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Crazy Bracelet


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

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
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!


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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Elaine all of your bracelet are gorgeous Love this and the tourmaline Fav’s!

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, you are KILLING me with all these gorgeous bracelets!!! ;) You know I am a lover of blues, so this one really “speaks” to me — the colored wire looks fantastic against the silver! :D

    Just wait until Sue sees what she started…..LOL

  3. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    I like it. Wow these you are quick. I like all your bracelets.

  4. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Thanks a bunch….I do like the way it turned out with the blue wire!
    Where is Sue….I haven’t seen her here since her last bracelet! She maybe a bit surprised… ;-)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    The blue and silver are phenomenal together! Very fresh!

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    I love all the bracelets you made, all great colors too…

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You have really got this style of bracelet wired. (Pun intended.) :D I have got to give it a try just as soon as I get finished with the gazillion projects I’ve got right now.

    BTW, this bracelet is every bit a fantastic as all of the others. Love the blue wire, too.

  8. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    I’m here, I’m here!! Elaine, this is beautiful! Now I have to look at the rest of them….

  9. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Hi Sue! Thanks again for letting me play around with you idea! Glad you like what I’ve done. :-D

    I have posted directions here for anyone interested. I hope it makes sense! ;-)

  10. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    I like this one best too

  11. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Nice one, Elaine! I love the colored wire :)

  12. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Elaine, all the designs you posted are wonderful! :D

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    I agree with everyone else, Elaine…your designs are fantastic! :D

  14. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    A new fave! Love it!

  15. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Whoo-hooo!!! Lima Beads shared this one on Facebook!
    Thanks! :-D

  16. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I love it too! Glad they featured it on Facebook!

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Congrats on having this fab design featured on LB’s Facebook page! :D

  18. Barbie S
    Barbie S says:

    Oh I love this!!! I always seem to lean towards the blue beads!!! I can’t wait to try this. I’m a beginner with wire work, so wish me luck when I do!!! What size beads did you use?
    Thanks for a great design!!!

  19. Erin Sue
    Erin Sue says:

    i love this bracelet! what gauge of wire did you use?

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    Ex pert says:

    It’s ok. Maybe if it was larger and fit closer together?

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    C Boor says:

    I can’t find the beads you used either. The only ones on this site that look like what you’ve used are the 30mm coins, which I bought… they’re WAY too big and the 18ga wire doesn’t go all the way through. HELP! :)

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