Bracelet with Handmade Black and White Glass Beads, Sterling Silver Wire and Hill Tribes Beads

Add versatility to your jewelry collection! Create a bracelet that can also be worn as a choker or necklace. Using heavy-gauge wire and sterling silver and glass beads, create three or more single bracelets that can either all be worn together or transformed into a choker or necklace. Mix the combinations for lots of extra fun.

STEP 1
Cut 3 inches of wire.
STEP 2
Hold the wire on the steel bench block. Hammer 1/4 inch of one end of the wire. Repeat for the other end.
STEP 3
Grip one hammered-end with the tip of the round-nose pliers. Rotate your wrist to form a simple loop. Repeat on the other end of the wire, so each has a loop facing the same way.
STEP 4
Place the center of the wire into the round-nose pliers, where the barrels are the largest.
STEP 5
Bend the wire upward (in half) until the 2 loops meet--you should have a "U" in the center of the wire.
STEP 6
Place the center of the round-nose pliers 1/4 - 1/2 inch below the loop on one end of the wire. Rotate your wrist so the wire bends down toward the "U". Repeat for the other half of the wire. The link you created should resemble a "W" or "M" in shape.
STEP 7
Repeat to create 7 or 8 more links.
STEP 8
Cut a 1-inch length of 14-gauge wire. Hammer 1/4 inch of wire on each end.
STEP 9
Grip one end of the wire about 3/4 of the way down the barrels of the round-nose pliers. Rotate your wrist away from you to create a large loop.
STEP 10
Grip the other end of the wire with the tip of the round-nose pliers and rotate your wrist away from you, creating a small loop, going in the opposite direction from the first; set aside.
STEP 11
Cut a 2-inch length of 14-gauge wire. Hammer 1/4 - 1/2 inch of wire on each end.
STEP 12
Grip the tip of the wire near the tips of the pliers; rotate your wrist away from you to form a small loop.
STEP 13
About 1/2 - 3/4 inch above the loop you just created, grip the wire in the widest part of the round-nose pliers, bend the wire over the barrel. Grip the end of the wire near the tip of the round-nose pliers, and bend the wire up to create a small decorative loop. Hammer the curved portion if you like.
STEP 14
Open the large jumprings and begin looping links together. I find the loops connect best when alternated in direction; M,W,M,W, etc.--you can connect them as shown in this picture or as shown in the finished bracelet at the top of the page.
STEP 15
Add one half of your clasp to the last link on one end. Repeat to add the other half of your clasp to the other end.
STEP 16
You can stop here or add as many beaded dangles as you like.
To create a dangle:
  • Onto a headpin, thread a rondelle, black and white bead, rondelle and 3mm round bead.
  • Begin a wrapped loop. Before completing the loop, pass the open loop onto one loop on one link of the bracelet.
  • Complete the loop and then wrap the wire for a secure finish.
  • Repeat, creating and attaching as many dangles as you like.

To create a necklace:
  • Create two more base bracelets.
  • Link all of the bracelets together to create a one-of-a-kind necklace!
  • Link one base bracelet to the bracelet with dangles for a choker-style necklace and wear the other base as a bracelet.
  • Or wear all three as bracelets for a truly wired-out look!

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