Make a classy bracelet from hardware store materials! This simple bracelet looks very upscale, but is inexpensive, classic, and easy.

Step 1: Materials Needed

Obtain the following materials from your local hardware store (and/or bead or craft shop):

spool of 20 ga brass wire
spool of 20 ga copper wire
spool of 18 ga copper wire.

Look in the sections where they have doorbells and picture-hanging supplies if you are having trouble.
<p>I really like it, and will have a go at making one myself. Thanks</p>
Hi, I'm Linda Chandler and I love what you've done with the woven bracelet. What a creative idea. I think I'll make one like you yours now. Thanks for mentioning my name. <br>Linda
Thanks so much for this tutorial. I am not sure if I have commented yet or not, but want you to know that I have made 3 variations of this so far and I am now making a choker using the same methods. I very much appreciate your time and effort! Food job and very pretty!
wow!cool. i will make it for my girlfriend!!!!!!!!!
wow, gorgeous and also wanna make one like this ~
Overall this has been a great and informative instructable. The weaving part is a bit confusing though. <br>
I'm not sure if the source (with wayyyy more photos) shows up for you, but just in case:<br> <br> &quot;I've tried to make the pictures pretty clear. If you are stuck for extremely detailed directions, I am stealing this part pretty much straight from the book &quot;Woven Wire Jewelry&quot; by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey. Many libraries have it.&quot;<br> <br> The photos in this instructable are my own, though. Sorry if I was unclear - this instructable was actually more or less a repost from a jewellery makers website where I had entered the exact same instructions as part of a father's day jewellery contest. Most of the readers of that site (which is not up anymore) are familiar with wire weaving techniques. As is often the case, when one is too used to the technique, sometimes you accidentally leave out basic instructions.<br> <br> Thanks for looking at it, and if you have any specific questions, I'll be happy to try to answer them for you. :)
Looks really nice, especially for the little money its costs to make. Just be careful wearing it, with all the meth addicts stealing copper these days you might get jumped! LOL
See my prior response regarding Renaissance Wax. :)
Pretty bracelet, but it'll leave yr arm green, right? Is there some (maybe hardware too?) coating that'll actually work (aka not nail polish, already tried and failed) to make things like this usable? : ) TY!
Renaissance wax! Amazing stuff! I purchased thru Amazon- google it for other sources. It's not cheap ($20ish for a 2oz tin) but a little goes a looooong way. Polish the bracelet (or other jewelry/household item) to desired shine/patina. Use a soft cloth to apply a thin layer of RW to item, buff for shine. RW hardens &amp; seals immediately. (This sounds scary, like it will solidify as soon as you open the jar, but it won't. Your thin layer will &quot;dry&quot; immediately, but not in a bad way!) Use multiple layers for extra durability, deeper shine, or to &quot;fill&quot; surface imperfections. (It's not a putty, tho, don't have crazy expectations here...) <br> <br>I'm in love with this stuff. It can be used on any metal, or wood, ceramic, papier mache- I can't find anything you CAN'T use it on. The supplied pamphlet says it was developed by the British Museum to restore/protect antiquities in the '50's, I think. It's supposed to not degrade the way other crystalline waxes do, it doesn't have the yellowing issues of beeswax... It's great stuff! There's an alcohol-based solvent that removes it. I assume it wears off as I wear my jewelry and reapply occasionally, but I haven't had any issues. And it cures the green from raw copper! <br> <br>General note: Don't be silly- this IS a petroleum product, and NOT intended for human consumption. Please don't use this on anything you plan to eat/drink from, please don't lick your fingers when applying it, please don't leave it where your toddler might use it for lotion- you are responsible for your proper use of this product. :)
Yup work hardened it got!!! but it really hold its shape when I wear it--and it does tarnish easy---but.......a q-tip dipped in tarnex and dabbed on the wire and bingo --back to its old shinny self!!!! Just love the bracelet--thanks for sharing it with us!!! --in a pinch pickle juice takes away the tarnich too!! not as good as tzrnex though!! LOL!!!
with my old arthritic hands this one was a little hard for me--but the end result was very nice--not as perfect as the photo --a little rustic--but everyone who sees it love it--thanks for sharing-----and I braded the side pieces also --cause I dint have a drill to make the sirals perfect or anywhere near it---LOL!!
That could look really nice, with the braided edges.<br><br>Yah the wire gets a little work-hardened, doesn't it? I was surprised about it. Congrats on the good work!
