Introduction: Make Your Own Oriental Looking Bracelet

This bracelet is made of simple materials and looks great.

What you'll need:

-iron wire
-pliers
-cylindric objects of various sizes
-a coin (or a fingerhat)
-beads
-glue

Before starting, be aware of the fact that iron wire has sharp ends, and you will probably cut yourself a few times.

Step 1: Start Shaping

Start by cutting off a piece of iron wire of about 40 cm long. Take one end of it and put it between a pencil and a coin, holding it together with your thumb. Thanks to the coin, you can put pressure on the iron wire without hurting your finger.

With your other hand, turn the iron wire tightly around the pencil. Make one full turn.

You now have a little curl at the end of the wire, only the very end of it is still straight. You need to cut that straight bit off (just a cm).

Step 2: And Keep Shaping

Now, you need to curl the wire around a slightly larger object. Before starting, turn the already curled part of wire up, otherwise you won't have space to work.

Once the small curl is folded up, repeat the process with the coin under your thumb: curl the wire one full turn. Then, fold the smaller curl back to the centre. ( second and third picture)

Repeat the process once more with an even larger cylindric object.

Step 3: Even More Shaping

Once you've curled the iron wire three times, repeat the process at the other end to obtain the shape below.

You need at least two of these to make sure the bracelet will fit around your wrist.

Now is also the time to add some beads.

Step 4: The Connecting Pieces

Now that you've got your two curly shapes, you need to link them.

First, make a tiny circle of wire by shaping it around a pencil.

Then, the piece that'll allow you to open and close the bracelet: an S-shape. To make it shape some wire around a pencil in opposite directions.

As you've probably noticed, each one of the pieces has sharp ends, which would be, at the least, uncomfortable to wear. That's why you should glue a small bead at the end of every piece, making sure it covers the sharp end.

Step 5: Put It Together!

All that's left to do now is to assemble all the pieces...and wear it!

If you notice that your bracelet falls off easily, you should make the S-shaped piece close more tightly with your pliers.

Comments

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dobbylvr (author)2009-05-04

Awesomeful!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lemonie (author)2009-05-03

This looks great. Can you be more specific about the wire (exactly what is is where did you get it?) L

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judith_ou (author)lemonie2009-05-04

I got the wire at a regular DIY store, it's 1.25 mm diameter, but you could use one that's a bit smaller, as it would be easier to manipulate.

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lemonie (author)judith_ou2009-05-04

Looks like it might be plated with something (I'm only thinking about corrosion & allergic reaction) - I guess this hasn't given you any trouble? L

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judith_ou (author)lemonie2009-05-04

No, I didn't have any reactions on my skin, eventhough the wire went a bit black in some places. The wire is plated with zinc, but I guess it will corrose in time.( but then you can just make a new one)

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lemonie (author)judith_ou2009-05-04

Ah, thanks - you ever had one of those alloy-watches that are (something) plated on top of copper? When they corrode they go really nasty... I think zinc is OK mainly. L