This simple copper bangle bracelet can be easily made yourself, with just a few tools needed. I always envied the handmade jewelry for sale at craft fairs, and wondered if I could ever do similar projects myself. But the more I looked into it the more I realized that you not only need a lot of time to make jewelry, you also need all the right tools. Some of the metal jewelry I have seen all required welding or similar somewhat knowledgeable skills and work to make.
But this DIY is a simple little bangle bracelet that you can make completely yourself with just some copper or brass (or other metal) wire that can be purchased extremely cheaply from your local hardware store. All the tools that are required are just a hammer, pliers, wire cutter, and a rolling pin.
When I made this project up I realized what a great stress-relieving project this is! Because it involves A LOT of hammering, which is fairly hard and loud! You can certainly hammer out your stress whilst making something beautiful when you make this bracelet! This project really doesn’t require a lot of skill, just some patience and a little time to make.
The end finished result is a beautiful copper bangle bracelet that you can wear by day or by night. It is a great introduction to making your own jewelry.
Metal wire (brass or copper, or other metal) – all available at hardware stores
A rolling pin (to use as a form)
Directions for making:
First of all you need to decide what length of wire you will need to make your bangle. Measure the wire around your wrist, and cut the wire with the wire cutter to the length you require. Bangle bracelets are usually around 19cm all around. The bangle needs to be looser of course than your wrist, as bangles are. This is not a tight fitting bracelet.
Cut the length of wire that you need for your wrist
You will need to do this project on a surface that won’t get damaged. I always do my hammering on a piece of board. If you have a wooden topped work bench or hard surface (that won’t crack, break or be damaged) that will work. You are going to be hammering quite a lot, so you need to be aware of the surface you are hammering on top of, and make sure it is protected.
I also like to wear eye protection of some kind whilst doing this project. The wire shouldn’t shed that much, but if little minute pieces fly off during the hammering, it is nice to at least have some eye protection just in case. I usually just wear my regular reading glasses to do this! But if you have proper eye protection glasses that would be ideal and would really protect your eyes.
Taking the rolling pin, wrap the wire around the rolling pin, which is acting as your modelling form. Hammer the wire evenly all around as it molds itself around the rolling pin. If it starts to go out of shape, you can just take it off the rolling pin and lay it down flat, and then hammer it into shape more. But you want to keep the wire fitted around the rolling pin as you hammer it as much as possible. Hammer it all around until the wire starts to flatten out and the bangle starts to take shape.
Twist the copper wire around the rolling pin form
Once you have hammered all around the wire on the rolling pin, remove the wire bangle from the pin and hammer it laying down, so that you are getting the sides that weren’t hammered on the pin also.
Place the wire shape on your wrist and check that it is the right size. If you need to you can trim the ends more and then re-hammer it some more.
The bangle bracelet will have two ends that are open. Try to fit these two ends together as much as possible, so that they meet up. It can help to hammer the ends together a little whilst the bangle is laying flat. I don’t personally feel that the ends need to be glued together or anything, as this is a hand-crafted bangle bracelet, but the neater they fit together somewhat the better.
The ends will be open – try to fit them together as much as possible
Once the wire shape is final and you are happy with it, open the ends up a little with the pliers. Sand down each end of the wire, so that the ends are smoother and not so rough. Once each end is sand-papered and smoothed down move the ends together again with the pliers, so that they fit together.
I leave the bangle with the ends not connected, just fitting together neatly.
I hope you enjoy your beautiful new hand-crafted copper bangle bracelet! You can wear this for any occasion with any outfit quite beautifully!