When you create this design, you'll be able to say you made everything yourself—even the jump rings!
If you want to make a completely custom jewelry design, why not make your own jump rings? Cheri created twisted wire jump rings with help from the Beadalon multi-strand wire twister and then linked them together in a bracelet full of style You can find even more ideas for using twisted wire in your designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Cut approximately one yard of 20 gauge Antique Copper Artbeads Designer Wire. Repeat for a total of two pieces. Attach the ends of wire to the plastic disc on the Beadalon multi-strand wire twister. Secure the other ends to a stationary object such as a door handle. Twist the two lengths of wire to the desired tightness. We twisted our wire until it broke.
Use the small mandrel on the Wubbers large round bail making pliers to make jump rings with the twisted wire. The Cobra Coiler does not come with a mandrel large enough for the jump rings in this bracelet, but you can use any rod or object that is sturdy and will fit inside the chuck of the Coiler. Repeat until you have 76 jump rings. You will need a few inches of twisted wire for the clasp, too. Set the jump rings aside.
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately six inches long. Use a TierraCast antique copper 2x2mm crimp tube to connect the wire to a 5.5mm antique copper-plated 21 gauge open jump ring. Add nine Czech Glass 3x5mm milky wasabi with patina faceted roundel beads to the strand and then finish the wire by crimping the end to another 5.5mm jump ring. Repeat, only this time add ten Czech glass 3mm fuchsia with jet honeycomb faceted round beads. Then, repeat with two strands of wasabi beads and then two more strands of fuchsia beads.
Slide the jump ring on one end of the beaded strands onto a small piece of jewelry wire and fold the wire in half to suspend the beaded strands at the jump ring. Slide five twisted wire jump rings onto the wire and over the jump ring and the ends of the beads. Take another twisted wire jump ring and hook it into the 5.5mm jump ring and close it. Remove the jewelry wire and then hook another twisted wire jump ring to the 5.5mm jump ring. Now, make a chain by connecting three jump rings to these two twisted wire ones. Repeat adding three jump rings at a time for a total of ten 3-link sections. Then, use one jump ring to secure the last three. Repeat this step for the other side of the bracelet.
To make the clasp, use the small mandrel on the Wubbers small bail making pliers to make the small loops of your clasp. Then, use the large mandrel on the Wubbers medium bail making pliers to make the large bend of your clasp. Connect it to the jump ring on one end of the bracelet by making a wrapped loop. Hook it to the other side of the bracelet to close.
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Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown
below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from
the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up
the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color
scheme—it’s up to you!