Beaded Bangles for Days
Beaded bangles are among my favorite beaded jewelry accessories–they’re stylish on their own or worn in stacks. Now that it’s time to break out short sleeves, sundresses, and tank tops, we’ll be wearing bangles all the time!
Take a summer inventory of your jewelry box and see if you have bangles to last all summer. If you haven’t made bangles before, read “The Ins and Outs of Bracelet Sizing” for standard bracelet sizes and tips on measuring. Patterns typically give a length for the inner circumference of the bangle and you’ll want to be sure that the bracelet you’re making is a good fit.
There are even perfect summer tunes for rocking out while you stitch a stack of bracelets. You guessed it, The Bangles! (affiliate link). Some things never go out of style.
You don’t have to be a fan of Game of Thrones to fall in love with this Dragon Bangle, although it doesn’t hurt. Combine ladder, brick, and peyote stitches to make this fantasy-inspired, beginner bracelet design that that looks like dragon scales. The beads lock together to make a texture that feels good and looks great.
Superduo Spiral Bangle
If you’ve never made a beaded bangle, Lisa Kan’s Superduo Spiral Bangle is an easy place to start. The spiraling pattern of this deceptively simple tubular bangle is created by the placement of different-colored SuperDuos, not by working challenging thread paths. The stitches are a straightforward combination of peyote-stitch and right-angle-weave.
I’m smitten with this Breezeway Bangle by Nichole Starman. Combine three different two-hole beads in a versatile design that looks great in any color palette. Use tubular netting with Tile beads, bricks, and lentils to stitch this bracelet project. Make multiple bangles and stack them together to create a striking look!
This Passementerie Bracelet designed by Alice Coelho is reminiscent of ornate braided ribbon jewelry. To get the look, you’ll combine two-hole seed beads with regular seed and cylinder beads to form a fluid pattern in tubular peyote stitch.
The Brilliant Bangle by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is one of my favorite designs from 2018. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Connect rounds of right-angle weave to form a tubular base for a bangle, and then embellish the edges with SuperDuos and pressed-glass rounds. Add a sparkly center with crystal rose montées for the perfect finishing touch.
Perfect Peanut Bangle
The Perfect Peanut Bangle by Nancy Jones is a seamless and lightweight style that draws the eye, whether you make it in bright colors or create a more neutral version. Boost your beadwork skills as you mix flat and tubular right-angle weave with peanut beads. This bangle is perfect for stacking – like peanuts themselves, you’ll want more than one!
I Heart Beaded Bangles
There are so many different ways to express your bangle style, from sleek to textured to romantic and beyond! Whether you make and wear a single stunning bangle or rock a stack of favorites, have fun exploring stitches and color combos with this trendy accessory.
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