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New Cuff with Instructions

About this design:

This is a fairly comprehensive tutorial for making a beaded wire cuff. If any of the steps are unclear let me know.


copper wire, pearls and glass beads

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Supplies and tool used in this project: 22 inches of 12 gauge copper wire, 24 gauge copper wire for stringing beads, ruler, raw hide mallet or hammer with rubber head, bench block, ball peen or chasing hammer, cylinder with smallish diameter to make curves in the wire (nail polish bottle), twist ties, masking tape optional, marker, beads of different sizes in color choice
Step 2:
Mark the center of the 12ga wire. Mark 3 inches on each side of the center mark. Curve wire around cylinder at each side mark, make small curl on ends of wire then make a cross-over on the bottom. The piece should be about 6 inches when measured curve to curve. Tape cross-over at the bottom.
Step 3:
Curve the wire toward the top making a large loop and bring the curl in toward the center. Do the same with the other wire then stack the curls, one on top of the other. When this step is finished flatten the frame with mallet and remove the tape.
Step 4:
Texture flatten frame with chasing hammer or ball peen hammer. When texture work is finished turn the frame over and flatten on the back side with the mallet or rubber head hammer.
Step 5:
Begin curving the frame around a bracelet mandrel, large diameter metal pipe or baseball bat. Use the mallet or rubber head hammer to make the frame follow the shape of your mandrel.
Step 6:
Use twist ties or thin pieces of tape to secure the loops inside the frame and secure the curls in place.
Step 7:
Cut a length of the 24ga wire about 16 inches long. Tightly wind one end of the stringing wire around the frame wire make 3 or 4 wraps. I usually do this at the cross-over or where two pieces of wire touch. When the stringing wire is secured start adding beads. There is no set pattern for bead placement.
Step 8:
As you add beads the stringing wire can also be used to replace the twist ties or tape in what ever section you are working on. Secure the loops to the frame with the stringing wire as you string the beads. When you run out of wire wrap the last 1/2 inch or so tightly around the frame. I usually try to end my wire at a place where the frame wires touch or under the edge of a bead.
Step 9:
When you add beads along the bottom use the stringing wire to secure the cross over and the bottoms of the loops. Secure the curls to each other. I generally work on one area at a time moving from side to side.
Step 10:
Fill in the side areas as much or as little as you want. If you have small areas you want to fill in seed beads work very well.
Step 11:
After you finish stringing the beads check for little wire tails and trim them off as close to the frame wire as possible then flatten ends if needed. After all of the beads are strung and tails trimmed the cuff is ready for the final shaping around the wrist.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. S libbey
    S libbey says:

    I love this! great job!

  2. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Thank you,thank you! You are such a dear!!! As soon as I hunt eggs until my brains are mush, and I recover, I’ll give this a try. I have copper wire now. Can’t wait, your cuffs are wonderful!!

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thank You Ladies. :)

    I wasn’t too sure if I was going to post it. I just hope the instructions aren’t to hard to follow.

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

    Gorgeous! Thanks for posting all of the pictures… definitely helps a lot!! :-)

  5. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Gee LRC…looks like a great tutorial. It was so nice of you to take all that time to share!
    The pearl bracelet is a masterpiece!

  6. S Castro
    S Castro says:

    Love it, thanks for sharing. I’ve been struggling with teaching myself from photos and I think your project will really help me to get the hang of it. Beautiful! I’ll post a picture when I’m done.

  7. BrendaBeads
    BrendaBeads says:

    Wow! This is wonderful. I think your pics and instructions are great. Thank you! :)

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the comments and compliments Everyone. I hope that all of you will give it a try and let me know if the directions are clear enough and easy to follow. :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Nancy, you’re the greatest! And this is another beauty!
    I’m with gembeads, after all the egg hunting & my brain has been turned to mush, I’m hoping new creativity will be the outcome. ;-)

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Great tutorial, Nancy. Congratulations and thanks for sharing with us. Love the mix of pearls with this design.

