Organic Wire-Wrapped Bracelet

(This tutorial was originally published in the book Making Metal Jewelry by Jen Cushman, copyright 2012. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

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The most important part about this technique is to use your fingers and keep your dominant hand that’s doing the wrapping loose so the beads and links have a light, airy look when finished. The addition of the two large-hole, pavé crystal beads and organza fabric provides a pop of color, but this project is gorgeous when designed with wire alone, particularly mixed metals.

Tools

  • wire cutters
  • torch
  • round-nose pliers
  • scissors
  • ball-peen hammer
  • steel bench block

Materials

  • 16-gauge wire, bronze
  • 18-gauge wire, bronze
  • 20-gauge wire, bronze
  • organza ribbon
  • large-hole crystal beads, 2
  • 1⁄2″ (13mm) dowel or mandrel
  • steel wool

Step 11. Cut two 12″ (30cm) pieces of 16-gauge wire. Draw beads on both ends of both wires using MAPP gas. Heat patina the entire length of the wire. Quench and polish a bit. Take one wire and make a loop on one end using round-nose pliers.
Step 22. Make a second loop about 2″ (5cm) from the first loop.
Step 33. Holding onto the last loop with one hand, use your other hand to loosely wrap the remaining wire around the length of the loop.
Step 44. Repeat for the other wire to make a second organic link. Patina again and polish the links. Cut five 12″ (30cm) pieces of 20-gauge wire and draw a bead on the end of each wire. Wrap each wire in a messy coil around a dowel.
Step 55. Four complete coils will be used for the bracelet; the fifth will be used for the toggle clasp.
Step 66. Cut an 8″ (20cm) length of organza ribbon. Thread it through one of the messy links and fold in half.
Step 77. Thread a large-holed bead onto the ribbon. Then thread on four coiled pieces.
Step 88. Thread on the second large-holed bead. Tie the remaining ribbon ends to one end of the second messy link, leaving a little slack in the ribbon.

Step 99. Cut a 4″ (10cm)  length of 18-gauge wire, draw a bead on each end and then forge the metal fiber a bit.
Step 1010. Thread this fiber through one of the end links and make a loop to connect it.
Step 1111. Cut a 2″ (5cm) length of 18-gauge wire and draw a bead on each end. Forge the metal fiber a bit to work harden it.
Step 1212. Fold it into a U shape and cross the wires, creating a loop.
Step 1313. Thread the toggle onto the other end link and twist the wire to cinch it closed.
Step 1414. Cut a 4″ (10cm) length of 18-gauge wire and draw a bead on each end. Use this to wrap the remaining coil to the other end of the bracelet.
Step 1515. Wrap a final metal fiber around the section where the ribbon tails are to get them pointed nicely in the same direction.

(This tutorial was originally published in the book Making Metal Jewelry by Jen Cushman, copyright 2012. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

Watch bonus demonstration videos by Jen Cushman here.

Making Metal JewelryTo learn more about or purchase a copy of Making Metal Jewelry by Jen Cushman, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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