Polymer Clay Tutorial | Dangle Bangle Copper Bracelet [Video]

Polymer Clay Dangle Bangle Hammered Copper BraceletVid #161:
“Giggles… I love
bangles and this one has
such a clean simple design.
Fabulous!” ~Melinda-H

What could be more fun to make and wear than a playful wire worked bracelet with a polymer clay bead charm dangling from it? I can think of nothing! LOL. Why not get in on the fun and learn how to make your very own hammered copper Dangle Bangles!

On Friday, June 25th at the Polymer Clay Library (Volume-025-4), the member video tutorial will teach you how to make Dangle Bangles. They were discussed recently over at this Gallery post: Copper Metal and Polymer Clay Bracelets

Your dangle bangles are beautiful. I would love see how to make those. ~Loretta-C

Cindy your gallery pieces are just like your tutes, they just keep getting better and better. I love both your bracelets, they are shear genius. I am so honored to be learning from you. You and Doug just keep giving all of us so much while asking so little from us. Neither one of you have a selfish bone in your body. I would be lost without your blog and tutes. You can’t quit because I would go into a very deep withdraw and probably flip out then who knows what. All I know is I hope everyone agrees with me and asks you to do a tute on these bracelets or just one of them and very soon. So PLEASE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP will you consider doing a tute on your bracelet or bracelets.Love and Uuuuuuggggs. ~Peggy-B

Lovely bangle bracelet, Cindy, please show us how to make it. ~Ken-H

I really like these bracelets, Cindy. I like how the messy wrap on the clasp gives it more “weight” to balance with the dangle… just my preference. Although I could probably make something similar now, I vote for a tut on these. Your videos always teach me something new. ~Linda-K

I want to learn how to make wire bangles too! I guess you could apply the same concept to rings as well. ~Silverleaf

Very nice bangles! I love the clean and simple look. I especially love the one with the “messy wrap”. Although I agree with Linda and Freda that most of us could figure out how to make these, I would love a tute. You always show us tips that make things much easier – and better! I’d also love a tute on rings. I think they’d be really popular! I’m also hoping for tutes on polymer clay bangle bracelets with, and without, blanks. I think these gallery posts are a great idea. You’re showing us some beautiful jewelry, and we get to see it from all the angles. Way to go, Cindy! ~Phaedrakat

Love the pieces! I’d welcome a tut, too. ~Elizabeth-S

I agree completely with Phaedrakat, I really look forward to the gallery posts too. I love to see how the different techniques we’ve been taught can be combined to create such unique pieces. Would be very interested in learning this lovely dangle. Could be pretty with charms (anjou pears; hearts; poppy beads; tribal/carved designs; faux-anything…), very cool idea. ~DJ

I would love a tute on the bangle too. It’s beautiful – you’re jewelry pieces are unique. ~Cheryl-H

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Supplies & Tools: Video-025-4 Dangle Bangle:

  • 10 Gauge Copper or Sterling Silver wire (1 foot length). You could use 12 gauge instead but not smaller otherwise your bangle will get bent while wearing it.
  • Afew feet of 24 gauge Copper Wire for wrapping around clasp (optional).
  • Steel Block or Anvil for hammering on.
  • Chasing Hammer with Ball Pein End.
  • Flush Cutters.
  • Round Nose Jewelry Pliers.
  • Chain Nose Jewelry Pliers.
  • Metal File.
  • Tomato Paste Can or similar sized firm round shaped cylinder.
  • Sharpie felt pen.
  • Polymer Clay Charm and a Jump Ring .

The full version of the Vid-025-4 Dangle Bangle video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday June 25th, 2010. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Dangle Bangle” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-025 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Hi Suzanne… I want to welcome you and tell you how pleased all of us are to have another member. You are in for more than you would ever imagine. I promise if you learn 1/2 as much as I have and enjoy 1/2 as much you will be on overload for a long time and I guarantee you will be hooked. Cindy and Doug are the best and there isn’t a member here that would not love a chance to help you in anyway they can. Just ask and someone will answer. If you get a chance and have the money, buy some of the back issues. I ended up buying everyone of them. You can’t beat the prices or the experience. Even if you know a lot about polymer you will learn much more. SO BUCKLE UP you are in for the most wonderful learning adventure. Enjoy the ride. Uuuuuuuggggs. ~Peggy-B

The following topics are included in this week’s Dangle Bangle video tutorial:

  • See examples of two different versions of Dangle Bangles with different clasps and charms.
  • Discussion of the wire and tools needed to create these funky bracelets.
  • Tips on how to form and work harden the bangles using a tool you have in your kitchen cupboard.
  • Release the day’s tensions by hammering away to your hearts content.
  • Learn the secret to getting the perfect sized bangle for your wrist.
  • Find out how to make two different versions of this bracelet, one simple and one wire wrapped style

The full version of the “Dangle Bangle” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-025 Back Issue Package.


