Several months ago, I bought a set of bangle bracelets on sale at my local department store. The cost was $10 for 7 bracelets and I was particularly keen on several embossed antique gold metallic bracelets in varying width. The set also included an unfinished wooden bangle, about 1/2 wide. It was not particularly attractive, so I set it aside and proceeded to wear the metallic bangles.
However, I recently came across the bangle and decided to see how I could transform it into a fun bracelet.I wanted to cover it, but decided against painting it – instead, I wrapped the bracelet in some purple silk sari ribbon from my stash (I bought mine from Mudhound Studio on Etsy).
Since the ribbon was fairly sheer, I overlapped it so the unfinished wood wasn’t visible underneath. I made sure I left a piece about 3-4 inches long, so I could make a knot at the end (you could easily hot glue the ends of the ribbon to the bracelet, but I opted for wrapping and knotting).
Once I had wrapped the bracelet in the sari silk, I decided to overwrap it with some thin purple wire I also had on hand. The wire helped keep the ribbon in place and added a bit of texture. I pulled the wire fairly tightly so it wouldn’t rub against my wrist on the inside. Since this was an experiment, I had no idea how much wire I would need and ended up using 4-5 pieces of about 8-12 inched long – about 36 to 48 inched long). Although I had to hide the various ends, wrapping the bracelet with shorter pieces was easier to manage than using one long piece of wire. Whenever I added a new piece of wire, I started wrapping it on the outside of the bracelet, so I didn’t have any rough edges on the inside.
While I liked how the wire looked against the sari ribbon, I thought it still needed a little more oomph. So I wrapped some small pieces of hand-dyed ribbon from JodyPosey, over the sari silk in a couple of places and then continued wrapped the wire around the entire bracelet.
To finish off the bracelet, I knotted the ribbon and the sari silk and added a bead or a spacer to the ends – I also finished one ribbon end by wrapping it in the purple wire.
Since the ribbon and sari silk were both thin, I ended up wrapping a short piece of the wire around the knot against the bracelet – it helped the ribbon ends hang together from the bracelet.
I made my bracelet in stages but total production time (as opposed to thinking/planning time) was less than an hour. Having figured out how to do it, the next one would take less than half that amount of time – 20 minutes or so. Even though I used materials I had in my stash, the total cost was well under $5, including the bracelet. Easy, cheap and one-of-a-kind – my favourite kind of project.
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