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Copper Coil with Czech Glass Beads


About this design:

The copper coil that provides the frame work for the glass beads was made quite some time ago. Then in a fit of madness I decided to embellish it with beads. First, last and only time I will do that!

The original coil was made by wrapping copper wire around a sharpie pen then separating the coils and pushing the wire side ways. It is a bit tedious as you have to keep adjusting the loops as you flatten them out.

I've posted photos of original the coil bracelet as well as the fancy one.

Components:

18ga copper wire, Czech fire polished glass

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  1. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Oh, wow!!! I love this! Your “fit of madness” was an inspiration in my book – I think it looks wonderful with the beads added to it! What made it so difficult, did the loops move around while you wove the beads in? It reminds me of the leather wrap bracelets we’ve seen lately, but a bit more elegant. I’d love to give it a try with your permission! :)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Ohhh myyyy! I’m betting it started out as a pretty simple design idea that turned into FRUSTRATION! 8O Holding everything steady while wrapping it and making sure everything is tight and straight….. Too many jobs for only two hands to do!
    I commend you for giving this a shot! It is gorgeous! Maybe there is an easier way?

  3. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Nancy, Wow, this is amazing, I love it, great job despite the frustration factor!!

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the compliments everyone.
    The biggest frustration factor was wrapping the wire in a very confined space. It is wrapped around the intersection where the wires in the loops cross. That plus the length of the wire and trying to keep it from getting kinks made the work very tedious. I love the way it looks but it is definitely a “one of….”
    Lori, please feel free to give it a go. If anything I post strikes a chord with anyone they have my permission to use my idea and modify it if there is something they want to change or add.

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Here is a close up of the wrap. Periodically I did a double wrap to help keep it stable. The picture isn’t as clear as I would like but it gives a better idea of how confined space the space was.

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  6. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    This is gorgeous, and I love the addition of the Czech Glass … not sure why you wouldn’t want to do more.

  7. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Beautiful! Maybe you could string the beads on one wire, and use a second one to capture it with on the back side (Kind of like a sewing machine)? Would that be any easier? Because this is just beautiful, and I’m sure would sell well.

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the idea, MoonBell. Don’t know if it would be any easier but I might just give it a try after I recover from this method. I really love the way it looks but………. :D

  9. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    I know what you mean about kinked wire in confined spaces – and on closer look the gaps between the wires are pretty small! 8O Thanks for the zoom photo and permission to give it a whirl! I was thinking of trying small turquoise nuggets, but don’t know when. I’ll let you know when I get around to it! Still loving the design though – just genius! :D

  10. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Nancy, this is a gorgeous bracelet !!!!!
    I bet this sells well and fast !!!!!!
    After you have time to recover, you must make more, it’s a great design,
    and I bet the more you do, the easier it will become….. !!!!!

  11. Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick
    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Another great design!
    Your wirework always inspires me Nancy!

  12. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Amazing wirework!

  13. M Flesch
    M Flesch says:

    Hmmm, I might have to try the flattened spiral! I just started making my own jump rings, and I am thinking I could start the same way, maybe on something smaller than a bracelet, like a bail!

  14. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Nancy, this is gorgeous, with and without the Czech beads! I can just imagine how tedious this was – and I love it! You are always an inspiration….

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