Wire Wrapped Pink Bracelet
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Designed by: Sheila Holland
Use craft wire to create this beautiful wire wrapped bracelet designed by Sheila Holland.
Working from a coil or reel of 0.8mm wire, place the nylon jaw pliers onto the wire and bend the wire downwards at a 90 degree angle. Keep the wire close to the side of the pliers and take care to pull the wire downwards in a straight way.
Move the pliers so they are close to the bend with the long length of wire to the left and bend the wire down again. This will make a flat U shape. Continue until you have your bracelet length + 2 inches. Try not to pull the wire down at an angle or the result will produce an uneven shape.
Time taken at this stage will produce a good base for the bracelet
Fold the U - shaped wire in half so the pieces form a square. Gently squeeze the along the length with nylon jaw pliers and aligning the squares as you go. I found that using clothes pegs made this action easier. The 2 inches of wire at the righthand side will form part of the clasp. Do not trim these wires yet. For a 7½ inch bracelet you should have 17 squares
Using 0.4mm wire in a colour of your choice, attach this wire to the top of the second square from the left. Wrap the wire along the top of the squares keeping the wire tight and close. The squares will move initially, but once one or two squares have been wrapped, the piece will become more stable. Continue wire wrapping until you reach the two squares at the left-hand side end of the piece with the untrimmed wires. Cut the wrapping wire and wrap the end into the wrapping so there is no sharp point, squeezing the end gently with the nylon jaw pliers to achieve this.
Using another colour of 0.4mm wire of your choice, repeat the wire wrapping on the bottom of each square continuing as above cutting and hiding the wire with no sharp point.
Using 0.4 mm silver plated wire, wrap each vertical part of every square, finishing each end neatly as before. Use the nylon jaw pliers to squeeze these wraps together neatly.
Cut one length of each of the coloured wire used for wrapping the squares, about 2½ times the length of the bracelet. Attach one end of these wires to the top left-hand corner of the bracelet next to the empty square. Thread a bead onto both wires and wrap the wire around the bottom right of the square a couple of times ensuring the wires come through the bottom of the adjacent square. Taking a piece of 0.8mm wire and place it close to the wire coming out of the square, wrap both wires around this wire about 8 times.
Remove the wraps from the wire and angle them to the top right hand corner wrapping around the square twice. Continue threading a bead and coiling wire alternately until you reach the last 2 squares on the left. Finish the wire as before making sure there are no sharp points
Taking the last 2 squares, fold them over to form 1 square, trim the long wire ends to fit the square and taking 0.4mm wire, wrap these two squares together incorporating the trimmed wires. Finish as before making sure there are no sharp ends and squeeze using nylon jaw pliers.
At the other of the bracelet, pinch the two sides together in the middle and bend over to form a wide hook which will fit into the other end of the bracelet.
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