I know you have all seen these gorgeous closed link bracelets and wondered, could I make that? Well yes you can, and I am going to show you how.
A closed link technique can be used to make all kinds of chain designs, from these bracelets to earrings and full necklaces. It is one technique repeated over and over to make the chain. The difficult part is remembering to capture the last bead when making the new link. But if that happens just catch it in the next link, or making a matching set of earrings to go with the bracelet or necklace.
Hook and Eye Clasp
Wire Coil Links ( these can also be used for earrings components)
*Gently hammer all the coil links including the center piece and the S hook.
Creating the Center Coil
Making the Links and Jump rings
Creating the Hook and Eye
Hammer time and Assembly of the bracelet
Now we are ready to assemble
Making the Coil Center Piece
Making the Beaded Links
Creating the Hook and Eye
Assembling the Bracelet
Feeling you may want to learn this first hand with some help from me personally? Now you can. Join me at The Cape Cod Art Bar for a class! All materials included and you you can bring a glass of wine and some friends! I would love to meet you.
Making a metal bracelet with a center bead can be done with a few tools and is a great beginner project for learning wire shaping. I love these bangles because you can stack the bracelets and they take very little time to make when you get the hang of it.
Supplies and Tools
1. Cut the 16-18 gauge wire to 4"
2. Cut the 14 gauge wire to 6 1/2(small) , 7"(medium) or 7 1/2"(large)
3. Using emery board gently round and soften the ends so they do not scratch you
4. Slide bead/s onto the 16-18 gauge wire centering the beads
5. Using the round nose pliers bend each side down about 45 degrees
6. Using the pen or pencil and your fingers if possible wrap the wire around and cross over the wire.( if you are good with round nose pliers you can do it without the pen)
7. Using the flat nose pliers wrap the wire around twice for a clean and secure conection
8. Hammer one end of the 14 gauge wire approximately 1/2" from end to flatten slightly, then using the emery board smooth out edges (If you do not have a hammer, do not panic. This step can be left out. I like to do it for a cleaner more professional look).
9. Using widest part of your round nose pliers hook the other end but do not close the loop completely yet.
10. Using the 2" round object you have wrap the wire around it to form a open circle with your loop facing out.
11.Using the round pliers make a half circle on the other end facing out.
12. Now just put bead onto open loop and close it tight. Then gently shape the bead wire to be a small arch and put on your new bangle bracelet!
I am a self taught jewelry designer and artist. I studied fashion design and come from a very creative family.
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