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How To: Druzy Cuff Bracelet
April 07, 2016 5 comments
How To: Druzy Cuff Bracelet
I am very excited to share with you this really great bracelet cuff! Many of us are trying to think of the next big bracelet to hit stores and friends interest when making jewelry. I am hopeful this bracelet will be the next big thing! I love this cuff bracelet because its a much easier bracelet to wear and sizing is a breeze! This bracelet style can be super versatile just like any other wire bangle. Use stones, and crystals--change the metal finish or even make this one with mixed metals. There are so many ways to make this bangle you own signature style!
Lets get started!
Using a ruler measure your 18G Artistic Wire, as best you can given its hard and naturally on a curve. You need two pieces of 18G Artistic wire measuring 8 inches and one piece measuring 9 inches.
Using the 9 inch wire -- Bend the wire at a sharp 90 degree angle about an inch from the tip.
Align the wire that is now bent with the two 8 inch strips of wire also about 1 inch form the tip.
Using a strong flat nose pliers grab all three pieces of wire and hold them tight with your less dominate hand.
With your dominate hand wrap 3-4 wraps around the two 8 inch wires, leaving one inch tails sticking out.
Apply pressure to the coils. Remember if you have a hard time making coils you can really use your tool to clean them up and line them nicely.
Snip the access wire off of with your flush cutters.
NEXT: Turn the cuff around and repeat the steps. Sometimes when measuring you will notice that you may have access wire on the 9 inch cut. That's OK use your best judgement just be sure there is about one inch of wire sticking out on the two 8 inch pieces.
This is what the cuff should look like after you completed both coils with the wire measuring 9 inches. I like to run my fingers along the cuff and force all of the wires to straighten and work out any kinks.
Your two strands cut at 8 inches are now ready to have some fun. Using your fingers push all four pieces out at a dramatic 90 degree angle forming a T.
Have you ever made spirals with wire? If not here is how I make them!
Using you flat nose plier, (if the nose tappers down to small, if not you can use a round nose plier ---for just this step) grab the very tip of the wire with the very tip of the tool and apply a strong grip. Stabilize the other wires with your less dominate hand so you can make a "p" with your wire, its a wrist turn action.
BOX 2. - 3. - 4.
Using the flat nose plier grab the "p" and hold on very strong. If the piler is being held at a 6 o'clock position you want to maneuver the tool to 12 'o'clock. If your holding on tight with your tool the wire should move with you just ever so slightly.
Place the plier back at 6 o'clock hold on tight with your tool and maneuver the wire alone with your tool back to 12 o'clock.
Repeat these steps until your wire creates a spiral.
Spirals can be tricky the first time you do them but they are simple once you get the hang of it. If you are having a hard time try making a spiral with a scrap piece of wire using a 20G wire or even the 18G. Wire is a learned skill so give yourself a learning curve.
Repeat the spirals on all foul 1 inch pieces.
You did it! Now lest add some beads!
Using the 3 feet of 22 Gauge Artistic Wire slide on the middle bead and find the center of the wire. I like to just touch the two tends and then move the bead to the center of the wire. Really push the wire down on each side of the bead.
Find the center of the cuff that is where you will place the bead, holding the bead with your hand wrap one solid time around the cuff base with the 22 G wire on both sides of the bead.
BOX 3. - 4.
Pick the left or the right strand and wrap it around the center bead five times around. You can be creative here and wrap under the stone for a shelf and around the stone for style.
End the wire by wrapping the access around the cuff base one solid time on the same side that the wire came from. Use box 4 as a visual.
Grab the other side of the wire and wrap around the center stone 5 times. End on the same side you began by wrapping one solid time around the cuff.
Choose any side you want to add and slide the bead down the wire until it reaches the cuff base. Secure the bead on to the top of the cuff by gently maneuvering it to lay in the position you desire.
Wrap the wire one solid time around the cuff base.
Wrap the wire tail around the stone as many times as you would like it should be able to go about ten full wraps around, you can use creative liberty and wrap under and/or around the stone.
When you have reached the point in your wire where you have about 1 to 2 inches left you want to end the wire around the cuff base. This time be sure to wrap the wire 3 or more, depending on your style, around the cuff. Starting right up next to the bead working your way around the cuff lining each coil up. Trim if you have access wire and be sure to apply pressure with your flat nose plier over the coils.
Repeat the same steps with the other side.
This is the time that you want to form the cuff. I like to use the kitchen glass just to get a good circular form. But from there I really like to use my own fingers and form the cuff with the force of my hand
Next step it to make a bunch!
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