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Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Amy Mickelson
To determine the bangle size, turn a tapered glass over and slide your favorite bangle over the tumbler. Mark the location on the glass with tape.
Cut a 48-60" piece of 20-gauge wire. The length will depend on your wrist size, and how many beads you want to wrap onto the bangle. It is better to have too much than not enough.
Center the wire on the marked location, and wrap each side of the wire twice around the glass, so they lay next to each other.
Place your thumb over the overlapping strands and carefully slide the coils of wire off the glass, holding everything in place with your thumb and index finger.
Wrap one wire around the circle of wires 3-4 times making sure there are no gaps between the wraps.
Slide a gemstone bead onto this wire and push it against the 4 wraps. Now make 4 wire wraps around the coil on the other side of the gemstone to hold it in place, making sure they wraps are snug against the gemstone.
Decide how many gemstones you want on the bangle, so you can figure an even spacing of beads around the wire bangle. 3 or 4 beads on each bangle is a good amount, so you can wear and stack several bangles together.
Pull the wire to the next location where you want a bead, and again wrap the wire around the wire coil 3-4 times. Add a bead and wrap the wire 3-4 times on the other side of this bead.
Turn the bracelet over, and repeat the last step two times to add two more beads to the bangle.
Cut the excess wire from each wire tail and use chain-nose pliers to pinch the wire against the bangle so it won’t snag.
If desired, patina the wire.
Design Option: For a more rugged bracelet, you can also create the bracelet base with a heavier wire (16-18 gauge). The beads can then be wire wrapped onto the bangle with 20-gauge wire (or 22-gauge if the gemstone beads have a smaller hole size).