Go For The Gold Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50" x .50"

bracelet measures 6.50" x .50"

 

The foundation for this project is a spring hinged brass bracelet frame. Although it is pretty unremarkable on its own, add some wire and it transforms into something that might catch your eye in a jewelry store window. Considering the beauty of this finished product, this project is simple to complete. Wrap delicate wire around the frame to attach the thick curled figure eight pieces and you are as good as gold! The frame comes in two convenient sizes, small 6.50” and large 7”.  These bracelet instructions are for the 6.50" size.

Directions

step - Cut ten pieces of 14 gauge wire to measure 1.50". Using the widest section of round nose pliers, curl one end of the wire until it meets the straight end.

step - Cut ten pieces of 14 gauge wire to measure 1.50". Using the widest section of round nose pliers, curl one end of the wire until it meets the straight end.

step 2 - Curl the other end of the wire in the opposite direction to form a figure eight.  Do the same with all ten wires.

step 2 - Curl the other end of the wire in the opposite direction to form a figure eight.  Do the same with all ten wires.

step 3 - Cut four pieces of 22 gauge wire (red) to measure 40". Wrap a wire around the front of the frame twice leaving a three inch tail. This wrap is temporary and will anchor your wire as you work.

step 3 - Cut four pieces of 22 gauge wire (red) to measure 40". Wrap a wire around the front of the frame twice leaving a three inch tail. This wrap is temporary and will anchor your wire as you work.

step 4 - Slide one of the figure eights onto the thin wrapping wire. Thread the wire under the frame and over the first figure eight three times.

step 4 - Slide one of the figure eights onto the thin wrapping wire. Thread the wire under the frame and over the first figure eight three times.

step 5 - Create five wraps on the frame.

step 5 - Create five wraps on the frame.

step 6 - Wrap around the second half of the figure eight three times. 

step 6 - Wrap around the second half of the figure eight three times. 

step 7 - Add another five wraps on the frame. Attach another figure eight and wrap it as you did the first.

step 7 - Add another five wraps on the frame. Attach another figure eight and wrap it as you did the first.

step 8 - Continue working toward the center back of the bracelet on one side. As you move toward the spring hinge, the frame becomes more narrow.  Adjust the size of the last three figure eights by clipping off 1/4" from each raw end.

step 8 - Continue working toward the center back of the bracelet on one side. As you move toward the spring hinge, the frame becomes more narrow.  Adjust the size of the last three figure eights by clipping off 1/4" from each raw end.

step 9 - Use the round nose pliers to close the curls again. Keep adjusting as necessary until the figure eight fits between the bracelet frame.

step 9 - Use the round nose pliers to close the curls again. Keep adjusting as necessary until the figure eight fits between the bracelet frame.

step 10 - After the last wrap, bring the wire to the back of the bracelet and insert it into a few of the wraps. Pull snugly and snip off the excess. Use needle nose pliers to smooth the protruding wire end if needed.

step 10 - After the last wrap, bring the wire to the back of the bracelet and insert it into a few of the wraps. Pull snugly and snip off the excess. Use needle nose pliers to smooth the protruding wire end if needed.

step 11 - Go back to the beginning of your work. Remove the two temporary wraps on the frame. Bring the tail wire to the back of the bracelet and insert it into the wraps. Pull snugly and snip off the excess.

step 11 - Go back to the beginning of your work. Remove the two temporary wraps on the frame. Bring the tail wire to the back of the bracelet and insert it into the wraps. Pull snugly and snip off the excess.

step 12 - Follow steps 3 through 12 to wrap the bottom of the figure eights.  Complete the second side of the bracelet in the same way.

step 12 - Follow steps 3 through 12 to wrap the bottom of the figure eights.  Complete the second side of the bracelet in the same way.



Supplies

At Jan’s Jewelry Supplies

At Michaels

  • 14mm x 22mm round gold wire

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters
 

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