  1. Linda K., 22 June, 2010

    I know I say this almost every week, LOL, but I’m REALLY looking forward to this video.

    Did you find 10 or 12 gage copper wire at Home Depot?

  2. Katie, 22 June, 2010

    Having a rough day so far (although there’s a bird somewhere even more miserable… we had an encounter this morning…eep) but this makes me feel better. I’m looking forward to next week (as I will be in New York on Friday).
    Now I think I’ll go work on some jewelry pieces or take some photos while my dogs are sleeping (finally! Tons of energy in a small furry package.)

  3. Elizabeth S., 22 June, 2010

    Because I don’t wear bracelets I asked Cindy to make me a choker using the same design. I absolutely love it-wear it almost every day. The front closure clasp with the dangle hanging from it is really striking and I get so many comments when I wear it. Guess what I am trying to say is that this is gonna be a really cool tut. Can’t wait!

  4. Susan B, 22 June, 2010

    I enjoy wearing bangles and so am looking forward to this one. Cindy, your watercolour bead is SO beautiful it makes me want to try this technique again. The first time I made them I sadly ended sanding off most of the effect but I must definitely have another go.

  5. pollyanna, 22 June, 2010

    I have a large wrist so this is going to be great!! I can finally wear a bangle…yippppeeee.
    Andrea

  6. Koolbraider, 22 June, 2010

    I got some wiring cable from Home depot. One length has maybe three lengths of large gauge copper, 14 or 12, maybe even larger. The rubber coating is easily stripped. I can get 14 from Monsterslayer.com but I rarely need a large amount so Home Dept works for me.

  7. Phaedrakat, 23 June, 2010

    Arrggg. I did it again. I wrote a long paragraph and accidentally hit one of the links to the side. Bye-bye comment. Anyway. I’ll try again when I’m not so frustrated. (I will definitely use notepad no matter how short I thing the comment will be!) Topic: large-size bracelets & chokers/necklaces.

  8. Peggy Barnes, 23 June, 2010

    Bangles make for a perfect gift for any woman or teen. You put the right bead on it and you can use it for the youger girls also. As always a perfect home run for everyone. I love Friday’s tutes. With Cindy’s artistic ability with clay and Doug’s filming talents you can count on 100% satisfaction with every tute. The couple makes the perfect team they do indeed. Thanks again for all the 2 of do for us and share with us.
    Many Uuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggs, Peggy

  9. cara L, 24 June, 2010

    Great tutorial- so clear and easy with heaps of possibilities!

  10. Peggy Barnes, 25 June, 2010

    WOW I love this tutorial it opens up possibilities for all size wrists and the charm for all ages. I just have to decide what kind of bead or even how many. Great job again you two. The Lietz team has done it once again. Thank you so very much for giving your all plus much much more. I hope to be able to work on some clay this weekend. I am working on my craft room again but I told myself I would continue to play as long as I had room to do so. Wish me luck I hope to finish this weekend. In my world that means next weekend if I am lucky.

    Carolyn, I want to thank you for the information on the sale for studio clay. I purchased the last of it in my area when they put it on clearance. They have not replaced it and it does not look like they will.

    Love and Uuuuuugggggs to all and have a Fantastic Weekend everyone. Peggy

  11. Susan A, 25 June, 2010

    In the video you use what looks like a metal block for hammer. What kind of surface can be used as a substitute? I’d like to try this but I’d like to know what you can hammer on.
    It looks really fabulous

  12. Catalina, 25 June, 2010

    This is great! I bet I could do this tut with the new puppy on my lap! Being a Chihuahua, I’m lucky he will sit with Daisy and supervise for awhile – if need be! This means: I will be able to “babysit” and play with my clay at the same time!

    Oh, Carolyn, would you recommend PYM II to “seal” the copper wire so it won’t oxidize?

  13. Elizabeth S., 25 June, 2010

    Man, I love this! I was thinking that all those lonely left over beads that didn’t get make it into the design of a necklace can now become dangles. Thanks, Cindy & Doug.

    BTW, one question-what size can would work well for a choker?

