Introduction: Steel Bracelet

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Tie wire
Two nuts

Step 1: Get Your Wire

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Cut two pieces of wire about 15” long.

Hold the ends of the wire with pliers and rake them, one at a time, over a metal rod.

I used my hammer while stepping on it. This helps to straiten the wire out for the next step.


Step 2: Twist

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Fold the wires in half. Anchor the looped ends. Again, I used my hammer while stepping on it.

Arrange the wires so they are free of any tangles and clamp them in the jaws of locking pliers.
Twist the wires until you have your desired amount of twists in it.

Cut the looped end open and remove it from the anchor.

Step 3: Hammer

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Use a smooth faced hammer on a smooth surface to hammer the wires flat.

Try your best to hammer the wire squarely. If the wire starts to wander away from being strait, lightly hammer the bracelet on edge to straiten it back out.

Keep on hammering until the bracelet is a uniform with.

Step 4: Solder

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If you don’t have means to solder you can files the ends of the bracelet. Just make sure no sharp edges are left behind.

Cut the bracelet to length.

Apply flux paste to the ends and to the nuts. Use a torch to solder them on.

File off any excess solder.

Step 5: Polish

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Sand the bracelet with progressively finer sand paper.

Finally, polish with polishing compound and a buffing wheel.

Step 6: Form the Shape

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Use a circular form to start the shape in the bracelet. I used the bottom of my torch.

Form the final shape by hand.


YouNeverKnowItUntil (author)2015-07-09

Trollinwater, copper is anti microbial

Phil22N (author)2015-02-15

Hey I Love your design
I'm 16 years Old and wanted a bracelet as a gift for my friend
I tried it using electrical copper wire wich worked just as good

PatrickW8 (author)2015-02-10

if the wire is to hard try Annealing it first.

heres a website that explains it pretty good

Trollinwater (author)2012-11-13

This is such an amazing design! I am thinking of making a ring with this concept for my girlfriend. Would there be any issue with the steel wire and solder against the skin?

imitt12 (author)Trollinwater2014-10-30

Be sure to use lead-free solder (like silver solder, intended for jewelry!) when you're doing this. And, if you want, put some spray-on clear coat on the part of the ring touching the skin before shaping it, but it's not really necessary.

Teesgirl (author)2014-06-10

Could you tell me where you get tie wire? Thanks!

MRCrabtree (author)Teesgirl2014-10-24

A lot of stores carry it. I've always known it as bailing wire. Any hardware store should have it as well as feed stores and perhaps Wal-Mart.

michael.lyvers.79 (author)2014-09-26

now heat it up to welding temp and make damascus out of it

jozhxy made it! (author)2014-08-02

took me 2 hours, I lack of some materials and tools. I didn't cut the ends, make a twist and stuff between the loop.

After polish it, my bracelet become multiple colours, that impressed me allot. (❤‿‿❤)

It's bulky abit tho :/

InvictusLupus (author)2014-06-12

This is my attempt at one

Eldalote (author)2014-05-17

This is awesome! I'm going to make one asap!

Mihsin (author)2013-12-27


dkeach (author)2013-07-07

awesome, definitely gonna try this soon

zacker (author)2013-07-03


spencer42 (author)2012-11-27

I really enjoyed this Instructable. I am 16 and do robotics research at RPI so I ate this up, unlike most of the people my age. I have added my own bracelets to my blog ( if you want to check it out or see the bracelets I made), which I have given you credit for the idea. I've been making several foot lengths of the twisted wire with a drill and a bent nail, along with vice grips and a vice. I then hammer it out, polish, etc. and then cut to length as needed. I do the large lengths for consistency and sheer time that I have available. I have been making them for my friends and I have gotten a ton of positive comments on it. I have about five feet of finished bracelet material at my house and have given away five bracelets so I really enjoy making these. Thank you for the great Instructable! I also like your other projects and I hope to soon try another one of them. Thanks again, I really liked your page and I have just found another field of interest, metalworking, etc. Thanks again and I will keep my definitely make another project of yours. Lastly, what did you use to polish it? I used Mother's Polish and a blue rag but I could not achieve the same shine. My Dad liked them better a little rough so I did not worry much about it but I sanded them with a dremel to get a rough shine. Thanks again!

vm11238 (author)2012-04-10

I'm a little late for the convo but I just wanted to add my two cents here. if your going to use stainess steel wire for this project and you plan on soldering the ends for strong solder joins -it's best to use a 65% silver solder(easy solder sheets or chips ) and a coordinating flux paste> i use Handy flux Type B-1 .i purchased both from Rio and you can use one of those butane torches you can get for under ten dolars at home depot. some people have those creme brulee desert torches for the kitchen they also work. check out the jewelery supply online.
for a really great shine use red rouge polishing compund . you canget this at home depot in the dremel rotary too section in a small amount or online at real cheap. :0)

SiNFwang (author)2011-03-20

I've tried doing this with both a coat hanger and 16 gauge jewelry wire. But twisting them is extremely difficult. Is there a way to make it easier to twist?

