Geometric shapes can create the most interesting, intriguing look. While I mostly use triangles and circles in my designs, I thought for this concept it would be great to use hexagons. Designwise, hexagons can be used as building blocks, connecting to each other to make up shapes. For this bracelet, I kept it quite simple, joining at the same side every time, but the possibilities with the shape go so much further. Of course, you could also try a similar look with pentagons, heptagons, octagons, ..., but I think hexagons work best visually.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Bending the Shapes
The most important tool for this project is a pair of flat nose pliers. By using the width of the pliers as the length of the sides, it's possible to create a set of hexagons with the same size.
Take the 1 mm wire and, using the flat nose pliers, bend the first corner in approximately the right angle. Place the pliers on the next part, as close to the corner as possible, to make the second bend. Keep repeating this project to get all the six sides.
Step 3: Ending the Hexagon
Before cutting off the wire, bend the last side a second time. Cut off both wires in the middle of the side and bend the ends to have them align and make up the sixth side.
Step 4: More Hexagons
Keep repeating the previous few steps until you have enough shapes to make the bracelet.
Step 5: Starting to Wrap
Take the thinner wire and start by making a few coils around the wire frame. Let the wire begin in one of the corners next to the ends of the wire and continue coiling around the first two sides away from it.
Step 6: A Second Hexagon
At the third side, a second hexagon comes in. Try to keep the shapes flat next to each other for as much as possible. After the double part, continue wrapping the first hexagon, until you reach the other corner of the sixth side.
Step 7: More and More Hexagons
Moving on to the second hexagon, wrap the first two sides, starting at the point where you just joined it to the first shape, followed by joining a third hexagon. After joining them, continue with coiling the wire around the last two sides of the second hexagon. Keep repeating this to add the next hexagons, except for the final two.
Step 8: About the Closure
I personally think magnetic closures are great. They look amazing and can really bring a piece of jewellery together. I usually prefer working with a regular lobster clasp, simply because they feel a bit sturdier and don't constantly stick to my pliers.
The main thing to consider when deciding what type of closure to use is the overall look you want to create. For a more elegant bracelet that's close to the wrist, I'd definitely recommend using a magnetic closure. If you decide to go for a bit of a looser bracelet, a lobster clasp could work just as fine.
Step 9: Adding the Closure I
Take one of the halfs of the closure and add it to one of the remaining hexagons. Wrap toward the part where the ends join and place the closure exactly above this joint. Let the wire go past the closure and continue wrapping on the other side. I started halfway the sides as shown to be able to properly join it to the bracelet.
Step 10: Adding the Closure II
Start wrapping at one of the sides where you stopped during last step and follow the sides to get to the part where you can join this hexagon to the bracelet. At the end, be sure to flatten the remaining bit of wire so it doesn't stick out anymore.
Step 11: Adding the Closure III
Add the other side of the closure to the last hexagon and move it to the side opposite of the one with the ends. Join it to the bracelet first as shown and end the bracelet by wrapping the final hexagon to complete the look
Step 12: The Final Result
Participated in the
Makerspace Contest 2017