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Have old bangles lying around? Transform them!
I have a lot of plain bangles for making dream catchers as little gifts, and my friend gave me seed beads for Christmas. Thus, I decided to create a new bangle (even though I don't wear bangles... but I'm tempted to wear this one), and here's how I did it.

Posted by Conn from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See Conn's 100 projects »
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  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 1
    Step 1

    If you don't have bangles, just make your own from wire. Cut out a piece of wire that it would fit around your hand easily when curved. Then make two loops, one on each end of the wire, and connect the two loops like jump rings. Make two.

    If you have bangles, good job so far. ;)

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you want to change the color of your bangle or make the next step easier, I suggest you wrap your bangle with thread/yarn (yarn is much easier and faster). To do so, tie a knot (leave a tail) to connect your string to the bangle and begin wrapping the bangle with the string, working with the whole spool of thread. If working with the spool isn't possible in your case, cut out a long piece of string (always overestimate for this; you'll usually need more than you think; use more string if it's thin) for wrapping. You'll need to hold onto the beginning tail (from the first knot) for the first inch of wrapping because the knot will spin.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 3
    Step 3

    To finish the wrap, tie the end with the tail from the beginning knot. Seal the knot by putting a bit of glue on it. Then cut the strings off as close to the knot as possible.

  • Step 4

    Repeat with the other bangle, but THIS TIME:
    If you're able to work with the spool of thread, then at the end, make a knot and seal it but DON'T CUT THE STRING CONNECTED TO THE SPOOL (cut the other one only). Unravel a lot of thread (I'd say two full wingspans if your thread is sewing thread thin) and cut it out, making sure it's securely attached to the bangle.
    If you can't work with the spool, cut a long piece of thread for wrapping and cut both strings after sealing. But then make another knot with a new LONG piece of thread, seal the knot, and then cut the TAIL STRING ONLY (not the longer thread).

  • Step 5

    If you didn't want to go through the hassle of wrapping (I don't blame you at all), then make sure that the colors of your thread and the bangles don't clash.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 6
    Step 6

    To add beads, I used the ladder stitch. Start with your long thread attached to the bangle and string on a bead (string the thread on your needle first).

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 7
    Step 7

    Settle the bead between the two bangles. Make sure the thread is above the opposite bangle (no string attached).

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 8
    Step 8

    Put your needle through the right bangle (no string attached) and through the bead.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pull to tighten, keeping the thread above the left bangle (string attached).

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 10
    Step 10

    Insert the needle through the left bangle (string attached) ONLY.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 11
    Step 11

    String on another bead and position it between the bangles. Keep the thread above the bangle on the right (no string attached).

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 12
    Step 12

    Insert the needle through the bangle on the right (no string attached) and through the bead.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here's the whole process.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 14
    Step 14

    Continue until you can't fit any more beads.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 15
    Step 15

    When no more beads will fit, end the bracelet by making knots. To do so, poke your needle into a gap between the beads...

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 16
    Step 16

    ... and then through the circle of thread that the step creates.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pull to tighten this first knot, and make another one for security.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 18
    Step 18

    Dab some glue on the knot before cutting your string.

  • How to make a bangle. Revamping Old Bangles - Step 19
    Step 19

    Then you're done! Congrats, and enjoy your new bracelet.

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Amanda B.
Amanda B. · Coon Rapids, Minnesota, US · 3 projects
Very clever. I've done this with simple wire wrapping, but thread would be soooooooooo much easier.
Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
Thanks for your nice comment! I've been wanting to try weaving bangles together with thin gauge wire, actually.
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