Double Spiral Bracelet

 

This bracelet design is made to compliment our 30 Degree Wire Spirals Earrings.   We suggest that if you make both this bracelet and the 30 Degree Wire Spiral Earrings that you make them with the same 6mm Swarovski Crystal Beads.  This bracelet is a larger and bolder bracelet than we usually make.  The picture below is very close to life size, as this bracelet is 7.5" long and about 1 1/4" wide. 

This bracelet is very strong because we have oriented the double spiral wire component on the strong axis of the piece.  If you were to grasp the double spiral wire component by the two spirals at either end and pull, you might be able to pull this wire component apart.  If, by contrast, you grasp the double spiral wire component by the sides of the piece and pull (the same orientation as shown below) you will find that the wire component is very strong and can't be pulled apart. 

This bracelet below was made on our WigJig Centaur, although this pattern could be modified to work on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite.  This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project. 

Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Jewelry Making Supplies: Tools Required:
  • Eight 6mm Swarovski Crystal, Round Beads
  • 60 inches of 18 gauge round, soft brass wire jewelry wire,
  • 24 inches of 20 gauge round, preferable 1/2 hard brassjewelry wire, and
  • 1 commercial lobster clasp
  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter ,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • WigJig Centaur, Olympus or Olympus Lite Jewelry Making Tool,
  • Spiral Maker for the jig,
  • 120 minutes of free time

Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a loop in wire.
  • Ability to bend wire to make wire components on a jewelry making jig.
  • Ability to cut with with a flush cutter.
  • Ability to straighten wire with nylon jaw pliers.
  • Ability to make a spiral with the WigJig Spiral Maker

There are two wire components that we need to make for this bracelet.  The first wire component is the double spiral wire component that it the major link in this bracelet.  To make this wire component we use pegs 1 through 7 as shown below.  The second wire component that we must make is the 2-1 end component.  This is the component that connects to the commercial clasp on one end and becomes the catch for the clasp on the opposite end.  To make this 2-1 end component we use pegs 8, 9 and 10 as shown at right.  Peg 9 is a 1/4" Super Peg for the jig we used, in this case our WigJig Centaur.  For this project, here is a template showing the peg pattern for making this design.  This pattern is for the WigJig Centaur and should allow you to place your jig on the template and view where to place your pegs.

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut five 10 1/4" long segments of wire and two 3" long segments of wire. 

Step 2:  The two 3" long segments of wire are used to make the 2-1 end wire components.  Set these two segments of wire aside and we will begin by making the five double spiral wire components using the 10 1/4" segments of wire.  In one of these 10 1/4" wire segments, grasp the wire about 1/2" from the end with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire 90 degrees.  Do the same thing for all four remaining 10 1/4" wire segments. 

Step 3 to Double Spiral Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making DesignStep 3:  At the 1/2 inch bend that we just made, we need to prepare the end of the wire so that we can use our Spiral Maker to make a spiral on this end of the wire.  Using your round nose pliers, make a 180 degree bend in the 10 1/4" wire segment on the long segment of wire, but as near the 90 degree bend as possible.  This bend should appear as shown at right.  To make this bend, you will grasp the wire with your round nose pliers on the longer segment of wire, but as close to the 90 degree bend as possible and then bend the wire around the jaw of your pliers.  Make this same bend on all five segments of wire.

Step 4:  Now that you have that bend, you have a handle that will allow you to straighten your wire.  Hold your wire with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand and using your nylon jaw pliers in your dominant hand, pull the wire repeatedly through the jaws of the pliers to straighten the wire.  Straighten all five segments of the 10 1/4" wire.

Step 5 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 5:  Position your initial 180 degree bend on peg 1 and remove all the pegs except peg 2 from your jig.  Wrap the wire around peg 2 as shown at right.  Push the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.  (In our template we positioned the pattern at the edge of the jig so it would be easier to see where to place the pegs.)  This is a component where you could leave all the pegs in position.  You might not need to start with just two pegs in the pattern because there is adequate room to push the wire down.  We added pegs as we went because that is our habit for any piece we make.  The following steps will describe how we flip the wire component over after making each loop.  This makes the finished wire component flatter and better looking.Step 6 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Design

Step 6:  Remove the wire component from your jig.  Place peg three in your jig as shown at left.  Replace your wire component on the jig so that the loop made on peg 2, is now on peg 3.  Now wrap the wire around peg 2 until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 5 with no pressure applied.  Please note that because of the way we made the initial 180 degree bend there is a short segment of wire that prevents us from using a peg like peg 1 for the end of the wire.  The end of the wire is off the jig and not attached to any peg.  When this step is completed, your wire should appear as shown at left.Step 7 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the jig and add peg 4 to your pattern.  Replace your wire component on the jig in the mirror image position, then wrap the wire around peg 4 until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 5 with no pressure applied.  When completed your wire should appear as shown at right.  Please note that when we performed this step, we found it easier to move peg 1 a couple of holes so that it worked better.  You may decide that you don't want to bother with peg 1 and you can remove it from the pattern.