  14. Susan B, 25 June, 2010

    This is a great tutorial and a great idea. Does anyone here work with silver wire and if so, can they recommend an on-line seller? I read somewhere about silver-coated copper wire and wonder how that looks and how it stands up to wear and tear.
    @Elizabeth S: I can well imagine that your choker must be beautiful if these bangles are anything to go by!

  15. Cindy Lietz, 25 June, 2010

    @Peggy Barnes: Thank you Peggy! You always say the sweetest things. That is so exciting about you working on your craft room. Something I so desperately need to do, but just haven’t been able to squeeze the time in. Want to switch rooms with my daughter, but before we do all the work of moving everything we will need to paint and do the flooring. So that is why it hasn’t happened yet. Have fun making bangles. You’re right they are perfect for all ages and sizes!

    @Susan A: I just used a chunk of aluminum my dad gave to me. It is a little soft though and dents easily, so I have been wanting to get a steel bench block. You can find them online in lots of places. The one I would like to get is round and sits in a rubber ‘holder’ that deadens the sound. It also comes with a nylon disk for hammering items you don’t want to flatten… just harden. By the way, before I had the chunk of aluminum, I used a large rock. So as you can see, there are lots of ways to make do. If the hammering surface you are using scratches your metal, you can use some steel wool to smooth those out when you are using solid metals.

    @Catalina: Your new Chihuahua sounds so sweet! I bet you’re crazy about him! Yes, PYMII will work for sealing the wire. Clean the wire well first so that the spray sticks well.

    @Elizabeth S.: A large coffee can will work. The thing about a neck is all it’s funny angles. You may find you will have to play with it quite a bit to get it to fit right. Using the one I made you for reference will help though.

    @Susan B: I don’t have a good suggestion for an online source to buy wire, since I have bought all my wire locally. So maybe someone else can pipe up here. I’m not sure how well a silver coated copper wire would stand up to the hammering. You may still be able to use it if you were able to buy it in half hard or hard so it wouldn’t need much hammering. You would have to try it to know though, since i haven’t tried it myself.

  16. Elizabeth S., 25 June, 2010

    @Susan B:Oh, it is!

  17. Desiree, 26 June, 2010

    @Susan B: My husband makes chainmail jewelry and we do a fair amount of wire wrapped stuff – I have found wire-sculpture.com to work pretty well. Their prices are good on wire and they have some nice wire work how tos. Just to add to what Cindy is teaching. :) I think their prices are better than Fire Mountain for wire, but that’s just my experience. Hope that helps. BTW – Cindy, I love the tuts and am really enjoying the beginners course also. :)

  18. carolyn, 26 June, 2010

    @Susan B: Hagstoz is a good place to buy sterling and gold filled wire. You can’t buy on line but do buy over the phone. If you Google Hagstoz and then click on order you’ll get an 800 # to call. I also think there is a coupon code you can provide for discounts.

    For tarnish resistant copper core sterling I go to Parawire.com. It holds up very well for occasional wear. I do have one bracelet that I wore constantly for several years and finally the copper started showing through.

  19. Pam, 27 June, 2010

    @Susan B: Try ebay, I got some pretty decent deals there!

  20. Maria, 25 June, 2010

    Awesome video – so clearly explained – I love it!
    My hammering drives the kids crazy – they say it sounds like a jackhammer; I tell them to pretend it’s Santa’s elves tinkering in their workshop- for some reason they don’t agree with this imagery :)

  21. Blanca Gilbert, 25 June, 2010

    This reminds me of the cooper bangles I had back in the 80’s just that the bead makes it more “up to date”… I can’t wait to get some wire and make some. Thanks Cindy for this tute.

    DulceTesoros

  22. Jocelyn, 25 June, 2010

    Arrrrggghhhh! Love to see the new video, indeed any video, but having problems with Adobe Flash. Is there anything else that works in lieu of Flash?

  23. Catalina, 25 June, 2010

    I wish Flash would work on my iPad. I was hoping I could take my Polymer Clay Tutes with me – like while waiting for the doctor, dentist, ect… Maybe, Cindy, you could see if I could get around that if possible. Otherwise, I guess I’ll have to wait until Adobe and Apple iron out their differences.

  24. Jocelyn, 25 June, 2010

    Cindy, bless you for getting back to me so fast, surely appreciated. Hit your list of fixes first, lol. They are excellent, thanks for taking the time to spell it out so easily.

    So Flash has a monopoly, eh? Whew, that’s a lot of videos under it’s control.

    It’s a code problem, which is going to take some doing to find and fix, using the Flash help board over there for specifics. Something is missing. Something REALLY STUPID! Sigh.

