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I was out shopping the other day and came across a display of very inexpensive pre-fabricated cuff-style bracelets. Since I do not yet have the tools (or skills!) to this kind of metal forming, I picked up a couple of them to alter with inks. This was a simple brass-plated cuff (when I sanded it, I discovered it was copper underneath.) After texturizing, I stained the bracelet with alchohol inks and gave it a clear gloss finish coat. It was pretty--but not quite interesting enough. So I tried wrapping it in wire. This is my first attempt and it is very messy. I will do some reading on wire wrapping and re-do it at some point soon. I'd be grateful for any tips on how to do nice, neat wire wrapping. I am thinking I might try some thick, gold-tone stringing wire instead of this thin craft wire. Has anyone ever tried wrapping it with Beadalon 0.24 wire or something similar?


Brass-plated copper cuff, crystal dangles, brass craft wire.

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow..this is very eye catching.It looks like stained glass. Afraid I can’t give any advice on wire,but I’m thinking stringing wire would hard to keep in place?
    I’d be very happy to wear this. Love vibrant colors! :)

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    JC Hamm says:

    Gorgeous, beautifully done.

  3. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Beautiful. Love the inks! Great color. Oh la la

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Great job with the inks, don’t know much about wire wrapping :D

  5. Kate
    Kate says:

    Stained glass is a great comparison– awesome texture in this piece Dok!
    As for wire wrapping, Ali’s got a few Tip & Techniques about wrapping charms/beads etc that might give a little insight into some best practices. Search for “wire wrap” here:

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