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Twin-bead chain bracelet

Double up gemstone beads to add color to chain mail
This bracelet’s design is a study in movement and symmetry. The offset triangular jump ring sections pull the bead links into repeating parallelogram shapes while the bead-link loops alternate direction, lending visual depth.
 

SUPPLIES 

bracelet 8 in. (20 cm) 

  • 12 13 x 4 mm tube beads (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com)
  • 30 in. (76 cm) 20-gauge wire, half-hard
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) 14-gauge wire, dead-soft
  • jump rings
    • 3 14-gauge 5.5 mm inside diameter (ID)
    • 19 16-gauge 3.5 mm ID
    • 42 20-gauge 2.75 mm ID
  • bench block
  • bench vise (optional)
  • small metal file
  • permanent marker
  • planishing hammer
  • scrap cloth
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

BEAD LINKS

1. Half-hard wire is a bit too soft for these components, so you’ll need to harden the 20-gauge wire somewhat. 

To do this, securely grasp one end of the wire with pliers or a bench vise. Firmly grasp the wire near the pliers with a cloth. While holding the pliers steady, pull the cloth along the length of the wire several times. This will make the wire more springy. Cut 12 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) pieces of 20-gauge wire.

To ensure that you make uniform loops, insert one jaw of your roundnose pliers into a 2.75 mm-inside-diameter (ID) jump ring. Mark that point on your pliers, and remove the jump ring. 

Twin bead chain bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Twin bead chain bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B

2. Grasp the end of one 20-gauge wire with your pliers at the mark you made. Wrap the wire twice around the pliers’ jaw (PHOTO A).

3. Pick up a bead on the wire, and make a 2.75 mm double loop on the other end of the wire, positioning it in the opposite direction of the first double loop. Place your finger over the wire end to prevent the wire from flying when you trim it (PHOTO B), and trim. File any sharp ends.

Twin bead chain bracelet Photo C
PHOTO C

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a total of 12 bead links. For reference, whichever side the loops face at each end of a link will be called the back (PHOTO C). 

 


 
Twin bead chain bracelet Photo D
PHOTO D
CLASP

1. Place one end of a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of 14-gauge wire on a bench block, and hammer it into a flat taper (PHOTO D). File the end into a nicely rounded paddle shape.

2. Use roundnose pliers to make a small loop at the unhammered end of the wire.

 

Twin bead chain bracelet Photo E
PHOTO E
Twin bead chain bracelet Photo F
PHOTO F

3. To form a hook, grip the wire between the loop and the flattened end with roundnose pliers, and bend in the opposite direction of the loop (PHOTO E).

4. Holding the hammered end of the wire off the edge of the block, place the hook on the bench block. Hammer the rounded portion of the hook and the loop (PHOTO F).

 



To learn how to assemble the components and clasp together to make the finished bracelet, refer to the FREE PDF with more full-color photos! Download it here. 
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