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About this design:
I wanted to see what this would look like with colored wire...I think it turned out pretty good...what do you think?
This bracelet sold on October 1/11!!
Components:Larimer Blue Crazy Lace Agate, Silver Plated Wire ~ 18ga and Artistic Wire ~ 22ga
I make the heavier wires for the base about 9 1/2 to 10 inches, depending on how big around the beads re that you are putting at the ends. I think for most beads 9 1/2 half is enough. Take each length and determine how much of the wire will be inside the bead without poking out the other side, have it flush with the other side. Make a bend in the wire and slide your bead on, then start bending the wire around to the other side of the bead, covering the hole on the other side and a bit beyond. Turn your wire around and then bend the wire in the OPPOSITE direction that you used for the first bead but attach that bead the same as the first. Now you have a length of heavier wire that should measure about 8 to 8 1/2 inches depending on the size of the bead. Do the same on the other 2 heavier wires, remembering to make each bead swirl opposite to the one at the other end.
The thinner wire I use for wrapping is about 5 feet long. You can cut about 6 feet of this wire if you want your wraps to be closer together on the heavier wire. I start at the left hand side (I'm left-handed) with about 6 wraps around one of the beaded wires. It doesn't matter which way you wrap this first one but you'll want to keep working from the front of you piece so you get a consistent amount of wraps on each beaded wire as you go. Now bring your second beaded wire beside the first, determining how close you want to have the base wires then start wrapping on the second. If your wrapping wire is at the back, just bring it under the beaded wire around to the front and start wrapping up and over....I've been doing 5 wraps on each beaded wire each time. Now you will have your wrapping wire at the back again...add your third beaded wire and attach it the same way you've attached the second wire. When you have wrapped 5 times around one the bottom wire, it's time to start wrapping UP the wires. You will be working on straight wires until you are done wrapping which is much easier...when you are done, that is when you can shape it into a bracelet. Here's where it gets a bit tricky! The first one I made, I used tape to hold the heavier wires together but then I had to actually weave the thin wire back and forth between because it closed your work...that took a long time. After that, I left the tape off and once I had the three beaded wires together, I held them with my left hand and wrapped with my right hand so that instead of threading the wires through each time, I could just slide them on through the open wires on the right and snug it up beside the previous wrap....much faster. Adjust the distance between the beaded wires as you go and remember that you can adjust how the beaded ends look before you round out your bracelet by pulling the ones you want longer at each end....just be aware that the one longer at the one end will be the shorter one on the other side. Adjust it the way you want it and 'Voila'!
I hope this helps!