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When I found a bag of my mom’s strands and strands of vintage sequins, I wanted to wear them just as they were. I tried stringing them a few different ways, but using wire was ultimately my favorite method.
Sequin Bangles Tutorial
You will need:
Sequins (You can also search for “vintage sequins strands” on Etsy and/or eBay)
Beading wire (22-26 gauge wire, depending on the size of the hole in the sequins)
Jewelry making tools (round and flat nose pliers, wire cutters)
Make sure your wire is thin enough to fit though the hole in your sequins. Choose the thickest wire you can that still fits, since a thinner wire will be more prone to breakage. Cut off a piece of wire several inches longer than the desired size of the final bracelet. Use round nose pliers to make a loop and wrap the ends around the wire a few times.
String sequins onto the wire, making sure they are all facing the same direction if you are using cup sequins. Fill the wire with sequins until it is about 1″ shorter than the desired final size. So for a 7″ bracelet, you want 6″ of stacked sequins. Important – make sure the sequins are not packed too tightly. Not only will this make it difficult to bend into a bangle, they also won’t catch the light as well if they are too tight.
At the end of your wire, fold it back about an inch past the end of the sequins.
Wrap the wire around itself at the base and cut off extra wire. Then use roundnose pliers to bend the end into a hook.
That’s it! They are really gorgeous to wear. At first glance, they don’t look sparkly or glitzy at all, but the edges catch the light beautifully. I especially love the combination of the transparent and opaque sequins. When the sun hits just right, the neon yellow transparent sequins I used lets the light to glow through.