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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Roll On Wire Bracelet on: January 29, 2004 05:55:48 PM
Here is a tutorial for an easy to make wire bracelet.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/fullshot2.jpg

Materials needed:
5ft 16 or 18 gauge wire (heavy gauge copper wire can be found at most hardware stores for very little money)
1 wood dowel. The sample uses a 1/4" dowel, you can use larger dowels if you want bigger links.
Needle Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

The sample photo shows 15 links. This makes approximately an 8 bracelet. This bracelet should be loose enough to roll on and off the wrist.


Step 1:
Wind wire around dowel to form a coil. You may wish to cut the wire in 1 ft lengths for winding, as it may be easier to handle. You will need about 75-80 wraps.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/dowelwrap.jpg

Step 2:
After winding coil, count off 5 coils and clip using wire cutter.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/cutcloseup.jpg
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/coilalone.jpg

Step 3:
Use needle nose plier to bend the end of the coil up at a 90 angle, to make an end loop. Repeat on opposite end.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/grip.jpg
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/half.jpg

Step 4:
Link each component by lifting the end loop, adding another component and tucking end loop securely inside coil.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/fulllink.jpg
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/connect%20(2).jpg

Step 5:
Make as many coil components as needed to fit around wrist.
http://www.beadissimo.com/photos/bin/finishedlinkcloseup.jpg
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beyond Sundance on: January 16, 2004 05:58:22 PM
I got the inspiration for this necklace from the great jewelry gallery the "Sundance" catalog. Making your own is so much more fun and affordable.

I love working with wire and I think that mixing wire, nuggets and chain is a good way to go.



I know this image is big, but you can really see the detail.

What you need:
9 or 10 cool beads around 8-12mm (These are the nuggets.)

6 or 7 inches of chain.

Around 5 ft  22 or 24 gauge wire (To wrap your cool beads.)

8" of a heavy gauge wire, 16 or 18 gauge will be perfect. (This makes the clasp and the long bar.)

3 or 4 jumprings.

Round nose & chain nose pliers. Wire cutters.

A smooth head hammer and a metal surface for flattening heavy gauge wire.

If you do not know how to make wire wrapped loops, take a look at this tutorial:

http://www.beadshop.com/howtomakchar.html


Step 1: Wire wrap your beads so that you have made a link that will be the length of about half of your necklace. 6" or 7" or so for a necklace that will be about 16" total.

Step 2: Use a headpin (a thin wire with a nail-like "head" on the end to prevent the bead from falling off the bottom) and wire wrap one of the nuggets to make a pendant.


Step 3: Cut a piece of your heavy gauge wire (say about 3 or 4 inches) curve it slightly and use your hammer and metal surface to hammer it flat. This step flattens the wire and makes it stiffer so that it will really hold it's shape. (A jeweler's hammer and bench block work best, but a good flat head hammer and smooth metal surface will work, too. Just lightly tap the metal. Light taps will gradually shape your metal.)
In the sample I used a metal hole punch that I had to make the holes on each end of the wire component that I made. If you don't have a hole punch, you can curl a loop on each end before the hammering step, then you can attach the component to the pendant and chain with a jumpring on either side.

Step 4: After you have connected the metal component to the linked side, add the chain to the other using a jumpring. To make the jumprings look more interesting, you can give them a light tap with your hammer, too.

Step 5: Using 3 inches or so of the remaining heavy gauge wire, I made a hook clasp, hammered it and connected it to the end with another jumpring.


You may want to get some practice wire and play around with wire wrapping to get some wraps under your belt.
Have fun...make pretty jewelry.
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