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 •
- 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.
- Turn tool until wire is tightly twisted together and work hardened. Remove wire from tool and base using flush cutters.
- Repeat for a 3’ length of blue and silver wire. Remove wire from tool and base using flush cutters.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat the process using the blue and silver twisted wire with the 12 mm mandrel.
- You will be making a chain pattern of a single 14mm jump ring threaded into a three 12mm ring jump ring flower.
- 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.
- Create your chain starring with a large jump ring threaded into a flower. Open and close the large jump ring with chain nose pliers.
- Continue alternating between flowers and single jump rings until you reach the 11th single jump ring.
- Attach one twisted colored jump ring to this.
- 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.
- Bend the wire over your pointer finger into a hook shape.
- 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.
- Use nylon jaw pliers to bend the larger loop end in opposition to the hook, as in photo.
- Attach hook to the first 16mm jump ring on the chain.
- 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.
- Work back through the design to ensure all jump rings are secured properly with tension.
- Margot Potter
The Impatient Crafter™