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Making Waves

About this design:

Although I have tried my hand at making a few clasps with wire, here is my first endeavor making a piece of jewelry with it. I checked out several books from the library & have been pounding, twisting, bending all different gauges learning about this new medium for creating.

Once I settled on a design, I worked hard to follow the directions, but you know how that goes. I cut my wire according to the instructions and began my bending. Well, I should have paid closer attention to the picture, as the ‘waves’ in it were much smaller than the ones I made. The sad result was my bracelet came up quite short & didn’t fit all the way around my wrist. I was so disappointed! I didn’t want to throw this one in the ‘scrap’ pile, so I made a large beaded hook to compensate for the missing length and hopefully blend into the design. I carefully formed the bracelet into an oval shape, wired the beads in place, and was so glad the fit was right.

I now understand about the large pile of ‘undesirables’ to save for later— it’s sad to learn the hard way & waste wire ($$) in the process. But hopefully, some of those pieces will find their way into another design with a little help.


16 ga copper wire; 24 ga antique copper Parawire; Antique Soochow Jade various sizes

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Very pretty bracelet! I love the copper wire with the soochow jade.

  2. Creel U
    Creel U says:


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    Melody F says:

    No need apologize for the bracelet as it is amazing. If this is your first try I think there are masterpieces to come. I like the design and the beads you chose to fill the waves. I look forward to seeing more from you.

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Great save! I think the clasp became a beautiful part of the design.

  5. Wordgrrl
    Wordgrrl says:

    I second Melody, no need to apologize! The bracelet is gorgeous–no one needs to know it’s not what you had in mind when you started. Also love the small wire wraps you did, and your clasp turned out amazing! Great job!!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Hey CC, it is close enough for government work! :D

    Seriously it looks great and I think that you found an excellent way to “Make it work!” I’ve played around with variations of this style for several years and have found it to be very versatile and extremely forgiving. You can expand the width of the waves, tighten them up, form them into complete circles and anything else you can think of.

  7. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I think it’s great!! You did a wonderful job….the clasp is perfect. I wouldn’t even attempt anything like that. I would be very proud of myself for accomplishing that.

  8. Snnje B
    Snnje B says:

    Hi Crystal Canary! This looks stunning! I haven’t had time to pass by Limabeads site for a long time, and now the first I see is your great piece! I think the large waves look great, and am glad to hear that you could make it fit :)

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks so much everyone! Trying something new can be fun & frustrating at the same time. I like to share my process because when others do, I learn so much. I don’t mind open cuffs, but always feel a bit better when there’s a clasp to hold them in place.

    Snnje, It’s nice to see you back! Hope you’ve had time to create, and I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. :)

  10. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    I LOVE it !! Its amazing …Love soochow in this and honestly if you hadn’t told us I would never have believed this was not what you intended …”happy accidents ” I say

  11. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    CC this is beautiful! I love your wraps and the clasp is perfect! No apologies needed! You made a wonderful bracelet and you can be proud of the outcome. Just wow!

  12. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    This is great! I can’t believe it’s your first piece. There are no nicks on the wire. It’s smooth and neat. You did a perfect job. And it’s quite normal and acceptable to adjust the size by adding beads, clasps, jump rings etc. Now you see about following instructions, LOL. But you did a good job anyway and that’s what is important. Your work, your rules. I wish I had a picture of my first attempt. It was a catawampus mess. Can’t wait to see your next piece.

  13. kye
    kye says:

    Beautiful! 16 gauge wire is so difficult to work with I think. You seem to be a natural at this type of work. Everything is so well done. All the Soochow and that clasp make a wonderful bracelet. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  14. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Congratulations CC – you have a wonderful design and the colors are great. I love your clasp. Looks so hard to do.

  15. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Help! First, I very much appreciate all the kind comments–thank you so much! You all are very encouraging. I’m working on another piece & need to wrap some ‘coiling’ around the wire in a tight space. How do I keep the wire from ‘kinking’ as I try to manipulate it around? I shortened it after my first try, but it’s still wanting to ‘kink’ more than I think it should. This definitely is not as easy as it looks! On the piece above, I was able to swing the wire in the open portion of the ‘wave’; but on this project, I need to get it around in an small enclosed space. Is there some type of technique that makes this process easier? I appreciate an advice! I had to walk away from it…..Ugh! Thanks again everyone!!

  16. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Be sure to start with a fresh piece of wire as a used piece may already be work-hardened. Coil by poking the tip through(like threading a needle) then pulling tight. As your pulling the wire through you may need to hold open the loop that forms to keep it from kinking. Hope this helps.
    This bracelet is perfect, not a scratch on it and evenly looped. The clasp looks intentional.

  17. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Stingray, Thanks for responding to my question! I thought maybe I could use a wooden dowel to help guide it around without it getting all messed up, but that might be hard to hold in place with trying to direct the wire & hold the piece at the same time. Do you think that would work? It seems to want to twist or something–I can’t figure out what it’s trying to do. I’m even going with the arc of the wire off the spool as I thought that might have been the problem. I will try your idea with more focused attention on guiding it around with my finger. Thank you.

  18. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Holy smoke! This is beautiful … love all dialogue attached with this piece!

  19. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Hi Crystal. I didn’t see your question until tonight. Fine wire does kink easily but when coiling just try to not let it get a really hard kink. You’ll be smoothing the wire with your fingers or nylon pliers a lot as you go. Don’t fret too much about minor bends and stuff until you get to that segment of the wire, and usually you will find that it will lay right down on the base wire smoothly anyway. If you are coiling a section that is enclosed, meaning it’s not open so you can easily wind the wire, then push a loop of the wire close to the base wire through the opening, and then pull the rest of the length through. You’ll get much lest kinking that way. It’s just something that is part of coiling and not anything you are doing wrong. Can’t wait to see your next piece.

  20. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks KRalston! I appreciate the support & tips you have offered. I’m working my little coils a few a day (when I get a chance) since it seems too intense to do all at once. Also, I’m starting to have the problem with my fingertips hurting–especially with the tiny work. I can’t seem to keep the link (12mm) in my fingers as I work because it keeps slipping out of my grip & dropping onto my desk–very frustrating. A difficult task, I must say. Your response helps. Thanks again for taking the time to respond–you’re very kind.

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