Thanks for the guide. I have made countless bracelets like this as gifts and everyone of them still wears it. I added enameled wire to mix it up, a pink bracelet came out well enough.
Never made anything like this...but it looks so cool. And my boyfriend might possibly like it. If I make it and it's crap then I'll keep it. :)
Very good instructable! Just one thing, would there be a way to invorporate the side holders into the bind (very careful threading through?), just to hold them on stronger. They could, over time, bend outwards, and splay, making it harder to put on the bracelet, and ruining the look somewhat. Otherwise, I love it!
Thanks for the compliment!<br/><br/>You have a good question. That copper braid becomes really tough as you work it. As to incorporating the twist while working the braid, you can try it, it would make a neat variation if it works out. The braided ends will need trimming, which will mean that you would have to make two simultaneous twists and then figure out a way to close it (no loop -- can't do it if you don't know how long it's going to have to be). But I'd love to see what you come up with!<br/><br/>The twisted wires become work-hardened and won't budge unless you are really trying. I had the same thought but was very surprised at how rigid they become. You'd have to really work at it to pry them loose. <br/><br/> The first one I did I made out of really small gauge floral wire and thin copper, just to test the twist, and two years later it's still one of my favorites. Gets a lot of wear. Everyone I've made this for wears it pretty much all the time against wrist pain, which I will neither endorse nor dispute, but they do hold up well. My dad never takes his off and it still looks pretty good despite him wearing it while fixing the car (wish he wouldn't do that...)<br/><br/>You could also incorporate another or two flattened copper strips in the front if you found yours splaying. The weaker first bracelet I made will deflect inwards if I lean up against a wall on the bracelet but ya know it kinda hurts to do that! It hasn't spread but it may bend in a little. Wrap it pretty tight and there's no room for it to move.<br/><br/>I did try to make one using phone wire (much easier to manipulate) that incorporated the twist into the sides, but it didn't gel for me. =( I have plans to make a colorful one out of phone wire (the twists on that would be pretty weak) but I haven't got round to it yet.<br/><br/>You can also do another set of 4 pairs and make it thicker, and then sweat-solder a clasp onto the end or otherwise put a nice end finish on and wear it as a cuff. it would be quite stiff and sturdy (use a big clamp). I see that thin 1/4&quot; copper tubing, cut into short lengths and split lengthwise to make a C-shaped tube open down the length, filed neatly and possibly hammered (or the cut ends set with a stone expoxied into it), soldered onto the bracelet. <br/><br/>Variations are totally welcome even if they are just suggestions. <br/>
Thanks for that, as soon as I find the materials, I reckon that thats for me. It would also work (possible) as a steampunk watchstrap, if you could get the right fittings in.
I actually saw a watch variation of this with iron wire a month or two ago in a jewellery magazine. I can't remember which one it was but I'm thinking it was Wire Jeweler or possibly Belle Amoire (which I probably misspelled). The artist is a male and cold-connects (no solder or welding) everything. His work was really cool. The watch was old and it looked good with the flat iron wire and, I think, steel for the weave. I think he just made a couple of loops and hooks and connected that to the watch pin, so that you just had to unhook it from the watch to get it off.
The guy's name is Richard Salley.
Oh, that would be awesome! I love that idea! Gonna have to try it out.
You wouldn't use consider any heat-treatments to get around work-hardening? Or is the hardening an integral part of the build? L
You could anneal it with a torch as you go along, I guess, or use dead-soft wire rather than half-hard (I think the hardware store is half-hard). When I tried it with phone wire, which is super-soft, it seemed plausible, but like I said, I couldn't make it work and gave it up as a bad job. I *would* like to see it come out, so if you succeed, put up a picture here and let us know how you did it!<br/>
I couldn't top this, so I'm not going to try! Was just interested. L
This is one I made for my wife a while ago.
Not that you'd be pounding away on an anvil that size, but just beware of all the cast iron anvils out there, especially the harbor freight&nbsp; ones...&nbsp; We call them &quot;ASO's&quot; (Anvil Shaped Objects) because they're only really good for paperweights or door stops... good old regular steel is the way to go if it's going to be seeing any kind of heavy duty use.
