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Coiled Connections Bead and Wire Bracelet

By: Sandy Huntress for AllFreeJewelryMaking

Bring wire out from backstage and give it a starring role with this Coiled Connections Bead and Wire Bracelet project. This tutorial shows you how to make wire jewelry that highlights the wire itself by using it to connect beads in elegant spirals. There's no reason wire has to be hidden in your jewelry projects! Let it shine with this simple wire work jewelry tutorial.

Coiled Connections Bead and Wire Bracelet
Coiled Connections Bead and Wire Bracelet
This image courtesy of Sandy Huntress

Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Miscellaneous

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Chainmail/Wirework

Bead Project Type: Bracelet

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

 

Materials:

  • six medium-size focal beads
  • 12 metal spacers
  • five-six 5-inch pieces 20-gauge wire
  • 8-inch piece 20-gauge wire
  • clasp
  • 1-inch length of chain (optional)
  • ¼-inch dowel
  • metal file
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Lightly fold a 5-inch piece of wire in half. Use round nose pliers to begin a loop on one end of wire. Use chain nose pliers to spiral wire around loop until it’s ½ inch from center bend of wire. Straighten out remaining wire.
     
  2. Slide a spacer bead, a focal bead, and another spacer bead onto wire. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop and spiral the same way as with other end of wire. Face the spirals in opposite directions.
     
  3. Repeat to make four or five more spiral links, enough to make length of bracelet needed.
     
  4. Coil wrap 8-inch length of wire around ¼-inch dowel. Remove wire from dowel and cut coils apart to create large jump rings. File ends of jump rings smooth, if necessary.
     
  5. Use large jump ring to connect center holes of two spiral links together. Repeat to connect all spiral links. Use a jump ring to attach clasp to one end. Attach a jump ring and, if necessary, a 1-inch length of chain to opposite end.  
     

 

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This is so beautiful. I love the coiled bead and wire bracelet. The beads used are stunning and the coiled spiral in the wire make this look so elegant. Never seen this before until now. Looks hard but this video is all you need to explain how it is done and also shows how to make your own jump rings. I wonder what a necklace would look like out of this pattern. Anyone make one?

Love this! But how do you keep the spirals from coming apart? I made one today and before I could get the clasp on I noticed that my spirals were coming undone. I went ahead and hammered them out, but it didn't say that you did. Did you have this problem? Cindy

Hi Cindy! Great question. Our designer just used her pliers to flatten and tighten the wire as she was creating the spiral to try to keep the spiral from coming undone, but your method of hammering them out is a fabulous, innovative idea! Please let us know if you have any more questions. Happy jewelry making! -Editors of AllFreeJewelryMaking

Love the video. Very clear instructions. This has inspired me to use some spotted jade I bought a year ago. Finally, a bracelet worthy of the stones. Thanks so much.

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