giving to no one! This mama wants to wear ’em!

 

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

 

What you need to make simple beaded bangles:

  • Wire – thicker is better. Try for 18 gauge, but if that won’t work, use 20 gauge. A thicker wire (lower number) will hold the bangle shape better, but is harder to work with.
  • Small beads – I used 4mm round beads for one and 4mm cubes for the other. I used silver plated ones, or you can try pyrite.
  • A clasp and a jump ring or something similar to connect it to.
  • Pliers – round nose, needle nose, and side cutter.

 

How to make simple beaded bangles:

 

1. Bend back the tip of your wire – enough to form a comfortably sized loop.
How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

2. Using the round nose pliers, curl it inward to form a loop.How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

3. Slip on a jump ring and squish your loop closed using needle nose pliers.How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

4. Start beading! Add beads until your bangle is just the right size (including the estimated clasp size.)How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

5.When you’re finished, trim off the rest of the wire, leaving about 8-10mm to make your loop. You can measure that using an 8mm bead!
How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

6. Make a second loop, this time attaching your clasp.How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

Your simple beaded bangles are ready to wear – or to gift!

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

How to make simple beaded bangles - you won't believe how easy and ELEGANT this jewelry making tutorial is! A perfect DIY craft idea for teens, tweens, and grown-ups.

 

 

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