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Solar Orbit Bracelet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Solar Orbit Bracelet - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Julie Dudley

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Julie Dudley has created this wonderful solar orbit bracelet tutorial, inspired by the solar system this bracelet is stunning and can be adapted in so many ways. With a range of Craft wires to choose from, change the colour of the wire and the beads to your desired choice. Happy beading. 

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  • Frozen ™ 10mm in dark orange and neon, 6mm orange
  • Craft Wire 0.8mm and 0.5mm gold coloured wire
  • Pliers - flat nose, round nose, wire cutters
  • Tape measure or ruler

Remember - our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream jewellery.

Designed by Julie Dudley - May 2022

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Cut two pieces of 0.8mm gold plated copper wire one at 40cm long and one at 45cm long. The 40cm wire will be the central wire and the 45cm wire will create the orbit wrap in the central section. Straighten the pieces between your thumb and forefinger. This 0.8mm wire is very pliable, although it is used as a structural wire. Throughout this tutorial you will need to keep straightening or bending this wire as necessary, as it will move out of place. So don't panic if it bends, it will happen! Just warm and straighten back to where it should be with your thumb and forefinger as before.

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Place one of your 10mm neon orange beads onto the 40cm length of 0.8mm wire approximately centrally. ( It does not have to be precise, just guess by eye, as we should have enough wire with extra left over.  Take the other 45cm length of wire and sit it underneath the other wire, (again approximately centrally with this piece) next to the top of the bead. Wrap one side of the 45cm wire (without a bead) over the central wire one way, and take the other side of the wire over the central wire the other way so that the wrapping wire is sitting snug to the central wire.


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As the wire now sits that you have wrapped with, one end wraps under the other in opposite directions. Take the wire end sitting at the bottom and curve that wire with your thumb and finger so it follows the shape of the bead. Bring it over the central wire, then bring it around and back over the top. We will now leave this wire alone and use the other wire end to finish our orbit wires. Take the other end of the wire and rub it between your thumb and forefinger to get a bit of a curve and warm the wire.  Bring the wire around the opposite side of the bead (hold in place) and bring it over the top of the central wire, (directly next to the last wrap) then underneath and over the top again. Push your wraps together with your finger.

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In the next few wires orbiting the bead, we need to leave a slight gap between each. So after you form your curve hold it firmly in place with your nondominant hand so it sits in place while you create your wrap. Now using the same section of wire , warm it between your thumb and forefinger and create your curve.  Bring the wire around the bead and hold it in place.  Take the end of the wire over the central wire, then underneath and over the top again. Push the wraps together with your fingers. Repeat this step so you have three orbit wires on each side of the bead.

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Turn your piece over. Take the wire that we left alone that is wrapped once under the bead. Cross it over the back of the bead and over the central wire. Turn your piece back over.

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Place one of your 10mm round dark orange beads (T8542) on one end of your central wire. Bring the wire next to it from underneath, and around the middle section of the bead. Hold that wire firmly onto the bead to keep in place, and wrap the wire around the central wire twice, finishing with the wire underneath.  Repeat this on the other end. Cut both wrapping wire ends off with your cutters, and squash the ends down with your flat nose pliers so there are no sharp ends. Make sure everything is sat neatly and adjust if necessary. (My orbit wires moved while I was wrapping my second bead, but with a bit of a wiggle and a squash with my pliers, it was back in place again).


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Take a bit of time to straighten out your central wire with your thumb and forefinger, as this is basically the main piece or spine of the rest of the bracelet and Clasp. Cut two pieces of your 0.8mm gold coloured wire at 20cm in length (this is possibly slightly more than needed, but I have made sure that there is enough with some left over). Straighten each piece as before. This time we need to find the centre of the wire with a tape measure or ruler. If you place your round nose pliers at the halfway point, and take the wire up in your pliers to a section that will create approximately a 0.8mm circle. (If you have a thin nose on your round nose pliers you can use a pen as I have here). Bring both wire ends all the way around your pliers/pen. Repeat with the second wire.


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We now need to bend the wire ends straight down underneath the loops, but with a gap between for the main wire to sit. So place your pliers just off centre of the loop where the wires cross. Whilst holding tightly with your pliers, bend the wire 90 degrees so it sits straight down under the loop. Reposition your pliers back onto the loop before the wires cross leaving a gap and bend that wire 90 degrees straight down underneath the loop.  Check that your loop will sit with room around one of your 6mm beads. Repeat with second wire.


