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Wire a crystal cuff bracelet

Create a free-form krystallos ladder

The word “crystal” comes from the Greek “krystallos,” meaning “ice.” This cuff bracelet, however, is guaranteed to generate some fashion heat. Crystals and pearls create a free-form ladder that will bring you out of the cold and into the heights of style.

Supplies

  • 90–140 4mm bicone crystals in two colors
  • 6–12 8mm or 12mm pearls
  • 18 in. (46cm) 16-gauge dead-soft wire
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 5 ft. (1.52m) 26-gauge half-hard wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Instructions:
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1. Find a round object approximately the desired diameter of your cuff. Wrap an 18-in. (46cm) piece of 16-gauge wire around the object. Bend the wire down at a right angle with chainnose pliers, leaving a 1 1⁄4-in. (3.2cm) opening.

2. a Make a right-angle bend about 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) from the first bend, and wrap the wire back around the object.

2. b Bend the wire up at a right angle, keeping the 1 1⁄4-in. (3.2cm) opening.

2. c Make a right-angle bend about 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) from the last bend. Leaving a 1⁄2-in. (1.3cm) overlap of the ends, trim the excess wire.

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3. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Tightly wrap the wire around the overlapping ends of the 16-gauge wire seven or eight times.

4. Tightly wrap 26-gauge wire two or three times around the bottom 16-gauge wire at one end of the cuff. String three or four crystals in one color. Wrap the 26-gauge wire around the top wire several times and then around the bottom wire.

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5. Continue stringing three or four crystals in alternating colors for five columns, then string one or two pearls. Repeat this pattern to the end of the cuff.

6. Wrap the 26-gauge wire two or three times around the 16-gauge wire, and trim the excess.

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