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Another Coiled Bracelet

About this design:

This one has a recycled glass cylinder.

It sold to another jewelry vendor at today's show! She specializes in pearls and bought this bracelet for her daughter.


recycled glass cylinder bead, 14 and 20 gauge copper wire and spacers I get the 14 gauge at Home Depot. The 20 gauge comes on a spool from Bead Smith

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Here’s brief directions -
paraphrased from “the best of step by step wire jewelry) I think I might need a subscription – LOL

12″ of 14ga (16ga will work too)wire for the base. Wrap 2″ 20ga. add your beads. another 2″ of coiled wire, center beads, add spacers on either side, and 1″ coils, roll up the ends.
They recommend hammering to harden. (I do this with silver, not the copper)
oh – they also suggest soft wire (silver).
Step 2:
I've started to play around with coil measurements depending on the size of my focals and where I want the second set of spacers.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Congrats on your sale! This is gorgeous! :D

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

    Jeanne, that vendor’s daughter is going to be thrilled when she receives this beauty! I love your wire wrapping, spirals, and that bead is fab! :D

    Did the vendor pay you with money or pearls? ;) LOL

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Forgot to congratulate you on this sale and all the others you had this weekend, Gem Chick! :D

    BTW, what gauge of wires did you use for the bracelet and the wire wrapping, please?

  4. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Love, love love these!! :)

  5. Vampire Chickie Ravin
    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Gorgeous, and a fave! And grats on the sale!!!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the blue bead! And the rest of the bracelet, too. Same questions as Lynn, what gauge wire for the bracelet and for the wrap? Tell all, please. :)

  7. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Inquiring minds want to know, Jeanne….. ;)

  8. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Beautiful bracelet the blue focal!!! Congrats on selling it!!

  9. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    This is fantastic Jeanne! I love it and I’m sure the buyer’s daughter will love it too!

  10. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    This is wonderful! you have really gotten good with the wire working! I love it!!

  11. Skittles mommy
    Skittles mommy says:

    These bracelets are soooo cool. I may have to try myself! I cannot believe you do all of this by hand! eek! Gorgeous and worth it though!

  12. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    very pretty!

  13. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Congrats on the sale of this beautiful bracelet Jeanne!!! 8o

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you so much everyone!
    So sorry to post and disappear last night. I had to put the computer down to watch tv with the hubby. He thinks I’m ignoring him if I’m beading or on-line. He’d rather I go into a coma while watching Ice Road Truckers. LOL

    For those who asked about wire gauge – I revised my materials list.
    And I’ll add the directions paraphrased from “Best of Step by Step Wire jewelry”

    Lynn – if she offered loose pearls, I’d have grabbed them! LOL

    Skittles Mommy – a few women suggested using a wire coiler, but I’m concerned about getting it tight enough, especially with silver as I hammer that a bit. The copper coils pretty easily. And there’s that sick satisfaction about doing it by hand.

    My wire bracelets were a big hit at the show. So I’ll be busy wrapping and coiling for the next one! What cool is I can adjust them on the site, if necessary to fit the buyer.

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    Orchid Betty says:

    Great wire wrapping, the blue with the copper looks amazing, beautiful design and congrats on the sale!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you, Betty!

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

    Jeanne, thanks for the info on the wire gauges and for posting instructions — so nice of you to do that for us!!! :D

    Bob is the same way when he feels I’ve been on the computer too long — he gets lonely and would rather I’m sitting there with him watching some survival show where the host demonstrates which bugs are safe to eat & how to build a raft from palm fronds. My best survival tip? Never travel anywhere where you might be forced to eat bugs and build a raft from palm fronds in order to survive!!! ROTFLOL 8O

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, here’s the interesting thing — If I feel HE’S been on the computer too long & I’m feeling lonely, heaven forbid I ask HIM to come and watch Jeopardy with me……LOL

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, I’ve seen the show “Ice Road Truckers” — I know exactly what you mean about going into a coma….LOL ;)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Lynn, you have me laughing out loud now!
    Larry watches the survival shows, too. Snooze fest for me!

