Double Spiral Bracelet

Instructions for making the Double Spiral Bracelet out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

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 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 jewelry wire component is very strong and can't be pulled apart. 

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

Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet made using WigJig jewelry tools out of common jewelry supplies.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Eight 6mm Swarovski Crystal, Round Beads
  • 60 inches of 18 gauge round, soft brass jewelry wire,
  • 24 inches of 20 gauge round, preferable 1/2 hard brass jewelry 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 tool for the jewelry making jig,
  • 120 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

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

There are two jewelry 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 jewelry wire component we use pegs 1 through 7 in a pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool as shown below.  The second jewelry 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 in a pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Peg 9 is a 1/4" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig we used, in this case our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.  For this project, here is a template showing the peg pattern for making this design on your jewelry making jig.  This pattern is for the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool and should allow you to place your jewelry making jig on the template and view where to place your pegs.

Step-by-step instructions for making the Double Spirals Bracelet using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

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

Step 2:  The two 3" long segments of jewelry wire are used to make the 2-1 end wire components.  Set these two segments of jewelry 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 instructions for making Double Spiral Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet by shaping wire using jewelry toolsStep 3:  At the 1/2 inch bend that we just made, we need to prepare the end of the jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry wire.  Straighten all five segments of the 10 1/4" wire.

Step 5 to instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.Step 5:  Position your initial 180 degree bend on peg 1 and remove all the pegs except peg 2 from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown at right.  Push the jewelry 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 jewelry wire component over after making each loop.  This makes the finished wire component flatter and better looking.

 

Step 6 to instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet by shaping wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.

Step 6:  Remove the wire component from your jig.  Place peg three in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Replace your jewelry wire component on the jewelry making 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 WigJig jewelry tool and not attached to any peg.  When this step is completed, your wire should appear as shown at left.

 

Step 7 to instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet using WigJig jewelry making tools.

 

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and add peg 4 to your pattern on your jewelry making jig.  Replace your wire component on the WigJig jewelry tool 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 jewelry 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 instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet by shaping wire on jewelry tools.Step 8:  Remove your jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Add peg 5 to your pattern on your jewelry making jig and replace the wire component on the WigJig jewelry tool 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 WigJig jewelry tool.  Add peg 6 to your pattern and replace the jewelry wire on the jewelry making 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 jewelry making jig.  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and add peg 7 to your pattern.  Replace the jewelry wire on your jewelry making 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 instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 10 to instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads by shaping wire on jewelry tools.

 

Step 11:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool. 

Step 12 to instructions for making 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 jewelry 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 tool to make a spiral at either end.)

 

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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 instructions for making 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. 

 

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

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 instructions for making Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet made out of common jewelry supplies.

Step 15:  To complete this jewelry 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 jewelry wire by squeezing it in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.   Make five double spiral wire components.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 18 to instructions for making Double Spirals Bracelet by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.


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



Step 19:  Continue by wrapping the jewelry wire around peg 10 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below left.

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

Step 21:  Cut the excess jewelry 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 jewelry 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 using jewelry wire and beads 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 instructions for making 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.

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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!  Your finished bracelet should appear as shown below.

 

 

Finished Double Spirals Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

 


 

 

 

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