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Cut a piece of your 0.4mm gold coloured wire 1 metre 60cm in length ( this should be enough to finish weaving one full side of your bracelet, but if you don't quite have enough more can be added in). Hold onto one of the components you just made with the loop between your thumb and forefinger, and also hold the end of the 0.4mm wire with a few cm overhanging between your fingers, making sure that the rest of the wire is sat under the  loop. Bring the 0.4mm wire up in a loop and pull through the middle and take underneath. Now the easiest way to wrap the rest of this section is to take the wire that is now sat underneath right down to the bottom of the looped component where the two wire ends are, and bring it through the gap and up to loop and wrap over the top.  Neaten your wraps with your fingers. Keep taking the 0.4mm wire from underneath, down to the bottom through the gap, then up inside the loop and wrap over the top. Stop when you have wrapped half way around the loop.


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Put a 6mm bead onto the central wire on one side of your main frame. Hold the component you have just been weaving over the top of the 6mm bead and central wire (make sure that your central  beaded orbit design is facing upwards) Take your 0.4mm wire around the central wire twice to anchor it on. Take your wire down to the bottom again where the end wires are, and bring through the gap between the outer and middle wires this time. Then up to the inside the loop and over the wire. Push Your wraps together.  You may need to hold the bracelet a different way to the last step and hold onto the bead.  Repeat the wrapping until you reach the end of the loop. At this stage the wires may still move apart, and the main beaded section of your bracelet may turn over. So make sure your wires are back in place and everything is facing the right way up.

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Cut 4 pieces of your 0.8mm gold coloured wire 6cm long. Hold one of the ends of wire in your round nose pliers so it is flush with nothing sticking out. Turn your wrist whilst holding the wire to create a small loop. Make a loop at the other end of the wire using the same place in your pliers, and making sure that this loop is sitting in line with the first. Repeat with the other pieces of wire. Check that the loops are all in line and sit flat and adjust if necessary.

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Pick up your bracelet and two of the sections of wire with two loops that you just created. Sit one of the sections of wire below the bottom side of the bracelet, at the bottom of the big wrapped loop. You need your small loops facing outwards. Take the other section of wire and sit it above the wires with the loops facing upwards. This may be a bit fiddly to hold, but once we wrap around them a couple of times it will become easier.  You may find it easier to hold everything in your flat nose pliers. Wrap three times around all five wires just after the two small loops, finishing with the weaving wire at the back pointing downwards. Make sure that all five wires are sitting next to each other and not crossing over.  When you are happy with how they are sat push your wraps together and flatten down with your pliers.

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For this step we need to mentally label the wires and remember them from one to five starting with the bottom wire as number one. The 0.4mm wire should still be pointing down from the back... bring it twice around wires one and two and come up between those two wires. If it's difficult to see which is which wire when bringing it down to the end, make a bit of a bend in the second and fourth wires. Wrap your weaving wire around the second and third wire twice and come up between those two wires. Wrap around the third and fourth wires twice and come up between those two wires. Wrap around the fourth and last wires twice but leave the wire at the back for a moment. Neaten all of those weaves together with your fingers and push them in towards the bead as much as you can.

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Bring the 0.4mm weaving wire up between the second and third wire and wrap twice over the third and fourth wires. Bring the wire between the first and second wire and wrap twice around the second and third wire. Push your weaves together to neaten and also tighten up the weaving towards the bead. As you can see this weave is creating a triangular design. At this point you can now go back to step Twelve and repeat this pattern. You should be able to fit Eight sets of triangles if you keep pushing your weaving together Leave the 0.4mm dangling for later. Straighten everything up if necessary.

Repeat steps Eight, Nine, Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen again with the other side of the bracelet. You have already cut the wires for step Ten, ready for you to use.

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Take one side of your bracelet. Hopefully you now have enough room left before the last two loops to wrap three times.(if it's a bit tight try pushing your weaving up the wires a bit further. If you have a gap too large before the loops you can always cut a little bit off each loop and loop it again). Wrap three times around all five wires and then wrap five times around just the central wire. Add one of your 6mm orange beads onto the central wire.