  25. Cheryl Hodges, 25 June, 2010

    Firemountain gems has a good price on the wire. I haven’t bought any silver wire yet except a small piece from art clay canada, for using with silver art clay.

  26. Susan B, 26 June, 2010

    @Cindy: Thanks for your feedback I will look into this some more. My father bought me a reel of copper wire from the UK but sadly it has a horrid transparent coloured coating painted on it which is almost impossible to remove. Probably if I found some non-coated copper wire I would be keener to use it. I checked out my local hardware shop this morning for 10 gauge copper wire only to be met with a blank stare as if I was asking for something that doesn’t exist — once again!!!
    @Cheryl Hodges: Thanks I will check out this website.
    @ Desiree: I took a look and this website looks great with good prices too.

    My next question is whether gauge 10 dead soft or gauge 12 half hard and wire is better. I really want to try this technique but using materials that will work!

  27. Antonia, 26 June, 2010

    Hi Cindy,
    I love all the tutes I’ve seen so far. I’m new to polyclaying and find
    to buy polyclay at the big local craftstore in little 2 ounce blocks is quite expensive. However, you can buy a 1 pound block at the friendly big box store in Bellingham for US 5.69, or thereabouts. A bargain! BUT it only comes in one color- White.
    Do you know any way to color it in different colors? Or do you know of a more reasonable priced source of poly clay?

  28. Jocelyn, 26 June, 2010

    That Desiree? Wow.

  29. Elizabeth S., 26 June, 2010

    I haven’t been out much lately. My marathon running-nothing can stop me- husband has managed to herniate a disc in his lower back. To put it mildly, he has not adapted well to reduced mobility. That aside, I managed to get out for a little while today to Home Depot to purchase my wire for “dangle bangles”. I know we have been here before but the hardware store experience again was one for the record books when the person cutting the wire for me learned that I was purchasing electrical wire for a jewelry project. His “are you kidding?” response was so funny!! We really need to put a hidden camera and mike on someone soon. The world deserves to know what we go through for our “Cindy” projects.

  30. Elizabeth S., 26 June, 2010

    I should have added in my last comment that my husband had just confessed to attempting to resume lifting weights today in spite of admonitions from his physician and physical therapist to avoid anything physically challenging until he is at least one week pain free. He is not even close so that is what I meant when saying that he is not adapting well to reduced mobility. Just needed to clarify that-I admit to having scolded him for putting himself at risk after the suffering he has endured. I just want him to get better.

  31. Sue C, 27 June, 2010

    Hello to all,

    I want to thank all of the people in this group. You are all very helpful to new members and so encouraging. I really love this site. Purchased an oven to make beads so next step is to purchase some clay. Thanks a million to all.

  32. Pam, 27 June, 2010

    Always wondered how to do that, thanks again Cindy! I have small wrists, but big hands, very attractive. . . :o) I had a gold bangle on for 4 years!!!! Went on, wouldn’t come off!

  33. pattw, 29 June, 2010

    Hi gang -sorry I haven’t been on lately -computor problems w/ electricity brown outs -UURRRRRRRRRG!! I pray everyone’s “Hurts” will get better soon. Been there -done that -both back and neck. Cindy your bangle bracelet is wonderful. Will be making beads for it soon. BTW -I can’t seem to find the Adirondack inks -everybody is out of the Nature walk colors -I bet I know why!! Cindy’s people have been shopping..LOL….Hugs, pattw

  34. Sue C, 30 June, 2010

    Cindy,

    What a wonderful project you created. I really like the shaping process of the bangle and then to top it off, add a beautiful polymer clay bead. Excellent! Excellent!

  35. Jocelyn, 03 July, 2010

    Just a wonderful bracelet….excellent instructions. Think using this for a charm bracelet, with clay beads adorning either sides on jumprings, would be stunning. A crazy wrap in between the rings could put your charm or bead exactly where you wanted.

  36. carolyn, 05 July, 2010

    Drill large holes in large beads and slide them on the bangle before doing the final end bending. If they slide too easily, then follow Jocelyn’s idea of wraps between beads.

  37. Cindy Lietz, 18 November, 2010

    JUST POSTED… Member project photos that relate to the theme of this page… Dangle Bangle Copper Bracelets.

    Polymer Clay Dangle Bangle Bracelets

    You can view the larger images by clicking on the link by my name.

    BTW: Thanks to everyone above, who took the time to comment in this thread. Your feedback, support and engaging conversations are always such a wonderful part of my day. Although I don’t get a chance to address everyone individually, please know that I do read and give consideration to everything that is said here. ~Cindy

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