I think Alohomora is one of the most melodic sounding spells in the wizarding world (along with Impedimenta, Expelliarmus, Aguamenti, and so many others).
I also love skeleton keys. Love love love. And thus, this bracelet was born.
This started out as a necklace but it ended up looking better as a bracelet. If you're not into wearing bracelets, it would look pretty awesome mixed in with your other keys!
Step 1: Supplies
What you'll need:
- thick wire (I used notebook spiral wire so I don't know the exact gauge)
- black paint if you want to antique your silver wire
- thinner wire (I believe I used 26 gauge)
- small glass beads (I used two different colors- a dull purple and a pale green)
- 4 jump rings (one slightly larger than the others)
- chain (preferably one that matches the wire color)
Step 2: Key Base
My sketch was about 2.5 inches long (I decided to make the head of the key slightly longer than in the drawing) but you can try different lengths too.
Start with your thicker wire. Bend a loop with the end. Make a figure-8 (or rather, an infinity sign) with another loop curving up and around. Finish with a loop at the top. Bend the wire so it goes straight down at the base of the loops.
Step 3: Continuing On...
Measure 1 7/8 inches, then bend the wire down. This is the start of the bit and end of the shaft. At about 1/4 inch down, bend the wire up and then curve inward. Then bend it up again. Leave about 1/8 inch excess and cut off.
The bit should only be about 1/4 long.
Cut a piece of wire that is the length of the shaft. Make sure it does not extend past the bit.
Step 4: Wire-wrapping!
Attach your thinner wire to the center point of the loops. Start by wrapping up one of the side loops. When you reach the center again, string on a bead and secure the wire across the loop onto the opposite side. Cut the wire off.
Reattach the wire to the center again and do the same steps to the top loop and the other side loop.
I used a different bead for the top loop but you can do whatever you like.
Step 5: Wire-wrapping the Shaft
Take the piece of wire you cut in Step 3 and put it on the "inner" side of the key (it should be on the side of the bit). Start wrapping around the two wires at the base of the loops to secure, then wrap around the "outer" (the original) shaft four times, then both wires twice, then four times around the outer.... until you reach the bit.
Step 6: Finishing Off the Key
I had the piece of wire (the "inner" shaft) on top of the excess end of wire of the bit so I had to move that so it was "in" the bit. After that, bend the excess wire over the shaft to secure the wire.
Oh and cut off the thin wire.
Step 7: Wire Writing!
I love wire writing. I'm going to write the actual instructions on the photos.
Write out the word "Alohomora" on a piece of paper the size you need it to be so you can follow it. The key (haha) to this is to keep checking to make sure the wire word fits on the shaft on the key.
Step 8: Antiquing
I antiqued my key so that there was a stronger contrast between it and the "Alohomora."
I did this by painting it in black paint and then wiping it off.
Step 9: Attachment
Attach some thin wire to the "A" and use both ends to wrap and secure it to the key shaft. Do the same to the ending "a." I also wrapped wire to secure the middle "o" so it would stay against the key.
Step 10: Curving the Key
It's time to curve the key to fit your wrist.
I curved my key by hand but it is helpful to have a cylinder to curve it around.
Step 11: Bracelet Part
Pick your chain!
Measure the distance around your wrist, subtract that by the length of your key, and cut off that much chain. You might want to subtract a bit more because of the clasp but honestly it isn't that big of a deal.
Use two jump rings (the smaller ones) to connect the two ends of the chain with the two ends of the key (the bit and the top loop).
Cut the chain in half in preparation to attach the clasp.
If you're making this for a friend and you don't know their exact wrist measurement, attach some chain with wider links to the end of one of the chain lengths so they have the option of making the bracelet looser or tighter. I'm making this for myself I don't need to add it.
Step 12: Clasp
Take the remaining small jump ring and attach it to the end of one of the chain lengths (if you are adding the wider chain, then attach the jump ring to the other chain length). Attach the clasp to this jump ring.
Attach the slightly larger jump ring to the other chain length.
Step 13: Conclusion
If you want, you can add more beads/ charms to this bracelet.
Otherwise, you're done! Wear it with pride!
Thanks for reading!