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How To Make Beaded Spangles

Updated on March 7, 2015

Spangles are colourful, beaded bracelets made from memory wire. They make great handmade gifts and are quick and cheap to make. If you are new to creating handmade jewellery or beaded jewellery, you’ll love this Spangles project!

According to Wikipedia, the universal fount of all web knowledge, Spangles "were square boiled sweets, bought in a paper tube, manufactured by Mars Ltd in the United Kingdom from 1950". Apparently they were discontinued in the early eighties to the immense disappointment of us all and I've decided to revive the term as an abbreviation of "spirally bangles" otherwise known as memory wire bracelets.

Choose a theme to make your beaded Spangle - I chose red, white and turquoise beads as I was inspired by the cherry blossoms outside and had lots of turquoise beads to use up!
Choose a theme to make your beaded Spangle - I chose red, white and turquoise beads as I was inspired by the cherry blossoms outside and had lots of turquoise beads to use up! | Source

Spangles are really comfortable to wear as they don't clunk the desk too much when you are operating a mouse and they slide up and down your wrist, making you feel quite sexy. You can hang them around a room like suncatchers for decoration and and they have many other decorative functions. They are easy to make and don't require a lot of patience or tools so they’re ideal for beginners and beaded jewellery enthusiasts with large bead hoards who want to use up some of their excess stock.

Beaded bracelets made with memory wire, like Spangles, are really easy to make and look very effective on the wrist.
Beaded bracelets made with memory wire, like Spangles, are really easy to make and look very effective on the wrist. | Source
You can see how the "hang" of the Spangle is just right for spiralled suncatchers, as long as a weight is attached to the end (eg. a crystal).
You can see how the "hang" of the Spangle is just right for spiralled suncatchers, as long as a weight is attached to the end (eg. a crystal). | Source

What You Will Need

  • Pliers
  • Seed beads
  • Larger, colourful beads
  • Bracelet-length memory wire


The only stuff you need will be pointy pliers, seed beads, other thematic beads and a length of memory wire that circulates your wrist a few times. You can buy memory wire already cut to size or use wire cutters to obtain a custom length from a bracelet-width memory wire coil.

Choose a theme for your Spangle - in this case I've chosen an Asian style cat bead and flower beads in red, turquoise and white. Select your beads so that they fit into your theme and have matching or complimentary colours. To get the effect of the Spangle above, use longer lengths of seed beads interspersed with larger, more decorative beads.

The loop on the end of the memory wire. In this bracelet, I used a long tube bead to prevent the beads from coming off.
The loop on the end of the memory wire. In this bracelet, I used a long tube bead to prevent the beads from coming off. | Source

Creating The Beaded Spangle

1. Hold one end of the memory wire with pliers and twist the wire into a small loop. This stops the beads falling off. It should be a small sized loop so that you are not discomforted when wearing the Spangle.

2. Thread the beads on the unlooped end, with the smallest beads near both end loops, to prevent the beads from falling off. Experiment with different beads until you are happy with the design. Lengths of smaller beads interspersed between larger beads make a nice arrangement and gemstone chip beads also work well in memory wire beaded bracelets.

3. When you’re finished, try on the Spangle and test for comfort before completing the final end loop. Using pliers, hold and twist the unfinished end of the memory wire to complete the Spangle.

Ideas For Decorating With Spangles

Besides wearing Spangles as bracelets, there are many other ways to use them. Spangles make lovely suncatchers around the house – simply add a crystal to one end and some twine or wire to the other end with a knot. I’ve never experimented with the use of bells on Spangles but I think that chain-linked bells on Spangles would make a very nice windchime, especially if you have a long length to work with.

Storing Spangles is easy – place them on a doorknob for quick access or over a cup containing pencils to brighten up the place. You can also store other beaded bracelets on the Spangle by clasping them onto the Spangle itself. This mega-bracelet can also be worn for dramatic effect!

Spangles make lovely handmade gifts. Present them by tying them into a bow with the gift ribbon around a present, or put them in a little cellophane bag with some lollies and a cute gift tag.

If you make enough Spangles, you can loop them together to form a giant beaded Spangle necklace (WARNING – this is only for really loud and outrageous costumes!)

Thanks For Reading!

Thank you for reading my article about how to make beaded Spangle bracelets. Spangles are so easy to make and become beautiful decorations around the house as well as handmade jewellery. Since they can be produced very quickly and are very versatile with bead types, they can be made quickly to suit any outfit. If you’re looking to make handmade gifts for loved ones in one afternoon, Spangles are a great choice and will showcase your bead collection easily!

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© 2013 Suzanne Day

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Make Beaded Spangles is a wonderful idea and so simple with you easy explanation will have to try it.

    • Suzanne Day profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      @CraftytotheCore - I'm not sure if trying larger beads would help? Putting them on the memory wire is fairly easy, and maybe someone else could loop the end with pliers for you. I loved doing cross stitch too....before kids! Now I'm a beadaholic and crotchet wildwoman.

      @Teresa Schultz - They are really easy to make and definitely not fiddly, except if you decide to play with putting different coloured beads on and off.

      @vespawoolf - Spangles is a fancy name I made up for these spirally bangles. Don't pay too much for memory wire. It should come pre-chopped and cheap! Feel free to add heavy crystals to the end to weigh it down a bit, depending on the thickness of your wire.

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      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love spangles, but I didn't know that is what they're called! I also didn't realize they're so easy to make. Now I just need to find where to buy memory wire. I think this would make a fun project and it would be fun to give spangles as gifts. I would never have thought of hanging them up as sun catchers. Thank you for sharing!

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      Teresa Schultz 

      4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      I think I'm going to try this! They sound really easy to make, and for me that cope too well with small fiddly things, this seems like something I'd cope with, and enjoy doing. Thanks for the intructions. Lovely photos too! The beaded spangles are arty and pretty :)

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      Those are really pretty. I've never been good at making jewelry. I admire people who can do that type of work with their hands. I used to do a lot of cross stitch crafts. I have arthritis now and it really deters me from any type of small bead work, unless I can use tweezers to help with the beading.

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      moonlake 

      4 years ago from America

      They're very pretty. I have made beaded bracelets before so I know I can make these. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

    • Susan Recipes profile image

      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      I just love reading your hubs. These Beaded Spangles looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      They're pretty and look like a fun project.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      4 years ago from United States

      I've made these before but never thought of using them for something other than bracelets. Love the idea of using the twisted wire bead at the end too.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are beautiful and so creative, something I have not seen before. I would love to make them.

      Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

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