Happy Monday! I’m really excited about today because I’ve been waiting for a long time to share this amazing new book with you guys! If you’re not familiar with Jade Gedeon of We Dream in Colour then I highly recommend that you hop to it and check her out. She is an amazing jewelry designer who hand makes all of her exquisite pieces and she just released this new book, Beautiful Bracelets by Hand. A complete guide to creating the most beautiful one of a kind bracelets. The book is full of stunning imagery and lust worth bracelets that you can make at home! How cool is that!
If you’re anything like me, you love a good DIY project big or small and this book is full of some of the best DIY bracelets I’ve ever seen.
Another reason I’m excited about today… the wonderful team at Beautiful Bracelets by Hand is letting me share the step by step instructions for one of the DIY bracelets with you! After reading the book cover to cover I knew the Geometry Bangles were the fist bracelets I wanted to make. I absolutely LOVED how they turned out and it couldn’t have been easier!
Here is how you make them…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 9½” (24.1 cm) length of 12-gauge brass wire *
- 10″ (25.4 cm) length of 12-gauge brass wire
- Flat-nose pliers
- Heavy-duty wire cutters
- Measure your wire. You’ll need about 9½ inches (24.1 cm) for the half round bangle that we are starting with.
- For the half round bangle, make your first bend 3¾ inches (9.5 cm) away from an edge. Use a pair of flat-nose pliers and bend, until wire ends cross over. This will help work harden the metal and preserve your shape.
- With your hands, pull wires back apart until you have a right angle.
- Using the flat-nose pliers, gently squeeze and work out any massively bumpy bits. Straighten out the 3¾-inch (9.5 cm) length.
- Make another bend along the straightened length, ¾ inch (1.9 cm) from the wire end. With your fingers, curve the remaining length of wire into a semicircle until it meets end to end.
- File the ends of your wire flat.
- Wiggle the piece until the wire ends meet.
- On a piece of concrete you don’t care much about, gently hammer the wire until it has a slightly flattened face. Flip it over and hammer until it becomes slightly square. It should pick up the texture from the concrete. If the edges moved while you were hammering, work back into shape and file the ends again if necessary.
- For the square bangle, measure and cut a 10-inch (25.4 cm) length of wire. Repeat the same bending and shaping process, making your first bend ½ inch (1.3 cm) from the wire end, then 2¼ inches (5.7 cm) from that three more times. Don’t trust the ruler too much—eyeball it to make sure it actually looks square.
- You should have a little overlap when you come to the end.
- Trim and file so the edges meet.
- Repeat step 8.
* I used copper wire and think this would also look really pretty in a silver wire!
Have a great day!