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    olive penguin says:

    Wow! This is wonderful and stunning! Thanks for the instructions! It’s really helpful and great to see how you make your beautiful bracelets! :D

  12. Vee aka Dream Chickie
    Vee aka Dream Chickie says:

    Love your cuff bracelet!! Beautiful work and design! Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions. I have been thinking about making my first cuff bracelet soon. :D

  13. D D Mystic Chick
    D D Mystic Chick says:

    nice! thanks for the step-by-steps

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    Thank you so much for the instructions …you do amazing work!!!!

  15. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Y’all really know how to brighten up my day! Thanks for all of the compliments and great comments.

    I’ve got three or four frames ready to bead. Wonder if I will have any finger prints left by the time I finish them? :D

  16. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Great job!

  17. Pam E aka funky tulip
    Pam E aka funky tulip says:

    great instructions, I almost feel like I could do this :) thanks!

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    JC Hamm says:

    I love your work!! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at wire work, and you make it look so easy.Thanks.

  19. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ha ha ha.LRC! Love the fingerprint joke! ;)

  20. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Thanks a lot, I have to try this, I just love your bracelets!! Love the colorful pearls :D

  21. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I’m expecting a bunch of cuff bracelets Everyone so get cracking. It will be exciting to see the changes or additions you make.

    BTW thanks for all of the compliments. :D

  22. K Pelletier
    K Pelletier says:

    i’m going to make a couple of these this week your directions look easy enough and I’m just starting to work with wire.

  23. Mildred D
    Mildred D says:

    Very nice piece of jewelry!

    Thank you very much for publishing, I find it remarkable that you do this without asking money for it.


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    Shawneeindian says:

    ok ladies i am gonna jump in on this one…hope the water is fine….

  25. Lesli M
    Lesli M says:

    All I can say is WOW! Great job.

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    Ananga says:

    thank you so muh beautiful but i ant fin the wire 12 gauge! where it is pls

  27. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ananga, the best place to get 12 gauge wire is Home Depot! Lowe’s might have it or any other place that sells building supplies. It is just plain old 12 gauge bare copper electrical wire and much cheaper to buy from Home Depot that a jewelry supply place.

  28. Harriet aka BeadVizChick
    Harriet aka BeadVizChick says:

    Gorgeous design and fantastic detailed instructions. Thanks so much for posting! :)

  29. CreationsbyJoEtsycom
    CreationsbyJoEtsycom says:

    Yeehaw!!! Another great design with super instructions! I can’t wait to try this and I don’t know why but I happen to have some 12 gauge copper color wire I found the other day so I think I’m spring-loaded and ready to go! Thank you so much for your patience in taking the pics and writing the instructions for us.

  30. BeadSpirit
    BeadSpirit says:

    Absolutely beautiful design! I plan on making this for my daughters Bday in October. I’ve been making jewelry and simple wiring (for the 2nd time in my life) for about 3 years. It is my salvation to being home bound and disabled.
    I have one ? For you that I didn’t see asked before~ are the copper wires just in one shape, round obviously…and does it come in just one hardness or can you get sft, hard, dead soft? And if so what should I use?
    Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you soon. Congratulations on this brilliant design!

  31. K Tuck
    K Tuck says:

    Thanks for the wonderful directions, and all the time that went into the photos, making it a great tutorial!!!

  32. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    BeadSpirit, sorry to be so slow answering your questions. As to the shape of copper wire, what I buy from Home Depot only comes in round and it is probably dead soft. There are other shapes of wire available from various vendors. It comes in square and half round and I think twisted. I haven’t checked in quite some time.

    If you haven’t worked with 12ga wire it might be a bit difficult to shape. The first cuff bracelet I made was with 16ga wire, had a middle wire and spiraled wire ends. I have photos of some different style frames that I will post just as soon as I can find them.

  33. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I found the picture!

    This design is made using instructions found in the book, “Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders” by Irina Miech. I took a class to learn how to make it and since then I have played around with many variations.


  34. KSD
    KSD says:

    Such great info – I love your bracelet. I’ve been wanting to do one. Now I know how to start. Thank you!

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    M starrett says:

    Very Pretty. Definitely going to give this a try.

  36. Jax luvs jewels
    Jax luvs jewels says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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