My son saw me wire wrapping this bracelet with copper wire and decided to pull the wire out of a bunch of electronics he had saved for recycling. Now I’ve got piles of 28 gauge copper wire and figured I’d better do something with some of it.
Top drilled beads are wrapped with just wire, not head pins or eye pins, so I went digging around in my stash for some some drops that would work.
The only bummer is that this kind of wire has an enamel coating, so it won’t patina with liver of sulfur. Any suggestions for a quick and easy way to remove the coating?
I’m really liking the mix of earthy tones in this bracelet, but it feels like it still needs something. Perhaps if I come across some drops in an amber color, those will be the perfect finishing touch.
You can watch the Messy Wrap Drop Dangle Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.
- total of 7 inches chain for bracelet base (mine uses 6-inches of large link and 1-inch smaller links)
- 12 – 8mm Swarovski crystal top-drilled bicone beads in color Mocha
- 8 – 15mm red dyed stone top-drilled triangle shape beads
- lobster clasp
- approximately seven yards 28 gauge copper wire (reclaimed from the inside of discarded electronics)
- chain nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- nylon jaw pliers
- wire cutters
- Cut wire into 8 – 16-inch pieces and 12 – 10-inch pieces. To straighten wire, hold one end firmly with chain nose pliers and slide through nylon jaw pliers several times.
- Slide a 16-inch piece of wire into a 15mm bead, leaving an inch sticking out one end. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole. Grasp both wires with chain nose pliers at top of triangle and bend at 90° angle.
- Treating both wires as one grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop. Slightly twist loop open and slide over a link of your bracelet chain. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers.
- Wrap remaining wire around bends and down to cover bead hole. You will be building up a cone shape of wire from the bottom of the loop to just below the bead holes. Tuck in wire end with chain nose pliers.
- Repeat steps 2-4 to wire wrap all 15mm beads with 16-inch pieces of wire and 8mm Swarovski crystal bicones with 10-inch pieces of wire and attach to bracelet.
- If necessary, attach all pieces of chain together to make length of bracelet. Use jump ring to attach lobster clasp.