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Now you have three central wires and two looped wire ends. Bend the bottom of the three wires down 90 degrees but so it is bending before the bottom loop. Bend the top wire 90 degrees upwards so that the bend is before the top loop. Bring the bottom bent wire diagonally across the top of the bracelet before the looped wire it is next to, but so it then crosses to sit after the second looped wire. Take the top bent wire diagonally across the front before the upper loop, then take it so it crosses the last wire and sits after the bottom loop. You should now have wires crossed over before the bead. Give them a slight squeeze down with your flat nose pliers.

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Take what is now the uppermost wire. Hold firmly onto the section which you have just crossed in one hand bend the wire gently around to the top of the 6mm bead so that the wire now points down. Take the other crossed wire at the bottom and bring it up around the bead so it crosses the last.

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Take the bottom of the two wires and bring it the rest of the way around the bead and down the cross in the wires. Cut that wire so that approximately 0.5cm is overhanging that cross in the wires. Take that wire end in your round nose pliers and start to turn a loop, but as you are turning it, get it to catch underneath that crossed wire so you loop around it.

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Repeat step 18 with the upper wire.

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Gently squeeze together the joins you just made with your flat nose pliers. Take your 0.4mm wire and bring it around the back of the bead. Feed the wire up between the the bead and the two 0.8mm wires circling it. Wrap it over those two wires, then bring it back up between the bead and the two wires.  Wrap it around the central wire twice to secure.

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Repeat steps 14 all the way though to (and including) 19, with the other side of your bracelet. Check everything is straight and adjust if necessary.

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Gently bend your piece around into an oval bracelet shape with your fingers. ( I checked it against my wrist at this stage) You now only have your central structural wires. Take one of the wires and bend 90 degrees, leaving just a couple of millimetres from the wrap on the wire. Place your round nose pliers in up to the bend. We want to make a loop approximately 0.8- 1mm in diameter. If you only have pliers with a thin nose you can bend the wire around a pen instead. Bend the wire all the way around your pliers/pen to create your loop.

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Take the 0.4mm wire next to the loop.  Wrap it all the way around the wire that you formed into the loop, until you have wrapped to where it crosses. Keep pushing your wraps together as you go so that there are no gaps. Holding onto the loop with your flat nose pliers, gently start to bend the 0.8mm around under the loop with your thumb. Then move your pliers and finish bending the wire around with them a couple of times until it sits underneath. Cut away the excess wire and squeeze any sharp ends down with your pliers.

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Turn your work so you are working on the other end of the bracelet. Make a 90 degree bend, but this time directly towards you (away from the bracelet) just a couple of millimetres up the wire. Place your round nose pliers right up against the bend and begin to create a loop, but point it straight round in towards the centre of the bracelet instead of finishing it as a loop. We need to create an elongated U shape longer on one side than the first bend. So place your flat nose pliers on the long wire, a few millimetres after the opposite bend,  make a 90 degree bend sideways from the hook. Reposition your pliers and bend that wire right back on itself, so you have two sections of wire sitting next to each other. We are going to mirror the previous shape so our hook will be a stronger double thickness. Place your round nose pliers back in the bend, then bend this wire into a loop to match the first. Finally make a bend at exactly the same point as the first bend at the bottom of the hook.

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Begin to wrap your 0.4mm wire around the hook, leaving the overhanging wire end free. Wrap all the way to the end, pushing the wires together to neaten as you go. Bring the wire up through the gap on the end and cut away the excess weaving wire. Close the hook up slightly by squashing together a bit. Hold the very end of the hook in your flat nose pliers and make a slight bend on the end.

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Holding onto the hook in your round nose pliers, bend the end of the wire around the main wire underneath the hook a couple of times. Cut away any excess wire here, plus any excess wires around your bracelet and squeeze down any sharp ends with your flat nose pliers.

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You now have a finished bracelet but.....
If you need it slightly longer
Take 6cm of your 0.8mm gold coloured copper wire. Wrap around your pliers or a pen until the wires cross. Make a 90 degree bend just off centre from where the wires cross with on one end of the wire. Make a second bend in the other end so it sits next to the first bend. Cut the wire ends so that they are about 1cm long from the bend. Use your round nose pliers to create loops in each of the wire ends. Undo each of the loops and attach onto the loop on the bracelet. If you would like it to match you can wrap the extra loop in 0.4mm wire. You can add as many of these loops as required.

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