How to Make;
Vintage Knitting Needle Bracelets
I got an assortment of odd vintage plastic knitting needles from the opp shop the other day, in pretty colours with cool tops on them too! I bought them with the intention to bend them into bangles, an idea I had come across in Sarah Kramers cook book where she tells you how to bend plastic tooth brushes into bangles.
See their pretty geometric heads?!
Plastic knitting needles
Saucepan of water (big enough to cover the needles in water)
Glass for shaping
Washing up gloves (to protect your fingers from heat)
Alligator clips (optional?)
Tea towel (so your not too messy! but after all it is only water)
Now I have quite large hands (good for playing Double Bass) not so easy to fit standard bangles on to. However a few Easters ago I went to the Bendigo Wood Workers show on Good Friday with my Dad and bought myself this lovely wooden bangle that fits easily. It’s hand made from scraps from another project, so quite Eco friendly, Local and the funds go back to the maker to help fund his hobby. So for this project I found a drinking glass (not so clean one, woops!) that the bangle fit on so I could replicate the size for these bracelets.
I deliberately selected my double boiler because my needles fit flat in it. Put in enough water to cover the needle, that’s all you need really, don’t waste energy boiling more than necessary. Once I got my water up to a boil and dropped my needle in and left it for about 1 minute.
Lay out your tea towel under your working area. Wearing washing up gloves (to protect my fingers from the heat in the needle) I then used tongs to fish it out (after pushing it against the wall of the pan to check it was easily bending). You’ll need to work quickly, they stiffen in a very short time. I bent the needle into a circle and then held it while it cooled slightly. Before it cooled completely I placed it on my glass at the measured point for a good fit and allowed it to cool there.
With some of the needles it worked quite well to clip them into a circle with an alligator clip and put it back in the water briefly with the clip on to get a better shape. If you bugger it up just chuck it back in the water and it will straighten out and you can start again, woop!
Check out my colour combos…
After wearing these bracelets out my overwhelming thought is how thin and light they are!! Really comfy to wear for many hours. *Though after a few years some have become brittle and broken.*
You may notice in the photo some plastic double pointed needles too, I thought they might work as bracelets too but weren’t long enough. However! I did create something lovely with them too. Post coming on that soon.
Love these bracelets? But can’t make them yourself? Contact me, maybe I can make you some?