Spiral Accent Beaded Bracelet: Susy Garner


Spirals are a powerful part of any wireworker's repetoire. Check out this project and learn how to make your own spiral bead caps and a unique wire toggle!

Materials: 
• 20 ga round Beadalon German Style Wire in gold or silver, approximately 5 ft.
• 10 mm - 12 mm round beads (4)
• 20 mm coin beads (3)
• 4 mm gold or silver jump rings (16)
• Toggle in either gold or silver
• Flush cutter
• Round nose pliers
• Flat nose pliers
• Chain nose pliers
• Nylon jaw pliers
• Ruler

Instructions: 
Create a whimsical bracelet with wire spirals and beads.
Skills: Must know how to make a wrapped loop and wire spirals.

Spiral Capped Beads
1. Straighten and flush cut a 7" length of 20 ga Beadalon German Style Round Wire.
2. Make a wrapped loop 3.25" from the end of the 20 ga wire. Do not trim the excess wire.
3. Slide a 10 mm - 12 mm round bead onto the longer end of wire and make another wrapped loop on the opposite side of the bead. Flush cut both remaining wire ends leaving a wire tail approximately 2" - 2.25" in length on either side of the bead.
4. Create a Spiral Cap on one side of the bead by grabbing one of the wrapped loops (created in step 3) between the jaws of your flat nose pliers and with your free hand guide the 2" - 2.25" length of wire around the base of that wrapped loop while resting it against the bead. Continue guiding the wire around the previous rotation, thus creating a spiral. Use the entire length of wire.
5. Repeat step 4 on the opposite side of the bead.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining three 10 mm - 12 mm round beads.

Spiral Accent Coin Beads
7. Flush cut a 9" length of 20 ga Beadalon German Style Round Wire.
8. Make a wrapped loop 3.75" from the end of the 20 ga wire. Do not trim the excess wire.
9. Slide a 20 mm coin beads onto the longer end of wire and make another wrapped loop on the opposite side of the bead. Flush cut both remaining wire ends, leaving a wire tail approximately 3" in length on either side of the bead.
10. At the end of one of the remaining wires, make a spiral with the entire length of wire.
11. With your fingers, press the spiral against the coin bead.
12. Repeat steps 10-11 with the second wire. Position both spirals on the same side of the coin bead.
13. Repeat steps 7-12 with the remaining two 20 mm coin beads.
14. Using two jump rings between each bead, link the beads and toggle together to make the bracelet. Length of bracelet may vary based upon the size of the toggle, beads, and wrapped loops.
TIP: Change the length of the bracelet by using smaller beads for a shorter bracelet, or larger beads for a longer one. 

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