Give your wrists a workout by stacking on some serious accessories! This colorful project is a great way to jump on the bangle bandwagon and throw yourself one fabulous arm party. Custom make them to match your wardrobe! Play around with colors to match the season, and try different wrapping techniques and trim variations to create looks that range from prim and proper to fresh and funky!
Materials: For this project you will need one bangle bracelet approx. 10mm wide, two skeins of embroidery floss, roughly 9 1/3 inches of pearl trim (or about 35 pearls), and adhesive like hot glue or super glue.
Photo by Will Anderson Photography.
Begin by winding your embroidery floss into a ball or onto a floss card. This will help to minimize tangles (and headaches) as you start to wrap.
Tie a knot on the inside of the bangle. You can secure in place with a small dot of glue or simply hold with your fingers.
Start wrapping floss around the bangle. Make sure to keep your wraps tight so none of the original bangle color shows through.
As you are wrapping, make sure to wrap over your knot on the opposite side so it doesn't show through as well!
Continue wrapping thread around the bangle, making sure to keep the thread taut so there are no gaps. Once you have completely wrapped your bangle, you can secure the thread on the opposite (underside) of the bangle with a small dot of glue.
Now it's time to add the pearls! It's easiest to work with stones or trim that has a flat back so it it can easily be glued to the bangle surface. Start off by placing a small dot of glue on the flat side of the trim and place onto the thread wrapped bangle. Hold in place for a few seconds or until adhesive sets.
Since the pearls are just one long piece of trim, you don't need to glue each individual one to the bangle. I glued every 4 pearls down just to insure there was no movement while I was doing my second round of thread wrapping.
Once your trim as been secured, you can begin your second round of wrapping.
Wrap your thread in the space between each pearl about 3-4 times, continuing until you reach the end of the trim
Wrap the middle space between the ends of the pearl trim a few more times and then tie another knot on the inside of the bracelet. Secure the end with a small dot of glue and you're done!