Thursday, August 4, 2016

How to Make a Crystal Embellished Coiled Wire Bracelet Tutorial

By on Thursday, August 04, 2016 9 Comments

Ever since I wrote about the tutorial for an easy coiled wire and wire wrapped bangle, I've wanted to try a different approach. Back then it was bad enough trying to form a coiled wire bangle with 16G wire let alone anything thicker.  So this tutorial shows how to get the coiled wire look the easy way!


The solution was the  preformed 12G wire bracelets from Tierracast  as well as their new You Love and Your Team collection of charms which I received for review. Saves a lot of hurting! Plus the easy to use integrated clasp makes the design look finished.


I used 20G wire for the coils and 26G wire for wire wrapping.  These spools shown below were courtesy of Parawire.


The first thing I did was to make test coils with scrap wire. The wire coil has to pass over the hook clasp.


You can use any convenient wire coiling tool - or even a knitting needle (see first link below).  I used my Artistic Wire tool fitted with the largest mandrel for winding the 20G wire.  The circumference of the bracelet form (not including the clasp area) was about 6 inches. So I created a wire coil about half as long i.e. 3 inches. Leave a 3 inch tail before cutting the wire.


Take the wire coil off the mandrel and straighten the part that was used to wind around the tool handle.


Wrap tightly a few times around the bracelet.  These have to be very firm. So use chain nose pliers to squeeze down. Trim. The wire work must not move past the hook, otherwise it will interfere with the catch.


Now ease open the wire coil so that it covers the entire bracelet.


Wrap the wire tail around the bracelet itself on the other side. trim and make sure it is tight.


Then position the wire coils in groups of 5, with the excess evenly distributed at the clasp ends.


Cut off about 2 ft of 26G wire. This may not be enough so be prepared to end and start up another length. Begin by doing a few wire wraps around the last coil to the left of the first "hole" feed in a 4 mm crystal. I chose to go with an "up and down" design with the crystals for a good reason. This helps set the crystal in place with the actual bracelet itself.


Now wind the wire through the gaps in the wire coil, making your way to the next gap.


Once at the next gap, I wrapped the wire a few times on the bracelet itself and added the next crystal. This crystal was then secured with more wire wrapping to the top of the first coil in the next group of coils. 


Keep going around until all the gaps have been filled!  I used the tricolor scheme and TierraCast's volleyball charm in this Olympics inspired design. But really, you can use any charms you want!




Tune in tomorrow for the second tutorial which uses seed beads instead of crystals.


Disclosure

Photography
I used natural light, my iPhone 6S with the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 tabletop studio. As you can see above, I used white, grey and black backgrounds.  To get the graduated grey backgrounds, I put the black sheet behind the white. The tutorial photographs were taken with the same camera using the Modahaus TS400 in my basement studio which was equipped with LED lights. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar  - the webinars will resume in late August or September.

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9 comments:

  1. When I saw the finished product image I thought that you first wrapped the crystals and then added the coil. This makes more sense. but wasnt it difficult to wrap with a coil?

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    1. No. It is no different from wrapping around any wire frame. All the wrapping including the lashing through the coil has an important function - it holds the coils firmly together with the bracelet.

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  2. Cool design, Pearl! Those preformed bracelets are nice and simple, a great blank slate.

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    1. They are excellent blank slates indeed! There is so much you can do with these bracelets - not just what I have done.

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  3. Well aren't you the smart cookie!!

    When I first saw the design the actual making passed in one side of my brain and out the other - and very easily too!

    Now that I see what you've done I took a huge piece of cedar shingle and whacked myself on the forehead a couple of times and before shaking my head I put cotton in my ears to keep the information from falling out! Oh duh!!

    Well done indeed smart cookie!! :0)

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  4. What a fabulously creative idea! I love the look of the finer gauge wire wrapped around and through the larger gauge wire--such a nice aesthetic.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. The design is unusual in that the bracelet is not sitting in the middle of the coil. All that wire wrapping through the wire coil definitely helps to stabilize the whole thing.

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  5. At first I thought the crystals were strung on the blank before wrapping! I realize they have to be a lot smaller for that now :) It's a neat technique and an interesting idea!

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    1. You will see from the next tutorial that yes, if you want to wire wrap around the bracelet itself, the beads do indeed have to be small.

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