I have heard this before, actually -- I have a Real Anvil in my garage &lt;beams proudly&gt;.<br /> <br /> Yap the little thingie is only good for tapping at stuff like flattening wire. I have since acquired a proper bench block made of tool steel.<br /> <br /> Thanks for checking out my instructable!<br />
I made a very similar bracelet about a year ago but i used rebar wire for the outside edges. All you do is hammer it flat on the anvil. I also used it for the wraps.It makes a stronger frame but you should clean it with steel wool and seal it with a high gloss clear coat. Kilz makes a good one.The guy that makes jewelry is probably Richard Salley. check out his websight for instructions, rsalley.com. Awesome stuff.
Yeah, his stuff is really neat. I saw some of his work in some jewellery artist magazine over the summer. I bought it and promptly took out those pages and put them in my idea book. Where do you get that iron wire or rebar stuff?
Hi, I get rebar wire and copper from the hardware store. Rebar wire is iron wire used to tie reinforcing bars together in cement work. It's really cheap, you can get a huge roll for about $6. You need to shape the frame before you hammer it cause it gets really stiff, but it can still be bent. The other cuffs are made of PVC pipe from the hardware store.
Holy wow, those are amazing!! I've never even thought about using PVC as a jewelry component! Beautiful work, both you and the original poster.<br />
Hey those are COOL!!
I made one but it somehow turned out about half the size it was meant to be LOL. I will try again though . cool idea
You could take a short cut and get braided wire at an automotive parts or electrical store. It's called: grounding wire.
can you find pin vices at your average hardware store?
I did, but then again I don't go to an average hardware store. I think I got mine at Harbor Freight, but they may have come from Ace. At least I think I got them at a hardware store. Since I do jewellery work I might have picked them up from a fellow lapidary, rock hound, or at a bead show or online somewhere. I may have even got them at an electronic supply place. I really don't remember. Let your fingers do the walking, but do try hardware stores first. I don't remember seeing them at either the orange or blue branded hardware stores, though, you'll want to try an old-fashioned one like Ace.
could you use vice clamps you think?
give it a shot and let us know how that works. You could use an anvil too if you pad the jaws so it doesn't scratch the wire. a medium-duty super clamp might do the trick as well.
wait don't go in salt water with this on or dip; your arm in citrus juice, would it not be the same as the ancient jar batteries where one bar was copper and one brass and they were in lemon juice?
No, it would not be the same thing. The ancient batteries worked because the two metals were separated by a glob of tar and the terminals attached to &lt;whatever&gt; created a circuit. It was a very, very weak circuit at that, and you would not risk being shocked by this combo of brass and copper.<br/><br/>I think you might be thinking of galvanic action. To my knowledge you are not going to get a galvanizing event going here either even if you are dripping very salty sweat. Both metals will likely tarnish and possibly even corrode, depending on your body chemistry, but I don't think there is any electrical reaction forming as a result.<br/><br/>Who knows, though: I still hear people moaning about how their quartz watches drain their chakras or whatever. So your mileage may vary. All I know is copper gets nice and shiny when *I* wear it and turns green on lots of other people, and if that happens to you, just brush it with your toothbrush and regular toothpaste, rinse well, and dry, and it will shine right back up.<br/>
although why you would be dipping yourself in citrus juice in the first place causes me more concern that what you are wearing...
or thinking
Wow, that's exquisite. I didn't know anvils came fun-sized. Where on earth do you get something like that?
I got that little thingie at Harbor Freight for a couple of bucks. I think you can get them by themselves, but mine was in a 3-pack of mini tools. I forget what the other two things were.
Wonderful Work! Congratulations!
how much wire does this use(in feet)?
erm... dunno. going back and extrapolating, four feet for the braid, four for the frame, one for the wraps and claps. So if you just want a raw "nine feet" there you are. Go through the instructions and add it up. You can make it all from one kind of wire, I'd say 10 feet will do ya with a little left over.
hello, nice job, but i have a problem with copper and brass : if i wear a ring or a bracelet made with them , they leave green mark on my skin in reaction with sweat.
put a clear coat of polish/glaze onthem.It makes them shiny and reduces greening.

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