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Quick coil-wrapped link bracelet

Grab a pair of forming pliers and complete this bracelet in one afternoon

After some trial and error, I figured out how to make link components that have two elements I was trying for: built-in loops for connecting to one another, and a coiled-wire embellishment. Incorporating the coiled part of the design opens up all sorts of mixed-metal wire combinations: silver coils over silver links, silver coils over copper links, copper coils over silver links, etc. All you have to do is learn to make one link and then make 10 more. Connecting the links is easy — no jump rings necessary. 

See step-by-step instructions in the gallery below, or click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

  • Copper wire: 20-gauge (0.8 mm), round, dead-soft, 2 yd. (1.8 m)
  • Sterling silver wire: 14-gauge (1.6 mm), round, dead-soft, 26 in. (66 cm)
  • Toggle clasp
  • Jump ring to fit your clasp (optional)

Additional tools & supplies

  • 0000 steel wool
  • Bail-forming pliers with6 mm and 8 mm jaws
  • Heavy accent bead (optional)
  • Sterling silver head pin; or fine-silver wire and butane torch (optional)

Toolbox: Wirework

Instructions

Tip!

Making bimetal links: I like the look of a bracelet with 14-gauge (1.6 mm) copper-wire base links wrapped with coil segments made from 20-gauge (0.8 mm) dead-soft sterling silver wire. But to make the coil segments, I wrap the 20-gauge (0.8 mm) silver wire around an armature of 14-gauge (1.6 mm) sterling silver wire rather than around copper wire, because copper is too soft to be an armature; the silver coils cut into it, making them difficult to remove.

Then I slide the silver coils off of the silver armature and put them on the 14-gauge (1.6 mm) copper base links. 

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