Easy Wire and Bead Braided Bracelet Tutorial


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Easy Wire and Bead Braided Bracelet Tutorial

  1. 1. Braided Wire And Bead Bangle Judy Larson Beads are added to braided wire in this bangle with a wire wrapped closure. Materials: 50-57” of 20 gauge round wire (see Step 1) An assortment of round beads-8mm are used in this tutorial Tools: Round, flat and bent nose pliers Flush cutter 5/16” and ¼”mandrels Optional: Wire twister Directions: Step 1: Straighten and cut one wire (Small-24”; Medium-25½”; Large-27”) long. Straighten and cut another wire (Small-26”; Medium-28”; Large 30”) long. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Place the 5/16” mandrel on the wire at that point and wrap the wire around it as shown. Using bent nose pliers, pinch the wires together close to the mandrel, creating an eye. Step 3: Open the eye up slightly. Leaving a 1” tail, wrap the eye with the other wire. The first wrap or two will have to be pushed together and back down to the bend in the eye. Step 4: Reshape the eye around the ¼” mandrel, pushing the two ends of the wrapped wires close together and making sure that the wrap wire is pulled to the outside. At this point you may also need to wrap the short wrap wire around the eye a time or two. Hint: Check out the Double Wrap Bangle tutorial for instructions for a larger eye.
  2. 2. Step 5: Holding the two wrapped wire tails close together, use the wrapping wire to create a “neck” below the eye, wrapping 4 to 5 times to show. Step 6: Trim the short eye wrap tail so that there will be just enough wire to tuck down between the two wires at the base of the eye. Note: The back side of the bangle is the side this wire is bent towards. If your neck wrap wire is on top and not on the bottom as shown, do not worry. Just make sure that from now on you work from the outside or front of the bangle. To the left is an optional style of eye in which the neck is wrapped but not the eye portion. Step 7: Thread a bead on the center wire. Bend the center wire down. Note: This is the only time you will bend the center wire down. Step 8: Pull the top wire over the top of the bead and down parallel to the bead wire.
  3. 3. Step 9: Pull the bottom wire over the bottom of the bead and up under the bead wire and over the top wire. Step 10: Slide a bead on the center wire. Pull the top wire over the top of the bead and down parallel to the bead wire. Pull the bottom wire over the bottom of the bead and up under the bead wire and over the top wire. Continue in this manner until the bangle length is appx. 7” from the end of the eye to the end of the last bead for a size small, 7 ¼” -7 3/8” for size medium, and 7 ½”-7 ¾” for size large. Step 11: Make sure that the ends of the two longest wires are even. Holding the wires wrapped around the bead in place, tightly twist the two longest wires together for the hook. Step 12: 1¼” from the bead, bend the hook wire down to the right of the bead. The hook wire will be longer than you need. Trim it off so that the cut end just sweeps across the top of the last bead. DO NOT CUT THIS WIRE TOO SHORT!! It is better to cut a bit long and trim slightly to get it to fit than to have it too short.
  4. 4. Step 13: Wrap the remaining wire up around the front and around to the back again as close to the bead as possible. Continue to wrap until you have 4 to 5 wraps to show, ending on the back. Trim the wrap wire off on the back of the bangle. Use flat nose pliers to flatten and secure the wraps. Step 14: Using flat nose pliers, bend the hook wire 45 degrees up to the outside of the bangle. Using round nose pliers, bend the hook shape as shown. Step 15: Hook the bangle ends and shape the bangle into a circle or an oval. Hint: It may help to wrap the bangle around a large cylindrical object like a pill bottle or soda bottle.