Before starting you should gather the following:
20 gauge wire in the desired finish
3-5 beads that fit on the 20 gauge wire
flat or chain nose pliers
Your hand measurement – Click HERE to read how to measure your hand for bangles)
Start with a length of wire about 40 inches long. It does not have to be exact.
Find a mandrel, glass, or some other smooth, cylindrical item that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger in circumference than your hand measurement. Use it to wrap your long length of wire around, keeping the wire tight and not letting the coils “spring” out.
Keeping to coils compacted to the side of the mandrel, carefully slip them off and hold them in one hand, still not letting them spring out. If you accidentally let go, just wrap the wire back onto the mandrel again to re-form the correct sized loops.
Take one of the wire ends and make a 90 degree bend in it, so it passes over all the other wires.
Wrap this end around the other wires three times, securing the coils together and preventing much springing. I recommend that you still hold on to the coil at this point, it can get wily!
Bend the other wire end 90 degrees in the opposite direction, as close to the previous wraps as you can.
Wrap this end around three times as well. Now you can let go of the coil!
Trim the ends of the wire. You can have the trimmed ends on top of the coil, as we will be putting the first bead over these wraps. Now the bangle shank is done!
Cut some 8-10 inch pieces of 20 gauge wire. You will need one length of wire for each bead station you want on your bangle. I used 4.
Thread a bead onto your wire and slide it about 2 inches from one end of the wire.
Make right angle bends on either side of the bead to lock it in place and prep for wrapping it onto the bangle shank.
Line your bead up with the wrapped ends of the bangle shank.
Wrap the short end of the wire 4-5 times around the bangle shank, right next to the finishing wraps of the base.
Wrap the long end of wire around the base once so the wire tail is on the same side as the bead.
Wrap the long tail around and around the bead until it ends on the side it started on, with an inch or so left. It should make between 2 and 5 wraps around your bead, depending on how large the bead is. Use longer lengths of wire to accommodate bigger beads or bulkier wrapped sections.
Wrap the tail end around the bangle shank 3-4 times, so that it roughly matches the other side. Trim both ends and tuck the ends securely to avoid snagging.
Get another bead ready on its wire and position it where you would like the next bead to be. Since I used 4 beads, my next one is going directly opposite the first.
Wrap the bead into place just like the first one.
Repeat two more times(or however many beads you have left) to wrap all the beads onto the bangle base.
And that’s it! This bangle style works with nearly any kind of bead and is easy, fast, and fun!