I have to admit, I've never been a huge fan of the bangles that are so prolific in India. You can find stalls filled with them on every street corner, and yet they always look cheaply made.
What changed my mind was when I came across a man making bangles at his stall (see pictures below!). I sat entranced while I watched him slowly heat and shape the resin over an open fire, and then carefully mold each bangle by hand.
The bangles opening measures 2.74 inches at their widest.