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  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

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    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

Cuff and Variations of Frames


About this design:

Here is a picture of a cuff whose frame is a variation of the original style I learned. The next photo is of a flat frame which is basically the original shape I learned to make. The others are just variations of frames and the last one is a partially beaded piece showing another variation. On this one the coils are in the center and the coils on the ends of the frame are made from separate pieces of wire that will be attached with the stringing wire as more beads are added. All of the different styles of frames are derived from the basic three wire shape with coiled ends.

Hopefully this will give you an idea of how versatile the cuff design is with just a few modifications in the wire frame.

Components:

copper wire, silver plated wire, glass, stone, pearl beads, twist ties

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

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    olive penguin says:

    Another wonderful cuff! Thanks for posting the different frames, it really helps me to understand how you make your beautiful cuffs. :D

  2. Marlene
    Marlene says:

    Thank you so much for posting all these pictures. I love your wirework and all your cuffs, etc.

  3. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I LOVE this!! Great colors and your wire work is awesome! I really have to try one similar…if it’s okay with you, LRC! :-D

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    wow! and thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks Everyone. I wasn’t sure if I should post this group of frame pictures but I decided they might encourage more of you to play around with the “big” copper cuffs.

    Elaine, please do give it a go on the cuffs. If you have any questions I’ll be happy to try and answer them.

  6. Marlene
    Marlene says:

    I’m going to try to find some wire at our local Home Hardware or Revvies and will definitely try these cuffs. I won’t be able to do it for a couple of weeks, but when I do, I’ll post it so you can critique it, okay? Thanks again for sharing this technique – I love it.

  7. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Lovely cuff – lovely colors – great work! :-)

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks again Everyone. :D

    Marlene, if you haven’t worked much with heavy wire I suggest you try 16 gauge first. The silver frame is made with that gauge wire. You will use about 3 ft. of wire. That will give you plenty wire to make the coils. If you hit a snag let me know and I’ll do my best to help you.

  9. Marlene
    Marlene says:

    Thank you so much for the info and encouragement. We’re heading to Phoenix, Arizona for a break, and I plan to look for wire there. I appreciate knowing what gauge to use, and will try copper first. By the way, if anyone reads this, I checked on the internet, and I think 2 or 3 of the bead shops are shut down in Phoenix area. My husband will drive me to Tucson if he can golf – anyone know of any beadshops still open in Phoenix area or Tucson??? thanks again Little Round Chick!!

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