Also I tried putting the ends in a drill and holding the other end with pliers. That didn't work at all.

abstracted (author)SiNFwang2012-03-16

i do my wire twisting with my bench vice and cordless drill. bronze welding rods twist n clean up nicely.

Mrballeng (author)SiNFwang2011-03-21

Tie wire is pretty easy to bend / twist. I've never used anything else but I'll try a coat hanger and let you know how it turns out.

SiNFwang (author)Mrballeng2011-03-22

Also, what gauge tie wire do you use? I bought 16 and 18, but it doesn't look like it would be thick enough.

Keira_Yagami (author)SiNFwang2011-04-04

Have you tried to use fencing Wire that you use for electric fencing? You can get it a Tractor Supply company, Lowe's or places like that. and comes in a variety of thicknesses, I think It would work well.

Mrballeng (author)SiNFwang2011-03-25

I tried using coat hangers. Didn't work so well. The wire would shear off from the jaws of the pliers. I'll give it a couple more tries though.

I'm not sure what gage it is but I would guess it's about 1.5mm thick. A roll of it can be bought at any hardware store.

Hippo_CZ (author)2011-11-06

I am making one just now... I already twist a wire and I had one problem... I am using steel tire wire which is 1,8 mm thin and it´s so strong for twisting by pliers and stepping on hammer.... I must to use vice and clamp wires into it and twist by steel bar... what diameter of wire are you using? Thank you, Hippo, CZ

Juleemt (author)2011-10-10

:O My god im in love with everything you do... amazing ideaaaaa!!!! I have so many things to do, i need 5 more hands!!

Juleemt (author)Juleemt2011-10-11

damnnn my fingerss XD i burnt them while soldering XD

abcameo (author)2011-07-31

Please tell me what "Tie Wire" is. Thank you.

abcameo (author)abcameo2011-07-31

Thanks for your quick reply. I think this bracelet looks great. Amy

Mrballeng (author)abcameo2011-07-31

Tie wire is commonly used in construction to bind rebar together. Google "tie wire".

zombie1212 (author)2011-07-11

very well done you explained it very well, I cant wait to make on.

jonzo97 (author)2011-04-06

I've got all the wire twisted, the nuts set aside, but no lead-free solder, torch, mig welder, or anything else of that sort, just a soldering iron and some lead solder. I really want to finish this up so I can continue onto polishing, but I don't know how I should join the nut and my steel wire. Any suggestions? Also, is there a way I could put a lacquer on the lead solder to prevent the negative affects of the lead?

Mrballeng (author)jonzo972011-04-07

Where are you located? The solder available in public stores here in the US are only lead free. You should be able to find the stuff no problem.

I wouldn't play with leaded solder. You could even go to the electrical section of a store like walmart and buy some for a couple dollars.

If you don't have a torch you could use a novelty jet flame lighter. These can be found at most gas stations or conveinient stores.

But if that isn't in the budget, I would just file the ends so that no sharp ends are left.

Good luck and post pictures!

jonzo97 (author)Mrballeng2011-05-09

Finally finished it yesterday, and though I never soldered on the nuts on the end, using a wire brush and polishing wheel on my dremel finished it off, and it looks great. My mom loved it, great instructable!

Mrballeng (author)jonzo972011-05-09

Glad to hear it! Good going for keeping at it. Hope to see a picture and thanks for the complement.

jonzo97 (author)2011-04-06

I think I will need to buy some of the materials you used like the torch- the lead solder with a soldering iron didn't stick to the roughed-up nut, and no such luck with acetone soldering either...

crak-a-bottle (author)2011-04-05

I've never made anything like this, but it looks possible if I borrow some stuff from DT at school.
Although I do have a question....what's flux paste? Where do I get it?
Thanks :)

crak-a-bottle (author)Mrballeng2011-04-06

ah, thanks a lot :)

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-03-14

I wanna try with copper wire but dont know the soldering stuff...

ironsmiter (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-14

make sure to use lead free solder.
lead solder, and extended wear jewelry don't mix well.

As an alternative, consider BRAZING.
it's not that much harder, and looks pretty good.

Finally, if you are one of the many people, like me, who turn copper jewelry green... use either oxygen-free copper, or lacquer the piece once finished. Nail polish is an easy, though more expensive, alternative to lacquer.

Mr.Sanchez (author)ironsmiter2011-03-15

Ohhh I see do you mean cause the copper let marks in your skin or clothes ,
Ok...I will.One thing that I would like to try it´s bathgold but dont know if works with nickels or brass..

Mrballeng (author)Mr.Sanchez2011-03-14

You don't have to solder. Just file the edges smooth. Soldering is easy though. My whole set up for soldering (torch, solder, flux paste) cost $25.

Mr.Sanchez (author)Mrballeng2011-03-14

i´ll try with an old Gasoline Torch from My Old Man, thnks for the quick response.

My Key (author)2011-03-14

For a much, much quicker way to twist the wire, you can clamp the two ends into a drill (sans bit), hold the looped end with a pliers, and fire away.

Careful not to overtwist, it will weaken the wire and possilby break it.

Also, you need to hold both the pliers and the drill firmly to get a uniform twist.

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