If you’ve read this blog before, then you know I am a big fan of easy, versatile projects. And you are probably also aware of the fact that I love bracelets! When a co-worker asked me if I would be able to recreate these bracelets she found online, I immediately thought of this brand new flat wire we just got in stock. I’ve never soldered anything before, but I thought it would be worth a shot to see if I could rivet them. Guess what? It worked beautifully! I whipped up a ton of them! With 5 different colors to choose from, you can create a whole stack to adorn your wrist. Coming in a 3 foot spool, you can get 4 bracelets out of each spool. The greatest thing about this project is not only how great the bracelets look on their own but how well they work as a base for embellishing.
1) Trim 10 inches of 21 gauge flat wire with Lindstrom shears.
2) Using one of the textured heads of the hammer, hammer the entire length of the wire. (Image 1)
3) Punch hole in one of the ends of the wire. (Image 2)
4) Shape the wire into a circle using a container as a guide. I used my jar of Instead-A-Glove, as it is the right size for my bracelet. You can also use empty cans or a bracelet mandrel if you have one. Basically any round object in your desired bracelet size. (Image 3)
5) With a marker, mark the end of the wire w/o the hole so that they line up. (Image 4)
6) Trim excess wire if necessary. (Image 5)
7) Punch a hole on the place that you marked in step 5. (Image 6)
8) With the flat file, smooth out the sharp ends of the wire. (Image 7)
9) Use the round file to enlarge the punched hole slightly to fit the rivet. (Image 8)
10) Thread the rivet into each hole with the head facing out. (Image 9)
11) Hold the head of the rivet against the bench block and trim the rivet with the side cutter to 1/4 inch. (Image 10)
12) Hammer the trimmed rivet with the brass head of the hammer until flat. (Image 11) Watch your fingers!
13) File any sharp edges if necessary.
14) Put the riveted bracelet on the base and use the plastic head of the hammer to reshape the bracelet into a round shape. (Image 12)
Aren’t they beautiful? I love them as a stack and the mixed metals will ensure that they will go with your entire wardrobe. But of course, I couldn’t just leave them at that. Like I said, they are PERFECT for embellishing! Take a look at the different ways you can make them your own below.
With a few Vintaj patina inks, you can make a color-coordinated bunch in a variety of shades. Take it a step farther by mixing your patinas with this helpful color chart from Vintaj. I used Seaside Blue, Coral and Deep Teal.
Taking a note from my inspiration, I tried stamping one of my bangles with a small metal stamp. If you want to go this route, make sure you stamp your message prior to forming the bracelet. Items: Metal Stamps Item #MS17-B2
Here, I riveted a Vintaj blank to the bracelet base. Then on another brass bangle, I attached several spring themed charms, also by Vintaj, with some jump rings. Items: Arrow Blank, Head Pin, Jump Rings, Squirrel Charm, Bunny Charm, Umbrella Charm, 8mm Crystal.
Here I attached some charms to a gold bangle with jump rings. On another, I attached beads to the bangle with gold craft wire. Items: 24 Gauge Gold Craft Wire, Asst. Metal Beads, Jump Rings, Head Pin, 8mm Crystal, Heart Charm, Cherry Charm, Wish Bone Charm, Ship’s Wheel Charm.
This set of bracelets is probably my favorite stack in the bunch. I stamped a heart into a copper blank and riveted it to a rose gold bangle. For another, I wired some 3mm fire polished beads to the blank with matching 24 gauge wire. The stack is completed by adding a plain blank and one colored with patinas (it’s the Seaside Blue.) Items: Copper Blank, Heart Punch, Rose Gold Craft Wire, 3mm Fire Polish Mix.
Finally, I took some rhinestone chain and lashed it to the bangles with a 24 gauge craft wire. These look great by themselves or as part of a stack. Items: 24 Gauge Craft Wire, SS12 Rhinestone Chain.
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