Step 8 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 8:  Remove your wire component from the jig.  Add peg 5 to your pattern and replace the wire component on the jig in the mirror image position.  Wrap the wire around peg 4 and continue pushing until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 6 with no pressure applied.  When completed your wire should appear as shown at right. 

Step 9:  We continue the process of adding loops and flipping the wire component over for two more loops.  Remove the wire from your jig.  Add peg 6 to your pattern and replace the wire on the jig in the mirror image position.  Wrap the wire around peg 6 as shown below-left.

Step 10:  Now we make the final loop on the jig.  Remove the wire from the jig and add peg 7 to your pattern.  Replace the wire on your jig in the mirror image position and wrap the wire around peg 6.  Continue pushing the wire until it rests in the position shown below-right with no pressure applied. 

Step 9 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 10 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Jewelry Making DesignStep 11:  Remove the wire from your jig. 

 

Step 12 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 12:  With your ruler, measure 2" from the center of the bottom of the wire component along the end of the wire.  Grasp the wire at the point 2" from the center with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire up 90 degrees as shown at right.  (We are going to recreate the bend on the initial end of the wire now on this end.  These bends allow us to use our WigJig Spiral Maker to make a spiral at either end.)Step 13 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 13:  Using your round nose pliers make a 180 degree bend in the wire, on the longer segment of wire, but as near the bend as possible.  When completed your 180 degree bend should appear as shown Step 13B to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Projectat left.  At this point, your wire component should appear as shown at right and we are ready to use our WigJig Spiral Maker to make spirals at either end. Step 14 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 14:  Now we are ready to use our Spiral Maker. 

You can view video instructions for making spirals with the WigJig Spiral Maker here.

Make spirals on both ends of the wire component.  The Spiral Maker won't allow you to complete the spirals, so the best you will be able to do is to make partial spirals on either end as shown at left. Step 15 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 15:  To complete this wire component, first cut the segments of wire bent 90 degrees from the center of each spiral (the portion of wire that went inside the hole in the spiral maker.)  Once you have cut that excess wire, use your bent chain nose pliers to slowly complete the spirals with a series of small bends of the wire.  With the two spirals completed they should appear as shown at right. 

Step 16:  The final step in making the double spiral wire component is to harden the wire by squeezing it in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.   Make five double spiral wire components.

Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 17:  Now we are ready to make our 2-1 end wire component.  Place pegs 8, 9 and 10 in your jig as shown at right.  We make this 2-1 end wire component using the 3" segments of wire that we cut in the first step.


Step 18:  Place the initial loop in your 3" segment of wire on peg 8 and wrap the wire around peg 9 as shown at left.




Step 19:  Continue by wrapping the wire around peg 10 as shown below left.

Step 20:  Remove your wire from your jig.  The wire component should appear as shown below center-left. 

Step 21:  Cut the excess wire using your flush cutter.  Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.

Step 22:  Using your bent chain nose pliers grasp the wire at the point where the loops made on pegs 8 and 10 begin and bend the wire 90 degrees.  On the initial loop, bend the wire 90 degrees counter-clockwise.  On the final loop, bend the wire 90 degrees clockwise.  When completed the wire component should appear as shown below-right.  Make two 2-1 end wire components using these steps. 

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Step 23:  At this point we should have five double spiral wire components and two 2-1 end wire components.  We are ready to begin assembling the bracelet.  Connecting between each double spiral wire component is done by two wrapped bead links.  The technique for making wrapped bead link is described here.  The technique for making a wrapped bead link is best described in our online book, "Wire Design Basics".  As you can see above, you will need to make two wrapped bead links to connect each double spiral wire component to the next one in the bracelet.  In the bracelet pictured above we used 6mm Swarovski Glass Crystal beads.  8mm beads could have been used, but the resulting bracelet would end up slightly longer.  Using 6mm beads, the finished bracelet with clasp ends up being 7 1/5" long. Step 24 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Jewelry Making Design

Step 24:  Once you have connected all the double spiral wire components with wrapped bead links, you are ready to add your 2-1 end components.  These components are relatively easy to add.  First you use your bent chain nose pliers and open both loops on either end of the 2-1 end component.  With both loops open, you connect the component to one end of the chain of double spiral wire components and then close both end loops on the 2-1 end component.Step 25 to Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 25:  On the opposite end of the chain, you first open both end loops in the 2-1 end component then slide the clasp into position.  With the clasp in position, then connect the 2-1 end component to the chain of double spiral wire components and then close the end loops on the 2-1 end component.  At this point, take a very deep breath and let is out slowly.  You are done!

 

 

 

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