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Twisted cuffs

These substantial silver cuffs may not look like beginner projects, but they’re easy to do and simple to modify. The cuff featuring the large spiral was my first in this line. Over time, I added the triangle and small spiral variations – the basic idea adapts well to almost any geometric shape. I also make a plainer version of this bracelet with just a coil of twisted wire over a core. By leaving out the central design, the cuff takes on unisex appeal. It’s one of the few pieces of my jewelry that men like to wear. 


All cuffs

  • roundnose and chainnose pliers
  • ball peen hammer
  • bench block or anvil
  • metal file or emery board
  • diagonal wire cutters

Cuff with large spiral or triangle 

  • 2 ft. (61cm) 14-gauge sterling silver wire (Thunderbird Supply Co.,
  • 5 ft. (1.5m) 22-gauge twisted sterling silver wire (Thunderbird)

Cuff with small spiral

  • 1 ft. (31cm) 14-gauge sterling silver wire 
  • 5 ft. (1.5mm) 22-gauge twisted sterling silver wire


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Photo a
1. Measure your wrist, add 1 1⁄2 in. (4cm) for ease and finishing, then add 10 in. (25cm) to make the cuff with the large spiral design, 8 in. (20cm) to make the triangular design, or 2 in. (5cm) to make the small spiral. Cut a piece of 14-gauge wire to that length.

2. Start any of the designs by turning a small loop at the wire’s end with roundnose pliers.
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Photo b
3. Refer to these designs as a template for your bracelet or create one of your own. Use your fingers and pliers to bend the wire into the desired shape.
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Photo c
4. Once you’ve finished shaping the wire, bend the tail at a right angle to the design. (The tail becomes the core for the coiled wire in later steps.)
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Photo d
5. Place the shaped wire on the bench block or anvil. Hammer one side to create a textured finish.
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Photo e
6. Fold the twisted wire in half and rest the fold on the 14-gauge wire tail. Hold the tail and half the twisted wire in one hand.
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Photo f
With the other hand, wrap the twisted wire tightly around the core. When you’ve finished wrapping one end, repeat with the remaining wire. (You’ll use approximately 8 in./20cm of twisted wire to make 1 in./2.5cm of coil.) Slide the coil off the core.
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Photo g
7. Place the hammered design on top of your wrist. Use your fingers to shape the core into a loose-fitting cuff. Trim the core wire so it overlaps the design by 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm).
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Photo h
8. Slide the coil back on the core. (You may have to straighten the core wire slightly.) Trim the coil so 1⁄2 in. of core is exposed. 
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Photo i
9. Flatten the wire tip by striking it once or twice with a hammer. Smooth the cut end with a file or emery board. 

Use roundnose pliers to bend the wire tip into a small hook. Reshape the cuff so the hook catches the outer edge of the wire design.
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