I just love finding new ways to use supplies, don’t you?
Instead of the usual beading wire, or eye pin links, I made my own links with spirals of wire. This technique would work great for a necklace, too.
One tip: After wearing this bracelet, I realized that the jump rings don’t need to be quite that big. The bigger they are, the more easily they can catch on things and then open. So experiment and find the smallest size that will work for your coils.
- six medium-size focal beads
- 12 metal spacers
- five-six 5-inch pieces 20-gauge wire
- 8-inch piece 20-gauge wire
- 1-inch length of chain (optional)
- ¼-inch dowel
- metal file
- round nose pliers
- chain nose pliers
- wire cutters
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat to make four or five more spiral links, enough to make length of bracelet needed.
- 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.
- 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.