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Wire twist bracelet

String and twist beads into a lush cuff
Wire twist bracelet

I’m a big fan of subtle shine, and this branching technique makes faceted beads really shimmer. Plus, this flexible bracelet is so easy to make — just string and twist!

See instructions on how to make the bracelet below, or download the free project PDF above, which includes additional information on making earrings.

What you’ll need

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 14–16 10 mm faceted round crystals
  • 32–40 8 mm faceted glass rondelles, 16–20 each in colors A and B
  • 8–15 mm charm
  • 80–88 in. (2–2.4 m) 22-gauge wire
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) chain for extender, 5–6 mm links
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

For an affordable option, use Czech glass or Chinese crystals and plated or stainless steel wire.

Wire twist bracelet 1
Step 1
Wire twist bracelet 2
Step 2

1. Cut an 80–86-in. (2–2.2 m) piece of 22-gauge wire. Position your roundnose pliers at the halfway point and bend the wire around the jaw, crossing the wires. Twist the wires three or four times to create a stem.

2. Separate the wires. On one wire, about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) from the twists, string a color A rondelle.


3 twisting tips

  • When twisting the wire stems, vary their lengths to create added dimension and allow for flexibility in the beads’ final placement.
  • Keep consistent tension on the wire as you twist to make sure the twists are even.
  • Do not over-twist the wire when adding beads or it could break.
Wire twist bracelet 3
Step 3
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Step 4

3. Bend the working end back toward the stem. Hold the wire against the stem and twist the bead, creating a twisted stem for the bead. Do not overtighten.

4. Repeat on the other wire with a color B rondelle. Bend the wire back to the stem and twist both wires two or three times.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. Repeat steps 2 to 4, alternating colors and interspersing round crystals as desired until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Bend the stems to position the beads as desired.

Wire twist bracelet 7
Step 7

6. Twist the wires to make a 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) stem. About 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) from the last bead, make a wrapped loop, wrapping the excess wire around the stem. Trim the excess wire and tuck in the ends.

7. Open a jump ring and attach the loop and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. On the other end, use a jump ring to attach the chain extender. Use a jump ring to attach a charm to the end link of the chain extender.

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