Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Fun Necklace: Dale 'Cougar' Armstrong

We've been adding projects to our Design Workshop at Beadalon.com. Stop by and check out the latest additions! Here's a fun wire wrapping project from one of our newest Design Team Members:




Techniques: Involved components, basic coiling
Skill Level: Beginner/All

Don't be bored on a rainy day! The focus of this design is on the fun-to-make link. Use your favorite colors, get caught up in making coils and create a bracelet or necklace!


1. For each link, on the smallest crank rod, coil a 3-inch length of Artistic Wire. Carefully remove the coil and set it aside.
2. Straighten, measure and cut 1 piece of 21 gauge square silver-plated wire, 3 1/2 inches long. Use needle chain-nose pliers to form a small loop at one end.
3. Slide the 3-inch long Artistic Wire coil onto the square wire, until the end fits against the loop.
4. Use needle chain-nose pliers to form another small loop at the opposite end of the silver-plated wire, securing the coil between the loops.
5. At one end of the component, place the tip of round nose pliers between the small loop and the coil. Carefully roll the pliers, causing the coiled wire to follow, forming the first small coiled loop. Move the pliers up the coil a bit and continue adding a curve to the coiled wire.
6. Slide a twisted jump ring onto the end of the coiled component, all the way down and inside the loop created in Step 5. Using round-nose pliers, in the opposite direction, make another loop and a half at the top of the coiled segment.
7. Continue creating and attaching coiled links until the bracelet is the desired length. Attach the jump ring on the chosen clasp to the last twisted, closed jump ring. Make sure there is another twisted closed jump ring at the opposite end to hook the clasp into and your Summer Fun linked project is complete!


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