    The thing is – he was on his computer when I got home. so I grabbed my laptop. Then he logged off and went down to the tv. Can’t win ;)

    I figured after spending the last 2 weeks in a beading frenzy I should take one night off. Needless to say, I went up to bed at 9. 2 days in the hot sun wore me out!

  21. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Quote of the Day:

    Men — can’t live with them, can’t kill them.


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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    OMG, I love these bracelets Jeanne. I think will have to check back for directions too. Oh Ted used to drive a semi and Ice Road Truckers those men are nutz. The money would have to be out of this world to risk dumping in those waters. I read the comments and except for the Survivor thing I suffer through the Kick Boxing beat me bloody thing now sometimes, but sleep in self defense. My first thought was heavens they live at my house. ROTFLMAO!!! :P :)

  23. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Bob will watch all the surviving skills-type shows on Discovery — even though I am sure there is NO WAY that he, I, or both of us will ever be stranded on a deserted island or in the middle of the desert…..ROTFLOL

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    You’re funny Faith!
    Larry drove tractor trailers, too. He agrees with you and Ted – not worth the risk. He was emptying a dump trailer once when the load of sand shifted and the truck went over. Luckily the driver’s side of the cab was on top and he was fine, although a bit shook up. That’s all the danger he needs.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    ps Faith – the directions are posted – click on “instructions” next to the word “description” at the top. :)

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Yikes! That had to be frightening for Larry! Glad he was OK, Jeanne. 8O

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    OMG you guys. This is just so spooky you all must live with me. The truck up dumping story I have my own. I was helping Ted when he was painting at a house with 43 windows. One morning I had an appointment and got back to help late. I parked by the road and the driver was dumping rocks onto a drive way that was about 2 feet elevated from the ground. It had rained. I asked the man behind the truck who was guiding if my car would be in the way and he said the man would finish raising the bed after I was out of the way. I got to the passenger door right next to the truck about 2 foot away when I heard an awful bang. Right then I was standing beside 18 wheels just as close (2ft). The truck had shifted bent the frame and rolled the back half (trailer) overk. I will never forget that. It was Christmas Eve and the man had just bought the truck. All at once after running into the house stuttering and screaming “did you see that”, over and over I remembered the man standing in the back. No one was hurt. My heart still pumps hard every time I think of the experience. Guess I need the excitement in my life. Sorry to take up space and be so full of hot air but I had to share.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Wow! Faith! your story certainly beats mine! Rain and wet ground also caused Larry “dump”. Unfortunately the truck wasn’t registered or insured properly, something shady with the owner, so Larry was out of a job. But that was 30 years ago (although no one’s counting)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    My experience was quite some time ago. I’m not sure I wouldn’t get sent into a heart attack now if I had to do it again, lol. Ted and I have had some experiences together in our 23 years together. I get amazed everytime I think of them.
    8O Those are another whole book I would think.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I felt so badly for that man who had just bought the truck and picked it up the day before. He just said to Ted, “that’s why you have insurance”.
    I don’t think I would have been able to take that kind of Christmas present without a nervous break down.

  31. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Stunning bracelet, Jeanne! I love the blue focal with the copper. I’d love to try one of these.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I’ll show you how when come visit! LOL
    (How do you like the way I continue conversations across websites?!)

    I’m sure you could do it Deb!

  33. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is so neat, and a nice wire wrap too!!! The focal is pretty..

  34. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Very pretty bracelet!! SLS

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    LauraW says:

    Hi Jeanne! Great having breakfast, looking forward to creating some day soon! Are you going to the show on Sunday? Its now exit 55 off LIE/495, IBEW Local 25 Union Center, 370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, in Hauppauge. Hope to see you there. Your bracelet is gorgeous! My aspiration is to be as great as you are!

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    D Adams says:

    I love this bracelet, as soon as I saw it I just had to make it.

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