Monday, April 19, 2010

Jump Ring Bracelet Pattern


A simple chainmaille-inspired pattern using twisted jump rings in cool colors makes for a striking bracelet that will take you from blue jeans to silk charmeuse. The flower pattern is a well-known, simple chainmaille technique. Using the Beadalon Wire Twister and Jump Ring Maker will make quick work of these stunning jump rings and the stylish hook clasp.


• Materials •

6 6mm Indian Sapphire Create Your Style with Crystallized Swarovski Elements™ rounds

20 Gauge Silver Plated Artistic Wire

20 Gauge Blue Clear Colors Artistic Wire

• Tools •

228A-051 Jump Ring Maker Tool (Round Large)

228A-100 Wire Twister

201P-014 Beadstrom Round Nose Pliers

201P-011 2 Pairs Beadstrom Chain Nose Pliers

202P-015 Beadstrom Semi-Flush Cutters

JTNJ1 Nylon Jaw Pliers

• Instructions •

  1. Attach two silver plated wire lengths of about 3’ to the Wire Twister Tool. Attach the opposite ends of the wire to a sturdy base.
  2. Turn tool until wire is tightly twisted together and work hardened. Remove wire from tool and base using flush cutters.
  3. Repeat for a 3’ length of blue and silver wire. Remove wire from tool and base using flush cutters.
  4. Insert wire end of the all silver coiled wire into jump ring maker using the 14 mm mandrel. Wrap wire around tool following instructions on package.
  5. Cut coil from tool and use flush cutter tool to cut jump rings from coil. Cut the beveled end of each ring flush to make a clean finish on your design.
  6. Repeat the process using the blue and silver twisted wire with the 12 mm mandrel.
  7. You will be making a chain pattern of a single 14mm jump ring threaded into a three 12mm ring jump ring flower.
  8. To make the flowers, thread three 12mm twisted jump rings into each other so they are all interlinked, like a flower. Add the rings one by one and use your two pairs of chain nose pliers to open and close them into the flower shape. See pattern.
  9. Create your chain starring with a large jump ring threaded into a flower. Open and close the large jump ring with chain nose pliers.
  10. Continue alternating between flowers and single jump rings until you reach the 11th single jump ring.
  11. Attach one twisted colored jump ring to this.
  12. Create the hook by bending the end of a 2” section of twisted wire over the inside of a pair of round nose pliers, working at the larger end of the pliers.
  13. Bend the wire over your pointer finger into a hook shape.
  14. Use your round nose pliers at the smaller end to create a second loop, so it looks like a Shepard’s hook as in photo.
  15. Use nylon jaw pliers to bend the larger loop end in opposition to the hook, as in photo.
  16. Attach hook to the first 16mm jump ring on the chain.
  17. Use blue Artistic Wire to make beaded dangles, creating a small loop on the end of a length of wire, threading on a bead and adding a second loop at the top of the bead. Attach these to the final single two color jump ring using your chain nose pliers.
  18. Work back through the design to ensure all jump rings are secured properly with tension.

- Margot Potter

The Impatient Crafter

www.margotpotter.com

2 comments:

  1. Welldone....Thanks for sharing..

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  2. Hey, thanks for this info. It's very useful for me when i make this kind of jewelry.

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