- 12 inches wire, 20 gauge
- 60 inches wire, 24 gauge
- 1 accent bead, 8 mm (Swarovski crystal ball shown)
- African Trade Beads (about 7 inches)
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
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This is a bangle-style bracelet and should be made about an inch larger than your usual bracelet size. The finished length on the bracelet pictured is approximately 8 inches.
Step 1: Create Hook
Fold the end of the 20 gauge wire over 1.5 inches from the end. Using your chain nose pliers grip the folded over piece 1 inch from the fold and twist the remaining end of the wire around to secure the fold as shown. Using your round nose pliers bend a hook into the wire.
Step 2: Thread the Beads
Thread the beads onto the bracelet in the desired order. Measure the wire 8 inches from the hook and use your round nose pliers to create a wrapped loop in the wire.
Note: the beads should be very loose on the wire.
Step 3: Wrap Wire Around Beads
Tightly wrap the end of the 24 gauge wire around the base of the loop. Continue wrapping the wire between and around the beads, as you wrap toward the hook end of the bracelet. If you do not use all the wire on the first pass along the length of the bracelet, reverse directions and continue to wrap the wire until the entire length is used up. Tuck in any loose wire ends before wearing.