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Waves of wire bracelet

Pearls give classic feel to simple wire jewelry project

Framing rose gold pearls with matching wire makes for a sophisticated bangle. You also can’t go wrong with silver wire and dark grey pearls. I prefer crystal pearls for their uniform shape, but you can also substitute freshwater pearls, gemstones, or crystal rounds in this versatile, wearable design.

Supplies

Bracelet 7–8 in. (18–20 cm)

  • 13–15 8 mm round pearls
  • 15–16 in. (38–41 cm) 16-gauge round, dead soft wire
  • 17–18-in. (43–46 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • nylon-jaw pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • 9 mm pen, dowel, or looping pliers

Optional tools

  • rawhide or rubber mallet
  • chasing hammer or ball-peen hammer
  • bench block or anvil
  • rotary tumbler and stainless steel shot

Instructions

Tip!

 Supply notes:

  • You can use sterling silver or silver-, gold-, or rose-gold filled 16-gauge wire.
  • Because precious metal wire is expensive, you may want to work directly from the spool or coil, then trim after you’ve finished the bracelet curves.
  • Don’t tumble polish non-tarnish wire, which already has a protective coating.
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1. Cut a 12 1/4–13-in. (31.1–33 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire. To straighten the wire: Grasp it with nylon-jaw pliers and pull it through evenly. Repeat as necessary. 

2. On one end of the wire, use roundnose pliers to make a loop. Make a loop in the opposite direction. 
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Step 3
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3. Bend the wire around a pen, dowel, or looping pliers (cylindrical object) to make a curve.

4. Continue bending the wire around the cylindrical object in opposite directions until the curved section is within 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) of the finished length. Make a right-angle bend.
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5. Bend the wire back around the cylindrical object. Make a small loop on the end. Grasping across the loop with chainnose pliers, use your fingers to coil the wire into a spiral.

6. If desired, squeeze the curves of the bracelet with nylon-jaw pliers to help align them. Shape the bracelet into an oval around your wrist.
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7. Cut a 2 1/2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire. On one end, make a loop. About 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the loop, bend the wire around the cylindrical object. Note: To adjust the length of the bracelet, make the clasp a bit longer or shorter.

8. On the end of the wire, make a loop that faces the same direction as the previous loop. Use chainnose or roundnose pliers to shape the curve of the clasp as desired.

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9. Open the first loop of the clasp and attach the bracelet’s loop. Close the clasp’s loop. Work harden the wire. Note: These bracelets were polished for two hours in a rotary tumbler.

10. Cut a 17–18-in. (43–46 cm) piece of 26-gauge wire. Make five or six wraps around the first curve of the bracelet. String a pearl and wrap three or four times around the opposite side of the curve.
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11. Attach a pearl to each curve. Make five or six wraps around the last curve. Trim and tuck the excess wire with chainnose pliers.
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